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George Gallup founded the American Institute of Public Opinion — which evolved into The Gallup Organization — in 1935. Since then, Gallup-affiliated organizations in the United States and throughout the world have assessed public opinion on a wide range of political, social, and economic issues, including the hopes and fears of people around the globe, their leisure-time activities, their morals and manners, and their religious beliefs. Read More


Ina Garten is American author, host of Food Network program Barefoot Contessa and former White House nuclear policy analyst. Known for designing recipes with an emphasis on fresh ingredients and time-saving tips, she has been noted for her cooking and home entertaining. Read More


Joe Gold, was an American bodybuilder, founder of both Gold’s Gym and World’s Gym, and created his own fitness equipment. Read More


Berry Gordy, Jr.  is an American record producer, and the founder of the Motown record label, as well as its many subsidiaries. Read More


Hugh Hefner is the founder and chief executive officer of Playboy magazine.  Playboy, which can be described as many as a “classy”, or more accurately a “softcore” magazine which was first published in December of 1953 and featured Marilyn Monroe in her 1949 nude calendar photo shoot. The success of Playboy itself, and Hugh Hefner, is based off branding.  Hugh Hefner molded himself as “the man about town” with a very luxurious and lavish lifestyle.  This persona has existed to this very day with Playboy still a successful venture featuring not only top tier women but interesting articles to stimulate the brain.


Howard Robard Hughes, Jr. (December 24, 1905 – April 5, 1976) was an American business magnate, investor, aviator, aerospace engineer, filmmaker and philanthropist. He was one of the wealthiest people in the world. As a maverick film producer, Hughes gained prominence in Hollywood from the late 1920s, making big-budget and often controversial films. Hughes was one of the most influential aviators in history: he set multiple world air speed records, built the Hughes H-1 Racer and H-4 “Hercules” (better known to history as the “Spruce Goose” aircraft), and acquired and expanded Trans World Airlines, which later merged with American Airlines. Hughes is also remembered for his eccentric behavior and reclusive lifestyle in later life, caused in part by a worsening obsessive–compulsive disorder and chronic pain. His legacy is maintained through the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. Read More


Mike Ilitch  is an American entrepreneur, founder and owner of the international fast food franchise Little Caesars Pizza. He owns both the Detroit Red Wings of the National Hockey League, and Detroit Tigers of Major League Baseball. Read More


Bryant Keil: In 1996, an ambitious, entrepreneurial young man named Bryant Keil bought the original store on Lincoln Avenue in Chicago, Illinois. Together with his team, Bryant set out to spread the Potbelly love across the country, creating shops with the same neighborhood feel as the original. Today, the restaurant continues with more than 280 Potbelly Sandwich Shops in neighborhoods around the country. Bryant Keil resides in Beautiful Lake Forest, IL with his four children.


Harvey and Bernice Jones: Jones Truck Lines was established and run by Harvey Jones from Springdale, AR. His business became the most successful trucking company in the state, bringing an immense amount of cash flow into the Northwest Arkansas area. He used the success of his business to contribute back to the state, and the region, by funding medical institutions and education. His wife had a passion for children, and so established the largest recreational center for children and families in the area – free to the community. Their legacy continues to live on in the lives of the children that continue to benefit from their contribution. Read More


Shahid Khan is a Pakistani born American billionaire businessman who is not only the owner of the automobile car parts manfacturer Flex-N-Gate Corp in Urbana, Illinois but is also the first Muslim and Pakistani ever to own an NFL team when he purchased Jacksonville Jaguars. His net worth is over $2.5 billion whereby he is listed by Forbes as the richest Pakistani in the world and 491th richest man in the world, also securing a 179th position in the richest 400 Americans by Forbes. He bought Flex-N-Gate from his former employer Charles Gleason Butzow where the company has grown to employ 12450 employees with 48 manufacturing plants operating across America, generating around $3 billion in revenue. He received his education from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
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Robert Kiyosaki is best known for his bestseller Rich Dad Poor Dad. This is the #1 personal finance book of all time. The book goes into challenging the status quo and explaining the difference of assets and liabilities. In the book, he states assertions like “your house is not an asset” but this controversial statement has gone on to prove current with our economic conditions. Read More


Phil Knight is the co-founder and chairman of Nike, Inc., and previously served as the chief executive officer of Nike. By 2011, Knight’s stake in Nike gave him an estimated net worth of US$14.4 billion, making him the 47th richest person in the world and the 19th richest American. Read More


Ray Kroc was an American businessman who joined the McDonald’s Brothers in the creation of McDonald’s in 1954 and built it into the most successful fast food operation in the world. Within a few years, Kroc turned their small idea into the huge franchise that would become McDonalds Corporation. Read More


Lee Kun-hee (born January 9, 1942) is Chairman of Samsung Electronics. He resigned on April 21, 2008 owing to Samsung Slush funds scandal, but returned on March 24, 2010. He speaks Korean, English, and Japanese. In 1996, Lee became a member of the International Olympic Committee. With an estimated net worth of $10.8 billion, he and his family rank among the Forbes richest people in the world. He is the third son of Samsung Group founder Lee Byung-chull.

An avid sportsman, he was instrumental in the successful third attempt to bring the 2018 Winter Olympics to Pyeongchang.

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Sophie LaMontagne and Katherine Kallinis are the founders of the popular cupcake shop, Georgetown Cupcakes, which reached national acclaim as when it got it’s own reality TV show, DC Cupcakes. Read More


Estée Lauder was the co-founder, along with her husband Joseph Lauder of Estee Lauder Cosmetics. Lauder as the only woman on TIME magazine’s 1998 list of the 20 most influential business geniuses of the 20th century. She was the recipient of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and was inducted to the U.S Business Hall of Fame of Junior Achievement in 1988. Read More


Ralph Lauren is an American fashion designer and business executive, best known for his Polo Ralph Lauren clothing brand. Read More


Kevin Lyman is creator of a touring music and extreme sports festival called the Warped Tour, the Taste of Chaos, and the Mayhem tours. He also is a partner at SideOneDummy Records. He owns 4FINI which annually produces the above-mentioned tours as well as produced past tours such as the Down From the Mountain Tour, The Watcha Tour,and Sprite Liquid Mix Tour. Read More

 

 

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