10 High Achievers in Business
By Wadzanai Nenzou,
a Writer and Owner of Inspirational Quotes Change Lives Website,
They are men and women from various cultures and from different
backgrounds, some have an impressive academic record while others
barely made it through high school; however, the one thing that
is common is the sheer grit and determination of these people to
achieve their dreams. Here is a look at the accomplishments of ten
such extraordinary people.
The co founder of software giant Microsoft left Harvard to pursue
his dream of creating a software program that would be used by nearly
every computer owner in the world. Windows is the most popular operating
system in the world today along with several other applications
and tools that are Microsoft products. Gates has held on to the
title of the richest man in the world for over a decade with his
net worth dwindling from $60 to $50 billion and back.
Another story of how determination can take a person to the pinnacle
of success, Oprah's story is one of courage in the face of adversity.
Her program the Oprah Winfrey Show has been the longest running
and the most successful show of its kind. Winfrey, who had to face
abject poverty growing up in rural Mississippi, is one of the richest
entertainers in the United States today with her fortunes running
into the tune of $2.7 billion.
The CEO of Berkshire and Hathaway, well known as the 'Oracle of
Omaha', Buffet is often changing first position on the Forbes list
with friend and fellow philanthropist Bill Gates. While he showed
a marked reluctance for investing in tech companies, which did save
him from the dot com bust, he has had a remarkably successful run
with his strategy of holding the stocks of fundamentally strong
companies. His hold on the stock market can be gauged by the fact
that the smallest divestment in a company by Warren causes a veritable
panic on Wall Street and a selling frenzy.
A true rags to riches story, Zhang Yin went from collecting waste
paper in the streets of the United States to being the richest woman
on the Forbes list. Her empire was built on her system of recycling
paper and shipping it from the US to China. Today her company is
the producer and exporter of several tons of paper and she is popularly
dubbed as the Empress of Paper.
Carlos Slim Helu
The telecommunications magnate from Mexico is currently at the number
one position on the Forbes list of the richest people in the world
with a fortune of $60 billion. His is a story of cashing in on the
development of emerging economies. Through his conglomerate Grupo
Carso, Slim Helu owns a sizable number of shares in several Mexican
companies in the retail, manufacturing and telecom sectors. He controls
90% of the telephone lines in Mexico through his two companies.
Hailed as the 'Polyester Prince' of India, Dhirubhai Ambani was
the founder of Reliance. In his lifetime, he went from being a blue
collar worker with Shell Corporation to establishing one of the
largest petrochemical companies in the world. A man who had barely
managed to finish tenth grade yet shook the business culture in
India as he scaled the peak of success with his company that changed
the way the normal man on the streets viewed corporate stocks. Had
he been alive today, he would be worth over $50 billion.
An alumnus of Indian Institute of Management and Yale, Nooyi took
on the reigns as the CEO of Pepsico in 2006 from Steven Reinemund.
She was earlier the CFO of the F&B giant. Nooyi has been responsible
for the restructuring of the company; its divestment in the restaurant
brand 'Yum foods' and the acquisition of Quaker Oats and Tropicana.
Since she became the CFO of Pepsico and eventually the CEO, the
company's profits have doubled while the annual revenues have increased
by a whopping 72%. Nooyi constantly figures on the Forbes list of
the most powerful women in the world.
Lakshmi Nivas Mittal (LN Mittal)
The steel magnate garnered world attention at the hostile acquisition
of Arcelor by Mittal steel to form a conglomerate, Arcelor Mittal,
the largest producer of steel in the world. With his personal wealth
valued at $28.7 billion, LN Mittal is no stranger to the Forbes
richest list. Although he started out in the family steel making
business, he soon chose to establish his own steel making venture
and its international division. Starting with a rundown steel plant
in Indonesia, Mittal went on to create the largest steel making
establishment in the world.
The prolific co-founder and CEO of Apple, Jobs is the man who added
momentum to the personal computer revolution. He was the first to
envision the impact that a mouse based GUI would have on the computer
market and this led to the introduction of Macintosh. While he did
leave Apple after a tiff with the board of directors and founded
the computer platform development company NeXt, he came back to
Apple as the CEO after the acquisition of NeXt by Apple. After pancreatic
cancer related health concerns, Jobs handed over the day-to-day
workings of Apple to acting CEO Tim Cook and is now only involved
in strategic decisions.
He is the youngest billionaire in the world who revolutionized the
social networking scene while in his freshman year at Harvard. The
social networking phenomenon created by Zuckerberg, "Facebook" amassed
a massive fan following with an astounding 500 million members.
At 26, Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in the world with
his net worth estimated to be well over $5 billion.
The success stories of many of these business magnates are studied
in Ivy League schools; the most notable thing to be learnt from
their examples is the fact that a person can achieve anything that
he/she wants, as long as the individual has the courage to dream
big and willingness to strive hard to achieve the dream.
Wadzanai Nenzou is A Writer And Owner Of Inspirational
Quotes Change Lives Website. She Is Interested In The World Of Business.
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Published - March 2011