10 Best Businessmen
The ten best businessmen are not necessarily the richest businessmen. Influence on popular culture, philanthropy and the value of their businesses, both tangible and intangible, are some other factors to take into account when discussing the best businessmen on the planet.
- Donald Trump. One of the most well known business men around the world, Donald Trump knows a thing or two about remaining relevant and continuing to capitalize in a variety of industries, despite the occasional bankruptcy. From real estate to television, to hotels and casinos, Donald Trump is a marketing and branding king, with his name on numerous products and services and even his own star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
- Carlos Slim. Currently the world's richest man, Slim's effective monopoly over Mexican telecommunications (Telmex, America Movil) has catapulted his net worth to $66 billion. He also heads Grupo Carso, which has various holdings in the fields of retail, technology and finance.
- Mark Zuckerberg. Founder and CEO of Facebook, a social networking website that connects over a half a billion people. He is also a computer scientist, philanthropist and software developer. Consider him one of the best businessmen for turning down a million dollar offer for a company of his in high school and rejecting a billion dollar offer for his Facebook not too long after that. His net worth is now nearly seven billion dollars.
- Oprah Winfrey. After moving on from her self-produced syndicated signature show after almost 25 years, the highest rated talk show in history, Oprah now has her own television network, OWN. She is the world's first black billionaire.
- Bill Gates. He is consistently ranked among the world's richest men due to his company Microsoft's dominance in the computing and video gaming industries. As a philanthropist, he has pledged to give away most of his earnings during his lifetime. Gates has a reported net worth of over 62 billion dollars.
- Steve Jobs. Despite his one dollar per year salary, Apple co-founder Steve Jobs doesn't have to worry much about his personal finances. From iMacs to iPads to iPhones, with their cutting-edge and innovative inventions, Apple continues to create frenzies surrounding the release of their products. Steve Jobs' personal holdings in the company are worth an estimated $1.84 billion.
- Warren Buffet. Widely considered one of the world's most successful investors, he is ranked among the wealthiest people in the world. His Berkshire Hathaway, one of the largest corporations on earth, currently makes him the world's third richest man. Buffet, a noted philanthropist is also party to the Giving Pledge along with other businessmen Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg.
- Sergey Brin. One word: Google. Co-founder of the world's largest internet company, his internet search engine and advertising technology innovations have propelled the company from a friend's garage to a Mountainview, CA corporate headquarters dubbed "The Googleplex." He is currently the world's 24th richest man.
- Mikhail Prokhorov. In 2006 the Russian businessman was awarded the Order of Friendship by Russian Federation President Vladimir Putin for his contribution to the economical growth potential of the country. Norilsk Nickel became the world's largest nickel and palladium producer under his watch and he currently heads Polyus Gold, Russia's largest gold producer. He is the first non-North American to own an NBA franchise with his 80% stake in the New Jersey Nets.
- Ralph Lauren. A fashion icon, his business savvy has made his four billion dollar company Polo Ralph Lauren a mainstay of American style since 1967. Not bad for someone who never studied fashion and dropped out of college just short of receiving his business degree.