Whether you own a business or you’re just interested in how entrepreneurs create successful endeavors, it’s interesting to learn about successful people who have built ideas into empires. If you don’t know these 4 entrepreneurs, it’s a good time to learn.

Bill Gates

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Bill Gates became the richest person in the world, for the second time, this year. His net worth in 2013 was about $72.7 billion.

Gates is one of the world’s most famous computer programmers. He started learning about computers when he was 13. Gates had always displayed amazing abilities at school. Finding that he could earn good grades by cramming, he had plenty of time to explore computers while enrolled at Harvard.

It takes more than being book smart to build a successful company, though. Gates showed that he also had courage and tenacity when he left Harvard to work for MITS. A few years later, he and his business partner created Microsoft. As the computer industry grew, Microsoft became one of the world’s most successful programming companies.

Bob Parsons

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Bob Parsons is most well-known for his association with GoDaddy. When Parsons joined the GoDaddy team it was a relatively small company. Under his leadership, it blossomed into one of the world’s biggest domain name registrar.

Parson’s success started before he became an entrepreneur. He learned leadership skills and character as a Marine during the Vietnam War, earning the Combat Action Ribbon, Purple Heart, and Vietnamese Cross of Gallantry.

Back in the U.S., he graduated magna cum laude at University of Baltimore. He founded his first company, Parsons Technology, in 1984. He created two tax and finance programs that made the company profitable. Intuit bought the business for $64 million.

Ten years after starting Parsons Technology, he moved to GoDaddy, making him one of the most recognizable entrepreneurs and business leaders in the world. He also owns the largest motorcycle dealership in Arizona.

Martha Stewart

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Martha Stewart got her first job at 15 years old. She was a model, and she appeared in several print and television ads. This gave her more than enough money to earn two degrees from Barnard College.

Those degrees gave her experience in history and architectural history, but Stewart decided that she wanted to become a party organizer. This started her career as one of the most crafty women in America. She quickly got a publishing deal for seven cookbooks.

Over the years, Stewart extended her reach by making magazines and television shows. Today, her hard work and keen business sense has helped her build a highly recognizable brand.

Oprah

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You can’t talk about amazing entrepreneurs without mentioning Oprah Winfrey. Oprah started her broadcasting career at a Nashville radio station. Before long, she got a job in Baltimore as the co-host of a local talk show. Her big break came when she moved to Chicago to host AM Chicago, a local show that surpassed Donahue’s ratings.

Within a year, AM Chicago became The Oprah Winfrey Show. By 1988, she became the third woman to own her own American studio. She took control of the show, expanded into magazines, and became a guru to millions of people.

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