The businessman who turned ConAgra into a global food conglomerate has died.
Charles “Mike” Harper died Saturday. He was 88.
Harper came to Omaha in 1974. His mission: save a grain company.
He did more than that, turning ConAgra into a giant, with sales totaling $20 billion annually by the time he retired as CEO in 1992.
Harper is also known for pushing to develop downtown Omaha and pushing the state to provide tax incentives to lure economic development to Nebraska.
Harper had been in hospice care, briefly. Family members say he died at home peacefully.