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  • Theory of Relativity
  • ‘E = mc2’ (a.k.a., mass–energy equivalence)
  • Albert Einstein

  • Owner of Chez Panisse, recognized as one of the World’s 50 Best Restaurants
  • Author of Chez Panisse Cooking + The Art of Simple Food
  • Founder of the Chez Panisse Foundation + Edible Schoolyard
  • Alice Waters

  • Founder of Carnegie Steel Company, which became U.S. Steel
  • Creator of Carnegie Hall, the Carnegie Corporation of New York, Carnegie Institution of Washington + Carnegie Mellon University
  • Founder of Carnegie Endowment for International Peace, among other efforts in support of world peace
  • Andrew Carnegie

  • Global popularity + commercialization of golf
  • First PGA Tour competitor to earn $1 million
  • First golf course in the People’s Republic of China
  • Co-founder of The Golf Channel
  • Golf-related businesses including course design + facilities
  • Arnold Palmer

  • Electricity/lightning rod
  • Public library
  • Fire department
  • Insurance company
  • Bifocals
  • Benjamin Franklin

  • Advancements in financial + tax prep software as former CEO + current Chariman of the Board of Intuit
  • Known as the "Coach of Silicon Valley" for his role as advisor to superstars like Apple (Board Member), Google + Amazon
  • Chairman of the Board of Trustees of Columbia University
  • Tablet computer OS development
  • Bill Campbell

  • Co-founder + chairman of Microsoft
  • Established Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000 with a charitable endowment of $33.5 billion
  • Ranked as the world’s wealthiest person overall from 1995 to 2009
  • Author of The Road Ahead (1995) + Business @ the Speed of Thought (1999)
  • Bill Gates

  • First female commissioner in professional sports history (1984)
  • Won "The Battle of the Sexes" tennis competition (1973)
  • Named one of the "Ten Most Powerful Women in America" by Harper’s Bazaar (1997)
  • Listed as one of the "100 Most Important Americans of the 20th Century" by Life Magazine (1990)
  • Billie Jean King

  • Rock bank U2
  • Co-founder of DATA, EDUN, the ONE Campaign, Product Red
  • Live 8 Concert
  • Co-founder of Integral Capital (technology-centric VC firm)
  • Bono

  • Co-founders of Google Inc.
  • Early investors in Tesla Motors
  • Named the 5th most powerful people in the world by Forbes in 2009
  • Brin + Page

  • Co-founder + chairman of Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.
  • Appointed to the President’s Advisory Council on Financial Literacy
  • Started the Charles & Helen Schwab Foundation for children with learning disabilities + AD/HD
  • Charles Schwab

  • Visionary CEO of Avenues: The World School
  • Founder of Edison Schools
  • Founder of Whittle Communications, one of America’s top 100 media companies in the '80s
  • Chris Whittle

  • European discovery of American continents
  • Multiple trans-Atlantic voyages
  • Spanish colonization
  • Christopher Columbus

  • Travel faster than the speed of sound
  • Chuck Yeager

  • Revolutionized American commercial radio + television as president of RCA + NBC
  • Credited with Sarnoff’s Law: the value of a broadcast network is proportional to the number of viewers
  • Inducted into the Junior Achievement U.S. Business Hall of Fame (1975), National Association of Broadcasters Hall of Fame (1977) + Radio Hall of Fame (1989)
  • David Sarnoff

  • Career highlights include 3 NBA MVP Awards, 9 NBA Finals appearances + 12 All-Star games
  • Played as a member of the "Dream Team" + won an Olympic gold medal in 1992 with the U.S. men’s basketball team
  • Enshrined in Basketball Hall of Fame in 2002
  • Honored as one of the 50 Greatest Players in NBA History in 1996
  • Earvin “Magic” Johnson

  • Founder of Estée Lauder
  • Received the French government’s Insignia of Chevalier of the Legion of Honor in 1978
  • Winner of the Gold Medal award by the city of Paris in 1979
  • Recognized as one of the Ten Outstanding Women in Business (1970) + Outstanding Mother of the Year (1984)
  • Estée Lauder

  • Founder + former CEO of Porsche
  • Developed the first hybrid vehicle in the 1920s
  • Created the Volkswagen Beetle + Mercedes-Benz SS/SSK, as well as the first of many Porsche automobiles
  • Inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame in 1996
  • Ferdinand Porsche

  • Organic architecture
  • Frank Lloyd Wright

  • "Star Wars" + "Indiana Jones" saga/films
  • Founder of Lucasfilm
  • Founder of THX Ltd, Skywalker Sound, Industrial Light & Magic + LucasArts
  • Founder of The George Lucas Educational Foundation
  • George Lucas

