Telecommunication

The telecommunication industry is among the best performing industries in the world in recent years. The high profitability of telecommunication businesses has attracted a lot of investors and businessmen to enter this sector. A branch of electrical engineering, telecommunication deals with the technology of communicating at a distance through electrical signals or electromagnetic waves. Telecommunication technologies include telephone, internet, radio, microwave transmission, fiber options, and satellite communications. The telecommunication industry is a very vast one and includes businesses involved in cabling, transmission, wireless communication, media, and IP networks. It is a complex interconnected network of sectors and sub sectors involved in creating, operating and maintaining telecommunication services. This is one of the fastest developing industries and advancement in communication technologies has led to a tremendous boost to the national economies of various countries around the world. Today, the industry offers never-before opportunities in various sectors like social networking application, IP technologies, home integration technologies, home entertainment, advanced broadcast networks and newer approaches to media distribution through the internet. Browse these biographies and timelines to explore the lives and works of various famous business people in the field of telecommunications from all over the world.

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 1 Mukesh Ambani

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Famous As: Indian businessman
Birthdate: April 19, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Aden, Yemen

The richest person in Asia, Mukesh Ambani is an Indian billionaire business magnate. He is the chairman and managing director of Reliance Industries Ltd. (RIL). The son legendary Dhirubhai Ambani, he started his career by helping his father build their family business. As of today, he is the only Indian businessman on Forbes' list of the world's most powerful people.

 2 Carlos Slim

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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: January 28, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Mexico City
Mexican business tycoon Carlos Slim owns the conglomerate Grupo Carso and has served as the CEO of América Móvil and Telmex. He was the world’s richest person from 2010 to 2013 and the fifth-richest in 2020, according to Forbes. He also owns three charity organizations focusing on Mexico City. 
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 3 Thomas Edison

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Famous As: Inventor, Businessman
Birthdate: February 11, 1847
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Milan
Died: October 18, 1931

Described as America’s greatest inventor, Thomas Edison’s legacy is an everlasting one. He was the first to help make the incandescent light bulb commercially viable, even though he was not the first inventor of it. Quadruplex telegraph, phonograph, motion picture camera and the alkaline storage battery are some the many innovations that made him a worldwide phenomenon and an icon.

 4 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 Anil Ambani

Anil Ambani.
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Famous As: Chairman of Reliance ADA Group
Birthdate: June 4, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Mumbai

Indian businessman Anil Ambani is the chairman of Reliance Group. Once the sixth richest person in the world, he declared bankruptcy in early 2020 though the veracity of his claim is questionable. He has served in the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of the Parliament of India. He has been involved in many controversies.

 6 Dhirubhai Ambani

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Birthdate: December 28, 1932
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Junagadh
Died: July 6, 2002

Dhirubhai Ambani was an Indian business tycoon. He is credited with founding Reliance Industries, which is currently the largest company in the country in terms of revenue. Dhirubhai Ambani's life and career inspired the 2007 drama film Guru, in which his character was portrayed by Abhishek Bachchan.

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 7 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.

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 8 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.

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 9 Ren Zhengfei

Ren Zhengfei.
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Famous As: CEO of Huawei
Birthdate: October 25, 1944
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Zhenning Buyei and Miao Autonomous County, Anshun, China

Ren Zhengfei is a Chinese engineer and entrepreneur. He is credited with founding Huawei, the second-largest manufacturer of smartphones and the largest manufacturer of telecommunications equipment in the world. He also serves as the CEO of Huawei Technologies Co., Ltd. In 2005, Ren Zhengfei was named in Time magazine's 100 most influential people in the world list.

 10 Kumar Mangalam Birla

Kumar Manglam Birla.
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Famous As: Chairman of Aditya Birla Group
Birthdate: June 14, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: India
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 11 Isha Ambani

Isha Ambani.
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Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: October 23, 1991
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Mumbai, India

 12 Denis O’Brien

Denis O’Brien.
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: April 19, 1958
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Republic of Ireland

Irish media magnate Denis O’Brien, the owner of Communicorp and Digicel, got his first lessons in salesmanship from his father, who was pharma salesman. While in school, he excelled in rugby. Named one of the World's Top 200 Billionaires in 2015, he owns a philanthropic foundation, too.

