Building a successful business is not an easy task and requires plenty of hard work and determination with the will power to overcome some of the most
Let’s take a look at some of the most famous entrepreneurs in the world and learn some interesting facts about them:
10. Michael Bloomberg (United States)
This former politician and richest mayor of New York City continues to have his powerful influence in the business and political circles. After his return as CEO in 2015, he has changed the face of Bloomberg News by focusing more on the core business news. He is the founder, CEO, and owner of Bloomberg L.P, which is the global financial data and media company which has his name. The Bloomberg Terminal is widely used by investment professionals across the world.
9. Wang Jianlin ( China)
Wang Jianlin is one of the most successful and influential businessman in China who is the Chairman of the Dalian Wanda Group. His net worth is around $28.7 billion and he has made a fortune with his public offerings of real estate with over 125 shopping plazas, 68 five star hotels and Wanda Cinema, which is one of the largest of China’s movie chain of theaters. He also purchased 20% of Spanish Soccer Team last August and bought the US Ironmans of the Triathlons by investing $650 million.
8. Sergey Brin (Russia)
Born in Russia, Sergey Brin along with his fellow co-founder Larry Page, have been ranked No. 20th on the Forbes list of Powerful People. He has been honored with many awards for his contribution along with Larry Page for his exceptional entrepreneur and innovative abilities. In 2004, he won the Academy of Achievements Golden Plate Award along with the Highest Award in Engineering including the Marconi Foundation Prize. He is also the main driving force behind Google Glass.
7. Sheldon Adelson (United States)
Sheldon Adelson is the chairman and chief executive officer of the Las Vegas Sands Corporation, owner of the daily Israeli newspaper and the Las Vegas Review Journal. At a very young age, he turned into an entrepreneur and launched many successful businesses. He was responsible for launching the COMDEX, a computer trade show and created fortunes that allowed him to build casino resorts in Las Vegas and along Asia.
Later on, he ventured into politics and supported the causes and candidates of the republicans.
6. Larry Page (United States)
Larry Page is the co-founder and CEO of Google which is among the world’s leading search engine that serves millions of worldwide users. He has received many awards for his innovative work and achievements made as an entrepreneur. In 2002, he was named among the top 100 innovators in an MIT Technology Review, under the age of 35. In July 2015, he stepped aside and to become the CEO of Google’s parent company, Alphabet and invented Page Rank, which is among Google’s best known search algorithm.
He is also the board member of the X Prize Foundation and his company is considered to be among the most influential companies in this digital era. In 2014, Larry Page was named as the Business Person of the Year by Fortune Magazine.
5. Larry Ellison (United States)
He is the executive Chairman and Chief Technology officer at the Oracle Corporation and was listed as the third richest man in America by the Forbes Magazine in 2014. He served as the CEO of the company until September 2014 and he made an announcement of Oracle’s expansion of its cloud computing business in 2015, making it a direct competitor against Amazon’s Web Services. He was also responsible for generating revenues for the company by recognizing the need for customer relationship management databases at the time when he started his company.
4. Mark Zuckerberg (United States)
Mark Zuckerberg, Facebook co-founder, and CEO is now the 4th richest man in the world and his achievement has been remarkable as a 31-year old. He created his own wealth by launching Facebook in 2004 along with his Harvard University colleagues, which went on to become one of the most popular and successful social networking sites. Today, there are over one billion users for this social networking site with shares of this company up by 130 percent higher as compared to last year.
3. Jeff Bezos (United States)
The founder of Amazon.com and also one of the most successful businessman of the modern era- Jeff Bezos increased his wealth by $13 billion in 2013, when his shares plummeted by 55 percent. At 30 years, he was one of the youngest ever Senior Vice President at the investment bank D. E. Shaw & Company which he soon quit to start his own enterprise e-commerce ventures.
2. Amancio Ortega (Spain)
Amancio Ortega, a Spanish businessman and the founder of Inditex fashion group, is widely renowned for its Zara line of clothing and retail shops. He was ranked as the richest person in the world for a brief period when his company stocks peaked, but later on, came down to the No. 2 position. His retail company, Zara has over 6,600 stores under different brand names.
1. Bill Gates (United States)
He is named as the richest man in the world and is the founder of the world’s largest software business-Microsoft. Bill Gates is one of the best known entrepreneurs and stepped down as the Chairman of Microsoft in 2014 to take on the new role of a technology advisor to support the newly appointed Chairman-Satya Nadella. During his career with Microsoft, he held several distinguished positions including Chairman, CEO, and Chief Software architect.