Ask an entrepreneur who had the guts to cast off corporate shackles and kick start his own business, and he will tell you that it is the most fulfilling and perhaps the most nerve-racking thing that he has ever tried. For those with entrepreneurial minds, nothing beats the sense of freedom that comes with breaking away from the routine job and becoming one's own boss. But such freedom always comes with a price. Nearly all accomplished entrepreneurs will amuse you with long, inspiring stories long nights, lean times and near-catastrophes. Becoming an entrepreneur warrants diving in all the way, because you cannot just waddle into it half-heartedly and do well. Entrepreneurial success is not always about business as much as it is about one's ability to innovate and create value. America, the land of opportunities, where hard work and intelligence never goes in vain, has borne scores of entrepreneurial heroes, who have contributed heavily in the wealth building of the country. Explore all about the timeline, trivia, and interesting facts about American entrepreneurs in their biographies here.
Donald TrumpDonald Trump
14 June 1946
45th U.S. President
Elon MuskElon Musk
28 June 1971
Entrepreneur, Engineer, Inventor

Madam C. J. WalkerMadam C. J. Walker
23 December 1867

Bill GatesBill Gates
28 October 1955
Co-Founder of Microssoft

Jeff BezosJeff Bezos
12 January 1964
Founder of

Mark ZuckerbergMark Zuckerberg
14 May 1984
Founder of Facebook
Steve JobsSteve Jobs
24 February 1955
Co-founder of Apple

Kim KardashianKim Kardashian
21 October 1980
Reality TV Star, Model, Socialite

Warren BuffettWarren Buffett
30 August 1930
Business Magnate, Investor, Philanthropist
Michael BloombergMichael Bloomberg
14 February 1942
Mayor of New York City

Ivanka TrumpIvanka Trump
30 October 1981
Daughter of Donald Trump
Mark CubanMark Cuban
31 July 1958

Ghislaine MaxwellGhislaine Maxwell
25 December 1961

Jared KushnerJared Kushner
10 January 1981
Senior Advisor to the President of the United

Mary-Kate OlsenMary-Kate Olsen
13 June 1986
Actress, Fashion Designer

Walt DisneyWalt Disney
05 December 1901
George SorosGeorge Soros
12 August 1930
Investor, Philanthropist

Howard HughesHoward Hughes
24 December 1905
Entrepreneur, Investor

Kourtney KardashianKourtney Kardashian
18 April 1979
Model, Reality Star

Dr. DreDr. Dre
18 February 1965
American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur
Rupert MurdochRupert Murdoch
11 March 1931
Media Mogul

Jack DorseyJack Dorsey
19 November 1976
Co-Founder of Twitter
Thomas EdisonThomas Edison
11 February 1847
Inventor, Businessman

Paris HiltonParis Hilton
17 February 1981
Socialite, Model, Reality Star

Donald Trump Jr.Donald Trump Jr.
31 December 1977
Son of Donald Trump
Sundar PichaiSundar Pichai
12 July 1972
CEO of Google Inc

Ben ShapiroBen Shapiro
15 January 1984
Political Commentator, Public Speaker
Khloé KardashianKhloé Kardashian
27 June 1984
Media personality

Jerry ReinsdorfJerry Reinsdorf
25 February 1936
Chairman of the Chicago Bulls

Martha StewartMartha Stewart
03 August 1941
John D. RockefellerJohn D. Rockefeller
08 July 1839

Continue Reading Below
Guy FieriGuy Fieri
22 January 1968
Restaurateur, Cookbook Author
Ivana TrumpIvana Trump
20 February 1949
Ex-Wife of Donald Trump

Fred TrumpFred Trump
11 October 1905
Real Estate Developer

Priscilla PresleyPriscilla Presley
24 May 1945
Film actress

Sean ParkerSean Parker
03 December 1979
Henry FordHenry Ford
30 July 1863
Sean CombsSean Combs
04 November 1969

Hugh HefnerHugh Hefner
09 April 1926
Founder of Playboy Magazine

Kevin JonasKevin Jonas
05 November 1987

Colonel SandersColonel Sanders
09 September 1890
Founder of KFC
Steve WozniakSteve Wozniak
11 August 1950
Co-founder of Apple Computer (Apple Inc.)

