Directory containing biographies of world famous businessmen and businesswomen.

Business People

The textbook definition of business is the providing of products, services or both to people in exchange for something from them like money. This activity has been around for centuries and has always had its big guns and the ‘smaller guy’. The earliest form of trading was done using the barter system where one person exchanged a part his product for a service or another product produced by another person. The introduction of money for the trading of goods was introduced in as far back as circa 3000 B.C. Today business refers to an individual or an organization involved in providing services or products to consumers. So who exactly are business people? The simplest answer would be that they are people who have been put in charge of the management and administration of an entity like an organisation as a whole or a major arm of said organisation. The world of business is full of impressive names which have equally impressive stories attached to them and that is why, what follows these words is a list of some of the most famous people from the field of business and a their biographies which includes their life history, achievements, trivia and even timelines.
A. Alfred TaubmanA. Alfred Taubman
A shopping mall is definitely a one-stop destination for fun, entertainment and limitless shopping, isn’t it? Everything that you need (basic ...
Alan SugarAlan Sugar
Alan Michael Sugar, one of the best known British businessmen in the world is the founder of the highly successful electronics company Amstrad ...
Alexander Turney StewartAlexander Turney Ste...
Alexander Stewart was a leading retail dry-goods businessman in the USA. Considered to be a business genius, he started his business with ...
Amar BoseAmar Bose
The brilliant mind behind the founding of the Bose Corporation, a name which spells supreme quality in the fields of acoustics and sound ...
Andrew CarnegieAndrew Carnegie
Andrew Carnegie was a Scottish-American industrialist, businessman, entrepreneur and a major philanthropist. Carnegie earned the major part of ...
Anita RoddickAnita Roddick
Anita Roddick was one of the famed names in the cosmetic circles around the globe. The initiator, creator and founder of the well-known wellness ...
Aristotle OnassisAristotle Onassis
Aristotle Onassis’ life is a perfect rag to riches story. He grew up from nobody to a global business magnate who ruled the world as one of the ...
Bill Ford Bill Ford
Bill Ford is an American entrepreneur and is the great-grandson of Henry Ford. He is the executive chairman of Ford Motor Company. Apart from ...
Bobby FlayBobby Flay
Robert William “Bobby” Flay is a celebrity chef who has hosted several popular cookery shows on the television channel, Food Network. He is most ...
Bruce JennerBruce Jenner
William Bruce Jenner is a former US track and field athlete, a businessman and a famous television personality. He was an Olympic gold medalist ...
Cecil John RhodesCecil John Rhodes
Cecil Rhodes, the founder of the diamond company De Beers was a prominent South African businessman cum politician of British origin. A strong ...
Charles F. Kettering Charles F. Kettering
Widely revered as one of greatest inventers in America, Charles F. Kettering was an electrical engineer and an industrial pioneer. He was the ...
Charles M Schwab Charles M. Schwab
Charles M. Schwab was a famous American steel magnate and businessman. He headed as the president of Bethlehem Steel, which became the second ...
Conrad BlackConrad Black
From popularity and admiration to defamation and loathing by the public, Conrad Black is a man who has seen it all. Born into a wealthy and ...
Conrad HiltonConrad Hilton
Conrad Hilton was an American hotelier and businessman and the founder of the much renowned Hilton Hotels chain. Hilton’s philanthropic ...
Dave ThomasDave Thomas
Since generations, people have always complained of not finding the perfect pizza or the spot-on spaghetti while trying different restaurants ...
David OgilvyDavid Ogilvy
David Mackenzie Ogilvy, CBE was a renowned advertising executive and an excellent businessman. Popularly known as the “Father of Advertising”, ...
Dhirubhai AmbaniDhirubhai Ambani
Fiery instinct, futuristic outlook, indomitable will, and a burning passion was all that Dhirubhai Ambani had when he set out to work his way ...
