Apart from being millionaires, Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg & Jeff Bezos have one thing in common. They’re entrepreneurs who took on the world of technology just at the right time and changed their destiny. While earlier, technology played a limited role, these people went on to make it the crux of everything. This not only led to the expedition of creating products and services but also helped the global economy grow manifold. Their creations just didn’t change the way we live our lives, they also inspired us to believe that anything is possible when you put your blood, sweat and tears into something.
Here are 8 such entrepreneurs who ended up turning the world of technology on its head:
1. Bill Gates – Valuation $86.7 Billion
The first ever code that Bill Gates wrote was on a General Electric Computer and he was only a young teenager. Once his school realised he could write codes, they asked him to write codes for the school for scheduling students’ in classes. And fast forward a few years, he started Microsoft in 1975. Although he resigned as the head of Microsoft back in 2014, he still remains on the advisory board of the company that he founded.
2. Bernard Arnault – Valuation $45.5 Billion
Bernard Arnault is the CEO of LVMH, a luxury good conglomerate owning the likes of Louis Vitton, Bulgari & Tag Heuer. A vivid art collector, Bernard owns pieces of Picasso & Andy Warhol. Earning an Engineering degree from Ecole Polytechnique in France, Bernard is an engineer by definition, but a businessman by trade.
3. Sachin and Binny Bansal – Valuation $650-750 Million
Sachin and Binny Bansal both graduated from IIT, Delhi, after completing their Computer Science course. They left their well-paying jobs and started their own firm from an apartment in Bangalore using Rs. 4,00,000 and called it Flipkart. Back in 2007, Sachin and Binny would hop on to their scooters and deliver the products to their customers themselves.
4. Mark Zuckerberg – Valuation $59.5 Billion
Zuckerberg left Harvard at the age of 19 to kickstart the global giant now known as Facebook. Synapse, a software that could learn users’ music listening habit was created by him when he was in high school and during that time, AOL & Microsoft even tried to recruit him.
5. Sergey Brin & Larry Page – Valuation $40.8 & 39.9 Billion, respectively.
Larry Page & Sergey Brin together founded the search engine Google, back in 1998 and have never looked back since. Apart from making the Internet what it is today, Google is also investing in creating driverless cars. Larry Page completed his Master’s Degree in Computer Science, while Sergey Brin has Degrees in Mathematics & Computer Science.
6. Jeff Bezos – Valuation $75.2 Billion
The founder & CEO of the largest E-comm platform has an Electrical & Computer Science Engineering degree. In 1994, he quit his rather lucrative Hedge Fund career in New York ‘coz he wanted to sell books on the Internet. Apart from just selling books, Bezos also loves the idea of space travel and even funded an Aerospace company, Blue Origin, to develop a reusable rocket.
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These people had the perfect balance of the technical know-how and business acumen to become successful entrepreneurs. If, like them, you too wish to take on the world of business one day, then it’s time you give yourself a fair head start with Symbiosis Institute of Computer Studies and Research’s courses in business and IT, particularly BBA IT & MBA IT (SICSR, Pune). Now I am sure you must be wondering, “But I’m not an engineer!” Well, you don’t have to be one to pursue this course.
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