|Born||March 18, 1909|
|Died||March 6, 2007 (aged 97)|
|Known for||E & J Gallo Winery|
|Spouse(s)||Amelia Franzia Gallo|
|Relatives||Julio Gallo (1910–1993)(brother),|
Joseph Edward Gallo (1919–2007)(brother),
Joseph Ernest Gallo (son),
David Gallo (son)
Gallo's grandparents immigrated from Italy to the United States. Gallo's father was Giuseppe Gallo, a.k.a. Joseph Edward Gallo Sr, and his mother, Assunta Bianco Gallo, a.k.a. Susie Bianco Gallo. Together with his uncle Michael, his father ran the Gallo Wine Company, a wine distribution company. His mother's family, the Biancos, were winemakers. Gallo's father operated a boarding house for the miners in Jackson, California and a saloon in Oakland, California.
In 1910, at one year old, Gallo lived with his maternal grandparents, Batista Biancos, in Hanford, California. At about age 6, Gallo returned to live with his parents.
After the 1918 prohibition, Gallo's father had to close the saloon business. Gallo's father bought a 120-acre ranch in Antioch, California and became a farmer growing 30 acres of grapes. Gallo worked in cultivating in the farm. By age 12, Gallo's father sold the ranch in Antioch and moved to a small vineyard in Escalon, California.
On June 21, 1933, Gallo's father shot his mother and killed himself.
In 1926 at 17, Gallo worked for his father. Gallo harvested grapes and shipped them via railway to Chicago. By 18, Gallo was selling grapes in Chicago. During Gallo's travel from Chicago back to California, he met Giuseppe Franzia.
In 1933, Shortly after the prohibition of alcohol (1919-1933) in the United States and death of his parents, Gallo co-founded the E.&J. Gallo Winery, using $5,900 in borrowed cash from his mother-in-law. He became head of sales, marketing and distribution.
In 1955, Gallo created The Ernest Gallo Foundation. In 2008, Gallo donated $800k(USD) to Notre Dame University, $600k(USD) to Stanford University, and $3.835 million (USD) to Lucile Packard Foundation for Children's Health. In 1980, Gallo also donated millions and created Ernest Gallo Clinic and Research Center at University of California, San Francisco.
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