Death: Longtime Centene CEO Michael Neidorff Dies At 79, What Happened? Michael Neidorff, the founder of Centene Corp. and a cornerstone of the St. Louis business community, died on Thursday at the age of 79. For 26 years, Neidorff headed the Clayton-based corporation, transforming it from a small health-care provider to a Fortune 25 behemoth — and the region’s largest company.
According to stltoday.com, Millions of dollars were invested in local charity by him and Centene. And when he asked local officials to do more to combat crime, he sent shockwaves across the area. Former Clayton Mayor Harold Sanger, who worked closely with Neidorff while the corporation erected and later extended its offices in the city’s business area, termed him a “magnificent human being” and “vital” in Clayton’s success.
Sanger remarked, “It’s a tragic loss, a terrible loss for our region.” Sanger recounted Neidorff calling him at 11 p.m. one night after 18-year-old Michael Brown’s death spurred protests across the region to inform him that he had received board clearance to establish a Centene call center in Ferguson, complete with a child care center for employees.