Simon Cowell is an English television personality and entrepreneur. He became famous as a judge on various talent shows like Pop Idol, American Idol and The X factor. He is famous, or rather notorious, for his biting and sarcastic remarks and insults about contestants in the reality shows. A wealthy entrepreneur, he is the founder of the television and music production house, Syco, which produced the highly successful ˜Got Talent' franchise in the U.S. and the U.K. As a youngster, he was thrown out of several schools due to his bad behaviour. He attended college, but dropped out before completing his degree. Concerned, his father arranged various job interviews for him which he deliberately sabotaged. He even got a chance to work as a runner on Stanley Kubrick's movie ˜The Shining', but faced problems with his colleagues due to his ill-tempered behavior. His father managed him a job with EMI Music Publishing and here he rose to the position of an Artists and Repertoire (A&R) man. He was chosen to judge the British music television show, ˜Pop Idol' along with Neil Fox and Nicki Chapman. He was noticed by the public for being the most rude and insensitive judge who did not think twice before passing bitter and insulting comments about the participants”a reputation that only got stronger as he moved on to judge other talent shows.
Bill Gates is an entrepreneur, businessman, software developer, and philanthropist. He is the co-founder of the Microsoft Software Company, which is the largest PC software company in the world. Since Microsoft began in 1975, Bill Gates has held several positions in this company including being, C.E.O, chief software architect, and chairman. He is a famous entrepreneur of the P.C revolution and Forbes has consistently ranked him as one of the wealthiest individuals in the world, beginning in 1987. Bill Gates is the son of a successful lawyer, William H. Gates Sr. His mother, Mary Maxwell Gates, had a short career as a teacher and then devoted her time to raising the kids and working with charities and on civic affairs. Mary also served on some corporate boards. He was born in Seattle, Washington, on 28th October 1955. Since his childhood, Bill Gates was encouraged to be competitive. He developed an interest in computers while at school, and during his teenage years, Bill wrote his first computer program. After completing high school, he enrolled at Harvard University, but he dropped out. Bill Gates chased his passion in computers, teaming up with a friend, Paul Allen, to launch Microsoft in 1975. The company became very successful, and within a few years, Bill Gates became a well-known global entrepreneur. Currently, he is one of the wealthiest people in the world.
Walt Disney was a showman in the truest sense of the word. A pioneering force in the world of animation, he transformed the entertainment industry completely, with his innovative ideas and creative visions. In his over four-decade long career, he changed the way the world looked at animation and was solely responsible for ushering the golden age of animation. Starting off as a mere animator, he soon turned into a business magnate, eventually becoming a major figure in the American animation industry. He co-founded the Walt Disney Production, along with his brother, which went on to become one of the best motion picture producers of the world. The cartoon characters that we love to see today, such as Mickey Mouse, Donald Duck, Goofy, Pluto, are all the brainchild of this artistic inventor. In addition to his contribution in the field of animation, he was the mastermind behind the conceptualization and final formulation of Disneyland, an innovative theme park for children and adults alike. Till date, no other person has singularly contributed to the animation industry as Walt Disney has. To know more about his life and profile, read on.
Popularly known as the ˜Father of the Digital World', Steve Jobs was and still continues to remain the legendary, futurist visionary who created a sensation across the globe with his personal computer revolution! Not the one to be satisfied with a single achievement, he moved on to make history in the world of consumer electronics with his foray into the music and cellular industry. The founder of Apple Inc, Pixar Animation Studios and NeXT Inc, Jobs gave information technology its life and blood. A master of innovation, he was known for his perfectionist attitude and futuristic vision. He foresaw trend in the field of information technology and worked hard to embrace the same in his line of products. With about 346 US patents by his side, Steve Jobs created a revolution in his field with his novel ideas and unique concepts. During his years at the Apple, he administered the development of the iMac, iTunes, iPod, iPhone, and iPad. He was the mastermind behind the working of the company's Apple Retail Stores, iTunes Store and the App Store. Interestingly, with so much to fall back upon, it is quite amusing to know that this legendary innovator was not much educated, in fact a college dropout. To further equip yourself with interesting details of this revolutionary man, scroll further.
