Motivation is the key to success and these top 10 successful entrepreneurs in the world and their stories will motivate you for sure. The list of successful entrepreneurs are not based on their net worth, but the impact their stories produces in one’s life.
The critical ingredient is getting off your butt and doing something. It’s as simple as that. A lot of people have ideas, but there are few who decide to do something about them now. Not tomorrow. Not next week. But today. The true entrepreneur is a doer, not a dreamer. – –Nolan Bushnell.
Forbes has already included all of them in their Top 100 Entrepreneurs list. Remember, this is not a list of top 10 richest entrepreneurs in the world.
Jeff Bezos is an US-based technology entrepreneur and active investor. He played a role in the growth of e-commerce and web services company Amazon.com as the founder and core member of the board. Amazon was started as an online marketplace for books and later expanded to a vast variety of products and services.
Amazon is currently the largest retailer on earth. Jeffry Preston Bezos other business interests include aerospace and newspapers. He is the founder of the privately funded aerospace developer Blue Origin. He purchased The Washington Post and invested in numerous other investments.
Bezos graduated from Princeton University Phi Beta Kappa. Prior to founding Amazon in 1994, he worked as a Financial Analyst for D. E. Shaw & Co. Time magazine named Bezos the Person of the Year in 1999.
Net Worth – $154.4 Billion (Forbes)
Investment Portfolio -Vantage Point, TheDream.US, TraceMe, Convoy, EVERFI, Business Insider, Uber, Airbnb, Google and 28 others.
Social Profiles – Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter
Bill Gates is an American business tycoon, philanthropist, coder and investor. He is best-known for founding Microsoft, a software and tech company and Bill and Melinda Gates Foundations, a charitable trust that focuses on improving the living standards of children all around the world.
During his work at Microsoft, he was the chairman and CEO and was the largest shareholder until May 2014. He has authored several books. In February 2014, he stepped down as chairman of CEO and appointed Satya Nadella as CEO. He is currently a technology advisor to Microsoft.
In addition to his love of computers and software, Gates founded Corbis, which is developing one of the world’s largest resources of visual information – a comprehensive digital archive of art and photography from public and private collections around the globe. He is also a member of the board of directors of Berkshire Hathaway Inc., which invests in companies engaged in diverse business activities.
Warren Edward Buffet is known as the Father of Investors as he is the most successful investor in the world. He is an American philanthropist and investor. He is the largest shareholder of Berkshire Hathway and is often referred as the “Wizard of Omaha” or “Oracle of Omaha,” or the “Sage of Omaha”.
Warren often visited his father’s stock brokerage shop as a child and chalked in the stock prices on the blackboard in the office. At 11 years old he made his first investment; he bought three shares of Cities Service Preferred at $38 per share.
The stock quickly dropped to only $27, but Buffett held on tenaciously until they reached $40. He sold his shares at a small profit but regretted the decision when Cities Service shot up to nearly $200 a share. He later cited this experience as an early lesson in patience in investing.
Amancio Ortega is a Spanish fashion businessman and the chairman of the Inditex fashion group which is the parent company of ZARA clothing and accessories. He is the second richest man in the world and once became the richest man surpassing Bill Gates. Until 1999 no photograph of Ortega has been published anywhere as he liked to keep his profile low.
He was into manufacturing textiles through a small family company in 1963 before he co-founded Zara with his ex-wife Rosalia Mere in 1975. His empire currently includes Zara, Massimo Dutti and Pull&Bear. He is known for limiting advertising, expanding aggressively and controlling his own supply chain.
Net Worth – $68.3 Billion (Forbes)
Investment Portfolio – Unknown
Social Profiles – Unknown
Founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg is an American programmer and entrepreneur. Together with his college roommates Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes at Harvard University he launched Facebook.
In December 2015, Mark announced that they would give 99% of their shares worth $45 billion at the time to Chan Zuckerberg Initiative which works towards “advancing human potential and promoting equality” in the spirit of The Giving Pledge.
A Mexican business magnate and entrepreneur, Carlos Slim Helu was ranked the richest person in the world from 2010 to 2013. He is also known as the “Warren Buffet of Mexico”. The most of his fortune comes from his extensive holdings in a number of Mexican companies under his company Grupo Carso.
He is the chairman of the telecommunications companies Telmex and America Movil. He was sure to become a businessman and began to develop his business and investment at a young age.
Lawrence Joseph Ellison commonly known as Larry Ellison is the co-founder of Oracle Corporation. He termed as the CEO from the inception of the company till September 2014. He is currently the chairman and chief technology officer of Oracle. He donated around 1% of his wealth to charity.
He also races sailboats, flies planes, and plays tennis and guitar. He dropped out after his second year from the University of Illinois not taking his final exams. After a vacation in northern California, he attended the University of Chicago for one term and there he encountered computer design.
Sergey Brin is an American computer scientist and internet entrepreneurs. Together with Larry page, he laid down the foundation of Google. He currently serves as President of Alphabet Inc., Google’s parent company. Sergey Mikhaylovich Brin was born in Russia and later immigrated to the United States with his family at the age of 6.
He studied mathematics and computer science at the University of Maryland following his father’s and grandfather’s legacy. After graduation, he went to acquire a PhD in computer science at Stanford University. And there he met Larry.
They built a search engine at their dormitory using his data mining system. The program soon got popular at Stanford and they dropped out to start a company in a garage. The company is now called Google.
An American business emperor, investor and philanthropist, Michael Dell is the founder and CEO of Dell Inc which is one of the leading manufacturers of personal computers. He earlier founded MSD Capital to manage his family’s investment including publicly traded securities, private equity activities and real estate.
In 1992, he became the youngest CEO of a company ranked in Fortune magazine in the top 500s. In 1996, he dived into selling computers over the Web, and soon he launched his own servers and reported in about $1 million in sales per day.
Richard Branson is a UK Based business tycoon, investor and entrepreneur. His full name is Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson. He is the founder of the Virgin group which is the parent of more than 400 companies. He was keen to become an entrepreneur from an early age. When he was 16, he founded a magazine called Student.
He set up a mail-order record business in 1970 and in 1972 he opened a chain of record stores known as Virgin Records later known as Virgin Megastores. He witnessed rapid growth during the 1980s as he founded Virgin Atlantic and expanded Virgin Records music label.
Branson has guest starred, usually playing himself, on several television shows, including Friends, Baywatch, Birds of a Feather, Only Fools, and Horses, The Day Today, a special episode of the comedy Goodness Gracious Me and Tripping Over.