Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and Steve Jobs are considered the top three most influential modern entrepreneurs, according to new research.
The survey of 2,000 Americans gave respondents a list of more than 40 entrepreneurs from the past 50 years and asked them to select those who have made the biggest positive impact on society.
Respondents chose the founders of Microsoft, Amazon and Apple to top the list, with Elon Musk – the founder of SpaceX – and Mark Zuckerberg – the founder of Facebook – joining the top five.
Following them, respondents chose Oprah Winfrey (co-founder of Oxygen, O, founder of The Oprah magazine), Melinda Gates (co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) and Sam Walton (founder of Walmart and Sam’s Club).
Larry Page (co-founder of Google) and Ted Turner (founder of Cable News Network (CNN)) completed the top 10 list.
Organized by OnePoll. on behalf of Herbalife NutritionThe survey asked respondents about the impact of modern entrepreneurs compared to their historical counterparts and looked at the characteristics that made a good entrepreneur.
Before viewing a pre-selected list of modern entrepreneurs, respondents were asked to write down the names of entrepreneurs they considered “the greatest of all time.” Among others, historical figures such as Henry Ford, Alexander Graham Bell, and Thomas Edison were featured several times in the respondents’ answers.
The survey found that 48% of respondents believe modern entrepreneurs are more influential than their historical counterparts – while 20% said the opposite, believing modern entrepreneurs are actually less influential.
Ibi Montesino, executive vice president of distributor and customer experience at Herbalife Nutrition, said, “Entrepreneurs change our world for the better with their out-of-the-box thinking, and their inventions have a huge impact on our lives and society. “
Yet, despite the positive impact respondents feel that entrepreneurs have, only 38% said they are likely to pay attention when entrepreneurs make headlines in the news.
The survey was also conducted in Mexico and Israel and the results revealed some interesting differences in how respondents viewed entrepreneurs.
A third of American respondents looked to entrepreneurs as role models, compared to 74% in Mexico and 60% of respondents in Israel.
For those who see entrepreneurs as role models, respondents said that the entrepreneur’s personal achievements (24%) and contribution to society (22%) mattered the most.
To be a successful entrepreneur, globally respondents said it takes distinctive character traits (19%), a great idea (15%) and commitment to hard work (14%).
When asked what those specific character traits are, respondents said that creativity (31%) and intelligence (30%) were the most important. This was followed by confidence and motivation (tied at 29%).
Forty-five percent of all respondents have their own goal of becoming an entrepreneur – and 42% believe they have what it takes to be successful in that endeavor.
In all three countries, 42% even said they had a “big” idea that could turn into a successful business – which is why respondents think “a” great idea is so important in a successful entrepreneur. properties.
“While there are many character traits that go into making a successful entrepreneur, the people we work with on a day-to-day basis all have a common theme, demonstrate a commitment to hard work and associate themselves with a supportive community. surround,” said Montesino.
Which modern entrepreneurs have made the most positive impact on society?
Bill Gates (Founder of Microsoft, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) – 21%
Jeff Bezos (founder of Amazon) – 18%
Steve Jobs (co-founder of Apple) – 18%
Elon Musk (founder of SpaceX, CEO of Tesla) – 17%
Mark Zuckerberg (founder of Facebook) – 17%
Oprah Winfrey (co-founder of Oxygen, founder of O, The Oprah Magazine) – 15%
Melinda Gates (co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) – 14%
Sam Walton (founder of Walmart and Sam’s Club) – 13%
Larry Page (co-founder of Google) – 12%
Ted Turner (founder of Cable News Network (CNN)) – 11%
Jack Dorsey (co-founder of Twitter) – 11%
Michael Dell (Founder of Dell Technologies) – 11%
Sergey Brin (co-founder of Google) – 11%
Martha Stewart (Founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia) – 10%
Richard Branson (Founder of Virgin Group) – 9%
Beyoncé (Founder of Ivy Park) – 9%
Michael Bloomberg (Founder of Bloomberg LP) – 9% (tied)
Rihanna (Founder of Fenty Beauty) – 9% (tied)
Reed Hastings (Founder of Netflix) – 9%
Larry Ellison (co-founder of Oracle Corporation) – 9%
Dove Moran (Inventor of the USB Memory Stick) – 8% (tied)
Mark Hughes (Founder of Herbalife Nutrition) – 8% (tied)
Kevin Systrom (co-founder of Instagram) – 8%
Jessica Alba (Founder of Honest) – 8%
Mike Krieger (co-founder of Instagram) – 8%
Garrett Camp (founder of Uber) – 8% (tied)
Adam Newman (Co-Founder of WeWork) – 8% (tied)
Brian Chesky (Founder of Airbnb) – 8%
Kylie Jenner (founder of Kylie Cosmetics) – 8%
According to all the respondents, what is needed to become a successful entrepreneur?
Having distinctive character traits (being a good leader, etc.) – 19%
Having a good idea – 15%
Commitment to hard work – 14%
Knowing the right people (influencers, investors, etc.) – 13%
Having a large amount (investing, starting a company, etc.) – 12%
Persistence in challenging times – 9%