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Greatest American Entrepreneurs and Business Professionals in the USA

Greatest American Entrepreneurs and Business Professionals in the USA

It has been said that if you were born in the United States of America you were 90% of the way towards becoming a success. The US offers may opportunities through Freedom, Democracy and a culture of hard work and education that fosters growth and success. Some of the greatest minds and wealthiest people over the last 200 years have been born in and/or have lived in the United States of America. By showing how these Great Americans have worked and lived, it will give great incite into what it takes to become successful in the USA.

Addition to this list was based upon the following criteria:
- Spent most of his/her adult life in the United States
- Created significant wealth (inherited wealth is not accepted)
- Displayed behavioral characteristics described in Top Characteristics of Successful People
- Revolutionized not only an industry, but also transformed the American culture

The list order is in chronological order based on date of birth.

Benjamin Franklin
Andrew Carnegie
John Pierpont J.P. Morgan
John D Rockefeller
Thomas Edison
Henry Ford
Pierre Samuel duPont
Alfred Pritchard Sloan, Jr.
Walter Elias Walt Disney
Raymond Ray Kroc
Howard Robard Hughes, Jr.
Samuel Moore Sam Walton
Mary Kay Ash
George Lucas
Oprah Winfrey
Steven Paul Steve Jobs
William Henry “Bill” Gates III
Lawrence “Larry” Page / Sergey Mikhaylovich Brin
Mark Elliot “Zuck” Zuckerberg


Benjamin Franklin

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Benjamin Franklin Inventions Politics PrintingBenjamin Franklin (January 17, 1706 – April 17, 1790) was born in Boston, Massachusetts. He was the tenth son of soap maker. His father intended for Benjamin Franklin to enter into the clergy. However, Josiah Franklin could not afford it. Young Benjamin Franklin loved to read. He became an apprentice to his brother James, who was a printer. He would help compose pamphlets, set type and sell their products in the streets.

When Benjamin Franklin was 15 his brother started The New England Courant. James’s paper carried articles, opinion pieces, advertisements and news of ship schedules. Benjamin Franklin began

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Andrew Carnegie

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Andrew Carnegie Steel CompanyAndrew Carnegie (November 25, 1835 – August 11, 1919) was born in Dunfermline, Fife, Scotland. Although he had little formal education, his family believed in the importance of books and learning. His father was a handloom weaver. At 13, Andrew Carnegie came to the United States with his family and settled in Allegheny, Pennsylvania. Soon after, he went to work in a factory, earning $1.20 a week. The next year he found a job as a telegraph messenger. In 1851 he became a telegraph operator, and in 1853, he took a job with Pennsylvania Railroad. He worked as the assistant and telegraph operator to Thomas Scott, one of the railroad’s top executives. He

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John Pierpont J.P. Morgan

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John Pierpont JP Morgan BankingJohn Pierpont “J.P.” Morgan (April 17, 1837 – March 31, 1913) was born and raised in Hartford, Connecticut. In the fall of 1848, he transferred to Hartford Public School and then to Episcopal Academy in Cheshire, Connecticut. In September 1851, Morgan passed the entrance exam for the English High School of Boston, a school specializing in mathematics to prepare young men for careers in commerce. In the spring of 1852, he became ill with rheumatic fever. He was sent by his father to the Azores to recover. After almost a year, he returned to English High School in Boston to resume his studies. After graduation, he was sent to Bellerive near Vevey, Switzerland. When he became fluent in

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John D Rockefeller

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John D Rockefeller Standard Oil Refinery CompanyJohn Davison Rockefeller (July 8, 1839 – May 23, 1937) was born in Richford, New York. His father owned farm property and traded in many goods, including lumber and patent medicines. His mother was very strict. In 1953 the family moved to Cleveland, Ohio. He graduated from high school there and excelled in mathematics. After graduation he attended a commercial college for three months, after which he found his first job at the age of 16 as a produce clerk. In 1859, he started his first trading company, Clark and Rockefeller, with a young Englishman. The first year they grossed $450,000. Clark did the fieldwork while John D Rockefeller

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Thomas Edison

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Thomas EdisonThomas Alva Edison (February 11, 1847 – October 18, 1931) was born to middle-class parents in Milan, Ohio. In 1854, his family moved to Port Huron, Michigan. At an early age, Thomas Edison was hyperactive and difficult to control in school. So he was home-schooled by his mother, who was the daughter of a respected Presbyterian minister. Thomas Edison enjoyed reading and reciting poetry. At 11, his parents introduced him to the local library and he began to research many topics and ideas. At 12, he began to asks questions of his parents, especially those related to Science and Mathematics, that they could not answer. So they hired a tutor

