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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 was an American entrepreneur and philanthropist, known for conceptualizing the modern shopping malls. He pioneered the ...

Adam Khoo Adam Khoo

Adam Khoo is a Singaporean entrepreneur and writer who is recognized as one of the most vibrant and powerful motivational speakers in Asia. A ...

Aga Khan IV Aga Khan IV

Prince Shah Karim Al Hussaini Aga Khan (IV) is a Swiss-born British business tycoon, as well as the 49th and current Imam of ‘Nizari ...

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 Henry the Elder Alexander Henry The ...

Alexander Henry the Elder was one of the most renowned merchants of the 18th and early part of the 19th centuries. Alexander had explored 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 ...

Alfred Sloan Alfred P. Sloan

Alfred Pritchard Sloan Jr. was an American business executive and philanthropist, known for his notable contributions to automotive industry. He ...

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 ...

An Wang An Wang

An Wang was a Chinese-American computer engineer and inventor, who did formidable work in the field of magnetic core memory. He was a Chinese ...

Andrew Carnegie Andrew Carnegie

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

Andrew Mellon Andrew William Mello...

Andrew Mellon was an American industrialist and philanthropist who also served as the United States Secretary of the Treasury from 1921 to 1932. ...

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 ...

Anthony Fokker Anthony Fokker

Anthony Fokker was a Dutch innovator and industrialist who contributed greatly to the world of aviation during the early 1900s. Interested in ...

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 ...

Carlos Slim Carlos Slim

Carlos Slim is a Mexican born billionaire investor and famous philanthropist. He currently owns over 200 businesses in a wide variety of ...

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 ...

Charles Saatchi Charles Saatchi

Charles Saatchi is a British businessman and one of the most well-known collectors of contemporary works of art. He was born into a wealthy ...

Clive Palmer Clive Palmer

One of the richest men in Australia, Clive Palmer wears many hats. He is a businessman, a member of the Australian Parliament and he even ...

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 ...

Cyrus Mistry Cyrus Pallonji Mistr...

Cyrus Pallonji Mistry is an eminent Irish entrepreneur and the current Chairman of India’s largest conglomerate, Tata Group of Companies. He ...

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 ...

Denisse Dibos Denisse Dibós...

Denisse Dibos is a versatile Peruvian performer and artist. She is a professor of Peruvian Music, actress/singer, art educator, entrepreneur, ...

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. ...

Dr. Dre Dr. Dre

Dr Dre is truly a Godfather of the American hip hop industry. A rapper and producer by profession, Dre’s life story is filled with numerous ...

Elon Musk Elon Musk

Elon Musk is one of the greatest and most prolific modern inventors and is responsible for monumental advancements in futuristic technology like ...

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 ...

Fernando Espuelas Fernando Espuelas

Fernando Espuelas, a well-known magnate, was interested in business from a very tender age. Having first displayed his proprietorship skills at ...

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 Cadbury George Cadbury

At a young age of 21 when he was handed over the responsibility of looking after his father’s failing business, along with his elder brother ...

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 ...

Howard Schultz Howard Schultz

Howard Schultz is an American businessman and writer. Born to Fred and Elaine Schultz he grew up with his siblings, Ronnie and Michael, in the ...

Iqbal Quadir Iqbal Quadir

Iqbal Z. Quadir is the founder of Gonofone and Grameenphone. Inspired by his upbringing as an impoverished youth in rural Bangladesh, he ...

Ivana Trump Ivana Trump

Ivana Trump is a former fashion model, socialite and a highly successful businesswoman of Czech origin. She is the founder of Ivana Haute ...

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 Dyson James Dyson

Sir James Dyson is a British inventor who invented the Dual Cyclone bagless vacuum cleaner. A highly successful industrial designer and ...

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 ...

James Young Chemist James Young (Chemist...

James Young was a Scottish Chemist, engineer, founder of the first commercial oil-works in the world, and is known as the father of the ...

