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Ray Kroc
(CEO of McDonald's (1967-1973))
Ray Kroc
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Birthdate: October 5, 1902
Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois, United States
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.

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Fred Trump
(American Real Estate Developer and Father of Former US President 'Donald Trump')
Fred Trump
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Birthdate: October 11, 1905
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States
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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Emeril Lagasse
(Celebrity Chef & Restaurateur Known for His Show 'Essence of Emeril' on The Food Network)
Emeril Lagasse
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Birthdate: October 15, 1959
Birthplace: Fall River, Massachusetts, United States
Celebrity chef Emeril Lagassé is known for his signature New New Orleans style of cooking and his catchphrases such as “Bam!” He owns several restaurants, has written many cookbooks, owns a non-profit for underprivileged children, and has also hosted Food Network shows such as Essence of Emeril and Emeril Live.
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Stephanie McMahon
(Retired Professional Wrestler, Interim Chief Executive Officer and Chairwoman of WWE)
Stephanie McMahon
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Birthdate: September 24, 1976
Birthplace: Hartford, Connecticut, United States

Stephanie McMahon is an American businesswoman. As the chief brand officer of WWE, McMahon contributes immensely to the development of the entertainment company. Also a popular wrestling personality, she often appears on WWE's SmackDown and Raw brands. She is considered one of the most powerful women in wrestling business around the world.

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Virgil Abloh
(Fashion designer)
Virgil Abloh
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Birthdate: September 30, 1980
Birthplace: Rockford, Illinois, U.S.

Virgil Abloh is not just a designer but also a qualified architect. He has been a DJ, too. Apart from heading Louis Vuitton's menswear collection as its artistic director, he also became the first Black designer to lead a major fashion brand. He has also launched the luxury streetwear label Off-White.

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Ralph Lauren
(Fashion Designer, Executive Chairman and Chief Creative Officer of the ‘Ralph Lauren Corporation’)
Ralph Lauren
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Birthdate: October 14, 1939
Birthplace: New York City, United States

Fashion designer and businessman Ralph Lauren is the founder of the Ralph Lauren Corporation, a global multibillion-dollar fashion enterprise. Beginning his career as a salesman for a tie company, he went on to launch his own fashion lines and established himself as a popular name in the fashion industry within years. He is known to be a generous philanthropist.

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Jerry Jones
(Owner of NFL's Dallas Cowboys Team)
Jerry Jones
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Birthdate: October 13, 1942
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

Businessman Jerry Jones is best known for being the owner of the National Football League (NFL)'s Dallas Cowboys since 1989. An alumnus of the University of Arkansas, he launched many businesses as a young man and suffered a series of failures before finally finding financial success. Besides his business ventures, he has appeared in a few TV programs.

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Russell Simmons
(Founder of the hip-hop music label Def Jam)
Russell Simmons
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Birthdate: October 4, 1957
Birthplace: Queens, New York, United States

Russell Simmons is a controversial American businessman who co-founded the hip-hop music label, 'Def Jam Recordings', and established the clothing line 'Phat Fashions'. He is noted for Harriet Tubman Sex Tape which generated a lot of heat in 2013. Simmons who calls himself a Christian yogi is accused of sexual assaults on several women. He has adopted veganism and advocates non-violence.

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Jeanie Buss
(President of the Basketball Team 'Los Angeles Lakers')
Jeanie Buss
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Birthdate: September 26, 1961
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States
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.
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Lee Iacocca
(Businessman)
Lee Iacocca
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Birthdate: October 15, 1924
Birthplace: Allentown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died: July 2, 2019

Automobile executive Lee Iacocca became known for developing the Ford Mustang and Pinto cars while working for the Ford Motor Company in the 1960s. In his later career, he served as the president, CEO, and chairman of Chrysler. Revered for his brilliant leadership skills, he was named the 18th-greatest American CEO of all time by Portfolio Magazine. 

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Linda McMahon
(25th Administrator of the Small Business Administration (2017 - 2019))
Linda McMahon
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Birthdate: October 4, 1948
Birthplace: New Bern, North Carolina, United States

Linda McMahon is an American political executive and former professional wrestling executive. She is credited with co-founding Titan Sports, Inc., which is now called as WWE, Inc., along with her husband Vince McMahon. She then left WWE to focus on her political career; from 2017 to 2019, she served as the Administrator of the Small Business Administration under Trump’s presidency.

