Becoming an entrepreneur is itself no mean feat, but a few entrepreneurs reach such levels of success that they become celebrities. They are influential household names, and their business ideas shake whatever industry they are in and even change the economy. The following list is just some of the top entrepreneurs of the 21st century.
Sergey Brin is one of the two co-founders of Google that made this list. With a net worth of $34.6 billion, he is now the president of Alphabet. Alphabet is an extension of Google and oversees several companies like YouTube, Android, and Google X.
Larry Page is the other co-founder of Google. He is now CEO of the company he founded in 1998 while attending Stanford with Brin. His net worth is $35.4 billion, and Google has become possibly the single most influential force on the internet, surpassing Apple in stock values in 2016.
Michael Bloomberg is perhaps most famous now for his unsuccessful bid as the 2020 Democratic nominee for President of the United States. But with a net worth of $41.7 billion, he is also one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world. Recently, he has been revitalizing his empire’s finance and media arms, which includes Bloomberg News.
Mark Zuckerberg dropped out of Harvard at 19 to found Facebook, and it has grown into the world’s largest social platform. It used to be exclusive to Harvard students, but within two years has allowed anyone over the age of 13 to join and had the largest tech IPO in the United States.
Elon Musk is one of the wealthiest people in the world and oversees many different companies within the tech industry. He is CEO and CTO of SpaceX (which he also founded), CEO and chief product architect of Tesla Motors, and co-founder of PayPal, just to name a few. He has also conceptualized a high-speed transport system known as the Hyperloop.
Jeff Bezos is the CEO and founder of Amazon, which started as an online book store but has since grown into the internet’s most popular online retailer and a tech company. Its most famous product is perhaps the AI assistant Alexa. Bezos is also the CEO of an aerospace company known as Blue Origin.