Top Entreprenuers


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When it comes to being an entrepreneur, you often are considered an innovator, a creative thinker, a successful business person and a trailblazer. Here are a few of the most successful entrepreneurs from our time, their story and their motto to help inspire the entrepreneur in you.

Top Entreprenuers

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  2. 2. LIBERTY TAX SERVICE|Top Entrepreneurs| STEVE JOBS 1. 1955-2011 “Half of what separates the successful entrepreneurs from the nonsuccessful ones is pure perseverance. Innovation distinguishes between a leader and a follower.” Steve Jobs was the co-founder of Apple Com- puters, playing a major role in the personal computer revolution and iPhone, iPod, and iPad craze of the past few years, since the first gen iPhone hit stores in the summer of 2007. When Jobs and Steve Wozniak first tinkered with their Macintosh computers and operating systems, they had no idea the kind of heights their technologies and visions would reach. Jobs’ products and company speak for themselves, but he often scoffed at questions about market and consumer research, believing that intuition is the only guide toward emerging technologies. Although Jobs lost his battle to cancer in 2011, his legend lives on in our handheld devices and Apple’s huge success as a company valued at $546 billion.
  3. 3. LIBERTY TAX SERVICE|Top Entrepreneurs| 2. OPRAH WINFREY What doesn’t make Oprah Winfrey a great entrepreneur? From hosting her critically ac- claimed talk show, to acting in award winning films, spearheading philanthropic endeavors like The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa, and running her tele- vision network, OWN, it’s clear this proprietor tackles, and succeeds, at it all. What does make Winfrey a top entrepreneur is how she’s capitalized on her desire and ability to give back. The American public trusts her, and she’s built that trust by offering advice and giving from the heart at every junction. It’s why CNN calls her the world’s most powerful woman--one who started with nothing and became one of the first two African American billionaires in America. “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” 1954-PRESENT
  4. 4. LIBERTY TAX SERVICE|Top Entrepreneurs| 3. 1918-1992 SAM WALTON Sam Walton became the most successful retailer in American history, and it wasn’t be- cause Wal-Mart was one-of-a-kind, at least not at first. In 1962 Wal-Mart opened as one of the first big-box retail stores alongside Target, Kmart, and others. What made Sam Walton rise faster than his competitors was his drive and innovation. He completely changed the retail game by selling goods at the lowest pos- sible price and investing in cutting-edge software that instantly tracked his competitors’ prices and consumer behavior right at the checkout line. This helped Walton build unique partnerships with retailers and manufacturers, and it’s why Wal-Mart became the largest, most successful retailer in the world by giving people what they want: the lowest possible price. “Don’t sequester yourself in a tower or create an isolated bubble of yes-people. Get out there and do some of the jobs that bring you into direct contact with your customers and front-line employees.”
  5. 5. LIBERTY TAX SERVICE|Top Entrepreneurs| 4. 1901-1966 WALT DISNEY Walt Disney was a true dreamer. His obsessive focus grew the Disney empire from the very bottom, facing setback after setback as a young entrepreneur. Classic films like Bambi and Pinocchio originally failed at the box office, and competitors repeatedly stole his ideas and animations. Nevertheless, Walt Disney was determined and knew that big dreams take even bigger risks. His resilience made Disneyland known across the globe as “the happiest place on earth” and characters like Mickey Mouse timeless household entertainment. “All dreams can come true, if we have the courage to pursue them.”
  6. 6. LIBERTY TAX SERVICE|Top Entrepreneurs| 5. JEFF BEZOS Imagine a world today without the Amazon logo on a box at your door. It’s hard to remem- ber a world without online shopping, and though Jeff Bezos didn’t invent the game, his experiment to host an online bookstore has grown into the cornerstone of online shopping. Bezos launched Amazon in 1994 after quitting his job and ignoring advice to stay out of online retail. For a company that started selling books, Amazon has changed the way consumers shop for just about everything, and is now the standard in online shopping. His secret? Solo retreats. Bezos goes away each quarter and unplugs as much as possible. In that solitude, he believes the creative fire is rekindled, something every entrepreneur needs to stay on top. “A brand for a company is like a reputation for a person. You earn reputation by trying to do hard things well.” 1964-PRESENT
