Building any business is challenging. Creating one that leaves its indelible mark on the world is truly exceptional. Here, we showcase ten entrepreneurs who overcome amazing odds to change the world we live in today.
Thomas Edison, Founder General Electric
Thomas Alva Edison was an American inventor and businessman, who gave the world the electric light, the phonograph and talking motion pictures. Edison’s entrepreneurial skills enabled him to exploit the potential in his 1,300 patents. His combination of inventive genius and entrepreneurial flair led him to found 14 companies, including General Electric.
Henry Ford, Founder Ford
Initially, automobiles were toys for the rich. At the age of 40, Ford launched his iconic Model T Ford. Costing $850 in 1908, the car quickly won customers. By lowering the Model T’s price to $350 through his innovative automated assembly line, the self-taught pioneer made cars part of American culture, producing more than half the cars in the United States by 1919.
Ray Kroc, Founder McDonalds
Ray Kroc was an American businessman and fast food pioneer. While a struggling kitchen wares salesman in 1954, a family-run restaurant in the desert outside Los Angeles ignited Kroc’s imagination. Once he had bought out the McDonald brothers, Kroc took their concept of a limited menu, fast service, and low prices and expand it nationally, creating the global fast-food industry.
Walt Disney, Founder, the Walt Disney Company
Walt Disney was an American cartoonist, animator, voice actor, film producer, and Hollywood magnate who launched one of the most successful companies of all time the Walt Disney Company, with his brother Roy O. Disney. From a talking mouse to some of the highest grossing animated films of all time and a theme park empire spanning the globe, Disney evolved into an entertainment empire.
Larry Page & Sergey Brin, Co-Founders Of Google
Larry Page and Sergey Brin are computer scientists who cofounded tech giant Google, Inc. Page met Sergey Brin at student orientation at Stanford. Their research underpinned an invention that revolutionized the Internet and changed how we interact with our world. In 2004, Google went public. Since then, it has rolled out; Gmail, Google Maps, Google+ and developing robotics, self-driving cars, and AI.