Top Ten Most Iconic Business People

Every once in a while there are companies that change the world. Running those companies, are some of the most influential, intelligent, and savvy individuals.

It takes more than just a great product to make a business successful for the long haul. To keep the money rolling in you need to be an entrepreneur with the smarts to adapt to the market and consumer's needs.

Below are the most iconic business men and women who have not only made a lot of money, but also revolutionized their industry and stayed on top for the long haul.
The Top Ten
1 Bill Gates William Henry Gates III (born October 28, 1955) is an American business magnate, software developer, investor, author, and philanthropist. He is a co-founder of Microsoft, along with his late childhood friend Paul Allen. During his career at Microsoft, Gates held the positions of chairman, chief executive officer (CEO), president and chief software architect, while also being the largest individual shareholder until May 2014. He was a major entrepreneur of the microcomputer revolution of the 1970s and 1980s.

Bill Gates is the person who not only has a genius mind, a generous heart but also has a strong will. He doesn't care other criticize or insult him, he bore all the insults and he just does it right for the sake of good. He is one of the most important people who has built the IT industries and contributed significantly to other industries as well.

Not only a computer magnate, he has also diversified into charities and organizations. His name is synonymous with success and innovation.

Richest Man in the World!

2 Warren Buffett

The man owns a little bit of everything. Real estate, energy, you name it.

3 Steve Jobs Steven Paul Jobs (February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011) was an American entrepreneur and business magnate. He was the chairman, chief executive officer (CEO), and a co-founder of Apple Inc., chairman and majority shareholder of Pixar, a member of The Walt Disney Company's board of directors following its acquisition of Pixar, and the founder, chairman, and CEO of NeXT. Jobs is widely recognized as a pioneer of the microcomputer revolution of the 1970s and 1980s, along with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

Revolutionizing the computer industry in the face of a giant (Microsoft), he realized that it is often less important to be best if you can be first.

4 Jeff Bezos Jeffrey Preston "Jeff" Bezos (born January 12, 1964) is an American entrepreneur, media proprietor, investor, computer engineer, and commercial astronaut who is best known for being the founder and executive chairman and former president and CEO of Amazon.

Amazon started out as a lowly online book store and now deals in everything from groceries to diapers to, still, books. It became the most trusted company in America in 2013 - pushing Apple off it's perch.

5 Mark Zuckerberg Mark Elliot Zuckerberg is an American technology entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is known for co-founding and leading Facebook as its chairman and chief executive officer.

Facebook began as just another social site aimed at college kids. Now, more than 1 in 7 people on earth have a Facebook account and it has pushed every other social media site into the background.

6 Oprah Winfrey Oprah Gail Winfrey is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist.

Starting out as a talk show host - just one in a pack of daytime entertainers - she quickly turned into an icon of many different media outlets.

7 Larry Page

Everyone knows about Google. It started out as just another search engine but soon grew into the multifaceted company that revolutionized the internet.

8 Henry Ford Henry Ford was an American industrialist, the founder of the Ford Motor Company, and the sponsor of the development of the assembly line technique of mass production.

He is the reason americans are not living in the wild west anymore. The car he made was reliable, cheap and durable. If the car had brakes on all wheels and a fuel pump, it could have been produced until the 21st century.

9 Walt Disney Walter Elias Disney (December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966) was an American animator, film producer and entrepreneur. A pioneer of the American animation industry, he introduced several developments in the production of cartoons. As a film producer, he holds the record for most Academy Awards earned and nominations by an individual, having won 22 Oscars from 59 nominations. He was presented with two Golden Globe Special Achievement Awards and an Emmy Award, among other honors. Several of his films are included in the National Film Registry by the Library of Congress. Disney was the first person to be nominated for Academy Awards in six different categories, a record he shares with Alfonso Cuaron more.
10 Sir Richard Branson
The Contenders
11 Rupert Murdoch

Let's just say that he basically owns the news. From the Wall Street Journal to Twentieth Century Fox, he controls media all around the globe and has continued to stay on top of the industry.

12 Elon Musk Elon Reeve Musk (born June 28, 1971) is a technology entrepreneur, investor, and engineer who is best known for being the CEO of companies such as Tesla, SpaceX, and PayPal.
13 Thomas Edison Thomas Alva Edison was an American inventor and businessman, who has been described as America's greatest inventor.
14 Arianna Huffington

With so many sources of news on the internet, it takes a special individual to both remain a leader, and win a Pulitzer Prize. She has continued to lead her company to ever-increasingly prestigious heights.

15 Howard Hughes
16 John D. Rockefellar

John D. Rockefeller, in full John Davison Rockefeller, (1839-1937), was an American industrialist, founder of the Standard Oil Company, which dominated the oil industry and was the first great U.S. business trust. He is widely considered the wealthiest American of all time, and the richest person in modern history. He is regarded as the first billionaire in world history. By 1937 the Rockefeller fortune was 1.4 billion or 1.5% of USA GDP of 92 billion. As of this, no other American including Bill Gates or Sam Walton-would even come close.
Rockefeller had a long and controversial career in the oil industry followed by a long career in philanthropy. His image is an amalgam of all of these experiences and the many ways he was viewed by his contemporaries, many of whom were driven to ruin, but many others of whom sold out at a profit.

17 Madam C.J. Walker
18 William Randolph Hearst
19 Andrew Carnegie
20 Andrew Yang
21 Mukesh Ambani
22 Osama Bin Laden Osama Bin Mohammed bin Awad bin Laden was a Saudi Arabian-born stateless terrorist. He was a founder of al-Qaeda, the organization that claimed responsibility for the September 11 attacks on the United States, along with numerous other mass-casualty attacks against civilian and military targets worldwide.

Isanely genius to blow up the twin tower. Works of a mastermind!

23 David Rockefeller
24 Godtfred Kirk Christiansen
25 Federico Marchetti
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