List of Famous Entrepreneurs

NameDatesNationalityKnown forIndustry
Akio MoritaJanuary 26, 1921 – October 3, 1999Japanese Sony CorporationConsumer electronics
Ananda KrishnanApril 1, 1938Malaysian Usaha Tegas Sdn BhdTelecommunication, Media, Property, Oil & Gas
Alexis OhanianApril 24, 1983AmericanReddit.comInternet
Aliko DangoteApril 10, 1957Nigerian Dangote GroupComodities
Alisher UsmanovSeptember 9, 1953RussianMetalloinvestMetal, Mining
Alki DavidMay 23, 1968Greek FilmOnInternet
Alwaleed bin TalalMarch 7, 1955 Saudi Kingdom Holding CompanyInvestments
Amancio OrtegaMarch 28, 1936SpanishZaraRetail
Andrew CarnegieNovember 25, 1835 – August 11, 1919Scottish AmericanCarnegie Steel CompanySteel
Anil AmbaniJune 4, 1959 Indian Reliance GroupConglomerate
Anita Roddick23 October 1942 – 10 September 2007British The Body ShopCosmetics
Aristotle Onassis15 January 1906 – 15 March 1975Greek Multiple BusinessesShipping
Asa CandlerDecember 30, 1851 – March 12, 1929AmericanCoca–ColaBeverage
Assis ChateaubriandOctober 4, 1892 – April 4, 1968BrazilianDiários AssociadosMedia
Azim PremjiJuly 24, 1945Indian WiproInformation Technology
Barbara CorcoranMarch 10, 1949American NRT IncorporatedReal Estate
Barry DillerFebruary 2, 1942AmericanIAC/InterActiveCorpInternet
Bernard ArnaultMarch 5, 1949French LVMH, Christian Dior S.A.Luxury Goods
Berry Gordyovember 28, 1929AmericanMotownMusic
Bill GatesOctober 28, 1955AmericanMicrosoftComputer software
Bob ParsonsNovember 12, 1950AmericanGoDaddy.comDomain Registrar
Boris Berezovsky23 January 1946 – 23 March 2013Russian / BritishChannel OneInvestments
Carlos GhosnMarch 9, 1954French / Lebanese / BrazilianRenault, NissanAutomotive
Carlos Slim HeluJanuary 28, 1940MexicanGrupo Carso, América MóvilConglomerate, Telecommunication
Charles KochNovember 1, 1935AmericanKoch IndustriesConglomerate
Charles M. SchwabFebruary 18, 1862 – September 18, 1939AmericanBethlehem SteelSteel
Chris ClineJuly 5, 1958AmericanForesight Reserves LPMining
Chris PirilloJuly 26, 1973AmericanLockerGnome, Inc.Internet
Christopher PooleJune 10, 1905American4chanInternet
Chuck FeeneyApril 23, 1931Irish / AmericanDuty Free Shoppers GroupRetail
Coco Chanel19 August 1883 – 10 January 1971FrenchChanelFashion
Colonel SandersSeptember 9, 1890 – December 16, 1980AmericanKFCRestaurant
Conrad HiltonDecember 25, 1887 – January 3, 1979AmericanHilton HotelsHospitality
Cornelius VanderbiltMay 27, 1794 – January 4, 1877AmericanOwner of Multiple RailroadsTransportation
Craig NewmarkDecember 6, 1952AmericanCraigslistInternet
Dave ThomasJuly 2, 1932 – January 8, 2002AmericanWendy'sRestaurant
David FiloApril 20, 1966AmericanYahoo!Internet
David GeffenFebruary 21, 1943AmericanDreamWorks SKGMusic and entertainment
David GreenNovember 13, 1941American Hobby LobbyRetail
David KarpJuly 6, 1986AmericanTumblrInternet
David SarnoffFebruary 27, 1891 – December 12, 1971AmericanRadio Corporation of AmericaElectronics
Dean KamenApril 5, 1951AmericanSegwayElectric vehicle
Deborah MeadenFebruary 11, 1959British Dragons' DenHospitality
