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 Donald Trump

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Famous As: 45th U.S. President
Birthdate: June 14, 1946
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

The current President of the United States, Donald Trump is arguably the most controversial president in the American history. He has been characterised as racist and his actions and policies have divided America like never before. He lost his bid for re-election to Joe Biden in a bitterly fought election .

 2 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.

 3 Harshad Mehta

Harshad Mehta
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Famous As: stockbroker
Birthdate: July 29, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Indian
Died: December 31, 2001

 4 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.

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 5 Ivanka Trump

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Famous As: Daughter of Donald Trump
Birthdate: October 30, 1981
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

Ivanka Trump is the daughter of the U.S. President Donald Trump and since 2017, she has been serving as Advisor to the President.  Before venturing into politics, she dabbled a bit in modelling, became a television personality, worked as executive vice-president of the Trump Organization and also launched her own eponymous fashion line. A published author, Ivanka also supports numerous charitable causes.

 6 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.
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 7 Keith Raniere

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Famous As: Founder of NXIVM
Birthdate: August 26, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

Keith Raniere is the founder of a multi-level marketing company called NXIVM. The company recruited many celebrities and socialites through its personal development seminars. However, it faced sexual abuse accusations and Keith was convicted of federal crimes in 2019. He is characterized as a cult leader and has been accused of branding women with a hot cauterizing pen.

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 8 Kim Kardashian

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Famous As: Reality TV Star, Model, Socialite
Birthdate: October 21, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

First gaining media attention as a friend and stylist of Paris Hilton, Kim Kardashian didn’t take long to become a celebrity in her own right. She came into the limelight in the early 2000s owing to a leaked sex tape and quickly became a social media celebrity with millions of followers across platforms.

 9 Donald Trump Jr.

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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: December 31, 1977
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Donald Trump Jr., the eldest son of US President Donald Trump joined his father’s business at Trump Organization in 2001 and later became its executive vice president. He takes keen interest in politics and has been involved in his father’s presidential campaign. Many of his controversial statements have attracted huge criticism. He is also an author and a television personality.

 10 Bill Gates

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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 11 Paris Hilton

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Famous As: Socialite, Model, Reality Star
Birthdate: February 17, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

Paris Hilton comes from an affluent family and is the great-granddaughter of Conrad Hilton, the founder of Hilton Hotels. A leaked 2001 sex tape with her then boyfriend, Rick Salomon, had created quite a scandal in 2003, which led her to act in the reality television series, The Simple Life. She’s also an actress, singer, model, author, socialite and businesswomen.

 12 George Soros

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Famous As: Investor, Philanthropist
Birthdate: August 12, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Hungarian, American
A Hungarian-American financier, philanthropist, activist and author, George Soros is the founder of Soros Fund Management and the Open Society Foundations. Amongst the country’s most successful investors, he made a huge profit during the 1992 Black Wednesday crisis and became famous as the man who broke the Bank of England.

 13 Ben Shapiro

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Famous As: Political Commentator, Public Speaker
Birthdate: January 15, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

A strong conservative political commentator, author, media host and lawyer, Ben Shapiro became the youngest nationally syndicated columnist in the US at the age of seventeen and at twenty published his first book. The host of a daily political podcast ,The Ben Shapiro Show, he has frequently invited criticism for his views on various issues like same-sex marriage and abortion.

 14 Ivana Trump

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Famous As: Ex-Wife of Donald Trump
Birthdate: February 20, 1949
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

Currently. a businesswoman and media personality, Ivana Trump started her career as a model. She is best known for being the first wife of Donald Trump, who she married in 1977. Their marriage was a troubled one and ended in a bitter, much-publicized divorce after she discovered her husband’s extramarital affair with Marla Maples.

 15 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.

 16 Jared Kushner

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Famous As: Senior Advisor to the President of the United States
Birthdate: January 10, 1981
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

Married to Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner is a senior advisor to his father-in-law and US President, Donald Trump. This has led to concerns about nepotism and conflicts of interest. His proximity with Russian officials came under scrutiny during a federal investigation regarding Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections. Jared Kushner is also an investor, real estate developer and newspaper publisher.

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 17 Ghislaine Maxwell

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Famous As: Socialite
Birthdate: December 25, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: French, British, American

Daughter of publishing tycoon, late Robert Maxwell, Ghislaine Maxwell is a socialite infamous for her involvement with the convicted sex offender, Jeffrey Epstein. Charged with sex trafficking of minor girls, she is under investigation by the US Virgin Islands Department of Justice.

 18 Fred Trump

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Famous As: Real Estate Developer
Birthdate: October 11, 1905
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: June 25, 1999
Fred Trump, father of Donald Trump, was a well-known real estate developer who built more than 27 thousand apartments in New York. Having lost his father early, Fred ventured into construction business with his mother when he was fifteen. Determined, he built himself a huge fortune but controversies surrounded him too including an investigation for not renting to black families.
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 19 Herman Cain

Herman Cain
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: December 13, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: July 30, 2020

 20 Eric Trump

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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: January 6, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
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 21 Rupert Murdoch

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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.

 22 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.

 23 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.

 24 Carole Baskin

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Famous As: Big-Cat Rights Activist
Birthdate: June 6, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

Carole Baskin gained recognition after being featured in a documentary series titled Tiger King, which follows her feuds with private zoo operator Joe Exotic. As the CEO of a non-profit animal sanctuary called Big Cat Rescue, Carole condemns private zoos. She has also been the subject of conspiracy theories pertaining to the disappearance of her second husband Don Lewis.

 25 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.

 26 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.

