When it comes to making money online, people often get attracted to it as a part-time source to earn extra cash. You will come across many different ideas to earn online money, such as freelance work, content marketing, creative designing, etc. However, if somebody says he solely depends on the internet to make money, you may probably think of him as being fake (won’t you?)! This is because you perceive that for earning one’s livelihood, working online will not suffice. Nevertheless, by doing a little research, we will come across several successful online entrepreneurs. They are the ones who have not only generated money while working solely on the internet, but have also established virtual businesses.
How Did The Internet Entrepreneurship Began
During the past few years, when the use of internet became common, people started using the online world for business purpose as well. Then, there appeared a long list of online businesses such as creative designing, content writing, content marketing, and a lot more. At that time, people who knew how to become successful online started taking advantage of the online world. Social media platforms and the e-Commerce industry came into existence, which generated huge amounts of money for their creators. That is how people came to know about the benefits of the internet for earning money.
Top 15 Successful Online Entrepreneurs Of 2017
The real-life stories of successful internet entrepreneurs are truly inspiring for all those who wish to start a good business and make money online. In this article, we have gathered some of the prominent names of 2017 who have been successful in earning vast amounts by establishing fruitful companies online.
1. Bill Gates
Bill Gates is undoubtedly the most famous and the most apparent wealthiest entrepreneur in the world. It is a name with which we all are certainly familiar. William Henry Gates III, mainly recognized as Bill Gates, is the co-founder of the Microsoft Corporation. He is indeed the biggest inspiration for anyone who wants to become an online entrepreneur.
Bill Gates started off as a computer programmer. He got himself acquainted with programming languages such as BASIC and COBOL and sustained improving his programming skills. Eventually, he formed a separate firm as ‘Traf-O-Data’ with his long-term partner Paul Allen. From then on, his struggle for success continued to lead him towards the establishment of “Micro-Soft” (again, in partnership with Paul Allen) in 1975. The name was then registered as ‘Microsoft’ (without the hyphen) in November 1976. Then, the golden era of software development and technological advancements was begun, making Microsoft the world’s largest software company for personal computers.
It is indeed an achievement for Gates to be listed on the Forbes list of world’s wealthiest people for the past three decades. Besides technology, he also actively participates in philanthropic activities. In 2000, he founded the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to support various charity organizations and scientific research programs.
2. Mark Zuckerberg
The next in our list of successful online entrepreneurs is Mark Zuckerberg. Though we all are familiar with his name, and his signature product Facebook, we here give a brief overview about him.
Mark Elliot Zuckerberg is one of the young internet entrepreneurs in the world, who has been earning much more than imagined through his online business named Facebook. The co-founder and the CEO launched Facebook from his dormitory room at the Harvard University in 2004. The product eventually expanded its scope from the university to reach every corner of the world. Today, everyone seems involved with Facebook to the extent of addiction.
Seeing the growing public interest in Facebook, Zuckerberg decided to take another step to expand this business. In 2007, he came up with ‘Facebook Platform’, a development podium for the programmers to craft Facebook applications. In the same year, he launched ‘Beacon’, a social forum for advertising to Facebook friends. Then, in July 2008, he introduced ‘Facebook Connect’ as a platform for the general Facebook users.
Zuckerberg is not only a tech entrepreneur, but also gets involved in philanthropic activities quite frequently. He has also signed The Giving Pledge, initiated by Bill Gates and Warren Buffet, promising to donate at least half of his wealth to charity.
3. Pierre Omidyar
Pierre Morad Omidyar is a French-American internet entrepreneur who proves it wrong that the computer programmers stay confined to coding only. His business product eBay is undoubtedly the result of a perfect amalgam of technology and business, making him listed among the successful online entrepreneurs of 2017.
The idea of launching eBay came to his mind in 1995, after he sold a web code online. He then decided to turn this idea into a business. Thus, he introduced an online auction site eBay to the world. We need not give any further details about eBay here, as we all are quite familiar with it already.
Omidyar too is an active philanthropist. His instinct to help others has made him develop the Omidyar Network that donates hundreds of dollars to non-profit institutions working to make a difference in the socio-economic conditions of the world.
4. Jeff Bezos
One of the prominent traits of the top online entrepreneurs is their ability to foresee what is next to come in the tech world. Jeff Bezos is certainly a person belonging to this kind of people in the world. When everyone else was busy learning how to use the internet facility, Jeff Bezos was thinking of an idea that could benefit him in the long run. He knew well how to leverage the power of the internet to make money online. To achieve his goal, he started selling books online from his garage. The success of this small business led him to create Amazon.com, the largest online marketplace today.
