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 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 Sam Walton

Sam Walton.
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: March 29, 1918
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kingfisher, Oklahoma
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.
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 3 Jim Walton

Jim Walton.
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: June 7, 1948
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Newport, Arkansas, United States

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.

 4 Philip Green

Philip Green.
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: March 15, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Croydon, United Kingdom

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.

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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
Birthplace: United States of America

 6 Isidor Straus

Isidor Straus.
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: February 6, 1845
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Palatinate
Died: April 15, 1912
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 7 Dodi Fayed

Dodi Fayed.
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Famous As: Ex-Lover of Princess Diana
Birthdate: April 15, 1955
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Alexandria, Egypt
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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 8 S. Robson Walton

S. Robson Walton.
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Famous As: Former Chairman of Walmart
Birthdate: October 28, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
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 9 Rudolf Dassler

Rudolf Dassler.
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: March 26, 1898
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Herzogenaurach
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
Birthplace: Sulaqan, Qom
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 11 Radhakishan Damani

Radhakishan Damani.
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Famous As: Investor, Entrepreneur
Birthdate: 1954 AD
Birthplace: Bikaner
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.

 12 Paul Tudor Jones

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

 13 Richard M. DeVos

Richard M. DeVos.
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Famous As: Co-Founder of Amway
Birthdate: March 4, 1926
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Grand Rapids, Michigan, United States
Died: September 6, 2018

 14 Bernard Marcus

Bernard Marcus
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: May 12, 1929
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, U.S.

 15 Dickson Poon

Dickson Poon.
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: June 19, 1956
Sun Sign: Gemini

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.  

 16 Orville Redenbacher

Orville Redenbacher
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: July 16, 1907
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brazil, Indiana, United States
Died: September 19, 1995
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 17 Jérôme Kerviel

Jérôme Kerviel
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Famous As: Trader, Banker
Birthdate: January 11, 1977
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cairo

 18 James Cash Penney

James Cash Penney
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: September 16, 1875
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Hamilton, Missouri, United States
Died: February 12, 1971
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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
Birthplace: Allentown, Pennsylvania, U.S.
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
Birthplace: Bolton, England
Died: May 7, 1925

 21 Karl Albrecht

Karl Albrecht
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: February 20, 1920
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Essen, Germany
Died: July 16, 2014

 22 John Meriwether

John Meriwether
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Famous As: Banker, Financier
Birthdate: August 10, 1947
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chicago

 23 Richard Dennis

Richard Dennis
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Famous As: Floor trader
Birthdate: January 9, 1949
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chicago

 24 Karen Finerman

Karen Finerman
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: February 25, 1965
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: California

 25 Louis Bacon

Louis Bacon
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Famous As: financier, economist
Birthdate: July 25, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Raleigh

 26 Henry Lehman

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

 27 Boaz Weinstein

Boaz Weinstein
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Famous As: financier
Birthdate: 1973 AD
Birthplace: United States of America

 28 Charles R. Walgreen

Charles R. Walgreen
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Famous As: American pharmacologist
Birthdate: October 9, 1873
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Knoxville, Illinois, United States
Died: December 11, 1939

 29 Philip Day

Philip Day.
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Famous As: British Billionaire
Birthdate: September 30, 1965
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Greater Manchester, England

 30 Max Factor Sr.

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

 31 Ricardo Martinelli

Ricardo Martinelli.
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Famous As: Former President of Panama
Birthdate: March 11, 1952
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Panama City

Ricardo Martinelli is a Panamanian businessman and politician.From 2009 to 2014, he served as the president of Panama and his presidency witnessed steady economic growth in the country. Martinelli came up with several measures to decrease poverty. He increased the minimum wage and introduced measures to tackle unemployment.

 32 Alexander Turney Stewart

Alexander Turney Stewart.
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: October 12, 1803
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lisburn
Died: April 10, 1876

 33 Leon Leonwood Bean

Leon Leonwood Bean
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Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: October 13, 1872
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Greenwood, Maine, United States
Died: February 5, 1967

 34 Akash Ambani

Akash Ambani.
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: October 23, 1991
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra

 35 John Graunt

John Graunt
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Famous As: Statistician
Birthdate: April 24, 1620
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England
Died: April 18, 1674

 36 Brian Hunter

Brian Hunter
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Famous As: Trader
Birthdate: 1975 AD

 37 Aaron Montgomery Ward

Aaron Montgomery Ward
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: February 17, 1843
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New Jersey, United States
Died: December 7, 1913

 38 Potter Palmer

Potter Palmer
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: May 20, 1826
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Albany County, New York, United States
Died: May 4, 1902

 39 Richard N. Cabela

Richard N. Cabela
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: October 8, 1936
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Chappell, Nebraska, United States
Died: February 17, 2014

 40 Ely Callaway Jr.

Ely Callaway Jr.
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: June 3, 1919
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Georgia, United States
Died: July 6, 2001

 41 Karl Fazer

Karl Fazer
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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: August 16, 1866
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Helsinki, Finland
Died: October 9, 1932

 42 Stanley Marcus

Stanley Marcus
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: April 20, 1905
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cedars, Dallas, Texas, United States
Died: January 22, 2002

 43 Alan Sainsbury, Baron Sainsbury

Alan Sainsbury, Baron Sainsbury
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: August 13, 1902
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England
Died: October 21, 1998

 44 Robert Sainsbury

Robert Sainsbury
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: October 24, 1906
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: London, England
Died: April 2, 2000

 45 Lena Himmelstein

Lena Himmelstein
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Famous As: Fashion designer
Birthdate: February 29, 1877
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kaunas, Lithuania
Died: September 26, 1951

 46 Ben Pearson

Ben Pearson
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Famous As: Bowyer
Birthdate: November 16, 1898
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Arkansas, United States
Died: March 2, 1971

 47 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
Birthplace: Didsbury, Manchester, England
Died: February 23, 2001

 48 Thea Porter

Thea Porter
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Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: December 24, 1927
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Jerusalem, Israel
Died: July 24, 2000

 49 Samuel Henry Kress

Samuel Henry Kress
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: July 23, 1863
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cherryville, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: September 22, 1955

 50 Fred Lazarus, Jr.

Fred Lazarus, Jr.
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Famous As: Merchant
Birthdate: October 29, 1884
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Columbus, Ohio, United States
Died: May 27, 1973
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