Dhirubhai Ambani28 December 1932 – 6 July 2002Indian Reliance IndustriesConglomerate
Donald TrumpJune 14, 1946American Trump Entertainment ResortsHospitality
Dov CharneyJanuary 31, 1969CanadianAmerican ApparelRetail
Duncan BannatyneFebruary 2, 1949Scottish Dragons' DenMultiple Businesses
Eduardo SaverinMarch 19, 1982BrazilianFacebookInternet
Eike BatistaNovember 3, 1956BrazilianEBX GroupConglomerate
Ekta KapoorJune 7, 1975Indian Balaji TelefilmsEntertainment
Elon MuskJune 28, 1971South African / Canadian / AmericanPayPal, Tesla, SpaceX, SolarCityAutomotive, Aerospace, Energy
Enzo Ferrari18 February 1898 – 14 August 1988ItalianFerrariAutomotive
Estée LauderJuly 1, 1908 – April 24, 2004AmericanEstée Lauder CompaniesCosmetics
Ferit ŞahenkMay 17, 1905TurkishDoğuş HoldingConglomerate
Fred SmithAugust 11, 1944AmericanFedExCourier
Gary VaynerchukNovember 14, 1975AmericanWine Library, VaynerMediaInternet
George LucasMay 14, 1944AmericanLucasfilm Film
George Soros August 12, 1930Hungarian / AmericanQuantum Fund, Soros Fund ManagementInvestments
Giorgio Armaniborn 11 July 1934ItalianArmaniFashion
Glenn BeckFebruary 10, 1964AmericanGlenn Beck Radio ProgramMedia
Gordon MooreJanuary 3, 1929American IntelSemiconductors
Greg NormanFebruary 10, 1955Australian Multiple BusinessesGolf
Gurbaksh ChahalJuly 17, 1982Indian / AmericanBlueLithium, RadiumOneInternet
Guy LalibertéSeptember 2, 1959CanadianCirque du SoleilEntertainment
Henry FordJuly 30, 1863 – April 7, 1947AmericanFord Motor CompanyAutomotive
Henry J. KaiserMay 9, 1882 – August 24, 1967AmericanKaiser ShipyardsShipbuilding
Herb KelleherMarch 12, 1931AmericanSouthwest AirlinesAirline
Howard HughesDecember 24, 1905 – April 5, 1976AmericanSumma CorporationFilm
Howard SchultzJuly 19, 1953AmericanStarbucksCoffee shop
Hugh HefnerApril 9, 1926AmericanPlayboy EnterprisesMedia
Hüsnü ÖzyeğinApril 27, 1905Turkish FIBA HoldingFinance
Indra NooyiOctober 28, 1955Indian / AmericanPepsiCoBeverage
Ingvar KampradMarch 30, 1926Swedish IKEARetail
J. P. MorganApril 17, 1837 – March 31, 1913AmericanJ.P. Morgan & Co.Finance
J. Paul GettyDecember 15, 1892 – June 6, 1976AmericanGetty OilOil
J. W. MarriottSeptember 17, 1900 – August 13, 1985AmericanMarriott CorporationHospitality
Jack DorseyNovember 19, 1976American Twitter, SquareInternet, Mobile Payment
James CaanDecember 28, 1960Pakistani / BritishDragons' DenInvestments
James DysonMay 2, 1947British Dyson LtdTechnology
James Watt30 January 1736 – 25 August 1819Scottish Steam EngineInvention
Jeff BezosJanuary 12, 1964AmericanAmazon.comInternet
Jenna JamesonApril 9, 1974AmericanClubJennaEntertainment
Jenny CraigAugust 7, 1932AmericanJenny Craig, Inc.Weight loss
Jerry YangNovember 6, 1968AmericanYahoo!Internet
Jimmy WalesAugust 7, 1966AmericanWikipedia, WikiaInternet
John D. RockefellerJuly 8, 1839 – May 23, 1937AmericanStandard OilOil and Gas
John Jacob AstorJuly 17, 1763 – March 29, 1848German, AmericanAmerican Fur CompanyFur trade
John Paul DeJoriaApril 13, 1944AmericanJohn Paul Mitchell SystemsCosmetology
Jorge Paulo LemannAugust 26, 1939 Swiss, Brazilian3G CapitalInvestments
