BMAN111 Who is your favourite entrepreneur?

  1. Think about a successful entrepreneur (living or dead).
  • What were their beginnings?
  • What did they achieve?
  • What entrepreneurial traits do/did they have?
  1. Your post should be no more than 200 words.
  2. Put the name of your entrepreneur at the top of your post.
  3. Make sure you reference any resources used (any citation format is acceptable).

Steve Jobs

What were their beginnings?

Steve Jobs began as a student at Reed college, but dropped out. He then started to design the personal computer now known as Mac (Macintosh)

What did they achieve?

Steve achied great success with the business he started known as Apple which he became the CEO of. He also starterd designing new products that would be a great thing for the future.

What entrepreneurial traits do/did they have?

Steve never gave up on his vision and what he wanted to achieve. He did not not let his education get in the way of his ideas.

Jeffree Star. :star2:
He started off poor and invested his last $500 into makeup.
He now has his own company ‘JSC’ and has invested money into expanding and starting other companies like ‘Killer Merch’. His net worth is $75 Million as of 2020. Entrepreneurial traits that Mr. Star have include not giving up, working hard, being transparent and honest, listening to customers, trying to fix mistakes he makes business wise and having a dream and goals. (sub and check out his videos on YouTube @ Jeffree Star).

Sophia Amoruso

she was a collage student dropout.later on in 2006 she started selling vintage clothing on eBay and kept at it . she later on progressed to starting her own brand’Nasty Girl’ she also wrote about her success in her own book called “Girl boss”. She recently got declared bankrupt but immediately fell back to a new business plan

she is/ was the founder of “Nasty Girl” a woman’s fashion retailer and also wrote a book called “Girl Boss”.

her traits as a entrepreneur:

She knows how to keep personal customer connections,
she had a clear vision,she also did thorough research and took responsibilities for her decisions.


Brody,L.2018.With Girl Boss,Sophia Amoruso is using past failure to fuel her latest success .www. Date of access:20 September 2016.

Mikholo,I.2018.Girl Boss Sophia Amoruso made 223,000 dollars online and you can ,too. Date of access:2 August 2018

Wandile solombela
he became an entrepreneur while doing his fashion degree and he uses his NGO to transform peoples lives everyday.He found help at the Richard Branson center that helps youth to start up their businesses .He began as a volunteer at an orphanage and now he employs unemployed and retired people to work with him.He has also achieved international trade ,he exports his materials.

Vusi Thembekwayo

What were their beginnings?

He used to sleep in the parking lot, before he was successful. He failed a lot more than he succeed. He Lost R 4 000000 in 2018.

What did they achieve
He has been the catalyst for change in businesses across the globe through expertise in strategy, leadership and sales.

Vusi lives his life out loud and challenges himself to accomplish one terrifying thing every year.


Oprah Winfrey

Oprah is an American entrepreneur and philanthropist known for her multi award winning show ‘The Oprah Winfrey Show’ (1986-2011). Oprah landed a job as an anchor at a local TV station. This led to another job in Baltimore where she was co-anchor at WJZ-TV News.

In 1998, Winfrey became the first woman and first African American to top Entertainment Weekly’s list of the 101 most powerful people in the entertainment industry. Forbes named her the world’s most powerful celebrity in 2005, 2007, 2008, 2010, and 2013.

8 Traits That Oprah Winfrey as a successful leader has:

  • She is passionate about what she does.
  • She works hard while having fun.
  • She has specific focus.
  • She push herself out of her comfort zone.
  • She consistently come up with new ideas .
  • She provide values to others.
  • She is persistent through failure.


Jeff Bazos
He started out selling books now he sells everything and his entrepreneurial traits are he is a risk-taker, he is an innovator,
he can identify gaps in the market and he put customer satisfaction first.

Bill Gates

Bill Gates is an entrepreneur who founded Microsoft in 1975 together with his friend, Mr Paul Allen, who he had ventured into other businesses with him earlier before Microsoft. Mr Gates was born in Seattle, Washington and had two siblings. He attended a prep school called Lakeside School. He enrolled in Harvard College but later dropped out…

Mr Gates is a college dropout who went on to achieve greatness in the world with him co-founding Microsoft, one of the largest tech companies in the world, alongside Mr Paul Allen. He is now part of one of the richest and powerful individuals in the world, with a net worth of 99.3 billion US Dollars, he’s also built a solid reputation in the tech business.

He holds traits such as he is determined, optimistic, consistently evolves as technology advances, he takes risks, he is motivated by challenges and he considers himself an outsider as even his parents that there was something different about him

“Bill Gates” Authored by Editors

Bill Gates

• He was born on October 28th 1955. He dropped out of college in 1975 and started spending more time in the computer lab. Gates and his partner, Paul Allen , spent most of their free times together working on programs.

• They both founded Microsoft, a blend of “microcomputer” and “software”. The company’s first product was BASIC software that ran on the Altair computer and it wasn’t all easy in the beginning. Allen left the business in 1983. Although the company started out on the edge, by 1979 Microsoft had a very high gross.

•He has faith in himself and in his team, high risk tolerance, stubbornness to pursue a passion, he is focused and creative.

