Four Famous Entrepreneurs Who Have Shaped the Face of Business

Throughout time, a number of individuals have set the precedent for what we know today as modern entrepreneurship. Below are four famous entrepreneurs who have applied various principles that we can learn from today as entrepreneurs.

Bill Gates
A prime example of diligence, Bill Gates went from receiving a failing grade on his idea for Microsoft in school to a technology mogul. Not only does his diligence make him inspirational to millions, but also his philanthropic drive to make the world a better place.  To date, the Bill & Melinda Gates foundation has provided over $27.6 billion in grants to various causes and institutions.

Henry Ford
Born of Irish immigrants, Henry Ford was an icon of ingenuity and creativity. He performed work as a farmhand on his family’s farmwhile apprenticing at various machine and engineer shops. Of this experience came the inception of the Model T, a machine that would revolutionize human travel. Today, over one billion cars exist in the world as a result of the vision of this one man  (source: Huffington Post)

Walt Disney
Walt Disney is the dictionary definition of imagination meeting business.  As a student of art and drawing, Disney eventually landed a job as a newspaper artist/cartoonist. This later led him to the co-founding of Walt Disney Productions alongside his brother, Roy (source: Through his creativity, this man has created jobs for over 150,000 people.

Oprah Winfrey
On January 29, 1954, Oprah Winfrey was born to a single teenage mother in rural Mississippi (source: Academy of Achievement). Enduring filthy living conditions and a host of other unaccommodating circumstances, Winfrey would later become the most wealthy African American woman in the world. She provides an example that no matter what circumstances have manifested themselves, greatness is always attainable with hard work and concerted effort.

The main things to take away from these individuals:

  • Be generous. People respect those who value CSR and giving more than receiving.
  • Just because you are facing stormy circumstances at the moment does not mean that there isn’t a sunny day in the forecast tomorrow.
  • A little creativity goes a long way.
  • No matter how daunting a task or how challenging a circumstance, concerted effort goes a lot further than one might think.

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As founder of PilmerPR, John Pilmer, APR serves as a PR and marketing communications advisor for both emerging and established companies. He offers customers more than 20 years of results-driven business PR and marketing experience. John and the firm have provided PR consultation and campaigns for clients such as Mozy, Novell, AdvancedMD, Certiport, NextPage, ElectraTherm, Altiris, Avamar, EmergeCore Networks, FSLogic, INVISUS, 10x Marketing, MWI, Project Insight, REIC, Seastone, US Synthetic and Funding Universe (now Lendio), among others.
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