Electronics Entrepreneurs

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Electronics entrepreneurs are the business people who operate electronics business units. Ambitious individuals having an inherent interest in the way electronic gadgets operate and are aware of the latest trends in the electronics industry choose to become entrepreneurs in this field. The electronics industry is one of the fastest growing ones in the global arena, boosted by the rapid advancements in engineering and technology. This industry, especially the consumer electronics segment, provides various opportunities for entrepreneurs to explore. Consumer electronics are the electronic gadgets and equipment that are used in day-to-day life by the customers. The most popular of these are television sets, computer systems, music systems, digital camera, video games, mobile phones, etc. Rising disposable incomes and higher standards of living have greatly expanded the market for consumer electronics which make it a very attractive option for entrepreneurs. Once it was not possible for small entrepreneurs to enter this field as it was characterized by huge capital investments and complicated manufacturing facilities, but now times are changing. The spurt in the market for digitally driven and small sized appliances like cell phones and tablets have made it possible for smaller units to enter the consumer electronics business. This section provides you information about the life and works of various famous electronics entrepreneurs from all over the world.
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 1 
Joan Kroc
(Businessperson)
Joan Kroc
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Birthdate: August 27, 1928
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: West Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
Died: October 12, 2003
 2 
Gordon Moore
(Businessman)
Gordon Moore
7
Birthdate: January 3, 1929
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: San Francisco
 3 
Mike Ilitch
(Former Entrepreneur, Founder of Little Caesars)
Mike Ilitch
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Birthdate: July 20, 1929
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Died: February 10, 2017
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Bill Rancic
(Writer, Entrepreneur, Businessperson, Author, Restaurateur)
Bill Rancic
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Birthdate: May 16, 1971
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago
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Brock Pierce
(Actor, Film actor)
Brock Pierce
4
Birthdate: November 14, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Minnesota
 6 
Ren Zhengfei
(CEO of Huawei)
Ren Zhengfei
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Birthdate: October 25, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Zhenning Buyei and Miao Autonomous County, Anshun, China

Ren Zhengfei is a Chinese engineer and entrepreneur. He is credited with founding Huawei, the second-largest manufacturer of smartphones and the largest manufacturer of telecommunications equipment in the world. He also serves as the CEO of Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. In 2005, Ren Zhengfei was named in Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world list.

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Ronald Wayne
(Businessperson)
Ronald Wayne
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Birthdate: May 17, 1934
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Raj Kundra
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Birthdate: September 9, 1975
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: London
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David Filo
(Entrepreneur, Businessperson, Merchant, Computer scientist)
David Filo
3
Birthdate: April 20, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wisconsin
 10 
Theo Albrecht
(Entrepreneur)
Theo Albrecht
3
Birthdate: March 28, 1922
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Essen
Died: July 24, 2010
 11 
Robert Bigelow
(entrepreneur, businessperson)
Robert Bigelow
3
Birthdate: 1945 AD
Birthplace: Nevada
 12 
Theo Paphitis
(Entrepreneur, Businessperson)
Theo Paphitis
3
Birthdate: September 24, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Limassol
 13 
Paul Snider
(Photographer)
Paul Snider
3
Birthdate: April 15, 1951
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vancouver
Died: August 14, 1980
 14 
Robert Noyce
(Co-inventor of the integrated circuit)
Robert Noyce
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Birthdate: December 12, 1927
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Burlington
Died: June 3, 1990

American engineer Robert Noyce, who co-invented the integrated circuit, later gained the nickname the Mayor of Silicon Valley. The co-founder of Intel and Fairchild Semiconductor, Noyce is also said to have given Silicon Valley its name with his invention that included a silicon microchip. He was also a swimming champion.

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Michael Teutul
(Mechanical engineer)
Michael Teutul
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Birthdate: November 26, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius

American television personality Michael Teutul started working at his family company Orange County Iron Works at age 14. He worked as assistant general manager of Orange County Choppers, founded by his father Paul Teutul Sr., but was eventually forced out. Michael is known for his features in TV shows like American Chopper and American Chopper: Senior vs. Junior.   

