IT & Software Entrepreneurs

Information Technology (IT) and Software is a fairly recent phenomenon in the field of business. IT is a term commonly associated with computers and computer networks, and also encompasses other information distribution technologies. Entrepreneurship in IT and software has contributed to business growth and development tremendously over the past few years. This field is also closely related to ecommerce, the internet business concept that revolutionized the way business is conducted all over the world. Several other industries like telecom, computer services, electronics and computer hardware are also related areas. Business people dealing in IT and software entrepreneurship have to adopt strategies that are different from other businesses that deal with products and services. This field is a very wide one which encompasses everything from online shopping, ecommerce, and software development to website development and web content creation. Several ambitious businessmen have built profitable ventures in this field as it allows for enormous economies of scale. Of course, there are inherent risks in this business as advancements in technologies take place at such a fast rate, but astute and alert businessmen have the ability to convert these threats into lucrative opportunities. This section gives you a collection of biographies and timelines that provide you with information about the various business people in the field of IT & Software.

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 1 Sundar Pichai

Sundar Pichai
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Famous As: CEO of Google Inc
Birthdate: July 12, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Madurai, Tamil Nadu, India

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.

 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 Steve Wozniak

Steve Wozniak
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Famous As: Co-founder of Apple Computer (Apple Inc.)
Birthdate: August 11, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Jose, California, United States

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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 4 Ratan Tata

Ratan Tata
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Famous As: Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons
Birthdate: December 28, 1937
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Surat

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.

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 5 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.

 6 Paul Allen

Paul Allen
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Famous As: Co-founder of Microsoft, Philanthropist
Birthdate: January 21, 1953
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Seattle
Died: October 15, 2018

Paul Allen was an American investor, business magnate, and philanthropist. He is credited with co-founding one of the most popular multinational technology companies in the world, Microsoft Corporation. Along with his philanthropic activities and ownership of several other companies and sporting clubs, Paul Allen had a major impact on sports, wildlife, education, arts, healthcare, community services, environmental conservation, and more.

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 7 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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 8 Larry Ellison

Larry Ellison
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Famous As: Co-Founder of Oracle
Birthdate: August 17, 1944
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States
Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison was Forbes’s sixth-wealthiest person in the world in 2019. He has been associated with Apple and Tesla, too. He once owned the world’s 12th-largest yacht. He is a certified pilot and also owns a tennis facility. A devoted philanthropist, he has taken The Giving Pledge.
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 9 Eduardo Saverin

Eduardo Saverin
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: March 19, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: São Paulo, State of São Paulo, Brazil

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.

 10 Azim Premji

Azim Premji
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Famous As: Business Tycoon
Birthdate: July 24, 1945
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Karachi

Business magnate Azim Premji revolutionized the Indian software industry with Wipro Limited. Twice listed to Time 100, he transformed his vegetable oil and soap manufacturing company to a leading IT solutions brand, through marked diversification. He owns a non-profit foundation and is the first Indian to join The Giving Pledge.

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 11 Gary Vaynerchuk

Gary Vaynerchuk
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: November 14, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Babruysk
Gary Vaynerchuk is a Belarusian-American internet entrepreneur who co-founded the restaurant-reservation app Resy and the winery Empathy Wines, apart from launching the YouTube webcast Wine Library TV. He has chaired VaynerX, been the CEO of the social-media consulting firm VaynerMedia, and authored several books, including a business bestseller. 

 12 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.

 13 Satoru Iwata

Satoru Iwata
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Famous As: Former President & CEO of Nintendo
Birthdate: December 6, 1959
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Sapporo
Died: July 11, 2015
Former Nintendo president and CEO Satoru Iwata had started developing games while in school. He was the first Nintendo president not related to the Yamauchi family and revolutionized the gaming industry by focusing on a blue ocean strategy and introducing products such as the DS dual-screen console and targeting non-gamers.

 14 N. R. Narayana Murthy

N. R. Narayana Murthy
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Famous As: Founder of Infosys
Birthdate: August 20, 1946
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mysore

N. R. Narayana Murthy is an Indian businessman who is credited with co-founding one of the most popular and successful Indian multinational corporations, Infosys. While Fortune magazine named him as one of the 12 greatest entrepreneurs of our time, Time magazine called him the father of the Indian IT sector. Murthy serves as an inspiration to aspiring businessmen in India.

