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.

 1 Elon Musk

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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Engineer, Inventor
Birthdate: June 28, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Canadian, American, South African

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 Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison
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Famous As: Inventor, Businessman
Birthdate: February 11, 1847
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: October 18, 1931

Described as America’s greatest inventor, Thomas Edison’s legacy is an everlasting one. He was the first to help make the incandescent light bulb commercially viable, even though he was not the first inventor of it. Quadruplex telegraph, phonograph, motion picture camera and the alkaline storage battery are some the many innovations that made him a worldwide phenomenon and an icon.

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 3 Ratan Tata

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Famous As: Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons
Birthdate: December 28, 1937
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Indian

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.

 4 Henry Ford

Henry Ford
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Famous As: Industrialist
Birthdate: July 30, 1863
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
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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 5 John DeLorean

John DeLorean
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Famous As: Inventor, Engineer
Birthdate: January 6, 1925
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
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
Nationality: American
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 Henry Ford II

Henry Ford II
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: September 4, 1917
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: September 29, 1987
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 8 J. R. D. Tata

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Famous As: French-Indian aviator
Birthdate: July 29, 1904
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Indian
Died: November 29, 1993
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 9 Edsel Ford

Edsel Ford
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Famous As: Henry Ford's Son
Birthdate: November 6, 1893
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: May 26, 1943

 10 Bernie Ecclestone

Bernie Ecclestone
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Famous As: Business Magnate
Birthdate: October 28, 1930
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British

 11 Edd China

Edd China
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Famous As: Television Presenter
Birthdate: May 9, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

 12 Ferdinand Porsche

Ferdinand Porsche
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Famous As: Founder of Porsche Automobile Company
Birthdate: September 3, 1875
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Austrian, German, Hungarian
Died: January 30, 1951

 13 Ferruccio Lamborghini

Ferruccio Lamborghini
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Famous As: Founder of Automobili Lamborghini
Birthdate: April 28, 1916
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Italian
Died: February 20, 1993

 14 Karl Benz

Karl Benz
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: November 25, 1844
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: German
Died: April 4, 1929
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 15 John Elkann

John Elkann
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Famous As: Chairman of Fiat Chrysler Automobiles NV
Birthdate: April 1, 1976
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Italian, American

 16 William C. Durant

William C. Durant
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: December 9, 1861
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: March 18, 1947
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 17 Soichiro Honda

Soichiro Honda
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: November 17, 1906
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: Japanese
Died: August 5, 1991

 18 Eddie Jordan

Eddie Jordan
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: March 30, 1948
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Northern Irish
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 19 Giorgetto Giugiaro

Giorgetto Giugiaro
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Famous As: Automobile Designer
Birthdate: August 7, 1938
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Italian

 20 Louis Chevrolet

Louis Chevrolet
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Famous As: Founder of the Chevrolet Motor Car Company
Birthdate: December 25, 1878
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Swiss, American
Died: June 6, 1941

 21 Charles Stewart Mott

Charles Stewart Mott
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: June 2, 1875
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: February 18, 1973

 22 George Skakel

George Skakel
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: July 16, 1892
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: October 3, 1955

 23 Walter Chrysler

Walter Chrysler
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Famous As: Business person
Birthdate: April 2, 1875
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: August 18, 1940

 24 Charles Stewart Rolls

Charles Stewart Rolls
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: August 27, 1877
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British, Welsh
Died: July 12, 1910

 25 Alfred P. Sloan

Alfred Sloan
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Famous As: CEO of General Motors Corporation
Birthdate: May 23, 1875
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: February 17, 1966

 26 Ransom Eli Olds

Ransom Eli Olds
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Famous As: Automotive designer
Birthdate: June 3, 1864
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: August 26, 1950

 27 Ohno Taiichi

Ohno Taiichi
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: February 29, 1912
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Chinese, Japanese
Died: May 28, 1990

 28 Ghanshyam Das Birla

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

 29 Edward Henry Harriman

Edward Henry Harriman
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Famous As: Railroad Executive
Birthdate: February 20, 1848
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: September 9, 1909

 30 Horace Elgin Dodge

Horace Elgin Dodge
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Famous As: Industrialists
Birthdate: May 17, 1868
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: December 10, 1920

 31 Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach

Alfried Krupp von Bohlen und Halbach
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Famous As: Industrialist
Birthdate: August 13, 1907
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: German
Died: July 30, 1967

 32 Henry M. Leland

Henry M. Leland
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Famous As: Machinist
Birthdate: February 14, 1843
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: March 26, 1932

 33 Louis Renault

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

 34 Harley Earl

Harley Earl
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Famous As: Automotive designer
Birthdate: November 22, 1893
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: April 10, 1969

 35 Robert Nardelli

Robert Nardelli
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: May 17, 1948
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 36 Frederick McKinley Jones

Frederick McKinley Jones
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Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: May 17, 1893
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: February 21, 1961

 37 Pierre S. du Pont

Pierre S. du Pont
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: January 15, 1870
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: April 4, 1954

 38 William Morris, 1st Viscount Nuffield

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

 39 David Dunbar Buick

David Dunbar Buick
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Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: September 17, 1854
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American, Scottish
Died: March 5, 1929

 40 Bill Ford

Bill Ford
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: May 3, 1957
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 41 Ralph Gilles

Ralph Gilles
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Famous As: CEO of Street & Racing Technology
Birthdate: January 14, 1970
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Canadian, American

 42 Brooks Stevens

Brooks Stevens
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Famous As: Industrial Designer
Birthdate: June 7, 1911
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: January 4, 1995

 43 Errett Lobban Cord

Errett Lobban Cord
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Famous As: Business Executive
Birthdate: July 20, 1894
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: January 2, 1974

 44 Sergio Pininfarina

Sergio Pininfarina
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Famous As: Automobile Designer
Birthdate: September 8, 1926
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Italian
Died: July 3, 2012

 45 Nuccio Bertone

Nuccio Bertone
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Famous As: Automobile designer
Birthdate: July 4, 1914
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Italian
Died: February 26, 1997

 46 Elwood Haynes

Elwood Haynes
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Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: October 14, 1857
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: April 13, 1925

 47 Gabriel Voisin

Gabriel Voisin
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: February 5, 1880
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: French
Died: December 25, 1973

 48 Dante Giacosa

Dante Giacosa
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Famous As: Automobile designer
Birthdate: January 3, 1905
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Italian
Died: March 31, 1996

 49 Genichi Kawakami

Genichi Kawakami
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: January 30, 1912
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Japanese
Died: May 25, 2002

 50 Chung Mong-hun

Chung Mong-hun
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: September 14, 1948
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: South Korean
Died: August 4, 2003
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