Internet Entrepreneurs

What do Mark Zuckerberg, Evan Williams, Sergey Brin, and Larry Page have in common? You guessed it right! They are all highly successful internet entrepreneurs who have made it big through their online business endeavors. Since the internet is a relatively recent phenomenon, it can be safely said that internet entrepreneurship is still an evolving concept. In simple words, an internet entrepreneur is the founder or owner of an internet based business. Around two decades ago, a couple of young techies Sergey Brin and Larry Page collaborated to found what would one day become one of the biggest internet companies ever: Google Inc. Buoyed by the rapid development of information technology, the business environment all over the globe became a dynamic one, opening up newer avenues for enterprising folks to explore. Taking advantage of the changing business dynamics, entrepreneurs like Jeff Bezos, David Filo, and Garrett Gruener opened up their own online ventures which became popular on an international level within a few years. When talking of internet entrepreneurs, how can we not mention Mark Zuckerberg or Evan Spiegel who revolutionized social media with their innovations Facebook and Snapchat respectively! Read on to know more about famous internet entrepreneurs from all over the globe!

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 1 Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos
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Famous As: Founder of Amazon.com
Birthdate: January 12, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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.

 2 Jack Ma

Jack Ma
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Famous As: Chinese business magnate
Birthdate: September 10, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hangzhou, China
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. 

 3 Alexis Ohanian

Alexis Ohanian
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Famous As: Internet Entrepreneur
Birthdate: April 4, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Internet entrepreneur and Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian is also known as the husband of legendary tennis player Serena Williams. Named to Forbes 30 Under 30 twice, he spoke strongly against the 2011 Stop Online Piracy Act, wrote a bestselling book, and is an advocate for the paternity leave policy.
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 4 Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg
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Famous As: Chief Executive Officer of Facebook
Birthdate: May 14, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: White Plains, New York, United States

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.

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 5 Evan Spiegel

Evan Spiegel
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Famous As: CEO of Snap Inc.
Birthdate: June 4, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Evan Spiegel is credited with popularizing social media all over the world as he co-founded the popular social media company Snap Inc. In 2015, he was named the youngest billionaire in the world. The following year, he was named in Forbes magazine's list of 400 Richest Americans with an estimated net worth of $4 billion.

 6 Jack Dorsey

Jack Dorsey
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Famous As: CEO of Twitter
Birthdate: November 19, 1976
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States

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.

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 7 Sergey Brin

Sergey Brin
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Famous As: Computer scientist
Birthdate: August 21, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Moscow
Google co-founder Sergey Brin also served as the president of Alphabet Inc. The seventh-richest person in the world as of 2020, Brin earlier dropped his PhD plans at Stanford, following which he and Larry Page launched Google in a garage. He is a devoted philanthropist and a Democratic Party donor.
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 8 Peter Thiel

Peter Thiel
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Famous As: Co-founder of PayPal
Birthdate: October 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Frankfurt, Germany

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.

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 9 Aaron Swartz

Aaron Swartz
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Famous As: Computer Programmer
Birthdate: November 8, 1986
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: January 11, 2013
Aaron Swartz was an internet hacktivist, best remembered for creating the web feed RSS, Markdown, and Creative Commons. He also worked with Reddit and founded Demand Progress, which supports internet freedom. He was later charged with computer fraud after breaking into a system at MIT and eventually died by suicide.

 10 Maitland Ward

Maitland Ward
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: February 3, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Long Beach, California, USA

 11 Travis Kalanick

Travis Kalanick
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Famous As: CEO of Uber
Birthdate: August 6, 1976
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Travis Kalanick is an American businessman. He is credited with founding Red Swoosh, a content delivery network, and Uber, a technology company. He resigned as the CEO of Uber in 2017 when the company was criticized for several unethical practices, including sexual harassment.

 12 Dustin Moskovitz

Dustin Moskovitz
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: May 22, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Gainesville, Florida, United States

Dustin Moskovitz is an Internet entrepreneur. He is credited with co-founding the popular social networking service, Facebook. In 2008, he co-founded a web and mobile application called Asana after quitting Facebook. One of the youngest self-made billionaires of all time, Dustin Moskovitz is also renowned for his philanthropic activities; he co-founded a philanthropic organization called Good Ventures in 2011.