 27 Dr. Dre

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Famous As: American rapper, record producer, and entrepreneur
Birthdate: February 18, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

Rapper, record producer, and audio engineer, Dr. Dre, is the founder and CEO of Aftermath Entertainment and Beats Electronics. He is credited with the popularization of  West Coast G-funk, a sub-genre of hip hop. After establishing himself in the music industry, he promoted the careers of many other rappers, including 2Pac and Snoop Dogg.

 28 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.

 29 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.

 30 Richard Attenborough

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Famous As: British Politician
Birthdate: August 29, 1923
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British
Died: August 24, 2014

Richard Attenborough is credited with making one of the greatest films of all time - Gandhi. Also an actor, Richard served as the president of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts and the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art. Apart from being honored by the British royalty, he was also honored with India's third-highest civilian award, The Padma Bhushan.

 31 Ray Kroc

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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.

 32 Susan Wojcicki

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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.

 33 Jack Dorsey

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Famous As: CEO of Twitter Inc.
Birthdate: November 19, 1976
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

As the co-founder and CEO of Twitter, Jack Dorsey continues to influence the lives of millions around the world. Also a well-known philanthropist, Dorsey is credited with funding 600 public school projects in Missouri. A prolific donator, Jack Dorsey has donated $24 million as part of various relief efforts. He also donated $10 million to Boston University.

 34 Kourtney Kardashian

Kourtney Kardashian
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Famous As: Model, Reality Star
Birthdate: April 18, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

One of the most popular social media celebrities in the US, Kourtney Kardashian is best known for her appearance in the TV series Keeping Up with the Kardashians. Along with her sisters, she endorses products like prescription drugs, Coca-Cola, and waist slimming pants, for which she gets paid between $75,000 and $300,000 per post on social media.

 35 Priscilla Presley

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Famous As: Film actress
Birthdate: May 24, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
The former wife of Elvis Presley, Priscilla Presley’s career actually began after divorce. She set up a successful clothing boutique, launched her own line of fragrance and linen and established herself as an actor with projects like The Naked Gun and Dallas. She also worked to convert Graceland estate, Elvis Presley’s residence, into a famous tourist attraction in US.

 36 Mark Cuban

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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: July 31, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

Entrepreneur, television personality and media proprietor Mark Cuban is a prolific inventor. He is a named inventor of 11 patent families. He displayed an entrepreneurial spirit from a young age and started many business ventures while still in college. A sports fan, he is the owner of the National Basketball Association's (NBA) Dallas Mavericks.

 37 Vijay Mallya

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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Politician
Birthdate: December 18, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: Indian

Indian business magnate and ex-politician Vijay Mallya, known for his flamboyant lifestyle, has donned many hats, from running the largest alcohol company in India; to owning a cricket team and an F-1 team; to launching an airline. Following a financial fraud scandal, he is now facing extradition from the U.K.

 38 Martha Stewart

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Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: August 3, 1941
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

The founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Martha Stewart has found success with several business ventures. She is also the publisher of a magazine called Martha Stewart Living and has written many bestselling books. Although she was convicted of charges pertaining to the ImClone stock trading case, she made a comeback and became chairwoman of her company.

 39 Kim Seok-jin

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 4, 1992
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: South Korean

As a member of the popular South Korean boy band BTS, Kim Seok-jin is idolized in Korea and drooled over by girls across Asia. One of the most popular singer-songwriters in Korea, Kim Seok-jin is popular for his falsetto voice. Also a well-known philanthropist, Kim is a UNICEF Honors Club inductee.

 40 Howard Hughes

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.

 41 Elizabeth Holmes

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

 42 Larry Page

Larry Page
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Famous As: Co-founder of Google
Birthdate: March 26, 1973
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

Larry Page is an American Internet entrepreneur and computer scientist. As one of the co-founders of the multinational technology company Google, Larry Page effectively changed the way the world functions today as Google is a synonym for a search engine in many parts of the world. Unsurprisingly, he became a billionaire after co-founding Google.

 43 John D. Rockefeller

John D. Rockefeller
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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.

 44 Dany Garcia

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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.

 45 Malaika Arora

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 23, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Indian

The quintessential item girl of Bollywood, Malaika Arora is known for her sultry looks and dance moves. She has the reputation of drawing audiences into theatres despite appearing in just one song in the entire film. Malaika Arora ended her 18 years old marriage to actor Arbaaz Khan in 2017. 

 46 Hugh Hefner

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Famous As: Founder of Playboy Magazine
Birthdate: April 9, 1926
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: September 27, 2017

As the founder of Playboy magazine, Hugh Hefner changed the way people viewed nudity. Known for his enviable lifestyle, he resided in luxury mansions along with his Playboy Playmates. Also a well-known philanthropist, Hefner made significant donations to various causes. He also supported freedom of expression and sexual liberation.

 47 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.

 48 Jeanie Buss

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Famous As: President of the Los Angeles Lakers
Birthdate: September 26, 1961
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Daughter of real-estate magnate Jerry Buss, Jeanie Buss inherited part of the NBA team Los Angeles Lakers’s stakes from her father. Jeanie, who has previously managed a roller hockey and a tennis team, was named one of the Top 20 Most Influential Women in Sports by Sporting News in 2005.

 49 Scott Disick

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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: May 26, 1983
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

Scott Disick is the personification of street-smartness as he makes a lot of money being a socialite. He used his skills to enter American TV as part of the popular series Keeping Up with the Kardashians where he was featured as Kourtney Kardashian's boyfriend. He then used his fame to start a clothing line and multiple vitamin companies.

 50 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.

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