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The Big List of Successful Entrepreneurs of the Last 100 Years

List of Successful Entrepreneurs of the Last 100 Years
These successful entrepreneurs are those who sail through the toughest of challenges to revolutionize the way we look at the world. They make an impact which is unforgettable. Here is a comprehensive list of successful entrepreneurs who have greatly changed the world for us in the last 100 years.
BusinessZeal Staff
Last Updated: Dec 10, 2017
Your time is limited, so don't waste it living someone else's life. Don't be trapped by dogma - which is living with the results of other people's thinking. Don't let the noise of others' opinions drown out your own inner voice. And most important, have the courage to follow your heart and intuition.
 -
Steve Jobs
They came. They saw. They conquered. They became successful businessmen/women in America with their undying grit, ceaseless gumption, and a will that was beyond anyone's realm of imagination.
As Gordon Ramsay puts it, "the secret is to make sure the business is running to perfection with or without me." This held true for each and every one of these successful people. Their alpha personality characteristics have become the cornerstones of their foundations.
They have inspired and continue to inspire young minds across the globe. Here's a list of successful entrepreneurs in the past 100 years who have made a great difference to our lives.
A
Adi Godrej (1942 - present)
Chairman of Godrej Group and Chairman of Indian School of Business

Anita Roddick (1942 - 2007)
Founder of The Body Shop

Akio Morita (1921 - 2007)
Co-founder of Sony and Masaru Ibuka

Andrew Stephen (1936 - present)
Former COO, Chairman and CEO, currently senior adviser Intel Corporation

Ashley Olsen (1986 - present)
Fashion designer

Alexander McQueen (1969 - 2010)
Fashion designer and couturier

Anil Dhirubhai Ambani (1959 - present)
Founder and Chairman of Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group
B
Bill Gates (1955 - present)
Co-founder and Chairman of Microsoft
Co-Chair of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation
CEO of Cascade Investment
Chairman of Corbis

Berry Gordy, Jr. (1929 - present)
Record executive
Songwriter
Record producer
Film producer and television producer

Ben Cohen (1951 - present)
Co-founder of Ben and Jerry's ice cream

Bill Bowerman (1911 - 1999)
Co-founder of Nike, Inc.
C
Calvin Richard Klein (1942 - present)
Fashion designer

Charles Schwab (1937 - present)
Businessman
Investor
Founder of the Charles Schwab Corporation

Charles Lazarus (1923 - present)
Founder of Toys"R"Us, Inc.

Christian Dior (1905 - 1957)
Fashion designer
D
Dhirubhai Ambani (1932 - 2002)
Founder of Reliance Industries

David Packard 
(1912 - 1996)
Co-founder, with William Hewlett, of Hewlett-Packard

Donald Trump 
(1946 - present)
Chairman and president of The Trump Organization

Debbi Fields 
(1956 - present)
Founder of Mrs. Fields Bakeries and author

Dave Thomas 
(1932 - 2002)
Founder and CEO of Wendy's

Donald George Fisher 
(1928 - 2009)
Founder of The Gap clothing stores

Dylan Lauren 
(1974 - present)
Founder of Dylan's Candy Bar
E
Estée Lauder (1906 - 2004)
Co-founder of Estée Lauder Companies

Eileen Ford 
(1922 - present)
Co-founder of Ford Modeling Agency
F
Frederick Wallace Smith (1944 - present)
Founder of FedEx

Forrest Edward Mars, Sr. 
(1904 - 1999)
Director of Mars, Inc. and founder of Ethel M Chocolates

Forrest Edward Mars, Jr. 
(1931 - present)
Founder of Mars, Incorporated
G
Gordon Moore (1929 - present)
Chairman Emeritus, Intel Corporation

George Walton Lucas, Jr. (1944 - present)
Chairman & CEO of Lucasfilm

Giorgio Armani (1934 - present)
Founder of Armani, a fashion house

Gloria Steinem 
(1934 - present)
Co-founder of Ms magazine

Gordon Ramsay (1966 - present)
Chef, restaurateur, and television personality
J
J. R. D. Tata (1904 - 1993)
Founder of TCS
Founder of Tata Motors
Founder of Titan Industries
Founder of Tata Tea
Founder of Voltas

