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Top Entrepreneurs of the 21st Century

Top 7 Entrepreneurs of the 21st Century
September 13, 2014 Ronin Marketing

We investigate some of the most successful and innovative entrepreneurs of the 21st Century.

Some names you may have already heard of, some not. If you’re not already following these top entrepreneurs, get online and link to all of their social media platforms. Why? Because they’ve clearly figured out the secrets to what makes entrepreneurs successful.

7. Joe Blackman

Joe Blackman is CEO of Collection 26, a celebrity event planning and design company. He sits as a Magistrate in Westminster Magistrates Court. Blackman previously sat in Cardiff Magistrates Court. He organises events for high-profile clients such as the Abu Dhabi royal family, 50 Cent, and The Killers.

6. Tony Hsieh

Tony Hsieh is an American internet entrepreneur and venture capitalist. He is the CEO of the online shoe and clothing shop Zappos.com. Prior to joining Zappos, Hsieh co-founded the internet advertising network LinkExchange, which he sold to Microsoft in 1999 for $265 million. In 2010, he published Delivering Happiness, a book about his entrepreneurial endeavours.

5. Marie Forleo

Marie Forleo is a best-selling American author, web TV host, fitness instructor, and life coach. Forleo is also the founder of B-School, an online business school for modern entrepreneurs. She was also named a “thought leader for the next generation” by Oprah and invited by Richard Branson to mentor young entrepreneurs in South Africa at his Centre of Entrepreneurship.

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4. Gary Vaynerchuk

Gary Vaynerchuk is co-founder and CEO of a social media brand consulting agency, video blogger, co-owner and director of operations of a wine retail store, and an author and public speaker on the subjects of social media, brand building, and e-commerce.

3. Elon Musk

Elon Musk is the CEO and CTO of SpaceX, CEO and chief product architect of Tesla Motors, and chairman of SolarCity. He is the founder of SpaceX and cofounder of PayPal, Tesla Motors, and Zip2. He has also envisioned a conceptual high-speed transportation system known as the Hyperloop.

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2. Travis Kalanick

Travis Kalanick is the co-founder of two peer-to-peer file-sharing companies: Scour Inc. and Red Swoosh. He also founded Uber, a mobile application that connects passengers with drivers of vehicles for hire and ridesharing services.

1. Jan Cameron

Jan Cameron is a businesswoman and formerly Australia’s fourth richest woman. She made her fortune as the founder of the Kathmandu clothing company. She runs various companies and business interests around the world. She is a philanthropist and avid supporter of animal rights. In 2006, Cameron sold 51% of her share of Kathmandu for $247 million Australian dollars.

Have you noticed one of the subtle similarities between our selection of top entrepreneurs? They all have more than one area of expertise. While they all started by only having one area of focus, they were constantly climbing and striving to expand their horizons. We’re not saying that this is the secret to success; however it is notable that all of these highly successful entrepreneurs are multi-faceted, innovative, and lateral thinkers.