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Wally Amos
(Businessperson)
Wally Amos
3
Birthdate: July 1, 1936
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tallahassee
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Henry J. Kaiser
(Engineer, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist)
Henry J. Kaiser
3
Birthdate: May 9, 1882
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sprout Brook
Died: August 24, 1967
 18 
Art Modell
(Entrepreneur)
Art Modell
3
Birthdate: June 23, 1925
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: September 6, 2012
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Terry Gou
(Founder of Foxconn)
Terry Gou
3
Birthdate: October 8, 1950
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Banqiao District, Taiwan

Terry Gou is a Taiwanese billionaire businessman. He is the founder, chairman, and general manager of Foxconn, the world's largest contract manufacturer of electronics. Beginning his career by working odd jobs, he became an entrepreneur as a young man and opened his first factory in 1988. He is also the main owner of HMD Global, a Finnish mobile manufacturer. 

 20 
Hilary Devey
(Businessperson, Entrepreneur)
Hilary Devey
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Birthdate: March 10, 1957
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bolton
 21 
Raj Rajaratnam
(Sri Lankan-American Former Hedge Fund Manager Who Was Sentenced for Securities Fraud)
Raj Rajaratnam
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Birthdate: June 15, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Colombo, Sri Lanka

Raj Rajaratnam is a Sri Lankan-American retired hedge fund manager. He is best known for founding a popular hedge fund management firm called the Galleon Group. In 2009, he was arrested for insider trading and was found guilty on 14 counts of securities fraud and conspiracy. In 2011, he was sentenced to 11 years in prison.

 22 
Levi Roots
(Chef, Actor)
Levi Roots
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Birthdate: June 24, 1958
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Clarendon Parish
British-Jamaican reggae legend Levi Roots went from selling homemade barbecue sauce at the Notting Hill Carnival to appearing on the UK TV show Dragons' Den, where he secured a huge investment for his Reggae Reggae Sauce. He has also penned a cookbook and launched a Caribbean cookery show.
Caroline Manzo
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Birthdate: August 23, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Brooklyn
 24 
Clive Sinclair
(Entrepreneur, Engineer, Inventor, Computer scientist)
Clive Sinclair
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Birthdate: July 30, 1940
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Surrey

A consumer electronics pioneer, entrepreneur Clive Sinclair began his business venture selling radio and amplifier kits. He went on to launch the word’s first pocket calculator and later also worked on products such as digital watches and pocket TV. He is a fan of poker and is a Mensa member.

 25 
David Packard
(Entrepreneur, Engineer, Computer scientist)
David Packard
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Birthdate: September 7, 1912
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pueblo
Died: March 26, 1996
 26 
Kiichiro Toyoda
(Japanese Businessman and Founder of 'Toyota Motor Corporation')
Kiichiro Toyoda
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Birthdate: June 11, 1894
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Japan
Died: March 27, 1952

Kiichiro Toyoda was a Japanese businessman and the creator of Toyota Motor Corporation. The son of Sakichi Toyoda, who founded Toyoda Loom Works, Kiichiro Toyoda is credited with changing the focus of his father's company from loom manufacture to an automobile manufacturing unit. Kiichiro Toyoda is also credited with overseeing Toyota's growth in its initial years.

André Balazs
3
Birthdate: January 31, 1957
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Boston
 28 
Fusajiro Yamauchi
(Japanese Entrepreneur Best Remembered as the Founder of 'Nintendo')
Fusajiro Yamauchi
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Birthdate: November 22, 1859
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kyoto
Died: January 1, 1940

Fusajiro Yamauchi was a Japanese entrepreneur best remembered for founding Nintendo. He also served as the first president of the company. Yamauchi started the company as a hanafuda card-making unit. Nintendo Koppai cards were the only exception in a time when the Japanese government had banned other playing cards due to their association with gambling.  

 29 
Dietmar Hopp
(Entrepreneur)
Dietmar Hopp
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Birthdate: April 26, 1940
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Heidelberg
 30 
Tony Fadell
(Engineer)
Tony Fadell
2
Birthdate: March 22, 1969
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
 31 
James Buchanan Duke
(Entrepreneur)
James Buchanan Duke
2
Birthdate: December 23, 1856
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Durham
Died: October 10, 1925
 32 
Tinchy Stryder
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Birthdate: September 14, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Accra

Ghanaian-British rapper Kwasi Esono Danquah III is better known as Tinchy Stryder, "Tinchy" being an indication of his short frame and "Stryder" indicating a game he played as a child. Famous for his album Star in the Hood, he also owns an apparel range of the same name.

