Business People

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.
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 1 Elon Musk

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 Steve Jobs

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Famous As: Co-founder of Apple
Birthdate: February 24, 1955
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: October 5, 2011
A college dropout, Steve Jobs, went on to be regarded as the Father of the Digital World. The founder/co-founder of Apple Inc, Pixar Animation Studios and NeXT Inc was a passionate visionary who was responsible for the development of iMac, iPod, iTunes, iPad and the iPhone which ushered in a new era in the computer, music and film industries.

 3 Jeff Bezos

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Famous As: Founder of Amazon.com
Birthdate: January 12, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

The founder and CEO of the multi-national technology company Amazon, Jeff Bezos is the wealthiest man in the world. Jeff, who left his lucrative job at an investment firm to fulfil his entrepreneurial ambition, also owns the newspaper, The Washington Post, and its affiliate publications along with a spaceflight company, Blue Origin.

 4 Bill Gates

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Famous As: Co-Founder of Microssoft
Birthdate: October 28, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

Leading American technologist, business leader and philanthropist, Bill Gates is the co-founder of the world’s largest software company, Microsoft. His passion for computers made him one of the richest in the world and through his charity foundation, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, he and his wife use this money generously to help people world over live a better life.

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 5 Mark Zuckerberg

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Famous As: Founder of Facebook
Birthdate: May 14, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

The co-founder and CEO of the popular social networking website, Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg is also amongst the richest men in the world. Fascinated by computer since his early life, Zuckerberg co-created TheFacebook while still in college and later even dropped out to devote more time to it. At 23, he became the youngest self-made billionaire in history at that time.

 6 Sundar Pichai

Sundar Pichai
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Famous As: CEO of Google Inc
Birthdate: July 12, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Indian, American

Sundar Pichai is the CEO of Google and its parent company Alphabet Inc. An alumnus of IIT, Stanford and Wharton, Pichai has come a long way, from innovating Google’s products such as Chrome, Google Drive and Google Apps to leading the software giant and being one of the most sought-after names in the tech industry.

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 7 Walt Disney

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Birthdate: December 5, 1901
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: December 15, 1966

Walt Disney is considered to be the forerunner of the American animation industry. He has won 22 Oscars and holds the record for most Academy Awards earned by an individual as a film producer. His The Walt Disney Company‍ has produced many successful animation films. He later established amusement theme park, Disneyland, in 1955, which has since grown manifold.

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 8 Warren Buffett

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Famous As: Business Magnate, Investor, Philanthropist
Birthdate: August 30, 1930
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

American investor, business tycoon and philanthropist Warren Buffett is considered one of the most successful investors in the world by the media. The chairman and largest shareholder of the firm, Berkshire Hathaway, he is often called as the ‘Oracle’ or ‘Sage’ of Omaha. Notably, he has pledged to give away a sizable portion of his wealth to philanthropic causes.

 9 Mukesh Ambani

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Famous As: Indian businessman
Birthdate: April 19, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Indian, Yemeni

The richest person in Asia, Mukesh Ambani is an Indian billionaire business magnate. He is the chairman and managing director of Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL). The son legendary Dhirubhai Ambani, he started his career by helping his father build their family business. As of today, he is the only Indian businessman on Forbes' list of the world's most powerful people.

 10 P. T. Barnum

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Famous As: American politician
Birthdate: July 5, 1810
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: April 7, 1891

P. T. Barnum was an American politician, showman, and businessman. He is credited with founding the famous Barnum & Bailey Circus, which ran for 146 years. He is also credited with co-founding the Bridgeport & Port Jefferson Steamboat Company, which is one of the oldest American ferry companies. His life and work have inspired many films, including The Greatest Showman.

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 11 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.

 12 Howard Hughes

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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Investor
Birthdate: December 24, 1905
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: April 5, 1976

A multi-talented personality, Howard Hughes was one of the richest person of his time. A business tycoon, he made big investments in films and aviation industry. Passionate about flying, he set numerous flying records, and also risked his own life in process. Howard Hughes who inherited his family business and became millionaire at the age of 18, was later on troubled with mental illness and turned recluse.