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Henry Ford

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Henry Ford Motor Company AutomobileHenry Ford (July 30, 1863 – April 7, 1947) grew up on a prosperous family farm in what is now Dearborn, Michigan. He had a typical rural 19th Century childhood spending days in a one-room school and doing farm chores. At an early age, he showed an interest in mechanics and engineering. At 16, he left home for Detroit to work as an apprentice machinist for the next 3 years. During the next few years, Henry Ford divided his time between operating & repairing steam engines, working in a Detroit factory, over-hauling his father’s farm machinery and working reluctantly on the farm. Upon his marriage to Clara Bryant in 1888, Henry Ford supported his

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Pierre Samuel duPont

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Pierre S DuPont Chemical Engineering ManufacturingPierre Samuel duPont (January 15, 1870 – April 4, 1954) was born in Wilmington, Delaware. He was the great-great-grandson of Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours, a French economist elected to the Constituent Assembly. Pierre Samuel du Pont de Nemours’ son, Eleuthère Irénée du Pont, who emigrated to America with his grandfather to escape the French Revolution, founded the DuPont company in 1802. Frustrated by the poor quality of black powder made in America, and familiar with the powder-making process, came up with the idea to make gunpowder. His father agreed to finance the venture. Thomas Jefferson supported the idea and suggested the family set up shop in Virginia, but Eleuthère Irénée du Pont was uncomfortable with the institution of slavery

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Alfred Pritchard Sloan, Jr.

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Alfred P Sloan Jr GM General MotorsAlfred Pritchard Sloan, Jr. (May 23, 1875 – February 17, 1966) was born in New Haven, Connecticut. He studied electrical engineering and graduated from Massachusetts Institute of Technology in 1895. He became president and owner of Hyatt Roller Bearing, a company that made roller and ball bearings, in 1899. At the beginning of the 20th century, Ford Motor Company bought bearings from Hyatt Roller Bearing. In 1916 his company merged with United Motors Company which eventually became part of General Motors Corporation. He became Vice-President, then President (1923), and finally Chairman of the Board (1937) of General Motors

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Walter Elias Walt Disney

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Walter Elias Walt DisneyWalter Elias “Walt” Disney (December 5, 1901 – December 15, 1966) was born in Chicago, Illinois. In 1906, when Walt Disney was 4, his family moved to a farm in Marceline, Missouri. While in Marceline, Disney developed his love for drawing. One of their neighbors, a retired doctor named “Doc” Sherwood, paid him to draw pictures of Sherwood’s horse. He also developed his love for trains in Marceline, which owed its existence to the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railway which ran through town. The Disneys remained in Marceline

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Raymond Ray Kroc

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Raymond Ray Kroc McDonaldsRaymond Albert “Ray” Kroc (October 5, 1902 – January 14, 1984) was born in Oak Park, Illinois, the son of relatively poor parents. He went to public schools in Oak Park, Illinois, a suburb of Chicago, but did not graduate. He was as an ambulance driver during World War I. After the war, he became a jazz pianist. Upon his marriage in 1922 he went to work for the Lily-Tulip Cup Company, but soon left to become musical director for one of Chicago’s pioneer radio stations, WGES. There he played the piano, arranged the music, accompanied singers and hired musicians. Later following land speculation in Florida, he began to sell real estate in Fort Lauderdale. When the boom collapsed in 1926, he was so broke that he had to play piano in a night club to send his wife and daughter back to Chicago by train. He later followed them in his dilapidated Model-T Ford.

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Howard Robard Hughes, Jr.

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Howard Hughes AircraftHoward Robard Hughes, Jr. (December 24, 1905 – April 5, 1976) was born near Houston, Texas. There is some argument as to the exact date and location of his birth. His parents were Allene Stone Gano (a descendant of Owen Tudor, second husband of Catherine of Valois, Dowager Queen of England) and Howard R. Hughes, Sr., who patented the two-cone roller bit, which allowed rotary drilling for petroleum in previously inaccessible places. Howard R. Hughes, Sr. made the decision to commercialize the invention, founding the Hughes Tool Company in 1909, in which be became quite successful.

