Behind every successful business lies a powerful CEO. These people are at the top of their game when it comes to getting the job done, but with so much being thrown at them at once, these businessmen and women also know a thing or two about staying relaxed.
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Known as the "Queen of all Media," Oprah Winfrey has been a dominant force since 1986. In 2008, Winfrey began her own cable network, The Oprah Winfrey Network, which reaches over 80 million households.
In 2004, Mark Zuckerberg launched Facebook as a way for college students to connect. Over time, the social media platform grew into a massive force with 2.5 billion users. In 2007, he became the youngest self-made billionaire ever at the age of 23.
In 1984, Michael Dell launched Dell to deliver some of the best computers on the planet. Since its launch, Dell has grown to have 157,000 employees under its roof and a current net worth of $90.6 million. In 2016, the company merged with EMC Corporation to become Dell Technologies Inc.
With the help of Steve Wozniak, Steve Jobs co-founded Apple in 1976. While Jobs was kicked out of the company in 1985, he came back as CEO in 1997. During his time as CEO, he brought impactful devices and services such as iTunes and the iPhone to the world.
Larry Ellison got his foot in the computer software industry as co-founder of Oracle Corporation in 1977. In 2012, he became the third-richest American in the world with a net worth of $44 billion. In 2018, he became a director for Tesla Inc.
Jack Dorsey is busy as the CEO of two major companies. As co-founder of Twitter, he took over the CEO role in 2015. Meanwhile, in 2010, he co-founded and became CEO of mobile payment company Square, Inc., which earned $3.30 billion in 2018.
There's no CEO out there more intriguing —or antagonizing — to the press than Elon Musk. The South African founded SpaceX in 2002 to aid in the colonization of Mars. The following year, he founded Tesla, Inc. to bring more electric vehicles on the road. Musk has a net worth of $40 billion.
Charles Simonyi is best known for creating the first installment of Microsoft Office back in 1990. In 2002, he founded Intentional Software, which helps programmers and designers to build software. In 2017, he reunited with Microsoft when Intentional Software was acquired by the company.
Satya Nadella joined Microsoft back in 1992, where he lead numerous projects. After holding several major positions, he was made CEO of the company in 2014. His impact on the business earned him the title of Person of the Year by The Financial Times in 2019.
Tim Cook helped Apple expand in the new millennium as senior vice president for worldwide operations. After the death of Steve Jobs, he became CEO of the company in 2011. Cook is also on the board of directors for the popular shoe company Nike.
In 2011, Evan Spiegel co-founded Snapchat while attending Stanford University. The app, which is part of Snap Inc., became an instant hit with young people around the world with 210 million users. In 2018, Spiegel graduated from Stanford after taking time away as the CEO of Snap Inc.
Larry Page co-founded Google with Sergey Brin in 1998. He became CEO of the company, but he exited the position in 2001. A decade later, he reclaimed the top spot until his second exit from the company in 2015. After leaving Google, he became CEO of parent company Alphabet Inc.
Marissa Mayer had a hand in developing popular Google properties such as Google News, Google Product Search and Google Maps. In 2012, she became CEO of Yahoo!, and one of her most noticeable achievements has been helping the company purchase Tumblr.
Travis Kalanick helped make getting around town easier as the co-founder of Uber. Before that, the Los Angeles native founded peer-to-peer file-sharing companies Scour and Red Swoosh. In 2018, he started a venture fund titled 10100, which helps job growth in the country.
In 1983, John Chambers joined Cisco Systems when it was a fresh company. In 1995, he became CEO following a four-year stint as senior vice president of worldwide operations. His time with the company landed him on CNN's Top 25 Most Powerful People list.
Tom Proulx changed the financial software landscape forever as the co-founder of Intuit. During his time with the company, he was the main programmer for the financial management tool Quicken. In 1995, Proulx joined the fitness technology company Netpulse as CEO. He stayed with the company until 2018.
As the CEO of eMeter, Gary Bloom helped deliver high-quality smart grid management software for companies around the world. In 2012, he made the jump to NoSQL database vendor MarkLogic as their current CEO. Bloom was previously an executive for Oracle Corporation for 14 years.
Mark Pincus brought some of the biggest games to mobile phones as the founder of Zynga. His work as CEO earned him the title of CEO of the Year at the 2009 Crunchies Awards. The Chicago native's current net worth is $1.54 billion.
Along with his brother, Norm Jr., Ted Waitt co-founded computer hardware company Gateway Inc. As CEO, he brought a slew of low-end computers to consumers. Waitt resigned as CEO in 2005 after 20 years He currently works for the Waitt Foundation, which he founded.
As T-Mobile's CEO, John Legere boosted the company's image with the popular Un-carrier campaign. Before T-Mobile, the Massachusetts native worked for AT&T for almost 20 years. He announced plans to step down as CEO in 2020 but remain on the board of directors.
In 1990, Ken Griffin founded investment firm Citadel with the help of $4.6 million from co-worker and investor Frank Meyer. As CEO, he donated millions to the Art Institute of Chicago and Field Museum of Natural History. Currently, Griffin has a net worth of $9 billion.
After creating children's clothing company Krawlers, Adam Neumann started WeWork with his wife Rebekah. The company was founded to help entrepreneurs work closer together through shared workspaces. After nine years with the company, Neumann stepped down as WeWork CEO in 2019.
Stephen Ross had dreams of making affordable housing a brighter reality. With the help of his mother, he founded The Related Companies in 1972. In 2012, he resigned as CEO, but he's still chairman and a 60 percent owner.
In 2005, Bob Iger was appointed CEO of Disney, and he has his work cut out for him. Fortunately, he was able to help the company purchase Pixar, Lucasfilm, Marvel Entertainment and 20th Century Fox. Before Disney, Iger was head of ABC Entertainment.
Paul Allen co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates, but Hodgkin’s lymphoma forced him to exit in 1983. Three years later, he co-founded Vulcan Inc. with his sister Jody. Allen is also the owner of not just one but two basketball teams, the Seattle Seahawks and the Portland Trail Blazers.
As a co-founder of Silicon Graphics, Jim Clark has delivered some intense special effects for Hollywood films. After leaving the company in 1994, he co-founded the web browser Netscape with Marc Andreessen. Clark turned into a film producer with 2009's The Cove, which focuses on dolphin hunting in Japan.
Peter Thiel flipped payments on their head when he co-founded PayPal in 1999. The West Germany native stayed with the company as CEO until 2002. Since PayPal, he's been the president of the hedge fund Clarium Capital and a member of Facebook's board of directors.
Following a short stint with Novell as CEO, Eric Schmidt tried his luck with Google. From 2001 to 2011, he was CEO of the company. He remained as executive chairman until 2015. Schmidt is currently chairman of the Department of Defense’s Defense Innovation Advisory Board.
Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates is one of the most influential names in technology. Outside of the tech world, Gates works with the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation with his wife. Gates’ current net worth is 112.8 million, which makes him the second wealthiest person in the world.
Until 2020, Jeff Bezos was the richest man in the world. In 1994, he founded Amazon, which at first was exclusively a book marketplace. Eventually, the company became the biggest online marketplace of all time. In 2013, Bezos purchased The Washington Post.