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What is an Entrepreneur?

An entrepreneur is someone who starts and develops a business. The entrepreneur generally takes on some financial and career risk in beginning the business, but can also reap the rewards if the business is ultimately successful.

Famous Entrepreneurs

There are have been many famous entrepreneurs throughout history. Here is a list of some of the most famous. To read more about them, click the link.

Andrew Carnegie - Built up a steel business in the late 1800s that became a monopoly. Was also known for his philanthropy (charity).
Thomas Edison - An inventor who made a business out of creating a large number of innovative new products such as the light bulb and the phonograph.
Henry Ford - Began the Ford Motor Company. He made cars affordable to the average person by building cars in high volume for the first time.
Bill Gates - Co-founder and leader of the software company Microsoft.
Walt Disney - Began Walt Disney Studios creating the first feature length animated movies such as Snow White. Also, built the theme park Disneyland.
Milton Hershey - Started the Hershey chocolate company and founded Hershey, Pennsylvania. He made chocolate affordable for the average person by producing good tasting chocolate in large volume.
Steve Jobs - Co-founder of Apple Computer. Helped to revive Apple with the iPod and iPhone. Also helped to found the computer animation company Pixar.
John D. Rockefeller - Formed the Standard Oil Company and became the richest man in history.
Martha Stewart - Created her own famous brand of products through cook books and TV shows.
Levi Strauss - A successful merchant in San Francisco during the California Gold Rush who manufactured the first blue jeans and started Levi Strauss & Co.
Madam C.J. Walker - Known as the first woman self-made millionaire.
Sam Walton - Founder of the retail store chain Walmart who brought discount prices and large stores to rural areas.
Oprah Winfrey - TV talk show host and actress who created an entertainment empire including her own magazine and TV network.

What does it take to be a successful entrepreneur?

Anyone can become an entrepreneur, but what makes an entrepreneur successful? While each one is very unique in their own way, many successful entrepreneurs have similar characteristics: Activities

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