Karl Albrecht20 February 1920 – 16 July 2014GermanAldiRetail
Kathy IrelandMarch 20, 1963Americankathy ireland WorldwideApparel
Kelly BrookNovember 23, 1979British Kelly BrookEntertainment
Kerry Packer17 December 1937 – 26 December 2005AustralianNine NetworkMedia
Kevin RoseFebruary 21, 1977American Digg, Revision3, PownceInternet
Kiran Mazumdar–ShawMarch 23, 1953IndianBioconBiotechnology
Lakshmi MittalJune 15, 1950IndianArcelorMittalSteel
Larry EllisonAugust 17, 1944AmericanOracle CorporationEnterprise Software
Larry PageMarch 26, 1973AmericanGoogleInternet
Leonardo Del VecchioMay 22, 1935ItalianLuxotticaFashion
Li Ka–ShingJanuary 30, 1928Hong Konger, CanadianCheung Kong HoldingsConglomerate
Liliane BettencourtOctober 21, 1922FrenchL'OréalCosmetics
Lord SugarMarch 24, 1947British Multiple BusinessesInvestments
Louis B. MayerJuly 12, 1884 – October 29, 1957American MGM StudiosFilm
Madam C. J. WalkerDecember 23, 1867 – May 25, 1919AmericanMadame C.J. Walker Manufacturing CompanyCosmeticcs
Malcolm GlazerAugust 15, 1928 – May 28, 2014AmericanFirst Allied CorporationReal Estate
Marc RichDecember 18, 1934 – June 26, 2013Belgium, Bolivia, United States, Israel, SpainGlencoreInvestment, Commodities
Mario BataliSeptember 19, 1960AmericanB&B Hospitality GroupRestaurant, Media
Mark CubanJuly 31, 1958AmericanDallas Mavericks, Magnolia PicturesMedia, Sports
Mark ZuckerbergMay 14, 1984AmericanFacebookInternet
Markus PerssonJune 1, 1979Swedish Mojang, MinecraftVideo game
Martha StewartAugust 3, 1941AmericanMartha Stewart Living OmnimediaMedia
Mary Kay AshMay 12, 1918 – November 22, 2001AmericanMary Kay CosmeticsCosmetics
Masayoshi SonAugust 11, 1957AmericanSoftBankTelecommunication, Investments
Michael BloombergFebruary 14, 1942AmericanBloomberg L.P.Financial Services, Media
Michael DellFebruary 23, 1965AmericanDellComputer hardware
Mike IlitchJuly 20, 1929AmericanLittle Caesars PizzaRestaurant
Mikhail ProkhorovMay 3, 1965RussianBrooklyn Nets, InterrosConglomerate, Commodities
Milton HersheySeptember 13, 1857 – October 13, 1945American The Hershey Chocolate CompanyFood
Miuccia PradaMay 10, 1949Italian Prada, Miu MiuFashion
Mukesh AmbaniApril 19, 1957IndianReliance Industries LimitedConglomerate
Nandan NilekaniJune 2, 1955IndianInfosysInformation Technology
Nikola Tesla10 July 1856 – 7 January 1943Austrian / AmericanTesla Electric Light & ManufacturingEnergy
Nolan BushnellFebruary 5, 1943AmericanAtari, Chuck E. Cheese'sVideo game, Restaurant
Oprah WinfreyJanuary 29, 1954AmericanOprah Winfrey NetworkMedia
P.T. BarnumJuly 5, 1810 – April 7, 1891AmericanBarnum & Bailey CircusEntertainment
Paul AllenJanuary 21, 1953AmericanMicrosoftComputer software
Paul MccartneyJune 18, 1942British MPL CommunicationsMusic Publishing
Paul NewmanJanuary 26, 1925 – September 26, 2008AmericanNewman's OwnFood
Peter Carl Fabergé30 May 1846 – 24 September 1920RussianHouse of FabergéJewellery
Peter JonesMarch 18, 1966British Dragons' DenInvestments
Peter ThielOctober 11, 1967AmericanPayPal, PalantirVenture Capital, Investments
