Retailers

Business people engaged in retailing purchase goods in large quantities from manufacturers and resell them to end customers at a profit. Retailing which is one of the most important links in the supply chain is also a fast growing segment of the economy. Retailing industry provides the customers a convenient way to shop for almost everything: clothes, shoes, cutlery, food items, appliances, and electronics. Aspiring entrepreneurs eager to manage their own business are often attracted by the retail industry as it offers a wide variety of business options to choose from. Some businessmen operate store-based retailing in fixed point-of-sale locations like convenience stores, department stores, supermarkets, etc. Non-store retailing which includes online stores, television shopping, vending machines, mail orders, etc. which also offer an array of lucrative opportunities. Retail ownership can be highly rewarding, but it is also very challenging. These businessmen have to coordinate the activities related to marketing, management, human resources, sales and accounting themselves. They should possess high self-confidence and the ability to take risks to embark in this direction. Individuals who can perform efficiently in high pressure environment and are willing to put in irregular hours of work have it in them to become successful retail owners. Read on to know about the life and works of various famous retail owners from all over the world.

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 1 Sam Walton

Sam Walton
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: March 29, 1918
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: April 5, 1992
Sam Walton, founder of the retail chain Walmart and Sam's Club, was the richest man in the U.S. at one point. He made Walmart the world’s largest private employer. One of Time’s 100 most influential people of the 20th Century, he had also earned the Presidential Medal of Freedom.

 2 Dodi Fayed

Dodi Fayed
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Famous As: Ex-Lover of Princess Diana
Birthdate: April 15, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: Egyptian
Died: August 31, 1997

Dodi Fayed was an Egyptian movie producer who died in a car crash in 1997 alongside his romantic partner Diana, Princess of Wales. The car crash became international news and Fayed is often referred to as Diana's eternal love. Fayed's billionaire father, Mohamed Al-Fayed, erected two memorials, including a 3-metre high bronze statue, to Diana and his son at Harrods.

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 3 Philip Green

Philip Green
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: March 15, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British

British businessman Philip Green is the chairman of Arcadia Group, a British multinational retailing company. Previously, he was the chairman and chief executive of Amber Day. He has been called the "King of the High Street" owing to his involvement in several major businesses. He is a controversial businessman and has been accused of using sweatshops.

 4 Jim Walton

Jim Walton
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: June 7, 1948
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

A member of the Walton family—the world’s richest family— James Walton has inherited retail giant Walmart along with his siblings. A graduate from the University of Arkansas, the billionaire is also the chairman of Arvest Bank and heads newspaper company, Community Publishers Inc. He played football during his younger days and leant to pilot planes. He has four children.

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 5 Ann Walton Kroenke

Ann Walton Kroenke
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Famous As: Heiress to the Walmart Fortune
Birthdate: December 18, 1948
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 6 Richard M. DeVos

Richard M. DeVos
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Famous As: Co-Founder of Amway
Birthdate: March 4, 1926
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: September 6, 2018
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 7 Isidor Straus

Isidor Straus
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: February 6, 1845
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: April 15, 1912
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 8 S. Robson Walton

S. Robson Walton
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Famous As: Former Chairman of Walmart
Birthdate: October 28, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
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 9 Rudolf Dassler

Rudolf Dassler
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: March 26, 1898
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: German
Died: October 27, 1974
The rivalry between German shoemaker Rudolf Dassler and his brother, Adolf Dassler, led to the creation of two of the most popular shoe brands of the world. While Rudolf and Adolf were initially partners in their shoe business, a feud made Rudolf create Puma, while Adolf formed Adidas.

 10 Omar bin Laden

Omar bin Laden
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Famous As: One of the sons of Osama bin Laden
Birthdate: March 1, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Saudi Arabian
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 11 Paul Tudor Jones

Paul Tudor Jones
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Famous As: Stockbroker, Financier
Birthdate: September 28, 1954
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 12 Bernard Marcus

Bernard Marcus
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: May 12, 1929
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American

 13 Dickson Poon

Dickson Poon
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: June 19, 1956
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Hong Konger

Dickson Poon is a Hong Kong businessman who serves as the executive chairman of Dickson Concepts (DCIL), a Hong Kong based company, which owns companies, such as S. T. Dupont and Harvey Nichols. Also a philanthropist, Poon has donated money to colleges and universities. During the 2015 New Year Honours, Poon was knighted for his services to charity and business.  

 14 Vladimir Potanin

Vladimir Potanin
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: January 3, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: Russian
Billionaire business magnate Vladimir Potanin was named Russia’s richest man by Forbes in 2020. He used the loan-for-shares strategy to gain control over Norilsk Nickel. One of Vladimir Putin’s close associates, he has also been Russia’s deputy prime minister. He is the only Russian who has signed The Giving Pledge.

