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Terrence M. Pegula
Terrence M. Pegula

Terrence Pegula got wealthy as a result of his natural gas drilling company called East Resources. He has since sold the New York, Pennsylvania and Rocky Mountain assets of the company to Royal Dutch Shell for $4.7 billion. East Resources, however, still has oil and gas assets in West Virginia. He has given up an astonishing 46.76 percent of his wealth to sports and social causes. In particular, Pegula has been actively supporting athletes who are pursuing higher education, making sure that they have the brains to complement their athletic prowess.

Terry Gou
Terry Gou

Guo Tai-ming, also known as Terry Guo,(born October 8, 1950) is a Taiwanese tycoon who is the founder and chairman of Foxconn, a company that manufactures electronics on contract for other companies such as Apple Inc. It is the largest such electronics manufacturing services company in the world, with factories in several countries, mostly in mainland China, where it employs 1.2 million people and is its largest exporter.

Early life:

Guo was born in Banqiao Township, Taipei County (now Banqiao District, New Taipei). His parents lived in mainland China’s Shanxi Province before they fled to Taiwan in 1949, where Guo was born. His father had worked as a policeman in the past. As the first child of his family, Guo received education from elementary school to post college. After graduation, he continued to work in a rubber factory, working at a grinding wheel, and medicine plant until the age of 24. Guo has two younger brothers, Tai-Chiang Guo and Tai-Cheng Guo, who have both become successful businessmen as well.

Founding of Hon Hai:

Guo founded Hon Hai in Taiwan in 1974 with $7500 in startup money and ten elderly workers, making plastic parts for television sets in a rented shed in Tucheng, a suburb of Taipei. A turning point came in 1980 when he received an order from Atari to make the console joystick. He further expanded his business in the 1980s by embarking on an 11-month trip across the US in search of customers. As an aggressive salesman, Guo broke in uninvited into many companies and was able to get additional orders, despite having security called on him multiple times.

Theo Albrecht
Theo Albrecht

He was a German businessman who co-founded the Aldi grocery store chain with his brother Karl. Theo was in charge of Aldi Nord, or Aldi North, and its counterpart in the United States called Trader Joe’s. Karl, on the other hand, handled Aldi Sur, or Aldi South. He passed away in July 2010.

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Tidjane Thiam
Tidjane Thiam

Tidjane Thiam (born 29 July 1962) is an Ivorian businessman and former politician who became the Chief Executive of Credit Suisse in June 2015. Born in Côte d’Ivoire, he holds dual Ivorian and French citizenship. He studied advanced mathematics and physics in France before joining the management consultants McKinsey & Company in 1986, where he worked until 1994.

From 1994 to 1999 he worked in Côte d’Ivoire first as Chief Executive of the National Bureau for Technical Studies (BNETD), reporting directly to the Prime Minister and the President, and from 1998 as both Chairman of the BNETD and Minister of Planning and Development. Following the Ivorian coup of 1999, he resumed a private sector career and rejoined McKinsey in Paris from 2000 to 2002, then worked as a senior executive for Aviva before being recruited by Prudential plc. When appointed the chief executive of Prudential in 2009, he became the first black person to lead a FTSE 100 company.
On 10 March 2015, it was announced that Thiam would leave Prudential to become the next CEO of Credit Suisse, succeeding Brady Dougan.

Government:

In December 1993, the first Ivorian President, Félix Houphouët-Boigny, died and was replaced by Henri Konan Bédié. In April 1994, at the request of the new President, Thiam left France and McKinsey to go back to Abidjan and become the CEO of the National Bureau for Technical Studies and Development (BNETD), an infrastructure development and economic advisory body with more than 4,000 staff, reporting directly to the President and the Prime Minister. In that role, which had cabinet rank, he was also handling key negotiations with the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank. Thiam was also a key member of the Privatization Committee, in charge of privatising extensive state-owned assets.

In August 1998, in addition to his role at the BNETD, where he became chairman, Thiam formally joined the cabinet and was appointed Minister of Planning and Development. In his years in Côte d’Ivoire, Thiam promoted private sector involvement in infrastructure development. He implemented flagship projects including the Azito power plant (nominated by the Financial Times as one of the boldest successful investment decisions in the world, the renovation of Abidjan airport and the construction of the Riviera Marcory toll bridge, whose financing was closed a few days before the 1999 coup. One of the first actions of the new President, Alassane Ouattara, in 2011 was to start the construction of that bridge as originally overseen by Thiam, with the same promoters.

