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Probably the most influential entrepreneurs today, in accordance with Americans: poll

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Bill Gates, Jeff Bezos and Steve Jobs are considered the highest three most influential modern entrepreneurs, in accordance with latest research.

The survey of two,000 Americans gave respondents an inventory of over 40 entrepreneurs from the last 50 years and asked them to pick those that’ve made the most important positive impact on society.

Respondents selected the founders of Microsoft, Amazon and Apple to top the list, with Elon Musk — founding father of SpaceX — and Mark Zuckerberg — founding father of Facebook — rounding out the highest five.

Following them, respondents selected Oprah Winfrey (co-founder of Oxygen, founding father of O, The Oprah Magazine), Melinda Gates (co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) and Sam Walton (founding father of Walmart and Sam’s Club).

Larry Page (co-founder of Google) and Ted Turner (founding father of Cable News Network (CNN) accomplished the highest 10 list.

Conducted by OnePoll on behalf of Herbalife Nutrition, the survey asked respondents in regards to the impact of contemporary entrepreneurs in comparison with their historical counterparts and checked out the characteristics that made an excellent entrepreneur.

Before seeing the pre-selected list of contemporary entrepreneurs, respondents were asked to put in writing the names of the entrepreneurs they feel are the “biggest of all time.” Amongst others, historical luminaries like Henry Ford, Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Edison were featured multiple times in respondents’ answers.

The survey found that 48% of respondents consider modern entrepreneurs are more influential than their historical counterparts — while 20% said the alternative, believing modern entrepreneurs are literally less influential.

“Entrepreneurs change our world for the higher with their out-of-the-box pondering, and their inventions have an excellent impact on our lives and society,” said Ibi Montesino, executive vp of distributor and customer experience at Herbalife Nutrition.

Still, despite the positive impact respondents think entrepreneurs have, only 38% said they’re more likely to concentrate when entrepreneurs make headlines within the news.

The survey was also conducted in Mexico and Israel and the outcomes revealed some interesting differences in how respondents view entrepreneurs.

A 3rd of U.S. respondents see entrepreneurs as role models, in comparison with 74% of those in Mexico and 60% of respondents in Israel.

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The survey asked 2,000 Americans their thoughts on essentially the most influential modern entrepreneurs.

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Greater than 4 in 10 Americans said they’ve an entrepreneurial spirit.

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A 3rd of U.S. respondents see entrepreneurs as role models, which is significantly lower than other countries.

For individuals who do see entrepreneurs as role models, respondents said the entrepreneur’s personal accomplishments (24%) and their contributions to society (22%) mattered essentially the most.

To be a successful entrepreneur, respondents globally said that it takes specific character traits (19%), having one great idea (15%) and a commitment to labor (14%).

When asked what those specific character traits are, respondents said creativity (31%) and intelligence (30%) were a very powerful. This was followed by confidence and motivation (tied at 29%).

Forty-five percent of all respondents have their very own goals to develop into an entrepreneur — and 42% consider they’ve what it takes to achieve success in that endeavor.

Across all three countries, 42% even said they’ve a “big” idea that might turn right into a successful business — which is likely to be why respondents think having “one” great idea is such a crucial trait in a successful entrepreneur.

“While there are many character traits that go into making a successful entrepreneur, those we work with, day in and day trip, all have a standard theme, they reveal a commitment to labor and surrounding themselves with a supportive community,” said Montesino.

Which modern entrepreneurs have made essentially the most positive impact on society?

Bill Gates (founding father of Microsoft, co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) — 21%

Jeff Bezos (founding father of Amazon) — 18%

Steve Jobs (co-founder of Apple) — 18%

Elon Musk (founding father of SpaceX, CEO of Tesla) — 17%

Mark Zuckerberg (founding father of Facebook) — 17%

Oprah Winfrey (co-founder of Oxygen, founding father of O, The Oprah Magazine) — 15%

Melinda Gates (co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation) — 14%

Sam Walton (founding father of Walmart and Sam’s Club) — 13%

Larry Page (co-founder of Google) — 12%

Ted Turner (founding father of Cable News Network (CNN)) — 11%

Jack Dorsey (co-founder of Twitter) — 11%

Michael Dell (founding father of Dell Technologies) — 11%

Sergey Brin (co-founder of Google) — 11%

Martha Stewart (founding father of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia) — 10%

Richard Branson (founding father of Virgin Group) — 9%

Beyoncé (founding father of Ivy Park) — 9%

Michael Bloomberg (founding father of Bloomberg LP) — 9% (tied)

Rihanna (founding father of Fenty Beauty) — 9% (tied)

Reed Hastings (founding father of Netflix) — 9%

Larry Ellison (co-founder of Oracle Corporation) — 9%

Dov Moran (inventor of the USB memory stick) — 8% (tied)

Mark Hughes (founding father of Herbalife Nutrition) — 8% (tied)

Kevin Systrom (co-founder of Instagram) — 8%

Jessica Alba (Founding father of Honest) — 8%

Mike Krieger (co-founder of Instagram) — 8%

Garrett Camp (founding father of Uber) — 8% (tied)

Adam Neumann (co-founder of WeWork) — 8% (tied)

Brian Chesky (founding father of Airbnb) — 8%

Kylie Jenner (founding father of Kylie Cosmetics) — 8%

What does it take to be a successful entrepreneur, in accordance with all respondents

Having specific character traits (being an excellent leader, etc.) — 19%

Having one great idea — 15%

Commitment to labor — 14%

Knowing the proper people (influencers, investors, etc.) — 13%

Having a big sum of money (to speculate, to begin an organization, etc.) — 12%

Perseverance through difficult times — 9%

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