There is no doubt that to be successful in life one has to find an area where they can best exploit their talents and abilities. Whereas, there are those who are rewarded handsomely for offering their service in employment, there are those who go an extra mile and take a risk, by starting their own ventures. For example, when Bill Gates started Microsoft, nobody believed in his venture but today he is a force to be reckoned with in the software industry. It is difficult to make a mark when you are operating underneath somebody else’s wings. In a bid to try and encourage you to start your own venture, this article aims at looking at some of the most top ten powerful business men in the world today. For some it has taken them decades to be where they are today.
1. Steve Jobs
He is the chairman and chief executive officer (CEO) of Apple. His career spans 30 years as the Apple Inc. founder. He is well renowned for having initiated the PC era back in 1977 and the first graphical user interface that has been the platform for other software developers. Other developments he is well renowned for include creating the first DTP software and laser printer. Currently he’s innovations are well entrenched in the consumer electronic goods, i.e. iPod and iPhone.
As an entrepreneur, he has been able to alter the computing, entertainment, retail, music and cell phone industries.
2. Ropert Murdoch
Ropert Murdoch is the chairman and CEO of News Corp. The company is well known in the film, print and online industries. Having recently acquired the Dow Jones, his value is estimated to be in billions. His career in corporate business world can be traced back to the 50s when he inherited two major Australian newspapers. Thereafter, he expanded his emperor to the United States and Britain. If you are familiar with Sun and New York Post newspapers, they are a few of his valuable possessions.
3. Lloyd Blankfein
Lloyd Blankfein is the chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs has been accredited to having guided Goldman to success after success while other corporate organizations were reporting loses.
4. Eric Schmidt, Larry Page and Sergei Brin
Eric Schmidt and Sergei Brin are co founders of Google, the worlds largest search engine. When it comes to profits generated by advertising, no other business entrepreneur reaps what the two business personalities get each year. Other than the internet industry, the two have ambitions to claiming stake in altering mobile telephony and fixing the current climatic disasters. Whereas, many predicted that Google would not last long, the two in conjunction with their witted CEO have managed to wade through misfortunes and competition that has come their way over the past decades
5. Warren Buffett
Warren Buffett who is the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathway Inc. commands respect everywhere that he goes. Leading business personalities are known to consult him on delicate business matters and are known to have been involved in some of the biggest mergers. What makes Warren Buffet stand out from the rest is his simplicity. Most people in third world countries recognize him not for his business acumen but his generosity. He has given billions of dollars to charitable organizations worldwide in a bid to alleviate poverty.
6. Rex Tillerson
He is the chairman and CEO of Exxon Mobil. He is accredited to having revolutionized the oil industry by coming up with cutting edge products that is hard to be rivaled.
7. Bill Gates
Founder, Chairman- Microsoft Inc; Founder and Co-Chair- Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
There is no doubt that Bill Gates did revolutionize the software industry when he came into the market in the 80s. He is accredited to having started the PC age and has continued to be the leading force for operating and application software. When people thought that his geniuses had come to an end, he came up with new ways to link up office application with your cell phone. His company is currently working hand in hand with new entrants in the social networking scene, Facebook to take advertising to another level. Having made billions in the software industry, Bill and his wifer Belinda started a oundation- Bill & Belinda Gates Foundation. The goal of the foundation is to try and alleviate poverty.
8. Jeff Immelt
Chairman and CEO of GE Inc. His prowess is well known by coming up with top end products such as jet engines and CT scans. He also chairs the Business Council, a group of top CEOs who are well known for influencing government decisions.
9. Katsuaki Watanabe
Chairman and President of Toyota. His prowess is well recognized in the automobile industry.
10. A.G. Lafley
Chairman and CEO of Procter & Gamble. Since taking helm in 2000, A.G. Lafley has managed to steer the company to profitability after having through a series of loses.