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Reed Hastings
(Co-Founder of Net Flix)
Reed Hastings
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Birthdate: October 8, 1960
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States

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.

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Silvio Berlusconi
(Former Prime Minister of Italy)
Silvio Berlusconi
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Birthdate: September 29, 1936
Birthplace: Milan
Media mogul Silvio Berlusconi served as the Italian prime minister for 9 years. Owner of the media groups Mediaset and Fininvest, and former owner of A.C. Milan, he also launched the first Italian private TV channel, Telemilano. Despite a conviction for tax fraud, he became a European Parliament MP later.
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Nicky Hilton Rothschild
(American Businesswoman, Socialite, Model and Fashion Designer)
Nicky Hilton Rothschild
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Birthdate: October 5, 1983
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Nicky Hilton Rothschild is an American businesswoman, model, socialite, and fashion designer. Born in Hilton family, Nicky is also a member of Rothschild family through her marriage. In 2004, Hilton launched her own clothing line and started her second line, Nicholai,  in 2007. She has also supported a range of charitable organizations, including Starlight Children's Foundation, Make-a-wish Foundation among others.
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Suzanne Somers
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Birthdate: October 16, 1946
Birthplace: San Bruno, California, United States
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Sunil Bharti Mittal
(Chairman and Group CEO of Bharti Enterprise)
Sunil Bharti Mittal
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Birthdate: October 23, 1957
Birthplace: Ludhiana, Punjab, India
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Donna Douglas
(Best Know for Her Role as 'Elly May Clampett' in the TV Series 'The Beverly Hillbillies')
Donna Douglas
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Birthdate: September 26, 1932
Birthplace: Pride, Louisiana, United States
Died: January 1, 2015
Donna Douglas is best known as Elly May Clampett from the sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies. After retiring from acting, she juggled with a number of careers, becoming a real-estate agent, a motivational speaker, and a gospel singer. She has also written a Bible-themed children’s book and a cookbook.
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Joseph P. Kennedy II
(Businessperson)
Joseph P. Kennedy II
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Birthdate: September 24, 1952
Birthplace: Brighton, Massachusetts, United States
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Rich Piana
(Bodybuilder)
Rich Piana
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Birthdate: September 26, 1970
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Died: August 25, 2017
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Barron Hilton
(Former Chairman, President and CEO of 'Hilton Hotels')
Barron Hilton
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Birthdate: October 23, 1927
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States
Died: September 19, 2019

The second son of Hilton Hotels founder Conrad Hilton, Barron Hilton was initially a skilled photographer and had even learned to fly planes. A sports enthusiast, he had also been the AFL president. A philanthropist, too, he left 97% of his wealth to his own charitable foundation.

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Sal Khan
(Teacher)
Sal Khan
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Birthdate: October 11, 1976
Birthplace: Metairie, Louisiana, U.S.

What began as amateur math tutorials for his cousin later became Sal Khan’s dream project, the online education platform Khan Academy, which now has over 42 million users worldwide. Named to Time 100 in 2012, the American-born Bengali former hedge fund analyst is an MIT and Harvard alumnus.

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Jarrod Schulz
(Reality TV Star)
Jarrod Schulz
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Birthdate: October 15, 1977
Birthplace: Long Beach, California, USA
Jarrod Schulz went from being a sales manager of a carpet-cleaning company to a reality star, when he soared to fame with the A&E reality show Storage Wars, with his girlfriend, Brandi Passante. Schulz and Passante also starred in the spin-off, Brandi & Jarrod: Married to the Job.
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Alice Walton
(Heiress to the Fortune of Walmart and One of the Richest Women in the World)
Alice Walton
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Birthdate: October 7, 1949
Birthplace: Newport, Arkansas, U.S.

Alice Walton is an heiress to the fortune of the popular American multinational retail corporation, Walmart. She is currently the second richest woman in the world. She is credited with founding the now-defunct investment bank The Llama Company. She also played a key role in the establishment of the Northwest Arkansas Regional Airport by providing $15 million for its construction.

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Anita Roddick
(Businesswoman)
Anita Roddick
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Birthdate: October 23, 1942
Birthplace: Littlehampton, England
Died: September 10, 2007

Anita Roddick was a British businesswoman and human rights activist. She was also a passionate crusader for environmental issues. She founded the British version of The Body Shop, now The Body Shop International Limited. Her company was among the first to prohibit the use of ingredients tested on animals in some products. She was also involved with Greenpeace.  

