There’s a reason we like looking to those who have done – it inspires us. It inspires us to do more, be more, and to reach for the stars. That’s part of why we recognize top achievers – because they make the impossible doable. So, to inspire each of us, here are 6 of the top entrepreneurs and business owners to watch this year.
Our Top 6 Business Owners to Watch
Some of these business owners and entrepreneurs are among the most financially successful. Others have left such an impact on our society that their names are well-known, if not a household name. But each of them has made a huge impact. And, in their own way, they’ve each revolutionized their respective industries.
Let’s start with one of the most powerful, influential women in the world.
1. Oprah Winfrey
Oprah Winfrey has come a long way from being a talk show host, although she continues to be known and loved for her many years as such! In fact, for many authors and writers, getting mentioned as an Oprah’s choice was enough to skyrocket their book to a best-seller status.
Since that time, she’s added magazines, television networks, and more to her repertoire. Oprah continues to influence today’s markets and is a voice for compassion, reason, and humanity. If you need inspiration on how to expand, follow Oprah.
2. Mark Zuckerberg – Facebook
Even if you don’t know the name “Mark Zuckerberg”, you know what he built: the Facebook empire. It has, to date, survived where other social media platforms failed. Facebook has weathered most storms, and it’s vital for businesses (especially any business that uses the Facebook platform) to watch as it changes, evolves, and grows. After all, there are billions of people who log in to check their news feed (and drop some likes) on Facebook every day.
In other words, if you want to see some great ways to adapt and grow, Facebook is a great place to start.
3. Jeff Bezos – Amazon
If you’ve never heard of Jeff Bezos, you need to rectify that immediately. Because his company, Amazon, has gone from a simple online book retailer to a powerhouse that worries the likes of WalMart, Target, and other big box stores. Amazon also continues to expand into new areas at an astonishing rate.
If you want to grow your business, then Jeff Bezos is one of the business owners to watch.
4. Larry Page and Sergey Brin – Google
Google is another juggernaut to watch! And founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin continue to lead it in various roles. In fact, according to Inc.com, Google is now the second most valuable company in the United States. That’s a lot of power for what started as a search engine and transformed into a verb – and one of the top companies of all time.
If you want to turn your company name into a household verb, Google these guys.
5. Elon Musk – Tesla
Innovator Elon Musk is another must-watch entrepreneur and businessman. While he’s eccentric (and had a few issues with instability related to trust of late), there’s no denying that his company gets results. Watching SpaceX launch a Tesla Roadster into space was nothing short of breathtaking. Especially when those boosters flawlessly landed on the unmanned boats for reuse later.
Want to see how your own personal flair can inspire others? Follow Elon Musk.
6. Kate Hudson – Fabletics
If you’ve heard of Kate Hudson, odds are it’s for her other job – as an actress. Between her acting and her Hollywood pedigree, she’s already well known. But what she’s gaining even more fame for is her company, Fabletics. It’s revolutionizing the athletics wear world in several ways, one of which includes pockets on yoga pants. That and it has reported earnings well north of $250 million.
In other words, if you’re looking for some insights on capitalizing name brand recognition into more financial success (or other ventures), you need to follow this amazing woman.
Whether you’re looking for inspiration, overachievers, or that something special to make your business stand out from the others, these top 6 entrepreneurs and business owners to watch are the perfect place to start.
More Business Owners to Watch:
Top 5 Most Successful American Entrepreneurs via Investopedia
The Top 10 World’s Richest Entrepreneurs via Inc.com
17 companies you didn’t know were owned by celebrities via Business insider
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