In 1876 Henry Ford (Michigan, 1863 – Michigan, 1947) saw something that would change his life: a moving vehicle powered not by horses, but by steam. He remained fascinated by technology his entire life and built his first car in 1896. He twice started automobile companies that went bankrupt, but the third one, the Henry Ford Motor Company, was successful. So successful, in fact, that Henry Ford is in the top 10 of wealthiest men ever. A lesser known fact is that in 1914 Henry Ford published a prescient book about the dangers of smoking, The Case Against the Little White Slaver.
Since 2014, Susan Wojcicki (California, 1968) has been CEO of YouTube. Before that she spent several years at Google, where she was jointly responsible for the development of Google Images and Google Books. In 2015 she stood at ninth place in Forbes’ list of ‘The World’s 100 Most Powerful Women’. Susan’s sister, Anne Wojcicki, is married to Sergey Brin. Indeed, the co-founder of Google.
Elon Musk (South Africa, 1971) is the entrepreneur behind Paypal and Tesla. He also owns his own space travel company and is working on the Hyperloop, a high-speed transportation system that transports people through a kind of vacuum tubes to their destination. He is worth an estimated 13.5 billion dollars. He has been dubbed ‘The new Steve Jobs’. Apparently, like Jobs, he’s a tough taskmaster. Musk himself prefers to think of himself in the same light as men like Thomas Edison and Henry Ford.