Jack Walker 
(1929 - 2000)
Founder and Chairman of Flybe

J. Willard Marriott 
(1900 - 1985)
Founder, Marriott Corporation, since 1993 Marriott International

Jeff Bezos (1964 - present)
Founder, Chairman and CEO of Amazon.com
L
Langley Frederick George (1909 - 1992)
Discovering the world's largest iron ore deposit

Leon Hess 
(1914 - 1999)
Founder of the Hess Corporation and owner of New York Jets

Luis A. Ferré 
(1904 - 2003)
Founder the company Puerto Rico Iron Works

Larry Page 
(1973 - present)
Co-founder of Google

Lakshmi Niwas Mittal
(1950 - present)
Chairman & CEO of
ArcelorMittal
Owner of Karrick Limited
Co-owner of
Queens Park Rangers F.C.
M
M. Ct. M. Chidambaram Chettyar (1908 - 1954)
Founder of Indian Overseas Bank

Marc Jacobs 
(1963 - present)
Fashion designer known for Marc Jacobs, Marc by Marc Jacobs, and Louis Vuitton

Merv Griffin 
(1925 - 2007)
Media mogul known for Merv Griffin Enterprises and Merv Griffin Entertainment

Mary Kay Ash 
(1918 - 2001)
Founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics, Inc.

Michael Dell 
(1965 - present)
Founder, Chairman and CEO of Dell

Mukesh Dhirubhai Ambani 
(1957 - present)
Chairman and Managing Director, Reliance Industries
Director, Bank of America

Mark Elliot Zuckerberg 
(1984 - present)
Co-founder, Chairman & CEO of Facebook, Inc.
N
Neville Ness Wadia (1911 - 1996)
Leading forces behind Indian shipbuilding industry

Nolan Bushnell 
(1943 - present)
Founded both Atari, Inc. and the Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza-Time Theaters chain

N. R. Narayana Murthy 
(1946 - present)
Co-founder of Infosys
O
Oprah Gail Winfrey (1954 - present)
Former Host of The Oprah Winfrey Show
Chairwoman and CEO of Harpo Productions
Chairwoman, CEO, and CCO of the Oprah Winfrey Network
P
Paul Orfalea (1947 - present)
Founder of Kinko's
R
Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson (1950 - present)
Founder and Chairman of Virgin Group

Robert Kiyosaki (1947 - present)
Founder of the Rich Dad Company and Cashflow Technologies, Inc.
Author of the Rich Dad Poor Dad series of books
Financial columnist on Yahoo Finance
Former host of Rich Dad TV on PBS

Russell Simmons (1957 - present)
Co-founder of Def Jam and founder of Phat Farm, Argyleculture, and American Classics

Reginald Francis Lewis (1942 - 1993)
Founder of TLC Beatrice International

Ralph Lauren (1939 - present)
Fashion designer
S
Sam Walton (1918 - 1992)
Founder of Walmart

Sean Combs (1969 - present)
Founder of Sean John, his own clothing line

Sergey Brin (1973 - present)
Co-founder of Google

Steven Allan Spielberg (1946 - present)
Co-founders of DreamWorks movie studio.
T
Ted Turner (1938 - present)
Founder of TBS and CNN
Former owner of Atlanta Braves
WCW
Ted's Montana Grill
V
Vera Wang (1949 - present)
Fashion designer

Vijay Mallya 
(1955 - present)
Chairman of United Breweries Group and Kingfisher Airlines

Victoria Beckham 
(1974 - present)
Fashion designer
W
Wayne Huizenga (1937 - present)
Known for Blockbuster Video, Waste Management, Inc., AutoNation, and Swisher Hygiene
Former owner of NFL's Miami Dolphins,
NHL's Florida Panthers, and MLB's Miami Marlins teams
Effective time management, leadership qualities, and the 'never give up' spirit are what got these people to the pedestal they are on. A lot of money is not what you need. It is the vision, determination, commitment, dedication, and honesty towards oneself that leads you on the path of success, filled with wealth.