 15 Orville Redenbacher

Orville Redenbacher
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: July 16, 1907
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: September 19, 1995

 16 Karl Albrecht

Karl Albrecht
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: February 20, 1920
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: German
Died: July 16, 2014
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 17 Jérôme Kerviel

Jérôme Kerviel
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Famous As: Trader, Banker
Birthdate: January 11, 1977
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: French

 18 Louis Bacon

Louis Bacon
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Famous As: financier, economist
Birthdate: July 25, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
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 19 S.S. Kresge

S.S. Kresge
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: July 31, 1867
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: October 18, 1966

 20 William Lever, 1st Viscount Leverhulme

William Lever, 1st Viscount Leverhulme
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: September 19, 1851
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British
Died: May 7, 1925

 21 John Meriwether

John Meriwether
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Famous As: Banker, Financier
Birthdate: August 10, 1947
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 22 Richard Dennis

Richard Dennis
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Famous As: Floor trader
Birthdate: January 9, 1949
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 23 Henry Lehman

Henry Lehman
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Famous As: merchant, banker, businessperson
Birthdate: 1822 AD
Nationality: American
Died: November 17, 1855

 24 Karen Finerman

Karen Finerman
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: February 25, 1965
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 25 Charles R. Walgreen

Charles R. Walgreen
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Famous As: American pharmacologist
Birthdate: October 9, 1873
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: December 11, 1939

 26 Philip Day

Philip Day
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Famous As: British Billionaire
Birthdate: September 30, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British

 27 Max Factor Sr.

Max Factor Sr.
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Famous As: American makeup designer
Birthdate: September 15, 1877
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Polish
Died: August 30, 1938

 28 Boaz Weinstein

Boaz Weinstein
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Famous As: financier
Birthdate: 1973 AD
Nationality: American

 29 Ricardo Martinelli

Ricardo Martinelli
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Famous As: Former President of Panama
Birthdate: March 11, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Panamanian

 30 Leon Leonwood Bean

Leon Leonwood Bean
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Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: October 13, 1872
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: February 5, 1967

 31 Alexander Turney Stewart

Alexander Turney Stewart
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: October 12, 1803
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: April 10, 1876

 32 John Graunt

John Graunt
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Famous As: Statistician
Birthdate: April 24, 1620
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British
Died: April 18, 1674

 33 Brian Hunter

Brian Hunter
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Famous As: Trader
Birthdate: 1975 AD
Nationality: Canadian

 34 Aaron Montgomery Ward

Aaron Montgomery Ward
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: February 17, 1843
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American
Died: December 7, 1913

 35 Stanley Marcus

Stanley Marcus
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: April 20, 1905
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American
Died: January 22, 2002

 36 Potter Palmer

Potter Palmer
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: May 20, 1826
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: May 4, 1902

 37 Richard N. Cabela

Richard N. Cabela
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: October 8, 1936
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: February 17, 2014

 38 Ely Callaway Jr.

Ely Callaway Jr.
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: June 3, 1919
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: July 6, 2001

 39 Samuel Henry Kress

Samuel Henry Kress
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: July 23, 1863
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: September 22, 1955

 40 Lena Himmelstein

Lena Himmelstein
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Famous As: Fashion designer
Birthdate: February 29, 1877
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: September 26, 1951

 41 Ben Pearson

Ben Pearson
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Famous As: Bowyer
Birthdate: November 16, 1898
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: March 2, 1971

 42 Marcus Sieff, Baron Sieff of Brimpton

Marcus Sieff, Baron Sieff of Brimpton
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: July 2, 1913
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: British
Died: February 23, 2001

 43 Thea Porter

Thea Porter
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: December 24, 1927
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British
Died: July 24, 2000

 44 Fred Lazarus, Jr.

Fred Lazarus, Jr.
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Famous As: Merchant
Birthdate: October 29, 1884
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: May 27, 1973

 45 Karl Schulmeister

Karl Schulmeister
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Famous As: Tobacconist
Birthdate: August 5, 1770
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Austrian
Died: May 8, 1853

 46 Okura Kihachiro

Okura Kihachiro
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: October 23, 1837
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Japanese
Died: April 5, 1928

 47 Isao Nakauchi

Isao Nakauchi
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: August 2, 1922
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Japanese
Died: September 19, 2005

 48 Roemer Visscher

Roemer Visscher
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Famous As: Merchant
Birthdate: 1547 AD
Nationality: Dutch
Died: February 19, 1620

 49 Max Blum

Max Blum
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: December 23, 1864
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: German
Died: November 6, 1902

 50 Radhakishan Damani

Radhakishan Damani
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Famous As: Investor, Entrepreneur
Birthdate: 1954 AD
Nationality: Indian
Indian business magnate Radhakishan Damani founded the hypermarket chain DMart and owns Bright Star Investments. Damani initially managed his ball-bearing business, which he later quit to become a stock-market broker. He was once the largest individual shareholder of HDFC Bank. He holds stakes in sectors ranging from cement to tobacco.
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