Though he faced difficulties during the initial years, he somehow succeeded to charm the customers to reach Amazon, who were once reluctant to buy or sell anything online. The success of Amazon.com then made him launch Blue Origin, a business particularly of interest to NASA. Let’s see if he can gain a similar success in this domain as well.
5. Reid Hoffman
Continuing with our list of successful online entrepreneurs of the year, we now talk about Reid Hoffman. Haven’t heard his name yet? Well, then let us bring in the surprise. Reid Hoffman is the co-founder and the Executive Chairman of the popular social network for businesses, LinkedIn. Now you can imagine the productivity of online money making by looking at the trends of the success of social media platforms, mainly LinkedIn. Despite having a relatively narrower niche, LinkedIn has become the center of attraction for everyone involved in the corporate sector.
Apart from being an online entrepreneur, Hoffman is also a venture capitalist. Moreover, he is also the author of several useful online articles on LinkedIn. He has also co-authored the famous books “The Start-Up of You: Adapt to the Future, Invest in Yourself, and Transform your Career” and “The Alliance: Managing Talent in the Networked Age”. He also willingly participates in various charitable activities too.
6. Larry Page
Larry Page is one of the two co-founders of the famous search engine, which you also may have used to get to this article. That’s right; we are talking about Google, the world’s leading search engine that has been ruling the internet world. The main idea of coming up with a venture like Google actually came to Page’s mind.
He is the creator of the famous search ranking algorithm of Google, the PageRank. From the development of Google in the year 1998, he kept himself involved in various activities in boosting the brand, along with the efforts of his co-partner Sergey Brin. After attaining a certain height, Page started off establishing several other brands. Eventually, he came up with Alphabet Inc., in 2015, as a holding company of which Google Inc. was one of the many subsidiaries.
Besides work, Page is keenly interested in all tech advancements. His interest has made him an active investor of Tesla Motors as well – a brand known for making automated cars, which is now coming up with a Model 3.
7. Sergey Brin
Sergey Mikhaylovich Brin (popularly known as Sergey Brin) is the other one of the two Google Guys. He is an American internet entrepreneur whose hard work makes him rightly listed among the top online entrepreneurs of the world. Continuing his partnership with Larry Page, Brin served as the President of Google, and then became the President of the Alphabet Inc., Google’s parent company established by Page.
Though the idea of Google mainly belongs to Larry Page, Brin was the one who applied his data mining system skills to Page’s concept. The latest stats of October 2017 reveal Brin to be the 13th richest person in the world. Besides being involved in tech affairs, Brin is also an active philanthropist. Together with Page, he is also working towards resolving global climatic issues using technology.
8. Matt Barrie
Robert Matthew “Matt” Barrie not only seems concerned with his own business, but also gives others a chance to earn as well. His successful venture Freelancer.com is one of the world’s leading online platforms providing several opportunities to its users to make money online. The credibility of this platform lies in the fact that anyone who wants to earn online cash first approaches Freelancer.com.
Matt Barrie is, by qualification, an electrical engineer. After being associated with security companies, he introduced Freelancer.com as a global online outsource platform in 2009. The success of this business made him recognized in the world community as an influential person. His diligence and contribution in the online business sector enlist him among the successful online entrepreneurs of today.
9. Eric Schmidt
When the duo of Google Guys felt the need of another expert who thinks in the same way as they do, Eric Schmidt joined them. Eric Schmidt is an influential online entrepreneur who is well-known in the internet world for his leadership skills. Thus, he was the right person to lead a cutting-edge tech company like Google.
Schmidt joined the world of Google as a Chief Executive in 2001. Leveraging all his experience and business skills, Schmidt provided explicit directions to the company for its future steps. The enthusiasm of Page and Brin beautifully amalgamated with the proficiency of Schmidt to discover new areas of success for the company. Owing to his notable income and vast experience in the internet world, we can indeed count him among the successful online entrepreneurs.
10. Bob Parsons
Robert Ralph “Bob” Parsons is the creator of the popular tradename GoDaddy. One of its ventures, GoDaddy.com, is the largest domain name registrar and web hosting firm in the online world. Thus, he has captured the ground which anyone interested in establishing online business just can’t escape. It is evident that you need a domain name at the very first step! His smart move to launch GoDaddy enlists him among the successful online entrepreneurs.
