Automobile Industry

The automobile industry is among the most significant economic sectors of the world. This industry deals with the design, manufacture, repair, maintenance, sales and dealerships in automobiles like cars, buses, motorcycles, auto rickshaws, etc. The industry is so vast that it provides various types of business opportunities not just in sales and dealerships of automobiles, but also in several types of service businesses. The pervasiveness of automobile usage among the general population makes it a very lucrative business to get in. The world’ demand for cars and other passenger automobiles in on the rise and China, U.S. and Japan are among the biggest manufacturers of automobiles. While automobile production involves considerable investment and can be undertaken only by big business houses, there are many other opportunities in the industry to be explored by smaller businesses. Production of automobile components and dealerships in new and second-hand cars are profitable areas for entrepreneurs to venture into. The scope for service businesses in this field is also enormous. Repair and maintenance shops, car rentals, automobile financing, online car dealerships, etc. are among the exciting new avenues that many business people have entered into. This section gives you information about the personal and professional lives and works, through biographies and timelines, of various famous automobile entrepreneurs from all over the world.

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 1 Elon Musk

Elon Musk
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Famous As: CEO of Tesla
Birthdate: June 28, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pretoria, South Africa

Entrepreneur, engineer and industrial designer, Elon Musk, is famous as founder of the electronic payment firm PayPal, and the SpaceX spacecraft company. He is also the CEO of Tesla Motors. Elon Musk has plans to revolutionize transportation on earth as well as to space through futuristic technology.

 2 Ratan Tata

Ratan Tata
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Famous As: Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons
Birthdate: December 28, 1937
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Surat

Ratan Tata is a well-known Indian industrialist and the former charman of Indian multinational conglomerate Tata Sons. His reign as chairman was marked by acquisitions of iconic global brands, such as Tetley, Jaguar Land Rover and Corus by the Tata Group. Ratan Tata was instrumental in turning Tata Group from a largely India-centrist group into a global business.

 3 Henry Ford

Henry Ford
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Famous As: Industrialist
Birthdate: July 30, 1863
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Greenfield Township, Michigan, United States
Died: April 7, 1947

Business magnate and founder of the Ford Motor Company, Henry Ford is credited to have made the automobile an accessible conveyance for Americans in the 20th century. Following the success of his company, he became one of the richest and best-known people in the world. He also became known for his pacifism during the first years of World War I.

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 4 Carroll Shelby

Carroll Shelby
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Famous As: Designer of high-performance versions of the Ford Mustang
Birthdate: January 11, 1923
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Leesburg, Texas, United States
Died: May 10, 2012

An automobile designer known for his involvement with the AC Shelby Cobra and Ford Mustang, Carroll Shelby was also a well-known racing driver, and a successful entrepreneur, who established Shelby American after a heart ailment put an end to his racing career.  Meanwhile, he also ran a a high-performance driving school and published a memoir entitled The Carroll Shelby Story.

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 5 John DeLorean

John DeLorean
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Famous As: Inventor, Engineer
Birthdate: January 6, 1925
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: March 19, 2005

John DeLorean was an American inventor and engineer. Highly regarded for his work at General Motors, John DeLorean was an influential figure in the US automobile industry. He is credited with founding the popular American automobile manufacturer, The DeLorean Motor Company. DeLorean’s life inspired a couple of documentary films, including Framing John DeLorean where he was played by Alec Baldwin.

 6 Lee Iacocca

Lee Iacocca
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: October 15, 1924
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Allentown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died: July 2, 2019

Automobile executive Lee Iacocca became known for developing the Ford Mustang and Pinto cars while working for the Ford Motor Company in the 1960s. In his later career, he served as the president, CEO, and chairman of Chrysler. Revered for his brilliant leadership skills, he was named the 18th-greatest American CEO of all time by Portfolio Magazine. 

 7 Edsel Ford

Edsel Ford
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Famous As: Businessman, Henry Ford's Son
Birthdate: November 6, 1893
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: May 26, 1943
Edsel Ford, the son of automobile magnate Henry Ford, served as the president of Ford Motor Company from 1919 to 1943. He developed a modern model of cars and established the Mercury division. He also introduced features such as hydraulic brakes. He was an art connoisseur, too. 
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 8 Edd China

Edd China
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Famous As: Television Presenter
Birthdate: May 9, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England
Edd China is best known as the host of the Discovery Channel show Wheeler Dealers. He has also been part of Fifth Gear and Top Gear. He established Cummfy Banana Limited. After racing a motorized sofa at 148 km/h, China set a Guinness record for the fastest furniture.
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 9 Bernie Ecclestone

Bernie Ecclestone
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Famous As: Business Magnate
Birthdate: October 28, 1930
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Bungay, Suffolk, England

Bernie Ecclestone is a British business magnate. Often described as F1 Supremo by the media, Ecclestone served as the Formula One Group's former chief executive. Between 2007 and 2011, he also co-owned the English soccer club, Queens Park Rangers. In the early-2000s, Bernie Ecclestone refused to accept a knighthood, stating that he does not deserve the honor.