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 15 Reed Hastings

Reed Hastings
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Famous As: Co-Founder of Net Flix
Birthdate: October 8, 1960
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Boston

Netflix co-founder, CEO, and chairman Reed Hastings is also a Facebook director since 2011. He has previously served the California State Board of Education and the board of Microsoft. The Stanford alumnus is a Giving Pledge member, actively donates for children’s education and scholarships, and supports charter schools.

 16 Kevin Systrom

Kevin Systrom
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: December 30, 1983
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Holliston

Computer programmer and entrepreneur Kevin Systrom is one of the co-founders of the photo-sharing app Instagram. He resigned as the Instagram CEO in 2018. He was named to Forbes’s 30 under 30 list in 2014 and was one of the U.S’s richest entrepreneurs below 40 in 2016.

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 17 Gabe Newell

Gabe Newell
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: November 3, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington

Businessman Gabe Newell is the co-founder and president of the video game developer and digital distribution company, Valve. As a young man, he worked for Microsoft for several years before he quit to found his own venture. He was inducted into the Academy of Interactive Arts & Sciences Hall of Fame in 2013.

 18 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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 19 Chris Hughes

Chris Hughes
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Famous As: Co-Founder of Facebook
Birthdate: November 26, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hickory, North Carolina

 20 Jan Koum

Jan Koum
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Famous As: CEO and co-founder of WhatsApp
Birthdate: February 24, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kiev, Ukraine

Jan Koum is a Ukrainian American computer programmer and entrepreneur. He is credited with co-founding the popular cross-platform messaging service, WhatsApp. One of the most popular billionaires around the world, Koum donated almost $556 million to the donor-advised community foundation, Silicon Valley Community Foundation, in 2014.

 21 Neil Bush

Neil Bush
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: January 22, 1955
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Midland, Texas, USA

 22 Eric Schmidt

Eric Schmidt
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Famous As: Former CEO of Google
Birthdate: April 27, 1955
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Washington, D.C.

Eric Schmidt is an American software engineer and technology businessman who served as Google's CEO from 2001 to 2011. From 2011 to 2015, he served as the executive chairman of Google. A well-known philanthropist, Schmidt and his wife Wendy established the Schmidt Family Foundation in 2006. The foundation aims at educating people on the importance of natural resources.

 23 Randi Zuckerberg

Randi Zuckerberg
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: February 28, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Westchester County, New York, United States
Entrepreneur Randi Zuckerberg has been the director of market development and spokesperson for her brother Mark Zuckerberg’s company Facebook. She has also been a Forbes on Fox panelist. She has founded Zuckerberg Media, authored books, and created the animated series Dot. She advocates against internet anonymity to prevent cyber-bullying.

 24 Paul Buchheit

Paul Buchheit
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Famous As: Computer Engineer
Birthdate: November 7, 1977
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Webster, New York, United States

Paul Buchheit is an American entrepreneur and computer engineer. He is credited with creating Gmail and developing a prototype of Google AdSense. In 2007, he launched FriendFeed, which was later acquired by Facebook. In 2011, Paul Buchheit was honored with the Economist Innovation Award. Also a noted philanthropist, Paul Buchheit has made donations to several health organizations.

 25 Tom Anderson

Tom Anderson
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Famous As: Co-founder of Myspace
Birthdate: November 8, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Diego, California
Tom Anderson is one of the co-founders of Myspace. He would once automatically be made the first “friend” of first-time users of the platform and thus earned the nicknames "Myspace Tom” and “Tom from Myspace.” He is also interested in photography and made a cameo appearance in Funny People.

 26 Steve Chen

Steve Chen
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: August 18, 1978
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Taipei
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.

 27 Andrew McCollum

Andrew McCollum
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Famous As: Co-founder of Facebook
Birthdate: September 4, 1983
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: California

 28 Gottfrid Svartholm

Gottfrid Svartholm
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Famous As: Computer scientist
Birthdate: October 17, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sweden

 29 Kumar Mangalam Birla

Kumar Mangalam Birla
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Famous As: Chairman of Aditya Birla Group
Birthdate: June 14, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: India

Kumar Mangalam Birla is an Indian industrialist best known as the chairman of the Indian multinational conglomerate company, Aditya Birla Group. He also serves as the chairman of IIM Ahmedabad and IIT Delhi. Over the course of his career, Birla has received several honors like the Business Leader of the Year award and Outstanding Business Man of the Year award.

