Markel's Third-Generation Motivator Recalls Humble Start, And Sounds Off

Anthony Markel, the president of Markel Corp., will tell you he started his career in the insurance business–and at Markel–as a file clerk. "Because I could reach the top drawer," the towering executive says with a grin.

"Actually, I was 'son' before I was 'file clerk,'" he said, confirming that he is the grandson of the company's founder, Samuel Markel. Markel, founded in 1930, is celebrating its 75th anniversary this year.

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