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Rocky Aoki
(Restaurateur)
Rocky Aoki
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Birthdate: October 9, 1938
Birthplace: Tokyo, Japan
Died: July 10, 2008
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Arthur Blank
(Businessman)
Arthur Blank
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Birthdate: September 27, 1942
Birthplace: Sunnyside, New York, United States
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Maurizio Gucci
(Former Head of 'Gucci' Fashion House Who was Assassinated by a Hitman Hired by His Former Wife)
Maurizio Gucci
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Birthdate: September 26, 1948
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: March 27, 1995

Maurizio Gucci was an Italian businessman. The grandson of Guccio Gucci, Maurizio served as the chairman of the Gucci group in the early-1990s. At the age of 46, Maurizio was shot dead by a hitman hired by his ex-wife Patrizia Reggiani. The murder inspired Sara Forden's book The House of Gucci, which has been adapted into a biographical crime film.

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Liliane Bettencourt
(Principal Shareholder of ‘L'Oréal’ and the Richest Woman of the World at the Time of Her Death)
Liliane Bettencourt
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Birthdate: October 21, 1922
Birthplace: Paris, France
Died: September 20, 2017
Former L'Oréal heiress Liliane Bettencourt was the world’s richest woman at the time of her death. She had apparently gifted celebrity photographer François-Marie Banier cash and gifts worth a billion euros, leading her daughter to file a case against Banier later. Bettencourt was also involved in medical and cultural philanthropy.
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Jerry Heller
(Businessman)
Jerry Heller
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Birthdate: October 6, 1940
Birthplace: Cleveland, Ohio, United States
Died: September 2, 2016

Jerry Heller was a music manager and businessman best known for his management of West Coast rap and gangsta rap pioneers N.W.A and Eazy-E. A prominent figure in the 1960s and 1970s, he played a key role in the emergence of West Coast rap music. He was a controversial figure and was accused of financial impropriety, which he denied.

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Brian Moynihan
(Chairman and CEO of 'Bank of America')
Brian Moynihan
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Birthdate: October 9, 1959
Birthplace: Marietta, Ohio, United States

Brian Moynihan is an American businessman and investment banker. He is best known as the CEO and chairman of Bank of America. In 2020, Chief Executive Magazine named him the CEO of the Year.

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Thomas Crapper
(Businessman)
Thomas Crapper
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Birthdate: September 28, 1836
Birthplace: Waterside, Thorne, Yorkshire, England, United Kingdom
Died: January 27, 1910
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Mark Parker
(Entrepreneur)
Mark Parker
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Birthdate: October 21, 1955
Birthplace: Poughkeepsie (city), New York Poughkeepsie, New York, U.S.
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Garrett Camp
(Innovator & Entrepreneurs)
Garrett Camp
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Birthdate: October 4, 1978
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.

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Teresa Heinz
(Businesswoman, Philanthropist and Wife of Former U.S. Secretary of State John Kerry)
Teresa Heinz
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Birthdate: October 5, 1938
Birthplace: Maputo, Mozambique
Portuguese-American entrepreneur and philanthropist Teresa Heinz is the widow of H. J. Heinz Company heir and former American senator John Heinz and the wife of former American secretary of state John Kerry. She chairs the Heinz Endowments and the Heinz Family Philanthropies. She focuses on women’s issues and environmental concerns.
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Peter Thiel
(Co-founder of 'PayPal', First outside Investor in 'Facebook')
Peter Thiel
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Birthdate: October 11, 1967
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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Gregg Wallace
(Known for Co-presenting 'Masterchef', 'Celebrity Masterchef' and 'Masterchef: The Professionals')
Gregg Wallace
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Birthdate: October 17, 1964
Birthplace: Peckham, London, England

Celebrity chef Gregg Wallace is now better known as a MasterChef judge. Interestingly, he had begun his career as a greengrocer in Covert Garden and had then launched George Allan's Greengrocers. Wallace met his wife on Twitter, when she asked him a cooking-related question. He also owns a fitness brand.

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George Westinghouse
(American Entrepreneur and Engineer Who Invented the ‘Railway Air Brake’)
George Westinghouse
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Birthdate: October 6, 1846
Birthplace: Central Bridge, New York, United States
Died: March 12, 1914

Inventor and entrepreneur George Westinghouse was mostly responsible for introducing the U.S. to alternating current (AC). Initially part of the army and the navy, the talented engineer began his journey of inventions with the rotary steam engine and went on to invent several products, such as air brakes.