 30 Pierre Omidyar

Pierre Omidyar
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: June 21, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paris

 31 Masayoshi Son

Masayoshi Son
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Famous As: Founder of SoftBank
Birthdate: August 11, 1957
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Tosu, Saga Prefecture, Japan

Masayoshi Son is a Japanese technology entrepreneur, philanthropist, and investor. He is credited with founding SoftBank, a popular Japanese holding company, for which he also serves as the chief executive officer. One of the richest men in Japan, Son has pledged to donate $120 million to support the victims affected by the 2011 earthquake off the Pacific coast of Tōhoku.

 32 Shiv Nadar

Shiv Nadar
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Famous As: Founder of HCL
Birthdate: July 14, 1945
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tiruchendur, Tamil Nadu

Padma Bhushan-winning Indian billionaire businessman Shiv Nadar is known as the founder and chairman of the IT company HCL and the Shiv Nadar Foundation. While he transformed HCL from an IT hardware company into an IT enterprise, by 2021, he also turned himself into the third-richest Indian.

 33 Reid Hoffman

Reid Hoffman
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Famous As: Co-Founder of LinkedIn
Birthdate: August 5, 1967
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Stanford
Billionaire businessman Reid Hoffman, co-founder of the professional networking platform LinkedIn, also serves as a partner of the firm Greylock Partners. The Stanford and Oxford alumnus is also a prominent philanthropist and has been a board member of Do Something. He has also worked with PayPal and written several books.

 34 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.

 35 Vint Cerf

Vint Cerf
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Famous As: Engineer
Birthdate: June 23, 1943
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, United States

 36 Mike Krieger

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

 37 Marc Andreessen

Marc Andreessen
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: July 9, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cedar Falls, Iowa, United States

Marc Andreessen is an American entrepreneur, software engineer, and investor. He is credited with co-founding the independent computer services company Netscape as well as the private venture capital firm Andreessen Horowitz. Marc Andreessen is also credited with co-authoring one of the first web browsers, NCSA Mosaic. In 1994, he was inducted into the World Wide Web Hall of Fame.

 38 Garrett Camp

Garrett Camp
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Famous As: Innovator & Entrepreneurs
Birthdate: October 4, 1978
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Calgary

Tech magnate Garrett Camp made headlines in 2020 when he quit his position of board director of Uber, a company co-founded by him, to focus on its product strategy. Camp has also formed companies such as StumbleUpon and the start-up incubator Expa Labs, and is part of The Giving Pledge.

 39 Bobby Murphy

Bobby Murphy
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Famous As: Co-Founder of Snapchat. and software engineer
Birthdate: July 19, 1988
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Berkeley, California, United States

 40 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.

 41 Jeremy Bloom

Jeremy Bloom
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Famous As: Skier
Birthdate: April 2, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Fort Collins, Colorado, USA

 42 Biz Stone

Biz Stone
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: March 10, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

 43 Nandan Nilekani

Nandan Nilekani
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Famous As: Founder of Infosys
Birthdate: June 2, 1955
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bangalore

Infosys co-founder Nandan Nilekani is also the man behind the Indian biometric ID Aadhaar. Named to the Forbes list of India’s Richest in 2021, he also once teamed up with Ratan Tata to form Avanti Finance to help the poor get loans. He unsuccessfully contested as a Congress candidate, too.

 44 Christopher Poole

Christopher Poole
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: 1988 AD
Birthplace: New York City

 45 Edsger W. Dijkstra

Edsger W. Dijkstra
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Famous As: Computer scientist
Birthdate: May 11, 1930
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Rotterdam, Netherlands
Died: August 6, 2002

 46 Jerry Yang

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

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.

 47 Yusaku Maezawa

Yusaku Maezawa
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: November 22, 1975
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kamagaya, Chiba Prefecture

Yusaku Maezawa is a Japanese art collector and entrepreneur. He is credited with founding Japan's largest online fashion store, Zozotown. He is also credited with founding Contemporary Art Foundation, which aims at supporting young artists. Yusaku Maezawa is one of the richest men in Japan.

 48 Greg Gianforte

Greg Gianforte
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Famous As: 25th Governor of Montana
Birthdate: April 17, 1961
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: San Diego, California, United States

 49 Tommy Rettig

Tommy Rettig
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Famous As: Child Actor
Birthdate: December 10, 1941
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Jackson Heights, New York, United States
Died: February 15, 1996

 50 Apoorva Mehta

Apoorva Mehta
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: 0000 AD

Apoorva Mehta is a serial entrepreneur and a former Amazon.com employee. He founded the grocery delivery and pick-up service Instacart in 2012. An engineer by qualification, he tried to start at least 20 other services, including an ad network for social gaming companies, before launching Instacart. He was included in the Forbes 30 Under 30 list in 2013.

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