Donald TrumpDonald Trump
Donald John Trump is one of America’s best-known business and television personalities whose business interests include real estate, gaming, ...
Donatella VersaceDonatella Versace
Donatella Versace, the younger sister of the famous designer Gianni Versace was his adviser and inspiration while he was a budding designer. ...
Enzo FerrariEnzo Ferrari
Enzo Anselmo Ferrari had a passion for sports cars and racing since a very young age, courtesy his father and big brother’s interest in racing ...
Estee LauderEstee Lauder
Estee Lauder was an American businesswoman and founder of the Estée Lauder Companies, a pioneering cosmetics company. She was also one of the ...
Francis LewisFrancis Lewis
Francis Lewis, one of the 56 signers of the U.S. Declaration of Independence, was a businessman and politician who represented New York in the ...
George Soros - American Business MagnateGeorge Soros
George Soros, the astute businessman who founded the highly profitable Soros Fund Management LLC is also one of the world’s most active ...
George StephenGeorge Stephen
George Stephen, also known as Sir George Stephen, was a Scots-Quebecker banker and railway executive in Canada. He became the first president ...
Ghanshyam Das BirlaGhanshyam Das Birla
Ghanshyam Das Birla was one of the most prominent Indian businessmen from the era when India was struggling to get freedom from the British ...
H. L. HuntH. L. Hunt
Haroldson Lafayette Hunt, Jr., popularly known as H. L. Hunt, was born in Carson Township, Fayette County, Illinois. He was an extremely ...
Henry FordHenry Ford
Henry Ford, a renowned industrialist in America, was the founder of the Ford Motor Company. He also sponsored the development of the assembly ...
J. Paul Getty J. Paul Getty
Jean Paul Getty is popularly remembered as the world’s first billionaire and independent oil producer. Son of an oil merchant, George Getty, ...
J. R. D. TataJ. R. D. Tata
The man who made Tata Group one of the most prestigious and successful industrial groups in India, Jehangir Ratanji Dadabhoy Tata, better known ...
Jack WelchJack Welch
John Francis Welch, Jr., better known as Jack Welch in the business world, was the chairman and CEO of General Electric for a period of two ...
James J. HillJames J. Hill
A well-known Canadian-American railroad executive and businessman, a chief executive officer of the Hill lines, James Jerome Hill was fondly ...
Jamie OliverJamie Oliver
Jamie Oliver is a famous British chef, restaurateur, author of cookery books, and media personality. The appeal and reach of many of Jamie ...
Jay GouldJay Gould
Jason “Jay” Gould was the America’s top railroad developer and speculator. Born in Roxbury, New York, he was considered among the most dishonest ...
Jerry JonesJerry Jones
Jerry Jones is the man who single-handedly enabled ‘Dallas Cowboys’ to reclaim their former glory. Jerry’s association with football commenced ...
Jim CramerJim Cramer
Jim Cramer is a finance expert and the host of the finance television program ‘Mad Money’ that is broadcast on CNBC. A former hedge fund ...
Jim RogersJim Rogers
James Beeland “Jim” Rogers, Jr. is a Singapore based business magnate of American origin. Regarded by the business world as a brilliant ...
John D. RockefellerJohn D. Rockefeller
John Davison Rockefeller I was an oil magnate from America, who brought a revolution in the petroleum industry and outlined the structure of ...
John D. Rockefeller, JrJohn D. Rockefeller ...
John D. Rockefeller, Jr. was an American businessman and major philanthropist. He was the fifth and the last child of the famous businessman and ...
John H. JohnsonJohn H. Johnson
John Harold Johnson was one of the most significant businessman and publisher of United States. Though early years of his life were quite ...
Kim KardashianKim Kardashian
Kim Kardashian is one among the most highly paid reality TV stars, with an estimated net worth of 40 million dollars. She gained media attention ...
Larry EllisonLarry Ellison
Lawrence Joseph ‘Larry’ Ellison is an American businessman, best known as the co-founder and CEO of multi-billion dollar software company, ...
