Century 21's 'Visionary' Co-Founder Dies

November 26, 2013

Marsh Fisher, the co-founder of Century 21 Real Estate who is remembered as a "visionary" in real estate franchising, died last Friday in Pomona, Calif., the company announced Monday. He was 88.

Fisher was known as a leading figure in forging today's model of franchising existing real estate companies under a singular brand. He and his business partner, Art Bartlett, who died in 2009, founded Century 21 as a regional franchise in Orange County, Calif., in 1971. They sold the company in 1979.

Today, Century 21 is the world's largest real estate franchisor, with 7,100 offices in 75 countries.

"The real estate industry has lost a legend," says Rick Davidson, president and CEO of Century 21. "Much of the structure of the industry today is a result of Marsh's work in the early days of franchising. He was a true visionary."

Fisher is survived by his wife, Barbara Fisher; three children, Jess Fisher, Cynthia Fisher-Davidson, and Heidi Fisher; a brother, Jay Fisher; and two grandchildren, Calyssa and Caden Davidson.

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