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Greatest Entrepreneurs in American History

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Allright boys and girls.


New exercise for all.


This is part of a new study recently concluded at Baylor University.


I will post the results later on from the experts.



Here is your task...



Top 10 entrepreneurs in American History. Who are they?


Dont forget to include minorities and women. The expert poll included them in seperate categories, you may choose to and you may choose not to..thats up to you.



So tell us who your top 10 entrepreneurs in American history are.



I will post my results either later tonight or tomorrow.



Have fun.

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Here are some of my candidates in no order




Walt Disney

H.L. Hunt

Richard King

William Gates

J.P. Morgan

Ben Franklin

John Jacob Astor

Andrew Carnegie

Henry Ford

John D. Rockerfeller

Cornelious Vanderbuilt

Asa G. Candler

Ray Croc

Mary Kay Ash

Ted Turner

Sam Walton

David Packard

William Hewlett

August Busch

Joseph Coors

Hugh Hefner

Michael Dell

John H. Johnson

Alfred Sloan

Pierre Dupont

Harry, Jack, Sam, Albert Warner



and thats enough for now....i am sure there will be more that i come across.



but these are some of the most influential entrepreneurs in US history.

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Top 10 Entrepreneurs in American history:


Henry Ford

Bill Gates

John D. Rockefeller

Andrew Carnegie

J.P. Morgan

Sam Walton

Thomas Edison

Alfred Sloan

Ray Kroc

Walt Disney


Rapper P.Diddy is also a big entrepreneur.


Greatest female entrepreneur:


Mary Kay Ash


Greatest minority entrepreneur:


John H. Johnson

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interesting list bob....but i dont know if you can consider the us government to be entrepreneurs.



i know i have never considered them to be so.

I suppose I was attempting to be funny.....glad you noticed it in the middle there. It was geared torward the worlds opinion about the U.S., and slightly my opinion as well.

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Starting tonight....



I am going to begin unveiling my top 13 entrepreneurs in American History.



Why 13? Because everyone does 10. And 13 is my lucky number.



Pay attention...


Argue about it.


Debate it.


Applaud it.


Learn from it.


And then make your own. This could be fun.


Or it could be a disaster.

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#13 ~ Asa G Candler



Now who the hell was this guy? I know you are asking this, because prior to my own research I wasnt sure of who he was neither.



While he didnt invent the product, he took it to new heights, buying it when none really knew what it was....So in that sense I equate him with entrepreneur.



Here is the company he made famous.....




And a little brief early history:


In 1891, nine years prior to the invention of the paper clip, Asa Candler was the

owner of the five-year-old Coca-Cola business. (He'd acquired it for $2,300) He'd

been dabbling in a few other products, but unloaded them to focus full-time on

the drink that would make him a successful man.


Candler incorporated The Coca-Cola Company, registered the "Coca-Cola"

trademark with the U.S. patent office and paid his first dividends on company

stock in 1893. Twenty bucks.


He personally oversaw the mixing of every drop of syrup. The secret formula was

dubbed "7X", and was only shared with a handful of his most trusted associates.


A short three years later, thanks to some inventive advertising and promotions --

like souvenir fans, calendars depicting robust young women and countless

novelties -- Coca-Cola had made its way into every state in the U.S.

('Course, we were still two states short at the time.) The Coca-Cola script had been

splashed across roughly 2.5 million square feet of brick walls across America.


Candler figured he just had to get people to try Coca-Cola and they'd buy it.

History's proved him right, of course it helped that he branched out beyond

soda fountains. It took the initiative of a Mississippi candy store operator,

impressed with the raging demand for the product, to actually start bottling it in

the rear of his store. His idea was that people should be able to take their

refreshment with them wherever they go.


In 1899, large-scale bottling was ushered in by two Chattanooga, Tennessee

entrepreneurs who -- for a dollar -- bought the rights to bottle and sell Coca-Cola

across the United States. That operation was the forerunner of the largest, most

widespread production and distribution network in the world.


But their straight-sided bottles look nothing like the ones we grab today

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I truly hope this study comes out in some mainstream magazine, perhaps BusinessWeek or some other national publication, even Time or Newsweek.



For a long time we as Americans have associated entrepreneurial spirit with America. Perhaps have an online poll of everyday Americans and see what the general public believes.



Sounds intersting although this is the first I have heard of this study being done. I wasnt even aware of Baylor University being engaged in research of this type, I need to pay more attention to what various academic institutions are doing in terms of research.

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