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Famous Entrepreneurs List

Famous Entrepreneurs List

Entrepreneurs are epitomes of power and wealth, the two most coveted things in the world today. Read on for the world famous entrepreneurs list coming up, consisting of names who have defied all odds to become what they are today.
Aastha Dogra
"I like thinking big. If you're going to be thinking anything, you might as well think big". - Donald Trump (Founder - Trump Enterprises)

Entrepreneurs, creators of millions of dollars, millions of job opportunities, living a life of ampleness and luxury, jet setting from one part of the world to another in a day, are the most looked up to at the same time most envied individuals. Majority of these famous people, at one point of time, were people like you and me. What separated them from the rest was their risk taking ability, of grabbing the opportunity as soon as it knocked on their door, hard work, discipline, ability to win over people, time management and most important - the drive to succeed. Ask anybody today and they will tell you how inspired they feel when they read or listen to the most famous entrepreneurs of America such as Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates, Henry Ford Sr. and Sam Walton. Entrepreneurship however, is not limited to America alone, there are many world famous entrepreneurs throughout the world. Below is the list consisting of entrepreneurs from the world over, who are an inspiration to everybody, irrespective of the country they belong to.

Most Famous Entrepreneurs
  • Bill Gates - Microsoft
  • Pierre Omidyar - Internet (Ebay)
  • Fernando Hernandez - AT&T
  • Alvin Ailey - (Alvin Ailey) Dance Theater
  • Donald and Doris Fisher - Clothing (Gap Inc.)
  • Warren Bechtel - Construction
  • Mary Kay Ash - Cosmetics (Mary Kay)
  • Ross Perot - Data Management (Electronic Data Systems)
  • Oprah Winfrey - Harpo Inc.
  • Steve Jobs - Computers (Apple)
  • Fred Smith - Shipping (Federal Express)
  • William Levitt - Housing
  • Richard Branson - Several (Virgin)
  • Jeff Bezos - Internet (Amazon)
  • Lakshmi Mittal - Steel (Arcelor Mittal)
  • Jim Clark - Internet (Netscape)
  • Joyce Hall - Greeting Cards (Hallmark)
  • Warren Buffett - Investments (Berkshire Hathaway)
  • P.T. Barnum - Entertainment (Barnum & Bailey)
  • Warren Bechtel - Construction
  • Steve Case - Internet (America Online)
  • Donald Trump - Trump Enterprises
  • Walt Disney - Entertainment
  • A. P. Giannini - Banking (Bank of America)
  • Rupert Murdoch - Media
  • Leo Goodwin - Insurance (GEICO)
  • Michael Dell - Computers (Dell Computer)
  • Michael Bloomberg - Financial Information
  • David Sarnoff Broadcasting (NBC)
  • Dave Thomas - Fast Food (Wendy's)
  • Gloria Steinem - Publishing (Ms)
  • Russell Simmons - Music (Def Jam Records)
  • Charles Schwab - Discount Brokerage
  • Andrew Morrison - Web Publishing
  • Andrew Carnegie - Steel (US Steel)
  • Scott McNealy - Computers (Sun Microsystems)
  • Sam Walton - Walmart
  • Richard A. Henson - Airlines
  • Howard Schultz - Coffee (Starbucks)
  • Gordon Moore - Intel
  • John Johnson - Publishing (Ebony)
  • Bill Hewlett - Hewlett Packard
  • Herb Kelleher - Airlines (Southwest)
  • Ralph Roberts - Cable TV (Comcast)
  • Mukesh Ambani - Reliance Industries
  • Ted Turner - Turner Broadcasting
  • Larry Ellison - Software (Oracle)
  • James Kimsey - AOL
  • Louis B. Mayer - Entertainment (MGM)
  • William S. Paley - Broadcasting (CBS)
  • Henry Luce - Publishing (Time/Life)
  • Mal Emery - Australian Mailorder Millionaire
  • Madam C. J. Walker - Hair Care
  • John D. Rockefeller - Oil (Standard Oil)
  • J. W. Marriott - Hospitality
  • Estee Lauder - Cosmetics
  • David Packard - Electronics (Hewlett-Packard)
  • Howard Hughes - Aviation (TWA)
  • Robert L. Johnson - Broadcasting (BET)
  • Debbi Fields - Cookies (Mrs. Fields)
  • Anita Roddick - Cosmetics (The Body Shop)
  • Henry J. Kaiser - Health Care (Kaiser Permanente)
  • Judi Sheppard Missett - Fitness (Jazzercise)
The people mentioned in the above list of famous entrepreneurs of the world are pioneers in their field and are known for their sharp acumen in business circles. Many of them such as Bill Gates and Oprah Winfrey, in spite of being considered shrewd business people, are deeply involved in philanthropic activities, working for the uplift of underprivileged people, not only in America but in many third world countries as well. It is a balance of these masculine and feminine qualities and an ability to think out of the box, that has made many of these people stand out from others.