 10 Ferdinand Porsche

Ferdinand Porsche
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Famous As: Founder of Porsche Automobile Company
Birthdate: September 3, 1875
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: ratislavice nad Nisou, Liberec, Czechia
Died: January 30, 1951

Ferdinand Porsche was an Austrian-German automotive engineer. He is credited with founding one of the most popular car companies in the world, Porsche AG. He is also credited with creating the Lohner-Porsche mixed hybrid, the first gasoline-electric hybrid vehicle. During World War II, Porsche was a prominent contributor to the German war effort.

 11 Ferruccio Lamborghini

Ferruccio Lamborghini
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Famous As: Founder of Automobili Lamborghini
Birthdate: April 28, 1916
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Renazzo di Cento, Ferrara, Emilia-Romagna, Italy
Died: February 20, 1993

Born to a farmer, Ferruccio Lamborghini started fiddling with his father’s tractors and was soon able to make full tractors out of scratch. He gradually created an auto empire named after him that is world-renowned for its luxury sports cars and SUVs. He retired to devote himself to winemaking later.

 12 Susanne Klatten

Susanne Klatten
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Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: April 28, 1962
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bad Homburg, Germany

Susanne Klatten is a German businesswoman and billionaire heiress. The daughter of Herbert Werner Quandt, who is credited to have saved BMW from near bankruptcy, Klatten inherited her father's 50.1% stake in chemicals and pharmaceutical manufacturer Altana after his death. According to Forbes magazine, Klatten is the richest woman in Germany.

 13 Soichiro Honda

Soichiro Honda
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: November 17, 1906
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hamamatsu, Shizuoka, Japan
Died: August 5, 1991

 14 Louis Chevrolet

Louis Chevrolet
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Famous As: Co-founder of the Chevrolet Motor Car Company
Birthdate: December 25, 1878
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: La Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland
Died: June 6, 1941

Louis Chevrolet was a Swiss race car driver. He is credited with co-founding the Chevrolet Motor Car Company, which is currently a major manufacturer of cars. He is also credited with founding the Frontenac Motor Corporation. Louis Chevrolet was inducted into several halls of fame, including the International Motorsports Hall of Fame and Motorsports Hall of Fame of America.

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 15 Giorgetto Giugiaro

Giorgetto Giugiaro
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Famous As: Automobile Designer
Birthdate: August 7, 1938
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Garessio, Piedmont, Italy

 16 Eddie Jordan

Eddie Jordan
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: March 30, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dublin, Ireland
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 17 Walter Chrysler

Walter Chrysler
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Famous As: Business person
Birthdate: April 2, 1875
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Wamego, Kansas, U.S.
Died: August 18, 1940

 18 William C. Durant

William C. Durant
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Famous As: Co-founder of the General Motors and Chevrolet
Birthdate: December 8, 1861
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: March 18, 1947
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 19 Stefan Quandt

Stefan Quandt
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Famous As: Billionaire heir, engineer and industrialist.
Birthdate: May 9, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bad Homburg, West Germany

 20 Nav Bhatia

Nav Bhatia
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Famous As: Business people
Birthdate: July 9, 1951
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New Delhi, Delhi, India

 21 Bill Ford

Bill Ford
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Famous As: Executive Chairman of Ford
Birthdate: May 3, 1957
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States

 22 Horace Elgin Dodge

Horace Elgin Dodge
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Famous As: Industrialists
Birthdate: May 17, 1868
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Niles, Michigan, United States
Died: December 10, 1920

 23 Alfred P. Sloan

Alfred P. Sloan
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Famous As: CEO of General Motors Corporation
Birthdate: May 23, 1875
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New Haven
Died: February 17, 1966

 24 Karl Benz

Karl Benz
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: November 25, 1844
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mühlburg, Karlsruhe, Germany
Died: April 4, 1929

Karl Benz was a German engine designer, automotive engineer, and entrepreneur.  He designed the Benz Patent Motorcar, for which he received a patent in 1886. He studied mechanical engineering at the University of Karlsruhe before venturing into developing motorcars. His Benz Patent Motorcar is widely regarded as the world's first production automobile. 

 25 Horacio Pagani

Horacio Pagani
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Famous As: Businessman, Engineer
Birthdate: November 10, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Casilda, Argentina

 26 Herbert Quandt

Herbert Quandt
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Famous As: Former industrialist who is regarded as having saved BMW when it was at the point of bankruptcy and made a huge profit in doing so
Birthdate: June 22, 1910
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pritzwalk, Germany
Died: June 2, 1982

 27 Ransom Eli Olds

Ransom Eli Olds
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Famous As: Automotive designer
Birthdate: June 3, 1864
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Geneva, Ohio, United States
Died: August 26, 1950

 28 Pierre S. du Pont

Pierre S. du Pont
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: January 15, 1870
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware, United States
Died: April 4, 1954

 29 George Skakel

George Skakel
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: July 16, 1892
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Died: October 3, 1955

 30 Ohno Taiichi

Ohno Taiichi
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: February 29, 1912
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dalian, China
Died: May 28, 1990

Japanese businessman and industrial engineer Ohno Taiichi is remembered for his efforts toward the reduction of muda, or waste, and the implementation of the kanban, or just-in-time system in Toyota. His popular books on manufacturing include Toyota Production System and Just-in-Time for Today and Tomorrow.

