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The Most Successful Entrepreneurs In The World

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List of world famous entrepreneurs from an early age. These are the profiles of the most popular entrepreneurs that are worth emulating according to The Little Entrepreneur. These business leaders are from diverse domains and at top of their fields and are great role models.

Who are the most successful businessmen in the world? All of these world famous entrepreneurs are unique in that they believed in themselves mostly since they were kids and worked towards that goal to success and fame. 

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    Microsoft founder Gates is the richest person in the world, with a net worth of over $77 billion - virtually all of which he intends to give away.

    William Henry "Bill" Gates III is an American business magnate, philanthropist, investor, computer programmer, and inventor. Gates originally established his reputation as the co-founder of Microsoft, the world’s largest PC software company, with Paul Allen. During his career at Microsoft, Gates held ...more

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    • Age: age 60
    • Birthplace: USA, Washington, Seattle
    • Profession: Programmer, Software Architect, Businessperson, Investor, Entrepreneur
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    Carlos Slim
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    Mexican telecommunicatons giant previously believed to be the richest man in the world.

    Carlos Slim Helú is a Mexican business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. From 2010 to 2013, Slim was ranked as the richest person in the world. Known as the "Warren Buffett of Mexico", Slim derived his fortune from his extensive holdings in a considerable number of Mexican companies through his ...more

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    • Age: age 75
    • Birthplace: Mexico City, Mexico
    • Profession: Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Financier
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    Billionaire and founder of Virgin Group, comprising over 400 companies.

    Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson is an English businessman and investor. He is best known as the founder of Virgin Group, which comprises more than 400 companies. At the age of sixteen his first business venture was a magazine called Student. In 1970, he set up a mail-order record business. In 1972, ...more

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    • Age: age 65
    • Birthplace: Blackheath, London, London, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Businessperson, Television producer, Investor, Entrepreneur, Film Producer, + more
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    Founder and CEO of Dell Computers, worth $24 billion.

    Michael Saul Dell is an American businessman and entrepreneur. Michael, founder and CEO of Dell, Inc. is listed as one of 2009 Forbes Billionaires.more

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    • Age: age 50
    • Birthplace: Houston, Texas, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Entrepreneur
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    Larry Ellison
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    Oracle founder and CEO, now a full-time philanthropist.

    Lawrence Joseph "Larry" Ellison is an American programmer, internet entrepreneur, adventurer, businessman and philanthropist. He was the Chief Executive Officer of the software company Oracle Corporation between its foundation in 1977 and 2014. In 2014, he was listed by Forbes as the third-wealthiest ...more

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    • Age: age 71
    • Birthplace: Lower East Side, New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Investor, Entrepreneur
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    Google co-founder listed as the 21st wealthiest person in the world.

    Sergey Brin, a native of Moscow, received a bachelor of science degree with honors in mathematics and computer science from the University of Maryland at College Park. He is currently on leave from the Ph.D. program in computer science at Stanford University, where he received his master's degree.more

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    • Age: age 42
    • Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
    • Profession: Executive Management, Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Computer scientist, Internet Entrepreneur
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    Bill Hewlett

    Co-founder of computer giant Hewlett Packard. Gave Bill Gates his first job.
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    Mark Zuckerberg
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    Facebook founder worth over $47 billion. Takes a salary of one dollar.

    Mark Elliot Zuckerberg is an American computer programmer and Internet entrepreneur. He is best known as one of five co-founders of the social networking website Facebook. Zuckerberg was made the chairman and chief executive of Facebook, Inc. in April 2013. and his personal wealth, as of March 2015, is ...more

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    • Age: age 31
    • Birthplace: White Plains, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Programmer, Businessperson, Entrepreneur
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    Vera Wang
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    Founder of Vera Wang Fashions, one of the most successful designers in history.

    Vera Ellen Wang is an American fashion designer based in New York City and former figure skater. She is known for her wide range of haute couture bridesmaid gowns and wedding gown collections, as well as for her clientele of elite lady figure skaters, designing dresses for competitions and exhibitions.more

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    • Age: age 66
    • Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Fashion designer, Designer
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    Steve Jobs
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    Founder and CEO of Apple who revolutionized mobile computing.

