US oil executive and environmentalist. Anderson created Atlantic Richfield (ARCO, part of UK oil company BP since 2000) in 1966 after the merger of the Atlantic Refining and Richfield Petroleum oil companies. MORE
American merchant, b. Conway, Mass. In 1856, after five years' apprenticeship in a general store in Pittsfield, Mass., he went to Chicago and became a clerk for Cooley, Wadsworth & Co., a leading dry-goods house there, of which he became a junior partner in 1862.
US fashion designer, founder of Calvin Klein Inc., who became known for his simple clothing lines and perfume items. He founded the company in 1968, popularized designer jeans in the 1970s, and revolutionized fashion advertising in the 1980s. MORE
US computer entrepreneur, who founded the world-famous Internet retailer Amazon.com with an initial investment of US$300,000 from his parents. Voted Time magazine's Man of the Year in 1999, his company is one of the most frequently visited shopping sites on the Internet with an estimated 20 million customers in 160 countries, employing 17,000 staff.MORE
US computer entrepreneur and founder in 1977 of Oracle Corporation, the world's second largest software company. Ellison, whose biography is entitled The Difference Between God and Larry Ellison: Inside Oracle Corporation (1997), was estimated in 2000 by US financial magazine Forbes to be the second richest person in the world - after his arch-rival Bill Gates. MORE
US computer entrepreneur. He co-founded Microsoft Corporation in 1975, with school friend and fellow entrepreneur Paul Allen, and succeeded in converting a passion for computers into a globally dominant software business. MORE
US engineer, entrepreneur-inventor, and philanthropist who co-founded the Hewlett-Packard Company (HP) with university friend, David Packard, in 1939. The garage in Palo Alto, California, in which the company started, was designated a state Historical Landmark in 1989, and celebrated as the birthplace of Silicon Valley. MORE
US electrical engineer and computer inventor. With Steven Jobs he formed Apple Computer in 1976 to make the Apple I. He played a major role in designing the later Apple models, Lisa and Macintosh. MORE