It’s easy to gain success, but hard to keep it. It is seldom that company leaders and CEOs stand the test of time and weather all storms with their business during their journey to prosperity. Here we will look at leaders who persevered challenges and adversity to accomplish these achievements.
1. Warren Buffett
Warren Buffett is well renowned for being one of the most successful investors the world has known. His impeccable business know-how and expertise in the stock market has made him one of the wealthiest people worldwide. This was due to his hard work and experience in finance throughout the years of his career. He started his career with lucrative investment partnerships and eventually worked his way to CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. Buffett exemplifies patience and determination and knows that the exact minute to invest is never the first minute. Buffett is not afraid to share his fortune and has donated a sum of over $17.3 billion in total.
3. Howard Schultz
Howard Schultz has had quite the journey to CEO of Starbucks. His family did not have much money growing up but this served as motivation for Schultz to succeed in his work life. He is not afraid to work hard for what he wants and even earned a football scholarship in school. He first earned a job as head of marketing in Starbucks. After a holiday to Milan he asked his bosses to model Starbucks like the coffee bars he saw abroad, although they disagreed. He quit, but after two years bought the business from them. He has expanded the brand to 18,000 stores worldwide and Starbucks has become a household name.
4. Bill Gates
For almost two decades, Microsoft founder Bill Gates was classified as the richest man in the world but has finally been knocked from the top by Jeff Bezos. Along with his partner Paul Allen, they made Microsoft a level of success that has never been seen before in the PC and software industries. Gates has moved away from Microsoft in recent years and now owns less than 1% of its shares. Instead, the philanthropist has donated money to charities, in particular the foundation he owns with his wife, the ‘Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation’ which ensures clean water and sanitation for many living in poverty in the developing world.
5. Mark Zuckerberg
Facebook chairman and CEO Mark Zuckerberg is an inspiration to tech wizards and entrepreneurs alike. Zuckerberg used his prolific coding skills to create the social media platform. Facebook is arguably the most popular form of social networking that we have ever seen, and it seems as if almost everyone has an account. Zuckerberg used his keen marketing skills to attract his target market of, well, basically everyone. What started as a young, tech-savvy person’s website soon had grandmothers signing up. Turns out dropping out of Harvard wasn’t so bad for Zuckerberg after all!
7. Elon Musk
This South African has been studying since he was a child to get to where he is today. At the meagre age of 12 Musk created a code for a game and sold it, such was his proficiency. This only motivated him to continue with his love for all things technology. He has several degrees and was even accepted into Stanford University for a Ph.D. programme. The polished businessman invented machinery and IT instalments alike, but is best known for being the founder of PayPal, SpaceX and Tesla Motors. His developments in automation and robotics are paving the way for the future.
9. Reed Hastings
Our favourite online streaming service Netflix is the brainchild of businessman Reed Hastings. The co-founder and CEO of Netflix admitted that running a business is not easy, even for an established businessman like himself. He had trouble managing his first company, but despite this it was profitable and he used this money to develop Netflix. He took the many lessons he learnt there and made the online streaming business one of the primary ways we consumes media today.