Joseph Segel, QVC, Franklin Mint Founder, Dies

He was remembered as an innovator for creating QVC, short for “Quality Value Convenience." It launched in 1986 and was available on nearly 60 cable channels. It now reaches 380 million homes around the world.

Joseph Segel, a “quintessential entrepreneur” who founded the home-shopping network QVC, has died, the company that owns the channel announced. He was 88.

Segel died Saturday in Gladwyne, Pennsylvania, due to congestive heart failure, The Philadelphia Inquirer reported.

He was remembered as an innovator for creating QVC, short for “Quality Value Convenience.” It launched in 1986 and was carrued by 58 cable providers in 20 states. Today Qurate Retail Inc., its parent company, reaches 380 million homes worldwide through 15 television networks.

“He was a visionary whose ideas changed the way the world shops,” said Mike George, CEO of Qurate. “He instilled the importance of customer focus and putting the customer first in everything we do. These founding values and Joe’s trailblazing spirit are still very much a part who we are today.”

In 1993, Segel retired as chairman of QVC. He stayed on as a company adviser until 2013.

Segel’s entrepreneurial streak wasn’t just limited to QVC. He also founded the Franklin Mint, a private mint company that produces commemorative coins and other collectibles. It is now owned by Sequential Brands Group.

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