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When it comes to entrepreneurs, who are the legends? Steve Coomber has some sterling candidates for the entrepreneur hall of fame

By Steve Coomber . 01 December 2006

When it comes to entrepreneurs, who are the legends? Steve Coomber has some sterling candidates for the entrepreneur hall of fame
Best of breedThe history of business has been shaped by great entrepreneurs. In fact, entrepreneurs and their companies have shaped the way we live today. While every generation, and every country, has its own spectacular success stories and role models, the innovators below have had a profound effect on our work, play, travel and even grooming.

Resilience, audacity, marketing savvy, a willingness to take risks, the ability to sell, an unshakeable belief in their own talents and an incredible capacity for sheer hard work – these are just some of the qualities that entrepreneurs possess. But the one quality that unites them all is persistence. Few of the entrepreneurs listed struck gold at the first attempt, many not even at second or third. Undaunted, they carried on. Whether it’s building teams, scraping together finance or spotting an opportunity that others have overlooked, entrepreneurs live to bring their vision to fruition. Herewith are a handful of entrepreneurs. Are these the only ones who deserve to be heralded here? No way.

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