Bill AckmanBill Ackman
11 May 1966
CEO of Pershing Square Capital Management

Jack WelchJack Welch
19 November 1935
Former Chairman & CEO of General Electric

Melinda GatesMelinda Gates
15 August 1964
Philanthropist, Wife of Bill Gates

Larry PageLarry Page
26 March 1973
Co-founder of Google
Jeffrey WrightJeffrey Wright
07 December 1965

Kimbal MuskKimbal Musk
20 September 1972
Venture Capitalist, Restaurateurs
Jessica SimpsonJessica Simpson
10 July 1980

Lee IacoccaLee Iacocca
15 October 1924

Dany GarciaDany Garcia
29 November 1968
Paul AllenPaul Allen
21 January 1953
Co-founder of Microsoft, Philanthropist

Evan SpiegelEvan Spiegel
04 June 1990
Co-founder of Snapchat
Tim CookTim Cook
01 November 1960
CEO of Apple Inc.

Larry EllisonLarry Ellison
17 August 1944
Founder of Oracle

Ted TurnerTed Turner
19 November 1938

Peter ThielPeter Thiel
11 October 1967
Co-founder of PayPal

Eva LaRueEva LaRue
27 December 1966
Chris GardnerChris Gardner
09 February 1954

Shannon LeeShannon Lee
19 April 1969
Actress, Entrepreneur

Satya NadellaSatya Nadella
19 August 1967
CEO of Microsoft

David ChangDavid Chang
08 May 1977
Kate SpadeKate Spade
24 December 1962
Fashion designer

J. P. MorganJ. P. Morgan
17 April 1837
Financier and Banker
Ray KrocRay Kroc
05 October 1902
Founder of the McDonald’s Corporation

Andrew CarnegieAndrew Carnegie
25 November 1835
Industrialist, Businessman, Entrepreneur and a

J. Paul GettyJ. Paul Getty
15 December 1892
Bobby FlayBobby Flay
10 December 1964
American chef

Sergey BrinSergey Brin
21 August 1973
Computer scientist
Scooter BraunScooter Braun
18 June 1981

Tom SteyerTom Steyer
27 June 1957

Karlie KlossKarlie Kloss
03 August 1992
Ray DalioRay Dalio
01 August 1949

Jenna JamesonJenna Jameson
09 April 1974
Jawed KarimJawed Karim
28 October 1979
Co-Founder of YouTube

Aaron SwartzAaron Swartz
08 November 1986
Computer Programmer

Jill St. JohnJill St. John
19 August 1940

Laurene Powell JobsLaurene Powell Jobs
06 November 1963
Businesswoman, Widow of Steve Jobs
Shane McMahonShane McMahon
15 January 1970
Steve BallmerSteve Ballmer
24 March 1956
Former CEO of Microsoft

Rob DyrdekRob Dyrdek
28 June 1974
Skateboarder, Actor, Entrepreneur

Jennifer FlavinJennifer Flavin
14 August 1968
Entrepreneur, Wife of Sylvester Stallone

Gary VaynerchukGary Vaynerchuk
14 November 1975
Richard Benjamin HarrisonRichard Benjamin Harrison
04 March 1941
Businessman, TV Personality

Betsy DeVosBetsy DeVos
08 January 1958
US Secretary of Education

Debi MazarDebi Mazar
13 August 1964

Bethenny FrankelBethenny Frankel
04 November 1970
Television Personality

Robert KiyosakiRobert Kiyosaki
08 April 1947
Businessman, Motivational Speaker & Author
James L. DolanJames L. Dolan
11 May 1955
CEO of The Madison Square Garden Company

Rick HarrisonRick Harrison
22 March 1965
Stedman GrahamStedman Graham
06 March 1951

Christie BrinkleyChristie Brinkley
02 February 1954
Model, Actress, Businesswoman
Reed HastingsReed Hastings
08 October 1960
Co-Founder of Net Flix
Barbara CorcoranBarbara Corcoran
10 March 1949
Business Women