 13 Sunil Bharti Mittal

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Famous As: Chairman and Group CEO of Bharti Enterprise
Birthdate: October 23, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ludhiana

 14 Carlos Slim Domit

Carlos Slim Domit.
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Famous As: Businessman, Son of Carlos Slim Helu
Birthdate: February 28, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Mexico

Carlos Slim Domit is a Mexican businessman. He is the son of business magnate, investor, and philanthropist Carlos Slim Helú. He has a degree in business administration from Universidad Anáhuac. Currently, he serves as the chairman of the board of America Movil, Grupo Sanborns, Grupo Carso, and Telmex. He is also a member of the senate of the FIA. 

 15 Ezra Cornell

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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: January 11, 1807
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, United States
Died: December 9, 1874

 16 Werner von Siemens

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Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: December 13, 1816
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Gehrden
Died: December 6, 1892

German electrical engineer Werner von Siemens is remembered as a pioneer of the telegraph industry. The founder of Siemens also inspired the name to the SI unit of electrical conductance. He was part of the Prussian army and had begun his chemistry experiments while in prison for a minor crime.

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 17 John Kluge

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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: September 21, 1914
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chemnitz, Germany
Died: September 7, 2010

 18 Whitfield Diffie

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Famous As: Cryptographer, Mathematician, Computer scientist
Birthdate: June 5, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City
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 19 Daniel J. Bernstein

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Famous As: Mathematician, Cryptologist, Programmer, University teacher, Computer scientist
Birthdate: October 29, 1971
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: East Patchogue

 20 Tim Armstrong

Tim Armstrong
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Famous As: CEO
Birthdate: December 21, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Riverside, Greenwich, Connecticut, United States

 21 Mo Ibrahim

Mo Ibrahim.
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: May 3, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sudan

 22 Ahmed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud

Ahmed bin Salman bin Abdulaziz Al Saud
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: November 17, 1958
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Riyadh, Saudi Arabia
Died: July 22, 2002

 23 Don Hewitt

Don Hewitt
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Famous As: Television Producer
Birthdate: December 14, 1922
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: August 19, 2009

 24 Paul Reuter

Paul Reuter
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: July 21, 1816
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Kassel, Germany
Died: February 25, 1899

 25 Martin Hellman

Martin Hellman
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Famous As: Cryptographer, Mathematician, Scientist, Computer scientist
Birthdate: October 2, 1945
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City

 26 Akash Ambani

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

 27 Tan Le

Tan Le
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: May 20, 1977
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Vietnam

 28 Taher Elgamal

Taher Elgamal
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Famous As: Cryptographer, Mathematician
Birthdate: August 18, 1955
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cairo

 29 Clifford Cocks

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Famous As: Cryptographer, Mathematician
Birthdate: December 28, 1950
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Prestbury

 30 Sidney Bernstein, Baron Bernstein

Sidney Bernstein, Baron Bernstein
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: January 30, 1899
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ilford, England
Died: February 5, 1993

 31 Marmaduke Hussey, Baron Hussey of North Bradley

Marmaduke Hussey, Baron Hussey of North Bradley
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Famous As: Chairman
Birthdate: August 29, 1923
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Surrey, England
Died: December 27, 2006

 32 Huw Wheldon

Huw Wheldon
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Famous As: Executive
Birthdate: May 7, 1916
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Prestatyn, Wales
Died: March 14, 1986

 33 Bárður á Steig Nielsen

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Famous As: Prime Minister
Birthdate: April 16, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Vestmanna, Faroe Islands

 34 Iqbal Quadir

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Famous As: Founder of Grameenphone
Birthdate: August 13, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Jessore District

Iqbal Quadir is a Bangladeshi entrepreneur who is credited with founding Grameenphone in Bangladesh. Quadir founded Grameenphone in an attempt to enhance self-employment opportunities for the poor. He is also credited with founding the Legatum Center for Development and Entrepreneurship. In 2007, he was named by Wharton Alumni Magazine in its 125 Influential People and Ideas list.

 35 Gordon Matthews

Gordon Matthews
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Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: July 26, 1936
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States
Died: February 23, 2002

 36 Edward Davy

Edward Davy
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Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: June 16, 1806
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ottery St. Mary, England
Died: January 26, 1885

 37 Roger Williams Straus Jr.

Roger Williams Straus Jr.
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Famous As: Chairman
Birthdate: January 3, 1917
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: May 25, 2004

 38 John D. Goeken

John D. Goeken
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Famous As: Business executive
Birthdate: August 22, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Joliet, Illinois, United States
Died: September 16, 2010

 39 Robert Hersant

Robert Hersant
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Famous As: Political leader
Birthdate: January 30, 1920
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Vertou, France
Died: April 21, 1996

 40 Octávio Frias

Octávio Frias
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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: August 5, 1912
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, State of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil
Died: April 29, 2007
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