10 Most Influential People In Business Right Now
Dan Levenson February 22, 2021
Through innovative ideas and abilities to overcome adversity, business leaders have made major impacts in the world. The ways we communicate, travel, and interact with the world began with ideas from business leaders. Those seeking to start their businesses or propel their ideas forward need to look to these ten influential business people for inspiration.
Regardless of what devices you use, you likely regularly use a service that Larry Page has had a hand in. Page is a co-founder of Google and later served as the CEO of Alphabet Inc., Google’s parent company. Because of his leadership in one of the most powerful companies of the digital age, Page has gained a net worth of more than 78 billion dollars.
At 90 years old, Warren Buffett continues to be one of the world’s most influential investors, and his net worth is currently greater than 85 billion dollars. The Berkshire Hathaway CEO is also regarded for his dedication to philanthropy, and he has given billions to charitable causes.
Another major player in the tech boom, Mark Zuckerberg is known for co-founding Facebook in 2004 while he was a student at Harvard. He continues to serve as the company’s CEO today, and with 2.7 billion Facebook users, Zuckerberg’s importance in the worlds of business and technology cannot be overstated.
Satya Nadella became CEO of Microsoft in 2014, and since he took the position, the company has made several major acquisitions. In his first year as CEO, Microsoft acquired the highly profitable video game company Mojang. Then, in 2016, Microsoft purchased LinkedIn. Under Nadella’s leadership, Microsoft has seen significant gains in its stock prices.
After Steve Jobs’ death in 2011, it seemed unlikely that anyone could fill the shoes of Apple’s charismatic CEO. However, Tim Cook has shown that he is more than capable of filling the position, and his time as CEO has seen Apple’s profits increase significantly. Cook is also important for his contributions to the LGBTQ community as the first openly gay CEO of a Fortune 500 company.
A controversial personality with bold and grand visions of the future, Elon Musk’s ideas have gained him a net worth of more than 209 billion dollars. Musk is most well-known as the founder of Tesla, the world’s most famous electric vehicle manufacturer. He is also known for founding SpaceX, which is making strides to advance space travel.
One of the most powerful businesswomen in the world, Mary Barra became CEO of General Motors in 2014. She was the first woman to ever serve as CEO of an auto manufacturer. In addition to this, Barra has served on other important corporate boards, most notably Disney, which she joined in 2017.
In 1994, Jeff Bezos started an online bookstore. This idea alone was innovative, taking advantage of the potential of the Internet’s new technology. However, the bookstore expanded far beyond its original vision. Today, Bezos’ company, Amazon, is one of the most valuable in the world. This has made Jeff Bezos one of the most influential and important people in the business.
Rupert Murdoch is known for leading News Corp, a company that owns hundreds of newspapers around the world. While this has certainly given Murdoch a fortune worth billions, it has also given him a great deal of influence due to his connections to news outlets.
Even as a teen, Marc Benioff was making innovations in programming, as he developed video games for Atari. He went on to revolutionize cloud computing with Salesforce, which he founded in 1999 and continues to serve as CEO of today. Recently, Salesforce even acquired software company Slack.
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