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Directory containing biographies of world famous businessmen and businesswomen.

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 Taubman A. Alfred Taubman

Adolf Alfred Taubman is an American entrepreneur and philanthropist, known for conceptualizing the modern shopping malls. He pioneered the ...

Alan Sugar Alan 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 Graham Bell Alexander Graham Bel...

One of the greatest inventors of the late 19th century, Alexander Graham Bell is probably most famous for the invention of the telephone and the ...

Alexander Turney Stewart Alexander 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 Bose Amar 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 Carnegie Andrew Carnegie

Andrew Carnegie was a Scottish-American industrialist, businessman, entrepreneur and a major philanthropist. Carnegie earned the major part of ...

Anita Roddick Anita 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 Onassis Aristotle 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 ...

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 Flay Bobby Flay

Robert William “Bobby” Flay is a celebrity chef who has hosted several popular cookery shows on the television channel, Food Network. He is ...

Bruce Jenner Bruce 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 Rhodes Cecil 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 ...

Colonel Sanders Colonel Sanders

Harland Sanders was the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), which emerged as a fast-food sensation in the 1960s. He left home as a young ...

Conrad Black Conrad 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 Hilton Conrad Hilton

Conrad Hilton was an American hotelier and businessman and the founder of the much renowned Hilton Hotels chain. Hilton’s philanthropic ...

Dave Thomas Dave Thomas

Since generations, people have always complained of not finding the perfect pizza or the spot-on spaghetti while trying different restaurants ...

David Ogilvy David Ogilvy

David Mackenzie Ogilvy, CBE was a renowned advertising executive and an excellent businessman. Popularly known as the “Father of ...

Dhirubhai Ambani Dhirubhai 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 Trump Donald Trump

Donald John Trump is one of America’s best-known business and television personalities whose business interests include real estate, gaming, ...

Donatella Versace Donatella Versace

Donatella Versace, the younger sister of the famous designer Gianni Versace was his adviser and inspiration while he was a budding designer. ...

Enzo Ferrari Enzo 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 Lauder Estee 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 Lewis Francis 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 Magnate George 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 Stephen George 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 Birla Ghanshyam 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. Hunt H. 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 Ford Henry Ford

Henry Ford, a renowned industrialist in America, was the founder of the Ford Motor Company. He also sponsored the development of the assembly ...

Howard Hughes Howard Hughes

Howard Robard Hughes, Jr. was a man of many talents and interests and made his name as a business magnate, investor, aviator, aerospace ...

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. Tata J. 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 Welch Jack 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. Hill James J. Hill

A well-known Canadian-American railroad executive and businessman, a chief executive officer of the Hill lines, James Jerome Hill was fondly ...

James Roosevelt James Roosevelt

James Roosevelt, the eldest son of Franklin D. Roosevelt, the 32nd President of United States of America, was a member of the House of ...

Jamie Oliver Jamie 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 Gould Jay Gould

Jason “Jay” Gould was the America’s top railroad developer and speculator. Born in Roxbury, New York, he was considered among the most ...

Jerry Jones Jerry Jones

Jerry Jones is the man who single-handedly enabled ‘Dallas Cowboys’ to reclaim their former glory. Jerry’s association with football ...

Jim Cramer Jim 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 Rogers Jim 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. Rockefeller John 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, Jr John 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. Johnson John 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 Kardashian Kim 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 Ellison Larry Ellison

Lawrence Joseph ‘Larry’ Ellison is an American businessman, best known as the co-founder and CEO of multi-billion dollar software company, ...

Larry Page Larry 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 Iacocca Lee Iacocca

Lee Iacocca, born as Lido Anthony Iacocca, is a businessman who attained a celebrity status by reviving the fortunes of automobile manufacturer ...

Leo Burnett Leo Burnett

Leo Burnett was an advertising executive who created the famous advertising campaigns like the Jolly Green Giant, the Marlboro Man, Toucan Sam, ...

Martha Stewart Martha 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 Ash Mary 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 Schindler Oskar Schindler

Oskar Schindler was a German industrialist who helped save the lives of hundreds of Jews from Hitler’s onslaught during the Holocaust. The ...

Otto Frank Otto Frank

Otto Heinrich ‘Pim’ Frank, popularly known as Otto Frank, was a Jewish-German businessman who had to go through the devastating violence at ...

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 ...

Paul Allen Paul Allen

Paul Gardner Allen is the co-founder of Microsoft, a billionaire and a philanthropist. He was born and brought up in Seattle, Washington, by his ...

Peter Drucker Peter Drucker

Peter Ferdinand Drucker was an amazing writer, brilliant management consultant and a self-defined “social ecologist”. His works distinguish ...

Ray Kroc Ray Kroc

Raymond Albert “Ray” Kroc was an extremely proficient American businessman. Once referred to by Harvard Business School as “the service ...

Richard Branson Richard 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 Kiyosaki Robert Kiyosaki

Robert Kiyosakiis a legendary figure who has changed the way how people look at money. An entrepreneur, investor, author and motivational ...

Robert Owen Robert 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 Walton Sam 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 ...

Samuel Colt Samuel Colt

Samuel Colt was an American inventor and industrialist who designed and developed the world’s first handgun—better known as the ...

Sarah Jane Brown - Business Woman Sarah Jane Brown

Sarah Brown is the founding member and president of ‘PiggyBankKids’, children’s charity organization and also ‘Hobsbawm Macaulay ...

Sergey Brin Sergey Brin

Sergey Brin is an American computer scientist and internet entrepreneur, who, along with Larry Page, co-founded Google Inc in 1998. Brin ...

Seth Godin Seth Godin

Seth Godin is sometimes also known as ‘the ultimate entrepreneur for the information age’. He is an American writer and has written around ...

Sharon Osbourne Sharon 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 Berlusconi Silvio 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 Jobs Steve Jobs

Popularly known as the ‘Father of the Digital World’, Steve Jobs was and still continues to remain the legendary, futurist visionary who ...

Steve Wozniak Steve Wozniak

A computer wizard, Steve Wozniak is the man who through his invention of Apple I and Apple II computers magnified the microcomputer revolution ...

Ted Turner Ted 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 ...

Thomas Alva Edison Thomas Edison

His is a rags-to-riches story - virtually turning the fate of his life from being a ‘confused’ lad to the most recognized and respected ...

Walt Disney Walt 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 Buffett Warren Buffett

One of the world’s wealthiest people and perhaps the most influential philanthropists of our times, Warren Buffett does not really need an ...