The field of entrepreneurism has grown in popularity over the years, and for good reason. Many entrepreneurs have influenced the world with their ideas and bravery. They have set a great example for those that come behind them.
These people are successful role models who weren’t afraid to put in hard work to see their dreams realized. From Oprah Winfrey to Donald Trump, here is a look at some of the most influential examples of historical entrepreneurs that have impacted our world today.
Steve Jobs was born in San Francisco, California and worked in the computer technology and computer science world. He had an influence on the world with his advancement in computers and media devices, making him worth $6.1 billion. He started by building computers and selling them for a profit with an old friend. This grew into the ever popular Apple Computer of company.
It became a publicly traded corporation, and once John Scully of Pepsi-Cola Company joined, Apple Macintosh was born. Sadly, Jobs lost control of his company, but his perseverance inspired him to form a new company called NeXT computers. Then, he bought “The Graphics Group” which later became the famous Pixar. When Apple bought NeXT, Jobs returned to Apple as interim CEO. He later became the permanent CEO. Not long after, Disney purchased Pixar and Jobs became a billionaire.
Oprah Gail Winfrey
Worth $2.7 billion, the 56 year old Oprah Winfrey is one of the most influential entrepreneurs to date. Her name is known by all because of her rise to fame as a female media pioneer and her success in empowering people.
Despite being a victim of a sexual attack at the young age of 9 and losing a child at 14 years old, she rose to be one of the most famous and most well-loved professionals in the entertainment industry. In 1988 she decided to start a company called Harpo Studios and co-founded Oxygen Media. She’s not only become a billionaire herself, but she’s produced jobs and wealth for many around her.
Yes, Walt Disney is an entrepreneur and a real person. The famous theme park, Walt Disney World, was named after the entrepreneurial French native that lived to be 65 years old. He became a billionaire after pioneering an entertainment park. He first started as a Kansas City film Ad Company employee where he learned how to make animations out of cut-outs.
He read “Animated Cartoons” by Edwin G. Lutz, which motivated him to become a professional animator. His second business went bankrupt because he was bad with money. After he went to Hollywood with his brother to secure a distributor deal to aid his business, things grew and his business started thriving.
He made unique characters and brought animation to life through cinemas and theaters. His fans became loyal to the Mickey Mouse character of his cartoons, and soon the Walt Disney Co. would become the greatest theme park ever created.
Other big names on the list of the most influential entrepreneurs would be Martha Stewart, Coco Chanel, Henry Ford, Andrew Carnegie, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg and Thomas Edison. These only scratch the surface of the biggest names in the entrepreneurial world, and they all have a unique role in inspiring entrepreneurs of today.