His substantial income enlists him among the top wealthiest persons in the world. But he is also kind enough to share his wealth with others. In 2012, he established The Bob & Renee Parsons Foundation to support various non-profit organizations. Continuing such activities, in 2013, he proved his generous nature by signing up ‘The Giving Pledge’ as well.
11. Pete Cashmore
Pete Cashmore is a name depicting the perfect blend of intelligence, luck, wealth, as well as handsomeness. He is the founder and the CEO of the most authentic tech blogs Mashable. His idea of establishing a Technorati blog was materialized in 2005 when he officially launched the brand at the age of 19. Previously, it was a mere blog. But it gradually nurtured to become the most reliable source of information from the tech world.
This good-looking guy sets an example for all young internet entrepreneurs of today. His success story tells us that it all requires a little dedication and diligence to achieve big goals in the life. His way to earn money online is a source of inspiration for all those who want to become an online entrepreneur.
12. Robin Li
Robin Li is one of the masterminds behind the popular Chinese search engine Baidu that miraculously outclassed Google in China. He is the co-founder of Baidu and serves as a CEO there. Li is considered as one of the wealthiest persons in China. He is a computer technologist, software developer, and a typical internet entrepreneur.
Robin Li began his professional career in 1994 by joining IDD Information Services as a software programmer. At IDD, he developed a sophisticated algorithm for search engine page ranking, the Rankdex, which he then exploited for Baidu as well. In 1997, he left IDD in favor of Infoseek where he joined as a staff engineer. Then, in the year 2000, he initiated his career as an online business entrepreneur by developing Baidu.
Today, Baidu is China’s largest, and the world’s second largest search engine. Li gets the credit for owning the first Chinese company included on NASDAQ-100 Index. He has been listed several times among the top Chinese innovative and young successful online entrepreneurs.
13. Jan Koum
Adding more to our list of successful online entrepreneurs 2017, we now talk about the CEO and co-founder of the most hyped mobile messaging app. It is Jan Koum, the mastermind behind WhatsApp.
Jan Koum is a Ukrainian-American online entrepreneur who is professionally a programmer. He officially joined Yahoo in 1997 to work as an infrastructure engineer. There he continued to work till 2007. He then applied to work at Facebook, but failed. On one evening of February 2009, while hanging out with his friends, he came up with the idea of launching a mobile messaging app. And, a week later, WhatsApp Inc. came into existence.
The app gained huge popularity among the masses. Owing to its growing fame, Mark Zuckerberg proposed Koum to join the board of Facebook in 2014. Jan Koum accepted the offer and sold WhatsApp to Facebook for USD 19 billion.
14. Jack Dorsey
Another name that deserves to be mentioned among the successful online entrepreneurs of the year is Jack Dorsey. He is the co-founder and CEO of Twitter. His name is being a depiction of innovation in the tech world.
Inspired by AOL messenger, Dorsey had the vision to create a web-based forum for short and quick messages. In the year 2006, Jack Dorsey, together with a few other colleagues, launched Twitter as a social media platform. Twitter then gained immense success and, by 2012, it had around 100 million users. The service continued to grow more and is now one of the leading social platforms generating considerable revenue online.
Besides Twitter, Jack is also the founder and the CEO of a mobile payment company, named Square Inc.
15. Larry Ellison
The last name in our list of successful online entrepreneurs is Larry Ellison. He leverages the power of software to make money online.
Lawrence Joseph Ellison, popularly known as Larry Ellison, is an American internet entrepreneur, philanthropist, and a businessman. He is the co-founder holding two key positions at the Oracle Corporation.
Being inspired by Microsoft SQL Server and Sybase, Ellison launched Oracle as a database vendor for mid-range and low-range systems. The massive revenue he generates each year makes him listed among the wealthiest persons in the world.
If we a take a more in-depth look at the real-life stories of these successful online entrepreneurs, we will get to know their struggle and effort to make their dreams come true. All of them provide us the inspiration for a continuous hard work with dedication and passion. Their urge to achieve big in life is what drives them to be listed among the top influential personalities in the world. Undoubtedly, they are a motivation for all those who wish to achieve more in life.
Above, we tried to list out some of the successful internet entrepreneurs who seamlessly make money online with huge profits. We would love to hear from you if you could share some more names with us.