Successful businesswoman who became the founder and editor-in-chief of Varli Magazine which educates the world on Indian cuisine. Her other ventures include the creation of the Varli Food Festival and VarliWare kitchen equipment.
Mark Elliot Zuckerberg is an internet entrepreneur and philanthropist from America. He co-founded Facebook and serves as its current chairman and chief executive officer. A New York native, Zuckerberg studied psychology and computer science at Harvard University. During this period, he and his college roommates, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes, launched Facebook from their dormitory. Initially meant to be for select college campuses, the site witnessed exponential growth in the following few years and became the world's biggest social media platform. As of the third quarter of 2018, Facebook had amassed over 2.27 billion monthly active users. Zuckerberg has also been involved with several other projects, including Wirehog, a file-sharing program, and Internet.org, a conglomerate of several companies attempting to bring affordable access to selected internet services in less developed countries. Over the course of his professional career, Zuckerberg has encountered a number of legal controversies. In April 2018, he appeared before the United States Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation to testify on Facebook's use of personal data in relation to the Facebook“Cambridge Analytica data breach. Since 2010, he has been listed among the 100 wealthiest and most influential people by ˜Time' magazine as part of its Person of the Year issue. In 2016, Forbes named him the 10th most powerful person in the world.
Elon Musk is one of the greatest and most prolific modern inventors and is responsible for monumental advancements in futuristic technology like renewable energy and space travel. Many of his innovations seem to be right out of a science-fiction movie, but throughout his career he has brought about huge scientific breakthroughs. After making his first fortune from the internet payment service ˜PayPal', he invested $100 million in his space travel company, ˜SpaceX' and began building satellites, launch vehicles and other spacecraft both for NASA and for his own company, creating new milestones with his privately funded spacecraft. Many of his revolutionary ideas and inventions focus on space travel, renewable energy, commercial electric cars and other technologies, that look to a future where fossil fuels and other resources may be in shorter supply. His futuristic and visionary ideas have won him both scientific and philanthropic recognition and awards. The pop culture sometimes portrays him as a sort of real life super hero, dedicated to providing worldwide solutions to international problems. Musk looks to the future, hopes for intelligent life elsewhere in the universe and continues to plan far-reaching futuristic goals such a human colony on Mars. Scroll down to learn all about this illustrious personality.
Michelle Phan is an internationally renowned makeup and beauty vlogger whose self-titled YouTube channel has almost 9 million subscribers and over 1.1 billion views. Probably the best known beauty vlogger in the entire world, she is highly popular not only in the United States and Europe, but also across cultures in Asian and Middle Eastern countries. Her success as a vlogger has led her to various other exciting opportunities as well and she has collaborated with the cosmetics giant L'Oreal to launch her range of makeup products under the brand name ˜em by Michelle Phan.' She is also one of the co-founders of ipsy.com, the world's largest online beauty community, which boasts of over a million subscribers in the US and is rapidly gaining popularity in other nations as well. Beginning her online career as a blogger, Michelle soon took to YouTube on the behest of her fans. Since then, she has produced and released over 300 videos, many of which have been viewed over a billion times. Her artfully done videos with easy-to-understand instructions that can be followed by anyone are the reason behind her online stardom.
LaVar Ball is an American businessman and a popular media personality. He became hugely infamous after his comments about the ˜National Basketball Association' (NBA) and its players. He once claimed that he was a better basketball player than Michael Jordan and accused the team ˜Los Angeles Lakers' of mismanaging one of his sons. He was born and raised in Los Angeles, California, and played football and basketball in school. According to him, he was a highly competitive basketball player and was the star forward of his team. He further played football and basketball at the college level and had a short stint with the ˜London Monarchs' in the ˜World League of American Football' (WLAF). He joined the practice squad of the ˜New York Jets' and the ˜Carolina Panthers' but never managed to play a professional football match of the ˜National Football League' (NFL). In 2016, he launched ˜Big Baller Brand,' a sports apparel company, and in late 2017, he laid the foundation of the ˜Junior Basketball Association' (JBA). He funded the ˜JBA' entirely through the money he had earned from his business endeavors. He faced several charges of racism and sexism and is one of the most polarizing and controversial public figures in the American sports arena.
Wrestling promoter, announcer, actor, and wrestler who co-founded World Wrestling Entertainment Inc.
Jeff Bezos is an American technology entrepreneur and founder of e-commerce giant Amazon.com. Born to Jacklyn Gise and Ted Jorgensen, he was adopted by Miguel Bezos, a Cuban immigrant, after his mother married him. As a child, he spent his summers laying pipes, vaccinating cattle and fixing windmills at his grandfather's Texas ranch. He attended Miami Palmetto Senior High School, and took his B.Sc. degree in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science from Princeton University graduating ˜summa cum laude'. He worked on Wall Street in companies such as Fitel, Bankers Trust and D. E. Shaw & Co, New York. He became the youngest Vice President at D. E. Shaw & Co. In spite of success, he decided to quit the field of finance. He founded Amazon.com, an online book store, and later introduced features including one-click shopping, customer reviews, and e-mail order verification. He expanded it to include various other items including clothes, CDs, toys, jewellery, watches, electronics and shoes. He has constantly been improving his web site, and introducing improved facilities for his customers. His childhood dream of space travel spurred the founding of Blue Origin, an aerospace company that is developing technologies to offer space travel to customers. Bloomberg Billionaires Index listed Bezos as one of the wealthiest people in the world with an estimated net worth of $28 billion.
Hugh Hefner was an American adult magazine publisher best known for being the founder of Playboy Enterprises. He is credited to have revolutionized the adult entertainment industry with the introduction of the ˜Playboy' magazine and eventually extended his enterprise to include television and internet ventures. When he published the first issue of the magazine, featuring Marilyn Monroe in 1953, he had no idea of how popular the publication would become. ˜Playboy' enjoyed instant success”the first issue sold more than 50,000 copies”catapulting both the magazine and its founder to widespread popularity. Before founding the immensely successful yet equally notorious magazine, Hefner had been a journalist for ˜Esquire' and had also served in the World War II. Born into a conservative family in Chicago, he studied psychology, creative writing and art in college and embarked on a career as a journalist. However, he left his job after being refused a raise and went on to found the adult magazine that would take the entertainment world by storm. Not surprisingly, Hefner epitomizes the lifestyle promoted by his magazine and has had a string of sexy models as his girlfriends. But his life was not just about sex; he was also a well-known political activist and a philanthropist who contributed generously to several causes.
Harland Sanders was the founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), which emerged as a fast-food sensation in the 1960s. He left home as a young lad, and did a variety of jobs including that of a farm help, conductor, railroad fireman, salesman and a soldier in the U.S Army, but found it difficult to keep a job for long. He began cooking chicken for customers at his service station in Corbin, Kentucky, during the height of the Great Depression. After years of experimentation, he achieved his secret mix of 11 herbs and spices. The pressure cooker, a novelty at that time, was used by him for cooking the chicken. It reduced the preparation time and enabled him to serve more customers. He was given the honorific title 'Colonel'”something he took seriously, and would dress in a typical fashion. Later, he franchised Kentucky Fried Chicken restaurants around the country. In 1964, when he sold his share in the company - it already had 600 outlets nationwide and some abroad. He continued to be associated with the company as its spokesman and brand ambassador. He published his autobiography, ˜Life As I Have Known It Has Been Finger Lickin' Good'. Now, over a billion of his finger lickin' good chicken is served every year, in more than 80 countries.