Thiam actively promoted an extensive privatisation programme which saw, between 1994 and 1999, Côte d’Ivoire lead African countries by privatising its telephone, services, electric power generation, airports, railways and many companies in the agricultural sector.

In 1998, the World Economic Forum in Davos named him as one of the annual 100 Global Leaders for Tomorrow, and in 1999 the Forum named him a member of the Dream Cabinet.

In December 1999, whilst Thiam was abroad, the Ivorian military seized control of the government. Thiam returned to the country, where he was arrested and held for several weeks. General Guéï, the new head of state, offered him the position of chief of staff, but he declined and left the country in early 2000.

CEO of Prudential:

Thiam left Aviva in September 2007 to become chief financial officer of Prudential plc. In March 2009, Thiam was named chief executive, effective from October, after Mark Tucker chose to step down. The appointment made him the first African to lead a FTSE 100 listed company. His departure from the role was announced on 10 March 2015.

After he became chief executive, Prudential launched a bid for AIA, the Asian wing of the crisis-stricken AIG. A public battle ensued, with some investors complaining about the $35.5 billion price Prudential was offering to pay. The bid eventually failed, after the AIG board rejected a revised lower bid. AIA was later floated on the Hong Kong Stock Exchange, and the value of the company quickly rose above Prudential’s original bid price.

Thiam came under strong personal criticism following the failure of the bid, partly as a result of the costs incurred by the company in pursuing the bid.[19] However, he was re-elected as CEO at the May 2011 AGM with a 99.3 per cent vote. The company’s performance since the bid appears not to have been damaged by its failure – in the first nine months of 2011, Prudential delivered a 14 per cent increase in new business profits over the same period in 2010, with total insurance sales increasing by 10 per cent, while in its full-year results for 2013, Prudential delivered an IFRS operating profit of £2.95 billion, up 17 per cent from the year before.

In March 2013, the Financial Services Authority fined the Prudential £30m and censured its CEO, Thiam, for failure to inform it of its plans to buy AIA and failure of dealing with the FSA in an open and cooperative manner.

Tim Cook
Tim Cook

Tim Cook is the Chief Executive Officer of Apple. He was named the CEO in 2011 when Steve Jobs resigned. Tim Cook filled the position of one of the greatest visionaries of our time. Cook had worked for 14 years at Apple gaining great experience. He makes decisions in an organization that has revolutionized the manner in which people view and use technology. He is a soft-spoken man and works hard. He begins sending emails at 4.30 am before he even starts his morning jog.

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Toxey Haas
Toxey Haas

Toxey Daniel Haas III (born January 21, 1960) is an American entrepreneur and conservationist. In 1986, he founded Haas Outdoors, Inc. where he currently serves as CEO. Haas has been recognized and awarded in the outdoor community for his efforts in both business and conservation.

Haas Outdoors, Inc.:

Haas had always been enthused by the outdoors. An avid hunter and fisherman, he had an idea to improve the conventional camouflage that everyone used. Haas gained inspiration from leaves, twigs, and dirt and pursued his first camouflage pattern. After being turned down many times searching for someone to print his pattern, Crystal Springs Print Works in Georgia agreed to give him a chance. However, they had a 10,000 yard minimum, and he could only afford 800 yards.Haas convinced them to make an exception, and his first pattern ‘’Bottomland’’ was printed.

Haas officially left his job at Bryan for his entrepreneurial pursuits and enlisted the help of his friend Bill Sugg as his partner. In 1986, Toxey Haas founded Mossy Oak Brand Camouflage and its parent company Haas Outdoors, Inc.

Mossy Oak:

After the company’s inception, Bob Dixon, Ronnie “Cuz” Strickland, Carsie Young, and Cindy Cliett joined as the next employees. The first Mossy Oak clothing was sewn by Haas’ mother in his childhood home. Dixon, Strickland, Sugg, and Haas hit the road with the first Bottomland pattern, and Mossy Oak started to gain momentum. Mossy Oak gave Haas the path he needed to build an outdoor empire for the hunting and fishing community. Mossy Oak has grown to feature nearly twenty patterns and is one of the most recognizable outdoor brands in the country.

Business ventures:

Mossy Oak allowed Haas to expand his business into other facets of the outdoor world.