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He started at an early age of ten by selling a game code for about $500

He’s one of the most influential people people and owns or co-own about six company, while he founded or co-founded more than five successful companies

He is future driven and always defy the odds,always trying the so called “impossible”

Lebron James
He was born in Akron, Ohio where he had a rough child hood where his father was an ex-con and he was never there. His family was poor and lived a rough life. He was picked up by Frankie Walker and went to go live with him. He focused on school and basketball and changed his life by becoming one of if not the best basketball players in the world. He now has a life time contract with Nike, he owns 19 Blaze pizza franchises, and has ownership stake in the The football club, Liverpool.

Vusi Thembekwayo

Vusi Thembekwayo found himself a job after declining to go to university, in order to live normal lifestyle to hustle for his BUSINESS IDEAS, where after found an agency that Focused on finding Jobs overseas for Unemployed South africans.

He then achieved managing to find Jobs for over thousands of South Africans and then was known as an entrepreneur due to his Business Ideas. He then gotten into a project and became a director of Metcash Group in 2010 and turn new Business-division into a turnover business worth a huge number of dollars by scoring the highest EDITDA in the whole of metcash group and used the money he gained from various projects to create his own Global Company “GLOBAL PROFESSIONAL SA”.

Vusi he is the CEO of a boutique investment and advisory firm. He owns MyGrowthFund and he is writing books about his experience of being part of the youngest entrepreneurs in his country. He just launched #Top40, a mentorship program that will enable 40 high-growth companies.

VUSI THEMBEKWAYO he is an expandable young entrepreneur that never settled for Job but settled for creation and productivity he knew and believed in.


Moses Mopo

Mr Mopo’s parents bought him a taxi after he failed matric and concluded that he’ll be a taxi driver, only to find out that was the beginning of his success. He was prepared to take moderate risks such as loans to buy more taxis and buses, he is passionate about his work and always has a positive outlook. He now owns a very big business specializing in providing transportation to people around the country.

Sir Richard Branson
Born in the 1950’s Branson (the founder of the Virgin Group) had wanted to become an entrepreneur from an early age. His first business was launched at the age of 16, a magazine called Student. Four years later, he had opened record stores (Virgin Records) which is now known as Virgin Megastores. Today Branson accomplished creating his record store label into a well known brand which he was able to branch out into an airline, spaceflight corporation, telecoms ventures etc.
The entrepreneurial traits I have identified are:

  1. He takes action.
  2. He is fearless.
  3. He can’t sit still.
  4. He is malleable.
  5. He fulfilled needs.
  6. He works and plays hard.


The successful entrepreneur I chose is Bill Gates. He is best known as the co-founder of Microsoft Corporation.
Bill Gates wanted to persue a career in law so he enrolled in Harvard Law school. But he did not graduate, instead, he left harvard during his junior year to start Microsoft, the compony that made his so famous and the richest person in the world. He and his childhood friend co-founded Microsoft. Bill Gates achieved great success and became one of the richest man in the world.
Some characteristics of Bill Gates that made him so successful:
He has faith in himself and his founding team
He has a high risk tolerance
He has preference for horizontal or vertical integration
He has a stubbornness to persue a passion

Elon Musks
When he was 12 he was self taught programmer who launched his first game.
He became an entrepreneur and a millionaire in his late 20’s
He was a dreamer but he took action

Oprah Gail Winfrey

What were their beginnings?
She was born into poverty in rural Mississippi to a teenage single mother and later raised in inner-city Milwaukee. She has stated that she was molested during her childhood and early teens and became pregnant at 14.

What did they achieve?
She is the Chairwoman and CEO of both Harpo Productions and The Oprah Winfrey Network. She has co-authored five books, and has started The Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls. Her television show “The Oprah Winfrey Show” became one of America’s best and most popular television show. This is just a few of her achievements.

What entrepreneurial traits do/did they have?
She is passionate about what she does,she pushed herself out of her comfort zone and she stayed persistent through failure.

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Walt Disney
After a brief career as a cartoonist Walt started an animation company, called Laugh-O-Grams. Laugh-O-Grams went bankrupt but Walt raised enough money to start a new company with his brother, Roy, called The Disney Brothers Studio. Early on Disney’s success depended on a cartoon named The Lucky Rabbit, but because Universal Studios owned the character, Walt had to make a new mascot when he left Universal Studios. So he came up with Mickey Mouse and Disney went huge after that.
Walt had won many awards and produced the first celanimated feature length film. He also opened Disneyland and Walt Disney World, which were and still are very successful theme parks.
Walt Disney was very ambitious and didn’t give up when he first went bankrupt. He inspired his employees and therefore was a really successful entrepreneur.

(YouTube: A brief history of Disney)(

Walt Elias Disney

Walt was a subscriber to the “Appeal to Reason” newspaper, and Disney practice drawing by copying the front page of cartoons of Ryan Walker. He purchased a newspaper deliver route of which him and his brother Roy had to woke up early to deliver Times before school. he also attended Saturday courses at Kanses City Art Institute and took corresponding course in cartooning. Walt was an American entrepreneur, animator, writer, voice actor and film producer. Walt his entrepreneurial traits was that he was persuasive, working hard and never giving up on his dreams.