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Joy Bryant
(Actress Known for Her Role as ‘Jasmine Trussell’ on NBC's Series ‘Parenthood’ and the Biopic 'Antwone Fisher')
Joy Bryant
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Birthdate: October 18, 1974
Birthplace: Bronx, New York, United States

Joy Bryant is an American actress, fashion model, and businesswoman. After starting her modeling career by appearing in commercials for brands like Tommy Hilfiger, Ralph LaurenVictoria's Secret, and Gap, Bryant went on to establish herself as an actress. In 2006, she won the Hollywood Film Award for her portrayal of Patricia in the drama film, Bobby.

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Terence Conran
(English Designer, Restaurateur and Founder of 'Design Museum')
Terence Conran
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Birthdate: October 4, 1931
Birthplace: Kingston upon Thames, Surrey, England
Died: September 12, 2020

Best known as the founder of the Design Museum in London, British designer and restaurateur Terence Conran had begun a furniture studio while still a student. He later launched popular interior and furniture design firms such as the Conran Design Group and Habitat. He has also penned several books.

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LaVar Ball
(American Football Player, Businessman)
LaVar Ball
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Birthdate: October 23, 1967
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
LaVar Ball, father of basketball players Lonzo, LiAngelo, and LaMelo Ball, once played professional American football. He has appeared on the reality show Ball in the Family and owns the clothing company Big Baller Brand. He once had an infamous feud with Donald Trump over LiAngelo’s arrest in China.
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Gottfrid Svartholm
(Computer scientist)
Gottfrid Svartholm
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Birthdate: October 17, 1984
Birthplace: Sweden

Gottfrid Svartholm is a Swedish computer specialist best known as the ex-co-owner of the web hosting company and Internet service provider PRQ. He is also credited with co-founding The Pirate Bay along with Peter Sunde and Fredrik Neij. In 2014, Gottfrid Svartholm was imprisoned for his connection with WikiLeaks and released the following year.

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Shane Smith
(Canadian Journalist and Executive Chairman of 'Vice Media')
Shane Smith
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Birthdate: September 28, 1969
Birthplace: Ottawa, Canada

Vice co-founder and CEO Shane Smith is a renowned journalist and entrepreneur whose work has taken him to remote and war-torn places such as North Korea and Liberia. Listed as one of Canada's Richest People in 2015, he is a self-made millionaire with riches such as an 8-bedroom California mansion.

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Marvin Bush
(American Businessman and Son of Former US President George H.W. Bush)
Marvin Bush
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Birthdate: October 22, 1956
Birthplace: Midland, Texas, USA
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Kenneth C. Griffin
(Entrepreneur)
Kenneth C. Griffin
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Birthdate: October 15, 1968
Birthplace: Daytona Beach, Florida, U.S.
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Avram Glazer
(Businessperson)
Avram Glazer
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Birthdate: October 19, 1960
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, United States
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Haim Saban
(Investor and Founder of Saban Entertainment Which Produced the X-Men and Power Rangers)
Haim Saban
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Birthdate: October 15, 1944
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt

Haim Saban is an Israeli-American investor, media proprietor, and film producer. He is credited with founding Saban Entertainment which produces children's television programs like Power Rangers. For his achievements in the TV industry, Saban was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. Also a philanthropist, Haim Saban donated $14 million for the completion of a children's hospital.

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Fred C Koch
(Chemical Engineer, Entrepreneur)
Fred C Koch
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Birthdate: September 23, 1900
Birthplace: Quanah, Texas, United States
Died: November 17, 1967
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Tony Khan
(Sports executive, Businessperson)
Tony Khan
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Birthdate: October 10, 1982
Birthplace: Urbana–Champaign, Illinois, United States
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Jim Ratcliffe
(Businessperson)
Jim Ratcliffe
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Birthdate: October 18, 1952
Birthplace: Failsworth, Lancashire, England
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Harry Markopolos
(American Whistleblower and Financial Fraud Investigator)
Harry Markopolos
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Birthdate: October 22, 1956
Birthplace: Erie, Pennsylvania, United States

Harry Markopolos is an American financial fraud and forensic accounting investigator. A former securities industry executive, Markopolos is best known for his investigation that exposed Bernie Madoff's Ponzi scheme much before the latter's arrest in 2008. Harry Markopolos later penned No One Would Listen as he was initially ignored by the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission.