Larry Page & Sergey Brin – Google
Larry Page and Sergey Brin founded Google, the Internet search engine in September,1998. Since then the company has become the most successful dot-com company in the history. It has grown to More than 40,000 employees worldwide, with a management team that represents some of the most experienced technology professionals in the industry. Together they own about 14 percent of Google’s shares today. They incorporated Google as a privately held company on September 4, 1998 with an initial public offering followed on August 19; 2004.Google also has a big name in acquisition industry. On an average Google acquires more than one company per week since 2010.Some of the most successful acquisitions are YouTube, Motorola, Android, Makani power, titan aerospace, DeepMind technologies and double click. Google now is the world’s 3rd most valuable brand following apple and Microsoft and has a market capital of $382.47 billion according to Forbes.
Travis kalanick – Uber
Started in 2009 Uber’s co-founder and CEO Travis kalanick made his company a juggernaut in the start-up industry. Uber currently became the most successful start-up in the world which revolutionized the cabbing industry. Uber currently has its service in nearly 53 countries and 200 cities worldwide. Uber was initially founded as “UberCab” by Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp in 2009 and the app was released the following June. It raised $49 million in venture funds by 2011. Beginning in 2012, Uber expanded internationally. In 2014, it experimented with carpooling features and made other updates. It continuously raised $2.8 billion in total funding by 2015. Uber has a cut above the rest. It’s now valuated at $41.2 billion after Xiaomi ($46 billion).
Arianna Huffington is a Greek-American author and syndicated columnist. She was the co-founder and editor-in-chief of The Huffington Post. She was a popular conservative commentator in the mid-1990’s, after which, in the 1990’s, she became a liberal. She is the former spouse of former Republican congressman Michael Huffington. In 2009, Huffington was named as number 12 in Forbes first-ever list of the ‘Most Influential Women in Media’ and also 52nd most powerful women in the world. In 2011, AOL acquired The Huffington Post for US$315 million and made Huffington President and Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post Media Group, which included The Huffington Post and then-existing AOL properties such as AOL Music, Engadget, Patch Media, and StyleList. She currently has a wealth net worth of $50 million.
Donald Trump–real estate
Donald Trump is a real estate mogul and a billionaire. He is the chairman and president of The Trump Organization and the founder of Trump Entertainment Resorts.Trump’s extravagant lifestyle, outspoken manner, and role on the NBC reality show ‘The Apprentice’ have made him a well-known celebrity who was No. 17 on the 2011 Forbes Celebrity 100 list. Despite being declared bankrupt in 1990, Trump has rebuilt his fortune and is currently thought to be worth around $4.1 billion.Trump’s most expensive deal was with a tech entrepreneur Sanjay shah in which trump tower penthouse was sold for $17 million in fact this the Chicago’s priciest residential real estate transaction. Trump filed corporate bankruptcy four times, in 1991, 1992, 2004 and 2009 although they were companies bankrupt and not his personal bankruptcy which didn’t affect his place in the Forbes billionaire list.
Jeff Bezos is an American business magnate and investor, person who redefined e-commerce and the Owner of the world’s second largest e-commerce. He is a technology entrepreneur who has played a key role in the growth of e-commerce as the founder and CEO of Amazon.com, an online merchant of books and later of a wide variety of products. Under his guidance, Amazon.com became the largest retailer on the World Wide Web and a top model for Internet sales. In 2013, Bezos purchased The Washington Post newspaper. As of March 2015, Bezos’ personal wealth is estimated to be US$34.8 billion, ranking him number 15 on the Forbes list of billionaires. Though Bezos had a tough time in the recent years but he always remains as the Master in e-commerce industry.
Evan Spiegel– Snapchat
Evan Spiegel is the world’s youngest billionaire ever. Evan is the CEO of Snapchat, the temporary photo messaging company he co-founded with Bobby Murphy in 2011.Evan and murphy initially named the photo sharing app as Picaboo but later named it as Snapchat. The app took off in the fall of 2011 and is now used by 100 million people monthly, for free. Evan in recent years,reportedly turned down a $3 billion offer from Facebook but in Feb., 2015 company received offers that would value it at $19 billion. Spiegel sees a big future for his company.It is estimated that Evan holds a rough 15% stake in his billion dollar company.Evan personally worth of $1.5 billion according to Forbes.
Masayoshi son– soft bank
Masayoshi son is the richest person in Japan. He is the founder and CEO of SoftBank Corp. It is a Japanese telecommunications and Internet corporation, with operations in broadband, fixed-line telecommunications, e-commerce, Internet, broad media, technology services, finance, media and marketing, and other businesses. Son is known as the CEO who list $70 billion in a day because of dot-com crash in late 2000 before conquering the world. Masayoshi Son makes brash statements. He’s a celebrity with the most Twitter followers in his home country. Son was named the world’s 45th most powerful person by Forbes Magazine’s List of The World’s Most Powerful People in 2013.He is also a noted philanthropist. In 2011, Masayoshi Son pledged to donate 10 billion yen ($120 million) and his remaining salary until retirement to help support victims of 2011 Tohoku earthquake and tsunami. He is now worth of $13.7 billion according to Forbes.
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