 13 Rupert Murdoch

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Listed In: Publishers
Famous As: Media Mogul
Birthdate: March 11, 1931
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

Rupert Murdoch’s company News Corp owns hundreds of publishing outlets and TV channels around the world, including The Sun, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post and Fox News. His media houses have been accused of hacking the phones of celebrities and public citizens. He has also had to face allegations of bribery and corruption in the UK and the US.

 14 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.

 15 Leonardo da Vinci

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Famous As: Polymath
Birthdate: April 15, 1452
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Italian
Died: May 2, 1519

Widely regarded as one of the greatest painters ever, Leonardo da Vinci was an extremely talented polymath. While his work The Mona Lisa became the most famous portrait, his drawing The Vitruvian Man became a cultural icon. A man well ahead of his time, Leonardo is also known for his notes on science and invention.

 16 Edmond James de Rothschild

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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: August 19, 1845
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: French
Died: November 2, 1934
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 17 J. Paul Getty

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Listed In: Oil Barons
Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: December 15, 1892
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: British, American
Died: June 6, 1976

As the patriarch of the Getty family, J. Paul Getty was an influential petrol-industrialist who founded the Getty Oil Company. In 1966, Paul made it to the Guinness Book of Records as the world's richest private citizen. An avid collector of antiquities and art, his collection is preserved at the J. Paul Getty Museum in California.

 18 Ray Kroc

Ray Kroc
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Listed In: Restaurateurs
Famous As: Founder of the McDonald’s Corporation
Birthdate: October 5, 1902
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: January 14, 1984

Ray Kroc was the man who helped expand McDonald's into a global franchise, eventually turning it into the most successful fast food corporation. Not surprisingly, he was mentioned in Time magazine's Time 100: The Most Important People of the Century list. He was also the owner of the popular baseball team San Diego Padres.

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 19 Betsy DeVos

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Famous As: United States Secretary of Education
Birthdate: January 8, 1958
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

Betsy DeVos, the current United States Secretary of Education, is famous for her support for school voucher programs, school choice, and charter schools. Also known for her philanthropy and activism, Betsy DeVos launched the Dick & Betsy DeVos Family Foundation in 1989. The foundation donates to hospitals, arts organizations, health research, Christian schools, etc.

 20 Carlos Slim

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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: January 28, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Mexican
Mexican business tycoon Carlos Slim owns the conglomerate Grupo Carso and has served as the CEO of América Móvil and Telmex. He was the world’s richest person from 2010 to 2013 and the fifth-richest in 2020, according to Forbes. He also owns three charity organizations focusing on Mexico City. 
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 21 Dodi Fayed

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Listed In: Retailers
Famous As: Ex-Lover of Princess Diana
Birthdate: April 15, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Egyptian
Died: August 31, 1997

Dodi Fayed was an Egyptian movie producer who died in a car crash in 1997 alongside his romantic partner Diana, Princess of Wales. The car crash became international news and Fayed is often referred to as Diana's eternal love. Fayed's billionaire father, Mohamed Al-Fayed, erected two memorials, including a 3-metre high bronze statue, to Diana and his son at Harrods.

 22 Steve Wozniak

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Famous As: Co-founder of Apple Computer (Apple Inc.)
Birthdate: August 11, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

Widely recognized as one of the two important pioneers of the personal computer revolution, Steve Wozniak is credited with co-founding Apple Inc. along with Steve Jobs. Not surprisingly, he has been described as one of the men that changed the course of history through technology. Apart from being a programmer and technology entrepreneur, Steve Wozniak is also a well-known philanthropist.

 23 Eduardo Saverin

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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: March 19, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Brazilian

Born into an affluent Jewish Brazilian family, Eduardo Saverin co-founded Facebook with his Harvard roommate Mark Zuckerberg and others in 2004. He was later involved in a lawsuit against Zuckerberg. He also renounced his U.S. citizenship and moved to Singapore, which some believe was his excuse to avoid paying taxes.

 24 Portia de Rossi

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Listed In: Models, Actresses
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: January 31, 1973
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Australian, American

Businesswoman and philanthropist, Portia de Rossi, is the founder and CEO of the art company, General Public. A former actress and model, she is best known for starring in the TV drama series, Ally McBeal. After a successful acting career that spanned over 20 years, she retired from acting to focus on her business ventures.