 31 Edward Henry Harriman

Edward Henry Harriman
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Famous As: Railroad Executive
Birthdate: February 20, 1848
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Hempstead, New York, United States
Died: September 9, 1909

 32 Harley Earl

Harley Earl
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Famous As: Automotive designer
Birthdate: November 22, 1893
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: April 10, 1969

 33 David Dunbar Buick

David Dunbar Buick
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Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: September 17, 1854
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Arbroath, Scotland
Died: March 5, 1929

David Dunbar Buick was a Scottish-born American inventor best remembered for establishing the popular Buick Motor Company, which went on to become the basis of the General Motors empire. In 1974, Buick was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame for his immense contribution to the automobile industry in the United States of America.

 34 Charles Stewart Rolls

Charles Stewart Rolls
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: August 27, 1877
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Berkeley Square, London, England
Died: July 12, 1910

British automobile and aviation pioneer Charles Stewart Rolls is remembered for co-founding Rolls-Royce. The Cambridge alumnus was the first pilot to fly across the English Channel and back without a halt. He died in a plane accident at age 32 and was the first British aviator to do so.

 35 Robert Nardelli

Robert Nardelli
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: May 17, 1948
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Old Forge, Pennsylvania, United States

 36 André Citroën

André Citroën
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Famous As: Industrialist and the founder of French automaker Citroën
Birthdate: February 5, 1878
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: July 3, 1935

André Citroën was a French industrialist. He is credited with founding the popular automobile company Citroën and is best remembered for making Citroën cars. He also helped his company become the world's fourth-largest automobile manufacturer by the beginning of the 1930s. In 1998, he was inducted into the Automotive Hall of Fame.

 37 Louis Renault

Louis Renault
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Famous As: Founder of Renault
Birthdate: February 12, 1877
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Paris
Died: October 24, 1944

Louis Renault was a French industrialist. A pioneer of the automobile industry, Renault is remembered for co-founding the popular automobile manufacturer, Renault Group. Renault is credited with building factories that contributed immensely to the war effort during the First World War; the Renault FT tank, the first tank of modern configuration, was created and manufactured by his company.

 38 Henry M. Leland

Henry M. Leland
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Famous As: Machinist
Birthdate: February 14, 1843
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vermont, United States
Died: March 26, 1932

While initially working in the machine plants and firearms industries, Henry M. Leland gradually mastered the art of toolmaking and manufacturing. He later revolutionized the auto industry and was the man behind the car brands Cadillac and Lincoln. He introduced inventions such as the electric starter and the V-8 engine.

 39 Jacques Nasser

Jacques Nasser
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Famous As: Ford’s CEO and President (1999 to 2001)
Birthdate: December 12, 1947
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Amyoun, Lebanon

 40 Ralph Gilles

Ralph Gilles
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Famous As: CEO of Street & Racing Technology
Birthdate: January 14, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States

 41 Ghanshyam Das Birla

Ghanshyam Das Birla
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Famous As: Indian businessman
Birthdate: April 10, 1894
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Pilani, Rajasthan
Died: June 11, 1983

 42 Harold Stirling Vanderbilt

Harold Stirling Vanderbilt
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Famous As: Bridge player
Birthdate: July 6, 1884
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Oakdale, New York, United States
Died: July 4, 1970

 43 William Morris, 1st Viscount Nuffield

William Morris, 1st Viscount Nuffield
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Famous As: Philanthropist
Birthdate: October 10, 1877
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Worcestershire, England
Died: August 22, 1963

 44 Brooks Stevens

Brooks Stevens
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Famous As: Industrial Designer
Birthdate: June 7, 1911
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Milwaukee, Wisconsin, United States
Died: January 4, 1995

 45 Sergio Pininfarina

Sergio Pininfarina
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Famous As: Automobile Designer
Birthdate: September 8, 1926
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Turin, Italy
Died: July 3, 2012

 46 Charles Stewart Mott

Charles Stewart Mott
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: June 2, 1875
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States
Died: February 18, 1973

 47 Bill Cullen

Bill Cullen
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: February 17, 1942
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Summerhill, Dublin, Ireland

The story of Irish business magnate Bill Cullen is one of the rags-to-riches kind. Born to a fruit seller mother, he started trading at an early age. He struck gold with Ford dealership and later also owned Renault Ireland. He has penned a bestselling memoir and hosted the show The Apprentice.

 48 Elwood Haynes

Elwood Haynes
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Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: October 14, 1857
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Portland, Indiana, United States
Died: April 13, 1925

 49 Samuel McLaughlin

Samuel McLaughlin
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Famous As: Businessperson, Philanthropist
Birthdate: September 8, 1871
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Enniskillen, Ontario, Canada
Died: January 6, 1972

 50 Errett Lobban Cord

Errett Lobban Cord
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Famous As: Business Executive
Birthdate: July 20, 1894
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Warrensburg, Missouri, United States
Died: January 2, 1974