Owning and operating a business is a tall order. It requires constant innovation and creativity. Very few businesses survive in today’s competitive market and even fewer are able to achieve multi-billion dollar status. These five business owners have revolutionized the state of the industry with their constant innovations and drive for success.
Bezos is an inventor, philanthropist and owner of a wide range of business ventures. With a net worth of almost 120 billion dollars he is most famous as the founder and Chief Executive Officer of the online retail conglomerate Amazon. Amazon is one of the most innovative companies in the world constantly releasing new products and upgrades and defying the odds in technology. The Bezos portfolio also includes investments in an aerospace company and various media channels. Raised in Houston, Texas Bezos graduated from Princeton University and dabbled in Wall Street before founding Amazon in 1994.
Thiel is a German-born entrepreneur, lawyer, author and venture capitalist. He boasts a net worth of 2.2 billion dollars and is best known for his affiliation with PayPal. Thiel co-founded PayPal in 1999 and sold it to eBay just three years later for a price tag of 1.5 billion dollars. Thiel continues to invest and innovate and has been involved in the founding of several additional businesses including various hedge funds, technology, and software companies, and political media outlets. Thiel also has a law degree from Stanford University and is regularly involved in local law and political issues.
Daniel Ek is a technology mogul and inventor who has been involved in entrepreneurship since the ripe age of thirteen. Ek is a native of Sweden and has dual degrees in information technology and engineering. He is most famous for his online streaming company Spotify. Spotify has revolutionized the music industry and is used by over 100 million users across the globe. Ek’s net worth lands around 1.6 billion dollars.
This famed entrepreneur has a niche for mechanics and energy conservation. His portfolio includes aerospace ventures(SpaceX), electric motors (Tesla) and solar energy (SolarCity). The South-African born billionaire studied at Queens University as well as the University of Pennsylvania earning degrees in both physics and economics. His immense business savvy has helped propel him into the elite circle of billionaires. Musk’s net worth rounds out at just over 20 billion dollars.
Khosrowshahi is the founder and Chief Executive Officer of Uber. Prior to founding Uber he worked in a variety of high profile positions including Chief Executive Office of the online travel giant Expedia. Khosrowshahi grew up in a wealthy Muslim family in Southern Iran. He comes from a long line of entrepreneurs and business owners and maintains a net worth of just under 100 million dollars.
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