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 Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg
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Famous As: Co-founder 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.

 3 Jack Ma

Jack Ma
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Famous As: Businessman
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. 
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 4 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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 5 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.

 6 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.

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 7 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.
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 8 Jawed Karim

Jawed Karim
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Famous As: Co-Founder of YouTube
Birthdate: October 28, 1979
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Merseburg, Germany

Jawed Karim is an American Internet entrepreneur and software engineer. Karim is credited with co-founding one of the most popular online video-sharing platforms, YouTube. He is also credited with uploading the first YouTube video named Me at the zoo. During his time working at PayPal, Jawed Karim had designed many of the company's core components, such as its anti-Internet-fraud system.

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 9 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.

 10 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.

 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 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.

 13 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.

 14 Sergey Brin

Sergey Brin
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Famous As: Co-founder of Google
Birthdate: August 21, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia
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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 15 Steve Chen

Steve Chen
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Famous As: Co-founder of YouTube
Birthdate: August 18, 1978
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Taipei City, Taipei, Taiwan
Internet entrepreneur Steve Chen is one of the co-founders of YouTube. He also co-founded AVOS Systems and developed the app MixBit. He later sold YouTube to Google and also joined the investment firm Google Ventures. He was named one of 2011’s "15 Asian Scientists To Watch" by Asian Scientist magazine.

 16 Kim Dotcom

Kim Dotcom
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Famous As: Internet entrepreneur
Birthdate: January 1, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kiel, 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 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

 18 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.
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 19 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

 20 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.

 21 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.

 22 Mike Krieger

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

 23 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

 24 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.

 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 Brian Chesky

Brian Chesky
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Famous As: Co-founder of Airbnb
Birthdate: August 29, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Niskayuna, New York, United States
Business magnate and industrial designer Brian Chesky is the co-founder and CEO of Airbnb. Named to Time 100 in 2015, he was also made an Ambassador of Global Entrepreneurship by Barack Obama. He is also part of The Giving Pledge and has been featured on the Youngest Forbes 400 list.

 27 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.

 28 Justin Kan

Justin Kan
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Famous As: Co-founder of Twitch
Birthdate: July 16, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States

 29 Pavel Durov

Pavel Durov
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Famous As: French entrepreneur who is best known for being the founder of the social networking site VK and later of Telegram Messenger
Birthdate: October 10, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saint Petersburg, Russia

 30 Jerry Yang

Jerry Yang
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Famous As: Co-founder of Yahoo! Inc.
Birthdate: November 6, 1968
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Taipei City, Taipei, Taiwan

Jerry Yang is a Taiwanese-American billionaire internet entrepreneur, computer programmer, and venture capitalist. Yang is credited with co-founding Yahoo! Inc. where he also served as the CEO from 2007 to 2009. Jerry Yang is also credited with founding a venture capital firm named AME Cloud Ventures.

 31 Evan Williams

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

 32 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

 33 Fahim Saleh

Fahim Saleh
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Famous As: Businesspeople
Birthdate: December 12, 1986
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Mecca, Saudi Arabia
Died: July 13, 2020

 34 Joe Gebbia

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

 35 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

 36 Maitland Ward

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

 37 Tobias Lutke

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

 38 John Collison

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

 39 Stewart Butterfield

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

 40 Carl Pei

Carl Pei
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Famous As: Co-founded OnePlus
Birthdate: September 11, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Beijing, China

 41 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

 42 Nathan Blecharczyk

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

 43 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

 44 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

 45 Adam Mosseri

Adam Mosseri
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Famous As: Head of Instagram
Birthdate: January 23, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York, United States

 46 Luke Nosek

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

 47 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.

 48 Daniel M. Lewin

Daniel M. Lewin
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Famous As: Mathematician and entrepreneur who co-founded internet company Akamai Technologies
Birthdate: May 14, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States
Died: September 11, 2001

Daniel M. Lewin was an American–Israeli entrepreneur and mathematician best remembered for co-founding the popular internet company Akamai Technologies. On September 11, 2001, Lewin became the first victim of the September 11 attacks when he was stabbed to death onboard American Airlines Flight 11 by one of the hijackers.

 49 Tan Hooi Ling

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

 50 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