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									                            Research a Famous Entrepreneur
Using the internet research a famous entrepreneur of your choice. Using Publisher you
will create a newsletter describing what you have discovered. Topics to cover: Youth,
Family, How they got started, what type of businesses they are involved in, how
successful are they, why are they a success?, why did you choose to research this
entrepreneur, and if you were to start a company what would it be? Include pictures,
company information, and web links. Save as Entrepreneur.


Famous Entertainment & Media Entrepreneurs
Many actors & actresses, music stars, talk show hosts, record producers, film directors and
others have gone beyond their craft and built businesses that are bigger than themselves.
These are some of the world's wealthiest and most famous entrepreneurs.

Walt Disney - The Man Behind the Mouse
Disney is one of the most recognized brands in the world, but few know as much about the
man behind the Magic Kingdom, not to mention the hundreds of animated cartoons, countless
feature films and endless toys that bear his name. An influential innovator and entrepreneur in
the mid 20th century, Disney went from sketching a rabbit (yes, a rabbit) to running a multi-
billion dollar empire.

Simon Cowell – Music Mogul Millionaire
Simon Cowell is best known as the obnoxious judge on the hit TV show American Idol whose
cynical comments sent contestants running out the door in tears, but what most don’t know is
that his work didn’t start there and most definitely won’t end there. His list of achievements is
long and includes being a successful record producer and executive for the BMG UK record
company to gathering wannabe entrepreneurs on his show, American Inventor.
Oprah Winfrey - About.com Readers' Most Admired Entrepreneur
In our ongoing poll, About.com asked readers to select the entrepreneur they most admired.
Was it Bill Gates? Richard Branson? Donald Trump? Nope -- Oprah Winfrey stood out head and
shoulders above the rest. Read Oprah's story and some of the things that make her so

Famous Entrepreneurs
Mary Kay Ash - Most Outstanding Woman in Business in the 20th Century
The founder of Mary Kay Cosmetics created a business that has helped some half a million
women fulfill their dreams of business ownership. A best-selling author and powerful
motivational speaker, Lifetime Television named her the Most Outstanding Woman in Business
in the 20th Century.
Ben & Jerry's - The Men Behind the Ice Cream
Ice cream is a sweet treat that few can resist. Although vanilla is the most popular flavor in
the U.S., there are a seemingly endless number of varieties and manufacturers. One of the
best-known purveyors is Ben & Jerry’s, the brand synonymous with funky flavors like Cherry
Garcia and Chunky Monkey and a groovy Vermont vibe.
Lorenzo Borghese: The Bachelor Prince, the Cosmetics Entrepreneur
Even without a title of “prince,” Lorenzo Borghese would not fall into the category of “pauper.”
Recently in the news for his appearance on ABC’s The Bachelor: Rome, Borghese is following
in his grandmother’s footsteps as a cosmetics entrepreneur and has created his own line of
luxury bath and grooming products – only these are for pets.
Richard Branson - The Rebel Billionaire and the Ultimate Multipreneur
In a recent poll, About.com readers selected Oprah Winfrey as the Most Admired
Entrepreneur. While perhaps less well known outside of his homeland of England, Richard
Branson wins the Editor's Choice for Most Admired Entrepreneur. Learn about this British
firebrand who has succeeded perhaps most of all at "engineering a breathtaking life for
Coco Chanel - As Bold and Distinctive as Her Signature Fragrance
Coco Chanel was one of the major innovators of 20th century fashion, introducing elements
from menswear and sports apparel into women's fashion to create a distinctively simple, yet
elegant style. Her signature fragrance, Chanel No. 5, was the first perfume to bear the
designer's name. Launched in 1923, it is still one of the best-selling fragrances in the world
Michael Dell: Innovator of the Personal Computer Industry
Michael Dell, born February 1965, started the road to success out of his University of Texas
dorm room in with just $1000 and an idea in 1984. Michael Dell is both Chairman and CEO of
his company with a net worth of over $30 billion. Dell sells directly to the customer so to avoid
middleman mark-ups.
Debbi Fields - Founder of Mrs. Fields Cookies
At age 20, Debbi Fields was a housewife with no business experience, but a great chocolate
chip cookie recipe and a dream. Today, Mrs. Fields Cookies is one of the world's most
recognizable dessert franchises, with over 600 stores in the U.S. and ten other countries.
Henry Ford - Founder of Ford Motor Company and Manufacturing Assembly Line Innovator
Henry Ford was not the inventor of the automobile, but his innovations in assembly-line
techniques and the introduction of standardized interchangeable parts contributed to making
the United States a nation of motorists and produced the first mass-production vehicle
manufacturing plant.
Bill Gates - Windows on Wealth
Microsoft Corp. co-founder Bill Gates is perhaps the most famous entrepreneur of this era. He
had the vision to predict the evolving importance of the personal computer. This allowed him
to top Forbes magazine’s list of the world’s wealthiest individuals, with a 2006 estimated net
worth of $50 billion.
Howard Hughes: The Aviator, The Innovator, The Billioniare
Howard Hughes was once the most talked-about entrepreneur in the world - legendary for
both his bold business tactics and his outlandish personal life. The recent popular movie "The
Aviator" has prompted a new interest in this fascinating entrepreneur.
Ingvar Kamprad - IKEA Founder and One of the World's Richest Men
IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad may now be the wealthiest man in the world. What started as a
person-to-person business selling everything from pens to picture frames has grown to over
200 stores in 31 countries, employing over 75,000 people and generating over 12 billion in
annual sales. Yet Kamprad still flys coach, takes the subway to work, and drives a ten-year-
old Volvo.
Estée Lauder - Making Beauty Into Big Business
The daughter of immigrants, she is the embodiment of the American Dream. She started out
selling skin creams created by her uncle, but with persistence and personality, she worked her
way into the cosmetics counters of department stores. She developed a personalized selling
style that put her brand at the top of the industry, with a 45% share of the cosmetics market
in U.S. department stores.
Harvey Mackay - "Mr. Make Things Happen"
Harvey Mackay is the author of five business bestsellers, a nationally syndicated columnist,
and one of America's most popular business speakers. He is also Chairman and CEO of Mackay
Envelope Corporation, which he founded at age 26, and which now employees over 500 people
and does $85 million a year in revenue.
Adam Osborne – Creator of the First Portable Computer
Adam Osborne was an entrepreneur best known as creator of the first portable computer, but
was also an author who made a successful move into publishing computer books and software.
Anita Roddick - Redefining Business As We Know It
Anita Roddick is the founder of The Body Shop, a store that purchases outstanding natural
ingredients for a line of cosmetics, helping the disadvantaged communities generate income
and providing women with superb cosmetics.
Donald Trump - Billionaire Real Estate Tycoon and Host of The Apprentice
With a long list of accomplishments and assets in real estate development, hospitality and
entertainment, the outspoken star and producer of "The Apprentice" is one of the world's most
famous entrepreneurs. With his rollercoaster track record, he demonstrates one of the most
important entrepreneurial traits: the ability to stand back up when you fall down.
Madame C. J. Walker - First Female African-American Millionaire
The daughter of former slaves, orphaned at the age of seven, Walker built a thriving beauty
products business in the early 20th century, eventually employing over 3,000 people. Her hard
work, honest business dealings and quality products led her to become the first self-made
female African-American millionaire.

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