 13 Jimmy Wales

Jimmy Wales
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Famous As: Co-founder of Wikipedia
Birthdate: August 7, 1966
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Huntsville, Alabama, United States
Internet entrepreneur Jimmy Wales is widely known as the co-founder of the not-for-profit online encyclopedia Wikipedia, though he has claimed to be its sole founder. Wikipedia had its roots in Nupedia, a free encyclopedia that was funded by Wales’s portal Bomis. Wales also co-founded Wikia, or Fandom, a web-hosting service.

 14 Sean Parker

Sean Parker
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: December 3, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Herndon, Virginia, United States

Napster co-founder Sean Parker was the first president of Facebook. He invested in Spotify and has been associated with Plaxo, Airtime.com, and Brigade. He created the Facebook app Causes, actively donates to cancer research, owns the Parker Foundation, and was listed on Time’s Healthcare 50 for his medical philanthropic efforts.

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 15 Chad Hurley

Chad Hurley
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: January 24, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Reading, Pennsylvania

Media mogul Chad Hurley is a co-founder and former CEO of the video-sharing websites, YouTube and MixBit. Interested in computers and electronic media since high school, he co-founded YouTube with Steve Chen and Jawed Karim in 2005. The following year, the trio sold YouTube to Google Inc. Hurley is also a part-owner of the NBA's Golden State Warriors.

 16 Kim Dotcom

Kim Dotcom
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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Programmer, Hacker
Birthdate: January 21, 1974
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kiel, West Germany

Kim Dotcom is a German-Finnish internet entrepreneur and political activist. He first gained fame in the 1990s as an internet entrepreneur. He is the founder of the now-defunct file hosting service Megaupload. He is a controversial person and was once convicted on charges of computer fraud. He loves music and has released one album and a few singles. 

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 17 Michelle Malkin

Michelle Malkin
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Famous As: Blogger
Birthdate: October 20, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Michelle Malkin is an American blogger, author, political commentator, and businesswoman. Her weekly syndicated column gets featured in several websites and newspapers. Apart from writing four books and contributing to TV channels, such as Fox News, Michelle Malkin is also credited with founding the conservative websites Hot Air and Twitchy.

 18 Marissa Mayer

Marissa Mayer
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Famous As: Former President & CEO OF Yahoo!
Birthdate: May 30, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Wausau, Wisconsin, United States
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 19 Whitney Wolfe Herd

Whitney Wolfe Herd
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: July 1, 1989
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, U.S.

 20 Ma Huateng

Ma Huateng
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Famous As: CEO of Tencent
Birthdate: October 29, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Chaoyang, Shantou

Chinese business magnate Ma Huateng, or Pony Ma, is best known as the founder, chairman, and CEO of the technology giant Tencent. His company owns the messaging app WeChat. One of CEOWORLD’s Most Powerful People in the World, he was a delegate of the 12th National People's Congress.

 21 Jonah Peretti

Jonah Peretti
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: January 1, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Contra Costa County, California, United States

 22 Brian Acton

Brian Acton
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Famous As: Co-founder of WhatsApp
Birthdate: February 17, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Michigan
Computer programmer and IT entrepreneur Brian Acton is the executive chairman and co-founder of the encrypted messaging app Signal. He previously worked at Yahoo! He also co-founded WhatsApp with Jan Koum and later sold it to Facebook for $19 billion. Acton also participates in charitable activities through Wildcard Giving

 23 Tyler Winklevoss

Tyler Winklevoss
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Famous As: Rower, Entrepreneur
Birthdate: August 21, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Southampton (village), New York

Tyler Winklevoss is an American Bitcoin and cryptocurrency investor and entrepreneur. He is credited with founding the Gemini cryptocurrency exchange and Winklevoss Capital Management. He is also credited with co-founding ConnectU, which he claimed inspired Mark Zuckerberg to create Facebook. Also a rower, Tyler and his identical twin brother, Cameron, competed at the 2008 Summer Olympics, where they finished sixth. 

 24 Steve Huffman

Steve Huffman
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Famous As: Co-founder of the Reddit
Birthdate: November 12, 1983
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lansing, Michigan, United States
Steve Huffman, the CEO and co-founder of Reddit, is also known as spez, his Reddit username. He is also the co-founder of the now-defunct travel search engine Hipmunk. Named to Fortune’s 40 Under 40 list, Steve supports net neutrality. He has often been accused of promoting racism on Reddit.

 25 Dan Abrams

Dan Abrams
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: May 20, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, U.S.