Jerome Jarre is an internet personality who shot to fame due to his videos posted on the popular website ˜Vine'. At the age of 19, he decided to opt out of studies and focus on making vines and getting the attention of internet users. Luckily for him, his plans succeeded and his ˜Vine' posts catapulted him to immense fame. His popularity on the internet landed him on the couch of the famous American talk show ˜Ellen De Generes Show' and soon a lot of opportunities came knocking at his door. Jerome Jarre was asked to cover several world famous events such as the ˜86th Academy Awards' and ˜Cannes Film Festival'. He even made vines with several renowned celebrities, including actors like Robert De Niro, Ashton Kutcher, Ben Stiller and others.
Known best for creating and heading the ROBLOX internet games corporation, this software and technology entrepreneur also founded a company called Knowledge Revolution and served as Vice President of MSC Software.
Successfully creating music is one thing, but successfully creating a celebrity is something else. This is exactly what Rich Dollaz specializes in; he creates iconic legends in the field of music. With his great PR skills and the knack to recognize and hone talent, Rich Dollaz has been responsible for creating remarkable artists, such as Gorilla Zoe and Cheri Dennis. Apart from being the CEO of his management company ˜Dollaz Unlimited', he is also a music executive and popular television personality. With an estimated net worth of around 2.5 million dollars, he has built himself an empire with his abundant connections and networks among artists. He has a massive fan following which has only gotten bigger with his appearance in a hit VH1 reality show. With millions of followers on Instagram and on Twitter, he has taken the world by a storm with his great management and entertainment skills. What makes him stand out from the rest of his peers is the fact that he goes out of his way to help talented artists gain momentum.
Founder and owner of the e-commerce gift store Vat19 notable for its unique, novelty products. For marketing, a YouTube channel was created to help sell the merchandise, a channel that has earned an astounding 5 million subscribers.
Henry Ford was an American industrialist who founded the Ford Motor Company, which sells automobiles and commercial vehicles under the Ford brand. He also played a major role in the development of the assembly line technique of mass production. Before he started his company, most American middle-class families were not in a position to own automobiles which only the upper classes could afford. However, Ford revolutionized the automobile industry by developing and manufacturing affordable automobiles that even the middle-class community could conveniently purchase. Born to a farmer in Greenfield Township, Michigan, he started displaying leadership qualities and technical skills as a young boy. He was expected to follow his father and become a farmer, but the independent minded young man had other plans for himself. Intelligent and hard working, he apprenticed with a machinist and went on to become an engineer. Fascinated with automobiles, he started conducting his own experiments in building them. During this time, he became acquainted with the famous inventor Thomas Edison who encouraged the young man's experiments. Motivated, Ford built several automobiles before establishing the Ford Motor Company. As an industrialist, he adopted several innovations in his company that revolutionized the entire automobile industry. He was also well known for his pacifist views and staunch opposition to war.
Louis Vuitton was a French entrepreneur and designer who founded the iconic fashion house that carries his name. The brand which is today one of the world's leading international fashion houses, operates in 50 countries with more than 460 stores worldwide. Vuitton the designer hailed from a family of humble means and rose to become one of the most famous names in the world of luxury goods through his ingenuity, creativity and sheer hard work. Born to working class parents in rural 19th century France, he was expected to make a living as a carpenter, joiner, or a farmer. However, the ambitious young boy decided to seek out his fortunes in Paris and ran away from home when he was just 13. Arriving in Paris after two years, he became an apprentice in the workshop of a successful box-maker. Box-making provided him with ample opportunities to express his creativity and soon he established a reputation for himself as one of Paris' most fashionable box-makers. Eventually he went on to found the Louis Vuitton label in 1854 which became immensely popular within a few years. He managed the company until his death in 1892.