Rachael RayAugust 25, 1968AmericanCelebrity cookMedia
Ratan TataDecember 28, 1937IndianTata GroupConglomerate
Ray KrocOctober 5, 1902 – January 14, 1984AmericanMcDonald'sRestaurant
Reed HastingsOctober 8, 1960AmericanNetflixInternet
Reid HoffmanAugust 5, 1967AmericanLinkedInVenture Capital, Internet
Robert KiyosakiApril 8, 1947AmericanRich Dad CompanyEducation
Robert NoyceDecember 12, 1927 – June 3, 1990AmericanIntelSemiconductors
Roman AbramovichOctober 24, 1966RussianMillhouse LLC, Chelsea Football ClubInvestments, Sports
Ross PerotJune 27, 1930AmericanPerot SystemsInformation Technology
Rupert MurdochMarch 11, 1931Australian, AmericanNews Corp.Media
Russell SimmonsOctober 4, 1957AmericanDef JamMusic
Ruth HandlerNovember 4, 1916 – April 27, 2002AmericanMattel Inc.Toys and games
Sam PhillipsJanuary 5, 1923 – July 30, 2003AmericanSun RecordsMusic
Sam WaltonMarch 29, 1918 – April 5, 1992AmericanWalmart, Sam's ClubRetail
Sara BlakelyFebruary 27, 1971AmericanSpanxApparel
Scott McNealyNovember 13, 1954AmericanSun MicrosystemsComputer software
Sean CombsNovember 4, 1969AmericanBad Boy RecordsMusic
Sean ParkerDecember 3, 1979AmericanThe Founders Fund, NapsterVenture Capital, Internet
Sergey BrinAugust 21, 1973AmericanGoogleInternet
Sheldon AdelsonAugust 4, 1933AmericanLas Vegas SandsHospitality
Shiv NadarJuly 14, 1945Indian HCL TechnologiesInformation Technology
Simon CowellOctober 7, 1959AmericanMultiple BusinessesEntertainment
Sir Richard BransonJuly 18, 1950British Virgin GroupConglomerate
Steve ForbesJuly 18, 1947AmericanForbesMedia
Steve JobsFebruary 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011AmericanAppleComputer software
Steven SpielbergDecember 18, 1946American MoviesFilm
Ted TurnerNovember 19, 1938AmericanCNNMedia
Theo PaphitisSeptember 24, 1959British Dragons' DenInvestments
Thomas Alva EdisonFebruary 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931AmericanGeneral ElectricConglomerate
Thomas NewcomenFebruary 1664 – 5 August 1729British Newcomen steam engineTechnology
Tom AndersonNovember 8, 1970AmericanMyspace.comInternet
Tony HawkMay 12, 1968AmericanMultiple BusinessesSports, Media
Tory BurchJune 17, 1966AmericanTory Burch line of clothing and accessoriesFashion
Ty WarnerSeptember 3, 1944AmericanTy Inc.Toys and games
Vijay MallyaDecember 18, 1955IndianUB GroupConglomerate
Vince McMahonAugust 24, 1945AmericanWorld Wrestling Entertainment Entertainment
Vinod KhoslaJanuary 28, 1955AmericanKhosla VenturesVenture Capital, Investments
Walt DisneyDecember 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966AmericanThe Walt Disney CompanyEntertainment
Warren BuffettAugust 30, 1930AmericanBerkshire HathawayConglomerate, Investments
Wayne HuizengaDecember 29, 1937AmericanBlockbuster Video, Waste Management, Inc., AutoNation, and Swisher HygieneEntertainment, Waste Management, Auto Retail
William Randolph HearstApril 29, 1863 – August 14, 1951AmericanHearst CorporationMedia
Zong QinghouOctober 1, 1945Chinese Hangzhou Wahaha GroupBeverage


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