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.
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.

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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


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
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.


Calvin Richard Klein
(1942 - present)
Fashion designer
Charles Schwab
(1937 - present)
Founder of the Charles Schwab Corporation
Charles Lazarus
(1923 - present)
Founder of Toys"R"Us, Inc.
Christian Dior
(1905 - 1957)
Fashion designer


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


Estée Lauder
(1906 - 2004)
Co-founder of Estée Lauder Companies
Eileen Ford
(1922 - present)
Co-founder of Ford Modeling Agency


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


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. 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


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
Owner of Karrick Limited
Co-owner of
Queens Park Rangers F.C.


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.


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


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


Paul Orfalea
(1947 - present)
Founder of Kinko's


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


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.


Ted Turner
(1938 - present)
Founder of TBS and CNN
Former owner of Atlanta Braves
Ted's Montana Grill


Vera Wang
(1949 - present)
Fashion designer
Vijay Mallya
(1955 - present)
Chairman of United Breweries Group and Kingfisher Airlines
Victoria Beckham
(1974 - present)
Fashion designer


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.