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

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 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.

 3 Dhirubhai Ambani

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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 4 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.

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 5 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.

 6 Sunil Bharti Mittal

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, Punjab, India
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 7 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.

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 8 David Thomson, 3rd Baron Thomson of Fleet

David Thomson, 3rd Baron Thomson of Fleet
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Famous As: Chairman of Thomson Corporation and also inherited his father's British title, Baron Thomson of Fleet
Birthdate: June 12, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Toronto, Canada
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 9 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.

 10 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.

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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 Ezra Cornell

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

 13 Werner von Siemens

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.

 14 Daniel J. Bernstein

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

 15 John Kluge

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

 16 Mo Ibrahim

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

Telecom magnate Mo Ibrahim was born in Sudan and educated in Egypt and the U.K. His company Celtel International was one of the pioneers in the mobile phone industry in Africa and the Middle East. He was featured on Forbes’s billionaire’s list and offers scholarships for African students through his foundation.

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 17 Tim Armstrong

Tim Armstrong
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Famous As: CEO of AOL ADVERTISING INC.
Birthdate: December 21, 1970
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Greenwich, Connecticut, United States

 18 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
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 19 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

 20 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

 21 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

 22 Tan Le

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

 23 Hamad bin Thamer Al Thani

Hamad bin Thamer Al Thani
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Famous As: Businesspeople
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Doha, Qatar

 24 Taher Elgamal

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

Taher Elgamal is an Egyptian entrepreneur and cryptographer. Widely regarded as the father of SSL, Elgamal is best known for his work at Netscape Communications Corporation where he developed Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) which helped establish a secure and private communications on the Internet. In 2019, Taher Elgamal was honored with the prestigious Marconi Prize along with Paul Kocher.  

 25 Clifford Cocks

Clifford Cocks
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Famous As: Cryptographer, Mathematician known for RSA encryption, Public-key cryptography, Cocks IBE scheme
Birthdate: December 28, 1950
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Prestbury, Cheshire, England, United Kingdom

 26 Akash Ambani

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

 27 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

 28 Stuart Baggs

Stuart Baggs
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Famous As: Businesspeople
Birthdate: July 23, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Plymouth, Devon, England
Died: July 30, 2015

 29 Bárður á Steig Nielsen

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

 30 Iqbal Quadir

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.

 31 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

 32 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

 33 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

English physician and scientist Edward Davy is best known for his inventions such as his version of an electrochemical telegraph. He sold off the patent of his telegraph and moved to Australia later. He also developed the electromagnetic repeater. The Experimental Guide to Chemistry remains his most notable work.

 34 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

 35 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

 36 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

 37 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

 38 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