 26 Evan Williams

Evan Williams
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Famous As: Co-founder of Blogger & Twitter
Birthdate: March 31, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Clarks

 27 Burnie Burns

Burnie Burns
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Famous As: Screenplay Writer, Actor, Entrepreneur, Filmmaker
Birthdate: January 18, 1973
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, United States

 28 Mike Krieger

Mike Krieger
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: March 5, 1986
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: São Paulo, Brazil

 29 Tony Hsieh

Tony Hsieh
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: December 12, 1973
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Illinois

Tony Hsieh showed his entrepreneurial spirit since his Harvard days, when he managed a pizza delivery outlet for his dorm. He later founded the Las Vegas-based online shoe and clothing retailer Zappos. He tragically died from smoke inhalation at a house fire during Thanksgiving, shortly before turning 47.

 30 David Baszucki

David Baszucki
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: January 20, 1963
Sun Sign: Aquarius

David Baszucki is a Canadian-born American entrepreneur and inventor. He is credited with co-founding the Roblox Corporation, for which he also serves as the CEO. He is also credited with co-founding Knowledge Revolution, a company which was obtained by MSC Software in 1998. In 2017 and 2018, Baszucki was named one of the 100 Most Intriguing Entrepreneurs by Goldman Sachs.

 31 Joe Gebbia

Joe Gebbia
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Famous As: Internet entrepreneur
Birthdate: August 21, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, U.S.

 32 Bhavish Aggarwal

Bhavish Aggarwal
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Famous As: Co-Founder & CEO of Ola Cabs
Birthdate: August 28, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ludhiana, Punjab, India

 33 Tobias Lutke

Tobias Lutke
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: July 16, 1980
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Koblenz, Germany

 34 Stewart Butterfield

Stewart Butterfield
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: May 1, 1973
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Lund, British Columbia, Canada

 35 John Collison

John Collison
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: August 6, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Dromineer, County Tipperary, Ireland

 36 Jeff Weiner

Jeff Weiner
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: February 21, 1970
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States

 37 Ben Silbermann

Ben Silbermann
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Famous As: Internet Entrepreneurs
Birthdate: July 14, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Des Moines, Iowa, United States

 38 Craig Newmark

Craig Newmark
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Famous As: Internet Entrepreneur
Birthdate: December 6, 1952
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Morristown, New Jersey, United States

 39 Nathan Blecharczyk

Nathan Blecharczyk
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Famous As: Co-founder of Airbnb
Birthdate: 1983 AD
Birthplace: West Roxbury, Boston, Massachusetts, United States

 40 David Karp

David Karp
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Famous As: Internet Entrepreneurs
Birthdate: July 6, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City, New York (state) New York, United States US

 41 Drew Houston

Drew Houston
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Famous As: Internet Entrepreneur
Birthdate: March 4, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Acton, Massachusetts, US

The CEO of Dropbox, a cloud storage company he co-established with his MIT classmate Arash Ferdowsi, Drew Houston was named one of America's Richest Entrepreneurs Under 40 by Forbes in 2016. He later also became part of Facebook’s board of directors. He has worked for immigration and education reform, too.

 42 Luke Nosek

Luke Nosek
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Famous As: Venture capitalist
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Zgłobice, Gmina Tarnów, Poland

 43 Tan Hooi Ling

Tan Hooi Ling
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Famous As: Internet Entrepreneur
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Malaysia

 44 Brandon Wade

Brandon Wade
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: July 16, 1970
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Singapore

 45 Janus Friis

Janus Friis
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: June 26, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Copenhagen, Denmark

 46 Max Polyakov

Max Polyakov
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Famous As: Entrepreneur, Philanthropist, Scientist
Birthdate: June 30, 1977
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Zaporizhzhya
Space and IT entrepreneur Max Polyakov, associated with the investment company Noosphere Ventures, has co-founded many companies, such as Maxymiser, which was later acquired by Oracle. With Cupid Plc., he became the first Ukrainian to be listed on the London Stock Exchange. His Firefly Aerospace develops moon landers and satellites.

 47 Andrew Mason

Andrew Mason
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: 1981 AD
Birthplace: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

 48 Sam Yagan

Sam Yagan
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: April 10, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: United States

 49 Olga Kay

Olga Kay
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: November 20, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic

 50 Patrick Joseph McGovern

Patrick Joseph McGovern
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: August 11, 1937
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Queens, New York, United States
Died: March 19, 2014
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