Larry PageLarry Page
Larry Page, born as Lawrence Page, is an American entrepreneur and computer scientist who, along with Sergey Brin, co-founded Google Inc., the ...
Laura Ashley Laura Ashley
Laura Ashley was a Welsh fashion designer and businesswoman. She came from a humble background of rural Wales, growing up in a service class and ...
Lee IacoccaLee Iacocca
Lee Iacocca, born as Lido Anthony Iacocca, is a businessman who attained a celebrity status by reviving the fortunes of automobile manufacturer ...
Leo BurnettLeo Burnett
Leo Burnett was an advertising executive who created the famous advertising campaigns like the Jolly Green Giant, the Marlboro Man, Toucan Sam, ...
Martha StewartMartha Stewart
Emmy Award winning TV show host, domestic goddess, lifestyle guru and business entrepreneur, Martha Stewart has made it big as a businesswoman ...
Mary Kay AshMary Kay Ash
Mary Kay Ash was a famous American businesswoman and the founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics, Inc. She started her business with a small investment of ...
Oskar SchindlerOskar Schindler
Oskar Schindler was a German industrialist who helped save the lives of hundreds of Jews from Hitler’s onslaught during the Holocaust. The World ...
P. T.  Barnum P. T. Barnum
P.T. Barnum was one of the most celebrated personalities who amused millions of people with his bizarre yet amusing showmanship. With an ...
Peter DruckerPeter Drucker
Peter Ferdinand Drucker was an amazing writer, brilliant management consultant and a self-defined “social ecologist”. His works distinguish the ...
Ray KrocRay Kroc
Raymond Albert “Ray” Kroc was an extremely proficient American businessman. Once referred to by Harvard Business School as “the service sector’s ...
Richard BransonRichard Branson
Richard Branson, a high-school dropout, is today one of the richest business kingpins in the world. The founder and chairman of a leading ...
Robert OwenRobert Owen
Robert Owen, one of the founding fathers of utopian socialism, was a man much ahead of his times. He was a successful textile mill owner who was ...
Sam WaltonSam Walton
Samuel Moore "Sam" Walton was among the most versatile and brilliant businessmen of the world. He was the founder of one of the world’s biggest ...
Samuel ColtSamuel Colt
Samuel Colt was an American inventor and industrialist who designed and developed the world’s first handgun—better known as the ‘Revolver’—a ...
Sarah Jane Brown - Business WomanSarah Jane Brown
Sarah Brown is the founding member and president of ‘PiggyBankKids’, children’s charity organization and also ‘Hobsbawm Macaulay Communications’ ...
Sergey BrinSergey Brin
Sergey Brin is an American computer scientist and internet entrepreneur, who, along with Larry Page, co-founded Google Inc in 1998. Brin ...
Seth GodinSeth Godin
Seth Godin is sometimes also known as ‘the ultimate entrepreneur for the information age’. He is an American writer and has written around 17 ...
Sharon OsbourneSharon Osbourne
Sharon Osbourne is a celebrity wife turned media personality and businesswoman. She came into view of the public eye when she married the famous ...
Silvio BerlusconiSilvio Berlusconi
Silvio Berlusconi is the longest serving post-war Prime Minister of Italy, who occupied the office for nine years in total, in three different ...
Steve JobsSteve Jobs
Popularly known as the ‘Father of the Digital World’, Steve Jobs was and still continues to remain the legendary, futurist visionary who created ...
Ted TurnerTed Turner
Robert Edward “Ted” Turner III is a media tycoon and the founder of the first ever 24-hour cable news network, CNN. He also has the credit of ...
Walt DisneyWalt Disney
Walt Disney was a showman in the truest sense of the word. A pioneering force in the world of animation, he transformed the entertainment ...
Warren BuffettWarren Buffett
One of the world’s wealthiest people and perhaps the most influential philanthropists of our times, Warren Buffett does not really need an ...