There’s no better way to learn how to make a profit than from the advice of someone who has built a billion-dollar enterprise. Billionaire entrepreneurs not only know a lot about making profits but also a lot about starting businesses, growing markets, and investing in industries.
These billionaire speakers and industry leaders have made successful enterprises in every area of business from entertainment to technology to transportation. They have changed lives and the world around us. If you’re interested in being a billionaire or in just running a successful business, BigSpeak is proud to present our list of Billion Dollar Speakers.
Tilman Fertitta is chairman, CEO, and owner of Fertitta Entertainment Inc., and star of CNBC’s Billion Dollar Buyer. As a restaurateur and casino owner of Landry’s and Golden Nugget Casinos, Fertitta was able to amass his billion-dollar fortune. Now he spends his time helping small businesses on his show Billion Dollar Buyer, where he gives practical business advice on their business plans and methods and makes real orders for their products for his restaurant properties.
Marc Randolph is a top entrepreneur and innovation speaker, angel investor, and co-founder of Netflix. In 1997, he co-founded Netflix with Reed Hastings, serving as its first CEO until Hastings took over in 1999. While not a billionaire himself, he helped co-founder Hastings and Netflix to become billion-dollar enterprises. Since leaving the company, Randolph has used his expertise as a tech advisor and angel investor for other companies.
Sandberg is a top leadership expert, COO of Facebook, and bestselling author of Lean In. She earned her first success as part of the Google team before being lured to work at Facebook. Her bestselling book Lean In confronted the problem of gender biases and career choices, while promoting the solution of believing in yourself and owning your ability to combine both work and family.
Steve Wozniak (helped Apple and Steve Jobs)
Steve Wozniak is a top technology and innovation speaker, co-founder of Apple Computer, and the bestselling author of his autobiography iWoz: From Computer Geek to Cult Icon. He is responsible for designing the Apple II, and for his contributions to technology, he was inducted into the Inventors Hall of Fame in 2000. While not a personal billionaire, he helped Steve Jobs and Apple become billion-dollar enterprises.
Mark Cuban is a technology and media entrepreneur, owner of the Dallas Mavericks, and a very entertaining judge on NBC’s Shark Tank. Cuban made his mark in the technology and entertainment world as co-founder of Broadcast.com, the leading provider of multimedia and streaming on the Internet, and MicroSolutions, a leading National Systems Integrator, both of which he sold. Currently, he is the Chairman of the HDTV cable network HDNet.
Peter Guber is an Entrepreneur Speaker, Chairman and CEO of Mandalay Entertainment Group, a Championship Team Owner, and a New York Times bestselling author. Known for his “golden touch” as a movie producer, his films have earned five Best Picture Academy Award nominations, with Rain Man winning in 1989. He is the Operating Owner of the NBA Champion Golden State Warriors and his book Tell to Win was a New York Times bestseller. In his spare time, he teaches as a full-time professor in UCLA’s School of Theater, Film and Television. His business acumen in sports and entertainment has helped his companies amass billions.
Earvin “Magic” Johnson is the President of the Lakers and universally known for his 13 year career in the NBA, where he won five national championships with the Los Angeles Lakers and a gold medal at the 1992 Olympics in Barcelona, Spain. Johnson is also the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Magic Johnson Enterprises. His business savvy and investments are putting him closer to the billionaires club every day.
Peter Diamandis is a top innovation speaker, futurist, Chairman/CEO of the XPRIZE Foundation, futurist, and a New York Times bestselling author. He is most famous as founder and chairman of the XPRIZE Foundation, which leads the world in designing and operating large-scale incentive competitions; and as Co-Founder & Exec Chairman of Singularity University, where he counsels the world’s leaders (and billionaires) on exponentially growing technologies.
Sir Richard Branson
Sir Richard Branson is a world-famous billionaire and the founder and president of Virgin Group. In 1970, Richard Branson founded Virgin as a mail order record retailer, expanded into recording studios in 1972, and never stopped growing and influencing the world through his new businesses (Virgin Airlines and mobile phones) and philanthropic efforts.
Daymond John is a top branding and motivational speaker, founder and CEO of FUBU clothing, reality TV judge on the Shark Tank, and a bestselling author. He has won numerous awards, such as Brandweek Marketer of the Year, and His New York Times bestselling, motivational business book The Power of Broke, also received an NAACP Image Award for Outstanding Instructional Literary Work. His business sense has helped many billion-dollar enterprises.
Marissa Mayer is the former President and CEO of Yahoo and Employee 20 of Google. At Google, Mayer was responsible for some of the company’s most recognizable and successful products, including Google Maps, Google Earth, Street View, Google News and Gmail, and is widely credited for the unique look and feel that has come to characterize the Google experience. While leading Yahoo, Mayer tripled the stock price, grew mobile users to 650 million, and changed the corporate culture.
Martha Stewart is a lifestyle expert, Emmy Award-winning television show host, entrepreneur, and bestselling author. Starting with her own catering business in 1972, Stewart developed a penchant for elegant recipes and a unique visual presentation style that served as a basis for the book Entertaining, published in 1982. Today her company, Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, reaches approximately 66 million consumers across all media platforms each month, and she is well on her way to amassing a billion-dollar fortune.
Elon Musk is the Co-founder and CEO of Tesla Motors, and the Founder of SpaceX and PayPal. He is well known for his futurist vision as well as his entrepreneurship. Under his direction, Musk has changed and developed both the payment and transportation industries. Currently, he has founded the Boring Company, and is looking at developing hyperloop travel to make commuting underground a faster mode of travel.
Jeff Bezos is the founder and CEO of Amazon, the richest man in the world, and well known as an empathetic leader. Under his direction, Amazon has become the destination of choice for online shopping and a titan in the entertainment industry with original and award-winning movies, such as Manchester by the Sea and the Big Sick. He has made self-publishing available to the masses through Kindle and has made voice-activated computers commonplace with the Alexa Echo device.
Larry Page and Sergey Brin
Larry Page and Sergey Brin are the co-founders of Google, which has now become the Alphabet company. Their algorithm for online search transformed the way people find information on the Internet, making Google into a verb, and themselves and their investors into billionaires. Their various products (Gmail, Maps, Drive) have changed the way businesses save data and collaborate online. And their personal motto, “Don’t Be Evil” has helped the company stay as a force of good for technology users worldwide.