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Samuel Moore “Sam” Walton

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Sam Walton WalmartSamuel Moore “Sam” Walton (March 29, 1918 – April 5, 1992) was born in Kingfisher, Oklahoma. As a child, Sam Walton moved with his family to Missouri where he became an Eagle Scout at age 13, a student leader, basketball star and quarterback on a state championship football team at Hickman High School in Columbia, Missouri. He graduated from the University of Missouri at Columbia in 1940 with a B.A. in Economics. During World War 2, he served as a Captain in the U.S. Army Intelligence Corps. While in the army, he married Helen Robson of Claremore, Oklahoma, on Valentine’s Day, February 14, 1943. Over the years, they had 4 children: Rob, Jim, John and Alice.

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Mary Kay Ash

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Mary Kay Ash Network MarketingMary Kay Ash (May 12, 1918 – November 22, 2001) was born Mary Kathlyn Wagner in Hot Wells, Texas. Her mother, who had studied to be a nurse, worked long hours managing a restaurant. When Mary Kay was two or three, her father was ill with tuberculosis. As a result, it was her responsibility to clean, cook, and care for her father while her mother was at work. She excelled in school, but her family could not afford to send her to college. She married at age seventeen and eventually had three children.

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George Lucas

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George Lucas Star Wars LucasFilm ILMGeorge Walton Lucas, Jr. (born May 14, 1944) is an American film producer, screenwriter and director. He is best known for being the creator of the Star Wars and Indiana Jones movie franchises. George Lucas was born in Modesto, California, the son of Dorothy and George Lucas, Sr. (1913–1991), who owned a stationery store.

Long before George Lucas became obsessed with film making, he wanted to be a race-car driver, and he spent most of his high school years racing on the underground circuit at fairgrounds and hanging out at garages. However, a near-fatal accident in his souped-up Autobianchi Bianchina on June 12, 1962, just days before his high school graduation, quickly changed his mind. Instead of racing, he attended Modesto Junior College and later got accepted into a junior college to study anthropology. While taking liberal arts courses, he developed a passion for cinematography and camera tricks. George Lucas graduated from Brookdale Community College in New Jersey.

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Oprah Winfrey

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Oprah WinfreyOprah Winfrey (born Orpah Gail Winfrey on January 29, 1954) was born in Kosciusko, Mississippi to unmarried teenage parents. Her mother, Vernita Lee was a housemaid. She believed that her biological father was Vernon Winfrey, a coal miner turned barber turned city councilman who had been in the Armed Forces when she was born. She had her DNA tested. The genetic test determined that her maternal line originated among the Kpelle ethnic group, in the area that today is Liberia. Her genetic make up was determined to be 89% Sub-Saharan African. After her birth, her mother moved and she spent her first 6 years living in rural poverty with her grandmother. Her grandmother taught her to read before the age of 3 and took her to the local church. At 6, she moved to an inner-city neighborhood in Milwaukee, Wisconsin with her mother. Oprah Winfrey has stated that she was molested by her cousin, her uncle and a family friend, starting when she was 9 years old. When she was 14, she became pregnant, her son dying shortly after birth. Her mother sent her to live with Vernon Winfrey in Nashville, Tennessee. Vernon was strict, but encouraging and made her education a priority. Oprah Winfrey became an honors student, was voted Most Popular Girl, joined her high school speech team at East Nashville High School, placing second in the nation in dramatic interpretation. She won an oratory contest, which secured her a full scholarship to Tennessee State University where she studied communication. Her first job as a teenager was working at a local grocery store. At age 17, she won the Miss Black Tennessee beauty pageant. She got the attention of the local black radio station, WVOL, which hired her to do the news part-time. She worked there during her senior year of high school, and again while in her first two years of college.

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Steven Paul Steve Jobs

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Steve Jobs AppleSteven Paul Jobs (February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011) was born in San Francisco and was adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs. His biological parents – Abdulfattah Jandali, a Syrian Muslim graduate student who later became a political science professor, and Joanne Simpson, an American graduate student who went on to become a speech therapist – later married, giving birth to and raising his biological sister, the novelist Mona Simpson. He attended Cupertino Junior High School and Homestead High School in Cupertino, California, and frequented after-school lectures at the Hewlett-Packard Company in Palo Alto, California. He was soon hired there and worked with Steve Wozniak as a summer employee.