Mossy Oak Properties
Toxey Haas and his longtime friend Chris Hawley cofounded Mossy Oak’s real estate company Mossy Oak Properties in 1999. Hawley, who lives in Livingston, Alabama, serves as the company’s CEO and President. Initially in Mississippi and Alabama, Mossy Oak Properties currently has 70 offices and 300 agents in 19 states.

Haas also owns land in Mississippi and Alabama.

BioLogic:

Haas, along with wildlife biologist Dr. Grant Woods, cofounded BioLogic in 1999. Dr. Woods spent years researching the feeding habits of wildlife, including visits with research scientists and deer farmers in New Zealand studying their production methods. BioLogic is also headquartered in West Point.

Nativ Nurseries:

Founded in 2007, Nativ Nurseries is headquartered in West Point and grows and sells trees for landowners.

Mossy Oak Golf Club:

Opening in September of 2016, Mossy Oak Golf Club will be the second course at Old Waverly Golf Club.The course is a collaboration between world-renowned golf architect Gil Hanse, Old Waverly’s founder George Bryan, and Toxey Haas. Keeping in line with Mossy Oak’s brand identity, Mossy Oak Golf Club will be known as Nature’s Golf.

Awards and recognition:

Mississippi Small Business Person of the Year (1989)
Mississippi’s Top 40 Under 40 (1994)[12]
West Point Hall of Fame (1999)
Catch-A-Dream “Corporate Vision Award” (2004)
Legends of the Outdoors Hall of Fame (2009)
The Outdoor Life 25 (2009)
Ducks Unlimited Hero of Conservation (2009) Other honorees include Bill Sugg, President and CFO of Haas Outdoors, Morgan Freeman, Billy Joe Cross, and Will Primos
POMA Heritage Award (2012)
Mississippi Innovators to Watch (2015)

Travis Kalanick
Travis Kalanick

Travis Cordell Kalanick (born August 6, 1976) is an American entrepreneur. He is the co-founder of the peer-to-peer file sharing company Red Swoosh and the transportation network company Uber.

In 2014, he entered the Forbes list of the 400 richest Americans at position 290, with an estimated net worth of $6 billion.

Early life and education:

Kalanick was born on August 6, 1976 in Los Angeles, California. He lived in Northridge, California, where he graduated from Granada Hills High School and later enrolled in college at the University of California, Los Angeles, to study computer engineering.While at the University of California, Los Angeles he joined the Theta Xi Fraternity. His mother, Bonnie (Horwitz), worked in retail advertising for the Los Angeles Daily News, and his father, Donald E. Kalanick, was a civil engineer for the city of Los Angeles. His father’s family is Catholic with Czech and Austrian roots.His mother is Jewish. He has two half-sisters and his brother Cory is a firefighter.

Career:

Kalanick speaking at DLD 2015 in Munich, Germany

Kalanick speaking at the Le Web conference in December 2013

Scour:

In 1998, Travis Kalanick, along with other classmates, dropped out of UCLA to help found Scour Inc. with Dan Rodrigues, a multimedia search engine, and Scour Exchange, a peer-to-peer file sharing service. In 2000, the Motion Picture Association of America, the Recording Industry Association of America (RIAA), and the National Music Publishers Association (NMPA) brought a lawsuit against Scour, alleging copyright infringement. In September of that year, Scour filed for bankruptcy to protect itself from the lawsuit.

Red Swoosh:

In 2001, with Scour’s engineering team, Kalanick started a new company called Red Swoosh, another peer-to-peer file-sharing company. Red Swoosh software took advantage of increased bandwidth efficiency on the Internet to allow users to transfer and trade large media files, including music files and videos. In 2007, Akamai Technologies acquired the company for $19 million.

Uber:

In 2009, along with Garrett Camp, Kalanick founded Uber, a mobile application that connects passengers with drivers of vehicles for hire and ridesharing services.Uber operates in 66 countries and in more than 507 cities around the world. Uber faced some controversy in some cities in North America, like Washington D.C., Chicago, Toronto, and New York City. The company faces fierce competition from similar services and “clone companies” in cities like London. In November 2014, Kalanick faced criticism for creating a “win at all costs” culture in his Uber organization. Public relations problems the firm faced included Kalanick’s comments to GQ about how easy it is for him to attract women now, concern about his blasé attitude regarding safety issues for female customers, and his tolerance of executive Emil Michael, who recommended creating a large budget to smear critics. Although Kalanick apologized for Michael’s remarks, he did not censure him severely enough to appease some critics.