The road to success as an entrepreneur isn’t easy, but it’s not impossible, either. While you might think that success is all about the amount of money you make, the value you create, and the number of people you employ, that’s only part of the story.
Success is about finding a work-life balance, maintaining good health and happiness, working with friends, and generally enjoying what you do on a daily basis. In this blog post, you know about successful entrepreneurs. Here are famous founders who have defined success in their own way and who can show us all how to get there, too.
Before he created Amazon, Bezos was working for a hedge fund and considering a career in investment banking. In 1994, he wrote a business plan for his startup. Amazon has since grown into one of the largest retailers in America and it is currently valued at over $80 billion.
To boot, Bezos’ stake in Amazon is worth $73 billion, making him one of only four Americans with such wealth. (Bezos will also become even richer when Amazon begins charging small businesses to sell their products on its marketplace.) I have always wanted to have fun with my work, Bezos once said. I wanted to be a billionaire. He succeeded on both counts.
Founder and CEO of Alibaba, Jack Ma’s e-commerce company continues to grow in success. Before starting Alibaba, he worked as an English teacher. After his first failed business endeavor, he started Alibaba with a $60,000 investment from friends and family. Today, his company is worth over $200 billion.
Dorsey was a computer hacker in his teens. After dropping out of college, he started a company called Twitter precursor. In 2006, Dorsey co-founded Square with Jim McKelvey. The company launched in 2010 and has since become one of Silicon Valley’s hottest startups, garnering more than a $5 billion valuation in 2013 and winning an additional $100 million investment from retailer billionaire Ron Burkle’s Yucaipa Cos.
co-founder and chairman, Microsoft. He’s one of four American billionaires under 40 whose fortunes come mostly from their own companies Gates was founded by tech giant Microsoft in 1975 at age 20. In 1986, Gates stepped down as chief executive but remained with the company as chairman until 2000 when he resigned from that role too.
These days he’s a full-time philanthropist who dedicates much of his time to The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation which focuses on global issues such as poverty reduction and access to education and health care around the world.
Founder of eBay, Omidyar Network, and First Look Media. Last year alone he donated more than $235 million to his foundation and founded First Look, a group dedicated to publishing leaks. It was a successful debut. The first leak is always free, making it an open platform where whistleblowers can feel safe releasing information (and often anonymously).
He’s also funding other new media companies with promising ethical practices. As one person told Forbes about Omidyar, He’s changing society by stealth.
Founder and CEO, Harpo Inc Founder, OWN Oprah Winfrey Network (U.S.) and O, The Oprah Magazine; Worldwide brand value: $3 billion. (Money has never motivated me, she says. If you love what you do and you are willing to work hard at it, there will always be an opportunity to do what you love and make money doing it
If you’re not familiar with Zuckerberg’s story, then you’ve been living under a rock. He launched Facebook out of his Harvard dorm room and hasn’t looked back since but he’s also faced plenty of obstacles along the way.
If there’s one entrepreneur you need to know, it’s Jobs. He started Apple when he was 21 years old and became a billionaire by 30 (yes, billion with a b). Since leaving Apple in 1985 and starting other companies, Jobs has created some of the most successful businesses in history: Pixar, NeXT Computer, and Disney Animation Studios are just a few of his endeavors.
Founder and owner of Spanx, Inc. Blakely have been ranked as one of America’s wealthiest self-made women by Forbes magazine, with a net worth estimated at $1 billion. Blakely became famous for her footless pantyhose, which eliminates bulges in clothing caused by tight hosiery and uses body heat to keep wearers warm.
Oracle has been one of Silicon Valley’s biggest success stories for decades. Ellison, who founded Oracle in 1977, is worth an estimated $54 billion as a result of his massive ownership stake in Oracle and its high-flying stock price.
Oracle competes with SAP and Microsoft in offering business software to companies. With clients like Coca-Cola, Walmart, Ford Motor Company, GlaxoSmithKline, and more than half of the U.S.
Founder, Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Billionaire investor Warren Buffett transformed a failing textile manufacturing firm into one of today’s most successful companies Berkshire Hathaway Inc. Initially a private company, Berkshire went public in 1971 and has since grown to become one of America’s largest public corporations by market capitalization with interests in a diverse range of sectors including insurance, chemicals, jewelry, and retail.