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William Henry “Bill” Gates III

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William Bill Gates MicrosoftWilliam Henry “Bill” Gates III (born October 28, 1955) was born in Seattle, Washington. His father was a prominent lawyer, his mother served on the board of directors for First Interstate BancSystem and the United Way, and her father, J. W. Maxwell, was a national bank president. At 13 he enrolled in the Lakeside School, an exclusive preparatory school. When he was in the 8th grade, the Mothers Club at the school used proceeds from Lakeside School’s rummage sale to buy an ASR-33 teletype terminal and a block of computer time on a General Electric (GE) computer for the school’s students. He took an interest in programming the GE system in BASIC and was excused from math classes to pursue his interest. He wrote his first computer program on this machine: tic-tac-toe that allowed users to play games against the computer. After the Mothers Club donation was exhausted, he and other students sought time on systems including DEC PDP minicomputers. One of these systems was a PDP-10 belonging to Computer Center Corporation (CCC), which banned 4 Lakeside students: Bill Gates, Paul Allen, Ric Weiland, and Kent Evans after it caught them exploiting bugs in the operating system to obtain free computer time. At the end of the ban, the 4 students offered to find bugs in CCC’s software in exchange for computer time. Rather than use the system via teletype, Bill Gates went to CCC’s offices and studied source code for various programs that ran on the system, including programs in FORTRAN, LISP and machine language. The arrangement with CCC continued until 1970, when the company went out of business. The following year, Information Sciences, Inc. hired the 4 Lakeside students to write a payroll program in COBOL, providing them computer time and royalties. After his administrators became aware of his programming abilities, Bill Gates wrote the school’s computer program to schedule students in classes. He modified the code so that he was placed in classes with mostly female students. At age 17, he formed a venture with Allen, called Traf-O-Data, to make traffic counters based on the Intel 8008 processor. In early 1973, Bill Gates served as a congressional page in the U.S. House of Representatives.

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Lawrence “Larry” Page / Sergey Mikhaylovich Brin

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Larry Page and Sergey Brin of GoogleLawrence “Larry” Page (born March 26, 1973) was born in East Lansing, Michigan. Sergey Mikhaylovich Brin (Russian: Серге́й Миха́йлович Брин; born August 21, 1973) was born in Moscow, Russia. Larry Page’s father was a professor of computer science at Michigan State University and an early pioneer in the field of artificial intelligence. He eventually entered the University of Michigan, where he earned an undergraduate degree in engineering with a concentration in computer engineering. An innovative thinker with a sense of humor, he once built a working ink-jet printer out of Lego blocks. He was eager to advance in his career, and decided to study for a Ph.D degree. He was admitted to the doctoral program in computer science at Stanford University. On an introductory weekend at the Palo Alto campus that had been arranged for new students, he met Sergey Brin. A native of Moscow, Russia, Sergey Brin was also the son of a professor, and came to the United States with his family when he was 6. His father taught math at the University of Maryland, and it was from that school’s College Park campus that Sergey Brin earned an undergraduate degree in computer science and math.

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Mark Elliot “Zuck” Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg FacebookMark Elliot Zuckerberg (May 14, 1984 – ) was born in White Plains, New York to Karen, a psychiatrist, and Edward, a dentist. He started programming when he was in middle school. His father taught him Atari BASIC Programming in the 1990′s, and then software developer David Newman was hired as his tutor in about 1995. He also took a graduate course in the subject at Mercy College near his home in the mid-1990′s. He developed computer programs, especially communication tools and games. He also designed and programmed a computer application system to help the workers in his father’s office communicate. At Ardsley High School he had excelled in the classics before in his junior year transferring to Phillips Exeter Academy, where he won prizes in science and Classical studies (in which he was fluent in French, Hebrew, Latin and ancient Greek). While in high school, under the company name Intelligent Media Group, he built a music player named the Synapse Media Player that used artificial intelligence to learn the user’s listening habits, which was posted to Slashdot and received a rating of 3 out of 5 from PC Magazine. Microsoft and AOL tried to purchase Synapse and recruit Mark Zuckerberg, but he instead went to Harvard College in September 2002 where he studied computer science and psychology and joined Alpha Epsilon Pi. At a fraternity party during his sophomore year, Zuckerberg met Priscilla Chan, who subsequently became his girlfriend. As of September 2010, he was studying Mandarin with a tutor in preparation for the couple’s slated visit to China and possibly to help in setting up operations in China, since Facebook, like Twitter, is blocked by that country’s internet firewall.

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