- Category : 1885-births
- Type : GE
- Profile : 5/1 - Heretical / Investigator
- Definition : Split - Small (5,29,34,35)
- Incarnation Cross : LAX Upheaval 2
Belgian businessman, he founded the Donnay Sports company in 1910 as a wooden tool handle manufacturing co-operative with six employees. Emile Donnay had little education and a modest background. The company began to diversify into other wooden products, including a bow for archers, which continues to be reflected in the Donnay bow-shaped logo. In 1924 Donnay built premises in Couvin.
The company manufactured its first tennis rackets in 1934. In the early 1950s the company won a valuable contract to produce tennis rackets for the Wilson sporting goods company.
By 1969 Donnay was the world's largest manufacturer of tennis rackets. By the early 1970s, Donnay was producing 2 million rackets a year, 1.3 million of which were shipped to Wilson for distribution.
Emile Donnay died on 22 March 1972 in Couvin at age 86. His sons Jean and André Donnay continued the family business.