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 ...

Jamsetji Tata Jamsetji Tata

Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata was an Indian industrialist and entrepreneur who founded the Tata Group, India’s biggest conglomerate company. The ...

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 ...

Jeff Bezos Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos is an American technology entrepreneur and founder of e-commerce giant Amazon.com. Born to Jacklyn Gise and Ted Jorgensen, he was ...

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 ...

Jerry Yang Jerry Yang

Jerry Yang is a Taiwanese-American internet entrepreneur, best known as the co-founder, and the former CEO of ‘Yahoo! Inc.’ Born in Taiwan, ...

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 ...

Jolie Gabor Jolie Gabor

Jolie Gabor was an entrepreneur and socialite. She had a storied life and career that spanned over a century. She was born into a Jewish family ...

Kai-Fu Lee Kai-Fu Lee

Kai-Fu Lee is a Taiwanese computer scientist, IT venture capitalist, micro-blogger and executive. His most well-known title is “Information ...

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 ...

Kumar Manglam Birla Kumar Mangalam Birla

Kumar Mangalam Birla is chairman of the multinational, Aditya Birla Group—the third largest business house in India. Born into a generations ...

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, ...

Louis Chevrolet Louis Chevrolet

Louis Joseph Chevrolet was a Swiss-American car racer who designed the first Chevrolet automobile and also founded the ‘Frontenac Motor ...

Louis Vuitton Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton was a French entrepreneur and designer who founded the iconic fashion house that carries his name. The brand which is today one of ...

Mark Kennedy Mark Kennedy

Mark Raymond Kennedy is an American businessman and politician. He began his career as a Certified Public Accountant and went on to receive his ...

Mark Zuckerberg Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg is famous worldwide, for having developed 'Facebook', the most widely used social networking website. At a very young age, he ...

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 ...

Mo Ibrahim Mo Ibrahim

Dr Mohamed Mo Ibrahim is Sudanese-born British entrepreneur, who is popularly known as the telecommunication giant of the African continent. ...

Mohamed Al-Fayed Mohamed Al-Fayed

Mohamed Al-Fayed is an Egyptian business magnate who owns The Hotel Ritz, a grand palatial hotel in the heart of Paris. The hotel which is ...

Mukesh Ambani Mukesh Ambani

Mukesh Ambani is an Indian business tycoon, Chairman of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL) and is ranked among the richest people in the world. ...

N. R. Narayana Murthy N. R. Narayana Murth...

One of the brilliant minds behind the founding of the Indian multinational corporation Infosys Ltd., N. R. Narayana Murthy, is an industrialist ...

Nandan Nilekani Nandan Nilekani

Nandan Nilekani is an Indian entrepreneur and one of the founders of the 'Infosys', the famous Indian IT company. He is a hero and an ...

Oluchi Oluchi Onweagba

Oluchi Onweagba is a Nigerian supermodel, television personality, and entrepreneur. She is known for exposing the world to Africa as a source ...

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 ...

Paris Hilton Paris Hilton

Born with a ‘silver spoon’, Paris Hilton is a multi-millionaire heiress of the Hilton Group of Hotels. She is also a media-magnate, ...

Pat Robertson Pat Robertson

The world famous host of the Christian News program, ‘The 700 Club’, Pat Robertson is an American media mogul who has also founded several ...

Patricia Kaas Patricia Kaas

Patricia Kaas is a distinguished singer, who has worked hard to make a name in the French music scene. While the international music world is ...

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 ...

Priscilla Presley Priscilla Presley

Priscilla Presley is the former wife of late Elvis Presley, singing superstar and King of Rock n Roll. An actor and business magnate by ...

Ratan Tata Ratan Tata

Ratan Tata is one of the leading Indian industrialists, ex- Chairman of the largest Indian conglomerate, Tata Group of Companies. He currently ...

Ray Kroc Ray Kroc

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