Marian Ilitch is one of the leading entrepreneurs in the food and entertainment businesses and has been recognized as one of the most successful businesswomen in the country. Marian and her husband, Michael, grew a suburban Detroit mom-and-pop pizza business into Little Caesars Pizza, an international pizza chain with restaurants on four continents.
Marian and her husband expanded their business interests when they purchased the underperforming Red Wings in 1982. Sixteen divisional championships, six Presidents' Trophies, six Campbell Bowls and four Stanley Cups later, Detroit earned the moniker, Hockeytown, and the Red Wings have become the team to beat.
Other Ilitch-owned businesses include: Blue Line Foodservice Distribution, Champion Foods, Little Caesars Pizza Kit Fundraising Program, Olympia Entertainment, Olympia Development of Michigan, Ilitch Holdings, Inc. and Uptown Entertainment. Marian Ilitch also owns MotorCity Casino Hotel in Detroit.