    Steven Paul Jobs was an American entrepreneur, marketer, and inventor, who was the cofounder, chairman, and CEO of Apple Inc. Through Apple, he was widely recognized as a charismatic and design-driven pioneer of the personal computer revolution and for his influential career in the computer and consumer ...more

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    • Age: Died at 56 (1955-2011)
    • Birthplace: California, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Inventor, Designer
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    Media billionaire and founder of TBS.

    Robert Edward "Ted" Turner III is an American media mogul and philanthropist. As a businessman, he is known as founder of the Cable News Network more popularly known as CNN, the first 24-hour cable news channel. In addition, he founded WTBS, which pioneered the superstation concept in cable television.more

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    • Age: age 77
    • Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Television producer, Entrepreneur, Film Producer, Screenwriter, + more
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    Heir to real estate empire who became a billionaire and media figure.

    Donald John Trump Sr. is an American business magnate, investor, television personality and author. He is the chairman and president of The Trump Organization and the founder of Trump Entertainment Resorts. Trump's extravagant lifestyle, outspoken manner, and role on the NBC reality show The Apprentice ...more

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    • Age: age 69
    • Profession: Businessperson, Television producer, Investor, Entrepreneur, Real estate entrepreneur, + more
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    Basketball star who founded Magic Johnson Enterprises, investing in media and real estate.

    Earvin "Magic" Johnson Jr. is a retired American professional basketball player who played point guard for the Los Angeles Lakers of the National Basketball Association for 13 seasons. After winning championships in high school and college, Johnson was selected first overall in the 1979 NBA draft by the ...more

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    • Age: age 56
    • Birthplace: Lansing, Michigan, United States of America
    • Profession: Talk show host, Basketball Coach, Basketball player, Television producer, Entrepreneur, + more
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    Yahoo! co-founder who has since helped fund over 50 startups.

    Jerry Yang is a Taiwanese-born American internet entrepreneur, engineer, the co-founder and former CEO of Yahoo! Inc.more

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    • Age: age 47
    • Birthplace: Taipei, Taiwan
    • Profession: Businessperson, Entrepreneur
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    Greg Maples

    Greg Maples
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    High Tech Burrito / Jaded Toad BBQ & Grill
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    • Age: 52
    • Birthplace: New York, United States of America
    • Profession: Entrepreneur, CEO, Restauranteur, Businessperson, Inventor
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    Google co-founder and current CEO, worth $40 billion.

    Larry Page was Google's founding CEO and grew the company to more than 200 employees and profitability before moving into his role as president of products in April 2001. He continues to share responsibility for Google's day-to-day operations with Eric Schmidt and Sergey Brin. The son of ...more

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    • Age: age 42
    • Birthplace: East Lansing, Michigan, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Computer scientist, Internet Entrepreneur
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    Little Caesars Pizza founder, owns two professional sports teams, worth $5.4 billion.

    Michael "Mike" Ilitch, Sr. is an American entrepreneur, founder and owner of the international fast food franchise Little Caesars Pizza. He owns the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League and Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball. Ilitch has been at the center of Detroit's downtown ...more

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    • Age: age 86
    • Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Entrepreneur
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    Media mogul and syndication pioneer. Likely the only African-American billioinaire in America.

    Oprah Gail Winfrey is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist. Winfrey is best known for her multi-award-winning talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, which was the highest-rated program of its kind in history and was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2011.more

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    • Age: age 61
    • Birthplace: Kosciusko, Mississippi, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Journalist, Television producer, Film Producer, Actor, + more
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    Nolan Bushnell
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    Video game mogul and Chuck E. Cheese founder.

    Nolan Kay Bushnell is an American engineer and entrepreneur who founded both Atari, Inc. and the Chuck E. Cheese's Pizza-Time Theaters chain. Bushnell has been inducted into the Video Game Hall of Fame and the Consumer Electronics Association Hall of Fame, received the BAFTA Fellowship and the Nations ...more

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    • Age: age 72
    • Birthplace: Clearfield, Utah, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Video game designer, Writer, Electrical engineer
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    Cheesecake Factory founder and CEO who took the company public in 1992.

    David Michael Overton is the founder, Chairman, President, and Chief Executive Officer of the Cheesecake Factory, Inc., the ninth largest restaurant company in the United States measured by market capitalization.more

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    • Age: age 69
    • Birthplace: United States of America
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