Gloucester Cathedral (Photo by Nigel's Europe)
David George Ball grew up Gloucester, England during World War II and came to America in 1954 to take the pastors’ course at Moody Bible Institute in Chicago. Later, he enrolled at Yale as a scholarship student and an encounter with Martin Luther King changed the course of his life. He never became a minister, but vowed to help make the world a better place as a lawyer. After Columbia Law School, Ball worked for a Wall Street law firm where he became interested in helping workers who changed jobs and were unable to take their pensions with them. In 1981, as an executive at AMAX, Inc. he championed the first 401(k) plan adopted by a large industrial company. When President George H. W. Bush nominated him as assistant secretary of labor, David fulfilled his dream by getting out a road map to open up the revolutionary 401(k) program. Today, more than 70 million Americans have 401(k) plans.