 33 
John Francis Dodge
(Entrepreneur, Businessperson)
John Francis Dodge
2
Birthdate: October 25, 1864
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Michigan
Died: January 14, 1920
 34 
Geoffrey Edelsten
(Entrepreneur, Physician)
Geoffrey Edelsten
3
Birthdate: May 2, 1943
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Melbourne

Geoffrey Edelsten was an Australian businessman best remembered for founding Allied Medical Group. A physician by profession, Edelsten attracted media attention for his luxurious lifestyle and unconventional clinics. He also had a brief music career; he owned a record company named Hit Productions in the 1960s. Edelsten's controversial personal life, which involved brushes with the law, overshadowed his professional achievements.

 35 
Rachel Elnaugh
(Entrepreneur who was one of the investors participating in the first two series of BBC Two's TV show Dragons' Den, founder of Red Letter Days)
Rachel Elnaugh
2
Birthdate: December 12, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Essex, England, United Kingdom
 36 
Akio Morita
(Japanese Businessman & Co-Founder of 'Sony')
Akio Morita
2
Birthdate: January 26, 1921
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Nagoya, Aichi, Japan
Died: October 3, 1999

Akio Morita was a Japanese businessman best remembered as the co-founder of Sony Group Corporation along with Masaru Ibuka. He also served as the president of Sony from 1971 and later served as its chairman. Akio Morita was the recipient of several prestigious awards, including the Albert Medal.

 37 
Trip Hawkins
(Entrepreneur)
Trip Hawkins
2
Birthdate: December 28, 1953
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Pasadena
 38 
Masaru Ibuka
(Japanese Industrialist & Co-Founder of 'Sony')
Masaru Ibuka
2
Birthdate: April 11, 1908
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Nikkō City, Japan
Died: December 19, 1997

Masaru Ibuka was a Japanese industrialist best remembered for co-founding Sony Group Corporation along with Akio Morita. From 1950 to 1971, Ibuka served as the company's president. When he retired in 1976, Morita was named chairman of Sony. Ibuka was the recipient of several prestigious awards such as the IEEE Founders Medal and the Medal of Honor with Blue Ribbon.

 39 
Mike Harrington
(Computer Engineer)
Mike Harrington
2
Birthplace: United States
 40 
Matt Mullenweg
(Entrepreneur, Programmer, Computer scientist, Musician, Blogger)
Matt Mullenweg
2
Birthdate: January 11, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Houston
 41 
Morris Chang
(Taiwanese-American Businessman, Former Chairman and CEO of 'Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company')
Morris Chang
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Birthdate: July 10, 1931
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ningbo, Chekiang, China

Though Morris Chang initially aspired to be a writer, he was discouraged by his father from pursuing writing as a career option. The Stanford and MIT alumnus became an engineer instead. The IEEE Medal of Honor winner is known for establishing the world’s first silicon foundry, the Taiwan Semiconductor Manufacturing Company

 42 
Aurelio De Laurentiis
(Film producer)
Aurelio De Laurentiis
2
Birthdate: May 24, 1949
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rome
Steve Stoute
2
 44 
Bill Hewlett
(Entrepreneur)
Bill Hewlett
1
Birthdate: May 20, 1913
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Ann Arbor, Michigan, United States
Died: January 12, 2001
 45 
Frederick McKinley Jones
(Inventor of 'Mobile Refrigeration Technology' for Transportation of Perishable Goods)
Frederick McKinley Jones
2
Birthdate: May 17, 1893
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cincinnati, Ohio, United States
Died: February 21, 1961

Best known for inventing an automatic refrigeration system used in long-haul trucks, Frederick McKinley Jones was orphaned at age 7. He quit school as a child and took up menial jobs. After briefly serving the army, he focused on inventing machine parts and ended up with over 60 patents.

 46 
Paul Raymond
(entrepreneur, publisher)
Paul Raymond
2
Birthdate: November 15, 1925
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Liverpool
Died: March 2, 2008
 47 
Robert Friedland
(Financier)
Robert Friedland
2
Birthdate: August 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago
 48 
Peter Gatien
(Businessperson)
Peter Gatien
2
Birthdate: August 8, 1952
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cornwall
Robert Irsay
2
Birthdate: March 5, 1923
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: January 14, 1997
 50 
Lim Goh Tong
(entrepreneur)
Lim Goh Tong
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Birthdate: February 28, 1918
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Anxi County
Died: October 23, 2007

Malaysian-Chinese businessman Lim Goh Tong is best known for transforming Genting Highlands in Malaysia to a bustling hub of gambling, with a world-class casino resort. His memoir, My Story – Lim Goh Tong, speaks about his struggle from being a machine trader to a successful entrepreneur.