The Co-CEOs Behind Ben Bridge Jeweler

From their headquarters in Seattle, Ed and Jon Bridge reign over a 100-year-old family dynastySince 1990, Ed and Jon Bridge have served as co-CEOs of Seattle-based Ben Bridge Jeweler, which operates more than 75 stores in 11 states under the ownership of Berkshire Hathaway Inc. (Ed also serves as president; Jon as general counsel.) The cousins inherited the jobs from their fathers, Bob and Herb, who had their positions passed down from the original Ben Bridge—who in turn acquired the business from his father-in-law. Today, Bob and Herb are co-chairmen and a fifth generation of the family works at the company and is being groomed to take over. Ed and Jon spoke to JCK about the pros and cons of being co-CEOs, what the military teaches you about leadership, and what it’s like being cheered up by Berkshire Hathaway CEO Warren Buffett.JCK: What advice have you gotten that has made a diffe

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