FAMOUS ENTREPRENEURS

Bill Gates

He is one of the most famous entrepreneurs of our time. He played a major role in the revolution of the personal computer industry and made great fortune in the software market becoming one of the world youngest self-made billionaire at the age of 32. 

Henry Ford

(July 30, 1863 – April 7, 1947)

He is the founder of Ford Motor Company and a famous entrepreneur. He is credited with the development of the assembly line technique for mass production. He played a pioneering role in the Automobile industry.

Thomas Edison

(1847 – 1931)

He was a great inventor, scientist and among the famous entrepreneurs of our time. He is credited with building the first industrial research laboratory and developed many devices that impacted the industrialized world including the electric light bulb, the phonograph and the motion picture camera.


Carlos Slim

The Mexican Telecom tycoon and famous entrepreneur is chairman/CEO of Telmex. He is the (Forbes) world richest man 2010. He was born January 28, 1940. 

Mark Zuckerberg

The young successful entrepreneur is the founder of Facebook. He started the social networking website while he was an undergraduate at Harvard. He was born in 1984. 

Warren Buffett

The founder of Berkshire Hathaway was born in Omaha, Nebraska, on August 30, 1930. The son of a stock broker, he began work in his father's brokerage at the age of 11. He is the 2010 second richest man in the world according to Forbes.

Michael Dell

The founder Dell Computer; Born February 23, 1965, in Houston, Texas, Michael Dell's interest in computers began in his teens. He started with a $300,000 loan from his grandparents.

Pascal Dozie

The founder of Diamond Bank Plc through the Bank played a pioneering role in the introduction of online real time banking in Nigeria. He is the Chairman of MTN Nigeria, MTN is one of the first three GSM companies that made the GSM services avail in most parts of the country.

Dr. Neil Clark Warren

A psychologist and theologian, Dr Neil Clark Warren is the chairman, co-founder of the online dating service eHarmony.

Sergey Brin and Larry Page

The duo founded Google Inc in 1998. The Google search engine was their research project at the Stanford University, USA while they were pursuing their PhD in Computer Science. They initially had no plans to start a business, but were simply doing research for their Ph.D. Google quickly went from a research project of two Stanford students to being one of the most visited websites on the Internet and a multi-billion dollar company.

Jeff Bezos

The financial analyst and computer scientist founded Amazon.com in 1994. He was born January 12, 1964. He played pioneering role in popularizing online shopping.

Frank Nneji

The founder and CEO of ABC Transport Ltd created a niche market in the Transport industry in Nigeria by introducing various innovations like on-board meals, online reservation, scheduled departures, ultra modern terminals etc. This made his bus services the first choice of the elite class who could otherwise have used air services.

Richard Branson

The English billionaire is the founder of the Virgin Group with about 360 companies all bearing the Virgin name. He was born in July 18, 1950. He started his entrepreneurial endeavor at the age of 20 when he operated a mail-order record business

Wright Brothers

The Wright brothers dreamed of building a flying machine, despite various challenges and skepticism from many quarters, they pursued their dream and achieved it. They are credited with inventing and building the world’s first successful airplane. 


Some Other Successful Entrepreneurs

Below are some other famous entrepreneurs;

Steve Jobs: Co-founder of Apple

Steve Wozniak: Co-founder Apple

David Filo: Co founder of Yahoo Inc

Jerry Yang: Co founder Yahoo and CEO of Yahoo! Inc,

Oprah Winfrey: Host and Initiator Oprah Winfrey Show

Chad Hurley: Co-founder and CEO of YouTube.

Steve Chen: Co-founder and CTO of YouTube

Jawed Karim: Co-founder of YouTube

Edward Barnes: Thomas Edison business partner

Mike Adenuga: Founder and Chairman Globacom

Bill Bowerman: Co-founder of Nike

Aliko Dangote: Founder and Chairman Dangote Group

Phil Knight: Co-founder of Nike

Pierre Omidyar: Founder of eBay