 25 Sharon Osbourne

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Famous As: Television host
Birthdate: October 9, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British
Heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne’s wife, Sharon Osbourne is a music manager. She rejuvenated Ozzy’s career by organizing the Ozzfest tour. She was the star of the reality show The Osbournes, wrote several books, was a panelist on Loose Women, and judged America's Got Talent and The X Factor.

 26 Martin Shkreli

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Listed In: Fraudsters
Famous As: Executive
Birthdate: March 17, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Martin Shkreli, founder and former CEO of Turing Pharmaceuticals, received a 7-year prison sentence for securities fraud after he secured the manufacturing license for Daraprim and raised its price from $13.50 to $750 per pill. He had bought the only copy of the album Once Upon a Time in Shaolin.

 27 Richard Branson

Richard Branson
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Listed In: Aviation
Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: July 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British

Richard Branson is an English business magnate. The founder of Virgin Group Ltd., which controls over 400 companies, Branson was named on Time magazine's list of 100 Most Influential People in The World. Branson has also had a major impact as a philanthropist; he set up a charitable organization called Branson School of Entrepreneurship to provide entrepreneurial training to youngsters.

 28 John D. Rockefeller

John D. Rockefeller
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Listed In: Philanthropists
Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: July 8, 1839
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: May 23, 1937

Widely regarded as the richest person in modern history and the wealthiest American ever, John D. Rockefeller was a business magnate who founded the Standard Oil Company. He was America’s first billionaire. He also defined the structure of modern philanthropy as the foundations created by him had a major effect on scientific research, medicine, and education.

 29 Anil Ambani

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Famous As: Chairman of Reliance ADA Group
Birthdate: June 4, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Indian

Indian businessman Anil Ambani is the chairman of Reliance Group. Once the sixth richest person in the world, he declared bankruptcy in early 2020 though the veracity of his claim is questionable. He has served in the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Parliament of India. He has been involved in many controversies.

 30 Colonel Sanders

Colonel Sanders
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Listed In: Restaurateurs
Famous As: Founder of KFC
Birthdate: September 9, 1890
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: December 16, 1980

Colonel Sanders is the man who revolutionized the American fast food industry by founding the restaurant chain Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC). Establishing a style trademark by wearing a white suit and black string tie, Sanders went on to become a symbol of the KFC brand. Such is the popularity of the brand, the symbol is recognized all over the world.

 31 Alexander Graham Bell

Alexander Graham Bell
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Famous As: Inventor of Telephone
Birthdate: March 3, 1847
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Canadian, Scottish
Died: August 2, 1922

Alexander Graham Bell was a scientist, inventor, and engineer. He is credited with inventing the first functional telephone. He is also credited with co-founding America's major telephone company AT&T, which has been going strong since 1885. Bell's later life was marked by his groundbreaking work in aeronautics, hydrofoils, and optical telecommunications. He was also an ardent supporter of compulsory sterilization.

 32 Jack Ma

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Famous As: Chinese business magnate
Birthdate: September 10, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Chinese
Jack Ma’s journey from being a tourist guide to establishing the Chinese e-commerce conglomerate Alibaba is inspirational. Initially rejected by various companies, he is the second-wealthiest person in China as of 2020. After quitting his post of executive chairman of Alibaba in 2019, he focused on philanthropy and environmental causes. 

 33 Khloé Kardashian

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Famous As: Media personality
Birthdate: June 27, 1984
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

Best known for playing a key role in the popular TV series Keeping Up with the Kardashians, Khloé Kardashian is one of the most popular American celebrities on the internet. Having launched many clothing collections, she is also involved in the fashion industry. After suffering a traumatic brain injury, Khloé had a long-term memory loss but has recovered since.

 34 Kate Spade

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Famous As: Fashion designer
Birthdate: December 24, 1962
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Died: June 5, 2018

Kate Spade was an American entrepreneur and fashion designer. Spade is credited with founding Kate Spade New York, a popular luxury fashion design house, which competes with the likes of Michael Kors. Kate Spade is also credited with creating stylish and affordable handbags that caused quite a revolution in the fashion world.

 35 J. P. Morgan

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Listed In: Bankers
Famous As: Financier
Birthdate: April 17, 1837
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: March 31, 1913
J.P. Morgan was an iconic figure of the economic boom of the Gilded Age and established the investment banking firm J.P. Morgan & Co. He also controlled companies such as U.S. Steel, General Electric, and AT&T. He prevented the American economy from collapsing during the Panic of 1907.

