Success is not easy to achieve in any industry. However, in eCommerce, it takes extra hard work, patience, and determination. Still, it’s not impossible to reach. To support our point of view, we’ve created a list of the world’s most successful eCommerce entrepreneurs. While there are many ways in which you can measure success, we’ve chosen net worth as our reference. These are the greatest leaders in the industry with the highest net worth. Get inspired by their success stories, learn from their mistakes, and follow in their footsteps.
1- Jeff Bezos – Amazon.com
An American investor and philanthropist who was born in 1964. He’s one of the world’s greatest technology and eCommerce entrepreneurs. He’s the founder, chairman, and CEO of Amazon.com. He defined the aspects of the online shopping world by recommending products to customers based on their search history and buying habits. This has created a better experience for online shoppers. It has also opened up doors of profit for every company in the industry. Bezos understands the importance of delivering a good service. His philosophy is to put funds into improving the service instead of advertising about it. Bezos is currently the second-richest person in the world, just behind Bill Gates with a net worth of US$87.2 billion. He acquired The Washington Post newspaper in 2013 and has a number of other business investments which he manages through Bezos Expeditions. Such as Google, Airbnb, The Business Insider, Blue Origin, and more.
2- Jack Ma – Alibaba.com
Ma Yun, professionally known as Jack Ma, is a Chinese businessman who was born in 1964. He is the founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group, a family of Internet-based businesses. He’s considered the richest person in Asia with a net worth of US$43.2 billion and increasing. He ranked 2nd in Fortune’s 2017 “World’s 50 Greatest Leaders” list. He has become a global icon in business and entrepreneurship. He’s also a philanthropist and one of the world’s most influential businessmen. He started his career path as a lecturer at the local university in China and used his English to start a translation services business. He got rejected on 30 different job applications before deciding to start an online based business. Hard to believe that he’s now one of the world’s most successful eCommerce entrepreneurs.
3- Liu Qiangdong – JD.com (Globally known as Jingdong Mall)
Qiangdong also goes by the name Richard Liu, he was born in 1974. He’s one of China’s eCommerce entrepreneurs and the founder, chairman, and CEO of JD.com. Liu started Jingdong Century Trading, a consumer electronics shop with less than US$2000. The company went online in 2004 and launched its global website in 2012. Today, it has over 230 million active accounts. Even though Liu had a failed beginning with his restaurant which went into debt in only a few months, he managed to rise up and become one of the world’s most successful eCommerce entrepreneurs with a net worth of US$11.1 billion.
4- Pierre Omidyar – ebay
Omidyar is a French-born Iranian-American entrepreneur and philanthropist, who was born in 1967. He is the founder of eBay, where he served as chairman from 1998 to 2015. The company made him a billionaire at the age of 31 and one of the world’s greatest eCommerce entrepreneurs. In 2010, He fell in love with online journalism. He became head of investigative reporting and public affairs news service at Honolulu Civil Beat. Later he founded First Look Media. His net worth equals US$9.4 billion. Other investments include Ulupono Initiative and Omidyar Network.
5- Hiroshi Mikitani – Rakuten
Mikitani was born in 1965, he’s one of Japan’s eCommerce entrepreneurs. He’s the founder and CEO of Rakuten, a Japanese eCommerce based in Tokyo. He started the company in 1997 with just US$2500 USD. He was president of the company from its beginning and became chairman later on. Rakuten is the largest online shopping mall in Japan with over 72 million users. It has acquired other eCommerce companies such as Buy.com, Priceminister, and Play.com. Mikitani’s net worth equals US$7.3 billion.
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