Emmy Award winning TV show host, domestic goddess, lifestyle guru and business entrepreneur, Martha Stewart has made it big as a businesswoman in America. This business tycoon was featured on Fortune magazine's list of ˜50 Most Powerful Women' and has successfully made a brand out of herself. She is the most trusted and well-known lifestyle expert and guide to millions of Americans, to whom she imparts everyday skills like cooking, home dÃ©cor, entertaining, housekeeping, gardening, crafting and other domestic know-hows. Founder of ˜Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia', Stewart has made a media empire, launching magazines, books, television shows and the like. She soon became the biggest name in America as millions looked up to her for guidance. Achieving the status of a media mogul, her television show, ˜Martha Stewart Living' was a massive success and it went on to receive the Daytime Emmy Award. Born into a middle class family in New Jersey, Stewart leant gardening as a child from her father while the art of cooking, baking and sewing was imbibed to her by her mother. What's more, her grandmother taught her the process of canning and preserving. She began her career by appearing in TV commercials and also had a brief stint in modelling. To learn more interesting and intriguing facts about her childhood, personal life and achievements, scroll down and continue to read this biography
John Davison Rockefeller Sr. was a renowned American industrialist and philanthropist. Born in a modest family, he worked his way up to become one of the wealthiest persons in modern history. He began his career as an assistant bookkeeper at the age of 16 and by 20, he had ventured into his own business with partner Maurice B. Clark. Recognising the potential of the commercial oil business, the partners invested in a refinery at Cleveland, Ohio in 1863. In 1870, he established the Standard Oil Company, which within a decade almost monopolized and controlled 90% of U.S. refineries and pipelines.The demand for kerosene and gasoline constantly increased among the masses and he became the richest person in the country. He had his fair share of criticism as well. He was accused of engaging in unethical business practices such as acquiring pipelines and forest areas to prevent his competitors from excelling. In 1911, the U.S. Supreme Court found Standard Oil in violation of the Sherman Antitrust Act and ordered it to dissolve. After his retirement, he became an active philanthropist and donated generously to the church, educational institutions, public health causes, and medical researches. During his lifetime, he donated more than $500 million to various charitable causes.
Suge Knight is an American rap magnate, music executive, and a former ˜National Football League' player, who has played for the team ˜Los Angeles Rams.' He founded ˜Death Row Records,' one of the first mega successful music labels in the rap industry. Their first big break was with <a title='Dr. Dre' href='/famous/dr-dre.htm'>Dr. Dre</a>, when his album ˜The Chronic' became an international hit in the 90s. ˜Death Row Records' tasted further success by collaborating with artists such as Tupac Shakur, Snoop Dogg, and Outlawz. However, Knight's regular tussle with the law created several roadblocks to the rise of ˜Death Row Records' in the music industry. The reputation of the record label was affected in 1996, following the incarceration of its erstwhile CEO, Knight, and the company eventually went bankrupt in 2006. In February 2015, Knight was charged with murder and his career officially ended. In October 2014, Knight was arrested for theft, along with comedian Katt Williams. Subsequently, in 2017, he was accused of threatening a film director with death. Such cases brought an end to the future of a highly successful music magnate.
Richard Branson, a high-school dropout, is today one of the richest business kingpins in the world. The founder and chairman of a leading business group, Virgin Group, his entrepreneurial achievements are unparalleled. Today, Virgin Group, which started off as a humble store selling music records called, Virgin Records, holds more than 400 companies. The company gradually expanded to Virgin Megastores, Virgin Atlantic Airways and many more. This billionaire has a net worth of US$ 4.2 billion and he is currently, the 4th richest man in the United Kingdom and one of the ten most influential people around the world. Apart from his headline-grabbing industry, he has appeared in a number of television series and has also played himself in a couple of movies. He was the star of the reality show, ˜The Rebel Billionaire: Branson's Quest for the Best' and also appeared in the movies, ˜Around the World in 80 days' and ˜Casino Royale'. An avid Star Trek fan, Branson's autobiography, ˜How I Lost My Virginity' became an international best-seller and earned him critical acclaim. He is the recipient of numerous awards and is currently a patron of several charities around the world like ˜Prisoners Abroad' and ˜International Rescue Corps'. To get an overview of this personality's life and career, scroll further.