 36 Elizabeth Hurley

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Listed In: Models, Actresses
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 10, 1965
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: British

Best known for her roles in the Austin Powers franchise, Bedazzled, and The Royals, Elizabeth Hurley began her career as an Estee Lauder model. A trained ballerina, she has also been in the news for her relationship with Hugh Grant and her marriage to textile magnate Arun Nayar.

 37 Dana White

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Listed In: CEOs, Philanthropists
Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: July 28, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 38 Oskar Schindler

Oskar Schindler
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Famous As: Industrialist
Birthdate: April 28, 1908
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: Czech, German
Died: October 9, 1974

Oskar Schindler was a German industrialist who displayed extraordinary dedication and courage to save the lives of 1,200 Jews during the Holocaust. Oskar Schindler's act is viewed by many as the kind of act that restores faith in humanity.  His inspirational and heart-warming story was adapted into an Oscar-winning film titled Schindler's List.

 39 Peter Thiel

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Famous As: Co-founder of PayPal
Birthdate: October 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: German, New Zealander, American

Peter Thiel is a German-American venture capitalist and entrepreneur. As the co-founder of PayPal, Peter Thiel redefined the way online payments and online money transfers work in the United States and most Asian countries. He also played a major role in the development of Facebook as its first outside investor.

 40 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.

 41 Christie Brinkley

Christie Brinkley
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Famous As: Model, Actress, Businesswoman
Birthdate: February 2, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

Christie Brinkley is an American actress, model, and entrepreneur. Widely regarded as one of the most attractive women ever, Brinkley has been featured on more than 500 magazine covers and was the face of CoverGirl for 25 years! Apart from being an inspiration to aspiring models worldwide, Christie Brinkley has also touched the lives of many through her philanthropic activities.

 42 Dany Garcia

Dany Garcia
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Listed In: Business Women
Famous As: Producer
Birthdate: November 29, 1968
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

Dany Garcia, founder of The Garcia Companies, is an American media mogul. She offers various services and manages brands, talent and projects on multiple platforms. Her Seven Bucks Productions has produced several successful films like Baywatch, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Jumanji: The Next Level and Rampage. Many of them have been with her ex-husband and action hero Dwayne Johnson.

 43 Joy Mangano

Joy Mangano
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Listed In: Business Women
Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: February 1, 1956
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 44 Susan Wojcicki

Susan Wojcicki
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Listed In: CEOs, Business Women
Famous As: CEO of YouTube
Birthdate: July 6, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

YouTube CEO Susan Wojcicki has been the longest-tenured CEO of the organization. She has earlier contributed to the formation of Google and has served them as their VP of product management. The Harvard alumnus was ranked 16 on Forbes’s list of the World's 100 Most Powerful Women in 2011.

 45 Tom Steyer

Tom Steyer
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Listed In: Bankers, Investors
Famous As: Banker
Birthdate: June 27, 1957
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 46 Robert Shapiro

Robert Shapiro
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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: September 2, 1942
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 47 Andrew Carnegie

Andrew Carnegie
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Listed In: Steel
Famous As: Industrialist, Businessman, Entrepreneur and a major Philanthropist.
Birthdate: November 25, 1835
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American, Scottish
Died: August 11, 1919
Andrew Carnegie revolutionized the 19th-century steel industry by investing in railroads, bridges, and other projects. He donated most of his wealth to philanthropic causes, and built significant establishments, such as the Carnegie Hall and the Carnegie Mellon University. In the Gospel of Wealth, he urged the wealthy to donate.

 48 Guy Fieri

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Famous As: Restaurateur, Cookbook Author
Birthdate: January 22, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

Primarily a restaurateur, Guy Fieri is a testimony to the fact that any professional can become famous if they are passionate enough in doing what they do best. From being a restaurateur, he went on to become a TV personality, hosting shows for Food Network channel. By mid-2010, he had become the face of the network.

 49 Elizabeth Holmes

Elizabeth Holmes
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Famous As: Business Woman
Birthdate: February 3, 1984
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 50 Adam Weitsman

Adam Weitsman
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Listed In: Philanthropists, CEOs
Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: June 13, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
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