  7. 7. LIBERTY TAX SERVICE|Top Entrepreneurs| 6. LARRY PAGE & SERGEY BRIN This duo met at Stanford, and eventually co-founded Google Inc., the search-engine that rivals all search engines, in a friend’s garage. Page, the current CEO of Google, says the idea originally came to him in a vivid dream when he was 23 years old. Now, Google is host to over 2.5 billion global searches a day and the company’s value is over $200 billion. Together, Page and Brin have spent a large chunk of those billions on research and development, prov- ing the company is more than just a search engine. In addition to their innovative technology projects like a self-driving car and the wearable computer Google Glass, Page and Brin try to keep the doors open when it comes to expansion, truly embracing the idea that “anything goes.” BOTH 1973-PRESENT “If your business is based on a hot idea, go as goofy as you like with the name.”
  8. 8. LIBERTY TAX SERVICE|Top Entrepreneurs| 7. BILL GATES We often strive to change the world maybe once in a lifetime, but for Bill Gates, once was not enough. As the founder of Microsoft and possibly the most influential geek on the planet, Gates revolutionized personal computers, the central focus of the Microsoft Corporation, helping pave the way for cost-effective and user-friendly computing. Today, Gates’ focus has shifted. The Bill and Melinda Gates Founda- tion is committed to global health, development, and education in some of the toughest places on earth to live. In both endeavors, it’s clear that the foundation is about changing lives. Gates often men- tions that the key to good business is in hiring truly skilled people in which you can trust and collabo- rate. From the top billionaire in America, that’s worthy advice. important to heed the lessons of failure.” 1955-PRESENT
  9. 9. LIBERTY TAX SERVICE|Top Entrepreneurs| 8. HOWARD SCHULTZ Howard Schultz’s success is a true comeback story. He stepped back into the role of Star- bucks’ CEO in 2008 after an eight-year break, and it’s a good thing. Starbucks’ profits and revenues were falling fast and the company was in danger of losing its stronghold on the java-drinking world. Schultz’s approach was to get back to basics and simplify. His focus on day-to-day efficiency after its initial growth and success saved Starbucks tens of millions of dollars a year with a simple fix: a better way to measure steamed milk for lattes. His entrepreneurial genius, like so many others, focuses on the little things, like milk waste, and it pays. “We believed very early on that people’s interaction with the Starbucks experience was going to determine the success of the brand.” 1953-PRESENT
  10. 10. LIBERTY TAX SERVICE|Top Entrepreneurs| 9. MARK ZUCKERBERG Mark Zuckerberg, often called an obsessive entrepreneurial genius, is proof that only the paranoid make billions. He offers this advice often, taking nothing for granted and pushing out a constant flow of innovative changes to Facebook, staying way ahead of any competi- tion. Launched in 2004 from his Harvard dorm room, Facebook has become the one social media site that few can live without, with a market value of over $75 billion. Zuckerberg dropped out of Harvard to focus on Facebook and it’s a good thing. In 2010, Time magazine named him among the 100 wealthi- est and most influential people in the world. “Move fast and break things. Unless you are 1984-PRESENT
  11. 11. LIBERTY TAX SERVICE|Top Entrepreneurs| 10. 1973-PRESENT TONY HSIEH After selling his company, LinkExchange, to Microsoft for $265 million in 1999, Tony Hseih joined and eventually became CEO, helping the company grow to over $1 bil- lion in gross merchandise sales each year. Amazon acquired in 2009 but Hsieh retains his position as CEO, allowing his reputation as a quirky, unique executive to keep one of the best 100 companies to work for in America. Hsieh is a visionary, with proj- ects that include his personally funded Downtown Project, a mission to revitalize downtown Las Vegas into a community-focused large city. In his first book, Delivering Happiness, he explores his main goal as an entrepreneur: Hsieh believes in cultivating a different kind of corporate culture, one that pro- motes happiness and passion, first. “Chase the vision not the money. Passion will get you through on customers, suppliers and business partners.”
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