An entrepreneur is an owner or manager of a business enterprise who makes money through risk and initiative. The term was originally a loanword from the French language and was first defined by the Irish-French economist Richard Cantillon. Entrepreneur in English is a term applied to a person who is willing to help launch a new venture or enterprise and accept full responsibility for the outcome. Jean-Baptiste Say, a French economist, is believed to have coined the word "entrepreneur" in the 19th century - he defined an entrepreneur as "one who undertakes an enterprise, especially a contractor, acting as intermediatory between capital and labour". A broader definition by Say: "The entrepreneur shifts economic resources out of lower and into higher productivity and greater yield."
Sir Stelios Haji-Ioannou EasyJet PLC, which is one of Europe's largest low cost airlines by revenues with a fleet of 175 (+64 orders) Jets and growing.
EasyCar, which offers low cost car rental in 2,000 locations globally
EasyCruise, which attracts younger age groups to go cruising to various parts of the world
EasyBus, which offers low cost bus transportation between airports and city centres
EasyHotel, which offers low cost accommodation in city centres
The businesses outside the travel industry include internet cafés, online price comparison, personal finance, cinema, male toiletries, online recruitment, pizza delivery, music downloads, mobile telephony, offices and wrist watches. In June 2006, Haji-Ioannou received a Knighthood from Queen Elizabeth II for "services to entrepreneurship”
Eugene Schueller/Liliane Bettencourt Founder of L’Oréal, the world leading cosmetics company!
Born 20 March 1881
He graduated from the Institut de Chimie Appliquée de Paris in 1904
His first dye was called Auréale and the history of L’Óreal began
He formulated and manufactured his products then sold them to Parisian hairdressers
L’Oréal celebrated its 100th birthday in 2009 and was inherited by Schueller’s Daughter Liliane Bettencourt.
Bettencourt is reportedly worth upwards of $20 billion as L’Oréal continues to grow and prosper!
Josephine Esther Mentzer lived above her father's hardware store in Corona, a section of Queens in New York City.
She started her business by selling skin creams her uncle, who was a chemist, made in beauty shops, beach clubs and resorts.
She stalked the bosses of New York department stores until she got some counter space at Saks Fifth Avenue in 1948.
And once in that space, she had a personal approach to selling that was as potent as the promise of her skin products and perfumes.
Even after 40 years in business, Estee Lauder would attend
every launch of a new cosmetics counter or shop, travelling all over the world.
Today Estee Lauder Companies own many other world famous
brands and coordinate with many designers to keep their brand lively and fresh.
JK Rowling From an early age, Rowling had an ambition to be a writer. It was in 1990, that J.K.Rowling first had the idea about Harry Potter. At the forefront, was a young boy, not aware that he was a wizard. She completed the Philosopher’s Stone in Edinburgh then sent it off to publishers to see what they thought. On the 21st December 2006, J.K.Rowling finished her final book of the Harry Potter Series – "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows". The book was released in July 2007, becoming one of the fastest selling books of all time. The Harry Potter series is world famous and has made JK Rowling the first billionaire author. The Harry Potter book series has sold over 400 million copies worldwide and led to the making of 8 films and video games. The brand is estimated to be worth as much as $15 billion!