Jeffrey Brotman

American businessman; co-founder Costco

Jeffrey Harold Brotman (September 27, 1942 – August 1, 2017) was an American attorney and businessman. He was the co-founder and chairman of Costco Wholesale Corporation.

Brotman served on the boards of several public companies and[1] according to Businessweek magazine is "connected to 13 board members" [2][3] and sat on the Board of Directors of the Million-Dollar Roundtable at the United Way of King County.[4]

Brotman was born in Tacoma, Washington. He was raised with a Jewish family.[5] Brotman studied at the University of Washington. In 1976, he married Susan Thrailkill. They had two children.

Brotman died on August 1, 2017 in Medina, Washington at the age of 74.[6][7]


  1. Brotman Bio Forbes accessed March 1, 2012
  2. Business week on Brotman Businessweek, accessed March 1, 2012
  3. Jeffrey Brotman Executive Profile Businessweek, retrieved March 4, 2012
  4. Jeffrey H. Brotman Market Watch, retrieved March 4, 2012
  5. Turner, Nick; Soper, Spencer (August 1, 2017). "Jeffrey Brotman, Who Co-Founded Costco in 1980s, Dies at 74". Bloomberg News.
  6. Millman, Zosha (August 1, 2017). "Costco co-founder passes away at 74". San Francisco Chronicle.