  • Author of "Moore's Law"
  • Co-founded Intel Corporation with Bob Noyce in 1968
  • Named member of Board of Directors for Gilead Sciences in 1996
  • Received PhD in Chemistry and minor in Physics from the California Institute of Technology in 1954
  • Donated $600 million to Caltech, the largest gift ever to an institution of higher education
  • Gordon Moore

  • Mass production/assembly line
  • Ford Model T
  • Henry Ford

  • "Miracle on Ice" upset by American amateurs over Soviet team + subsequent Olympic Gold Medal championship in 1980
  • Hybrid North American + European style of hockey
  • Strict player conditioning standards
  • Herb Brooks

  • Founder of Southwest Airlines
  • Secondary market/airports strategy
  • Customer-friendly policies + culture
  • Herb Kelleher

  • Co-founders of Hewlett-Packard
  • Together, they were named the 1995 Lemelson-MIT Lifetime Achievement Award Winners
  • Packard served as deputy secretary of defense in President Nixon’s first administration
  • Hewlett + Packard

  • Starbucks’ European cafe-style setting, products + experience
  • Investor in Jamba Juice
  • Howard Schultz

  • Creator of the Harry Potter characters + stories, the best-selling book series in history
  • Rapid rise from humble means to substantial wealth, influence + charitable giving
  • J.K. Rowling

  • African Americans in Major League Baseball
  • Stealing home
  • Jackie Robinson

  • Founder + CEO of Amazon.com
  • Time Magazine’s Person of the Year (1999)
  • Recognized by U.S. News & World Report as one of Americas best leaders in 2008
  • Recipient of The Economist Innovation Award for his work on the Amazon Kindle
  • Jeff Bezos

  • Chairman + CEO of Cisco Systems, Inc. since 1995
  • Received awards for leadership including Time Magazine’s "100 Most Influential People"
  • Vice Chairman of National Infrastructure Advisory Council (NIAC) under President George Bush
  • John Chambers

  • Helped lead Kleiner, Perkins, Caufield & Byers investments in Compaq, Netscape, Symantec, Sun Microsystems, Google + Amazon.com, effectively sparking the creation of Web 2.0
  • Served on President Barack Obama’s Economic Recovery Board
  • Inducted into the California Hall of Fame in 2010
  • John Doerr

  • Co-founder & CEO of Whole Foods
  • Active advocate of free market economics + the movement for organic food
  • Ernst and Young Entrepreneur of the Year (2003)
  • John Mackey

  • Named basketball All-American three times + led his team to a national championship as a player at Purdue
  • Inducted into the Basketball Hall of Fame as both a player (1961) + coach (1973)
  • College Basketball Player of the Year (1932)
  • The Sporting News "Greatest Coach of All Time" (2009)
  • John Wooden

  • Fashion model turned business mogul
  • Founder of kathy ireland Worldwide, or kiWW
  • Kathy Ireland

  • Co-founder + CEO of Oracle Corporation
  • Sponsor of sailing team USA 17, which placed first in the 33rd America’s Cup
  • Founder of the Ellison Medical Foundation
  • Larry Ellison

  • Paintings Mona Lisa and The Last Supper
  • Iconic drawing known as Vitruvian Man
  • Early conceptualizing of a helicopter, tank, calculator + solar energy
  • Groundbreaking discoveries in anatomy, optics + engineering
  • Leonardo da Vinci

  • Commercial empire spanning manufacturing, retail, real estate, technology, banking, hospitality, shipping + other fields
  • Li Ka-Shing Foundation
  • Substantial donations to medical facility advancements + disaster relief efforts
  • Li Ka-Shing

  • Leading multiple college football programs to bowl games
  • Motivational speaking business
  • Lou Holtz

  • One of only six inductees in the World Wide Web Hall of Fame
  • Member of the board of directors of Facebook, eBay + HP
  • Awarded the 1997 W. Wallace McDowell Award for his groundbreaking work surrounding Netscape
  • Marc Andreesen

  • First + only woman to serve as Britain’s Prime Minister
  • Deregulation + privatization policies
  • Margaret Thatcher

  • Co-founder of Sony Corporation in 1946
  • Decorated by the Emperor of Japan with the First Class Order of the Sacred Treasures (1978), the First Class Order of the Rising Sun with Grand Cordon (1986) + Order of Culture (1992)
  • Received IEEE Founders Medal from the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (1972)
  • Masaru Ibuka

  • Athlete turned business mogul
  • Mega endorsements including Nike’s Air Jordan shoe brand
  • "Fadeaway" jump shot
  • Unparalleled NBA awards + records
  • Michael Jordan

  • Pioneer in the field of high yield bonds
  • Founder of the Milken Family Foundation, a nonprofit that has worked with more than 1,000 organizations around the world
  • Founder of the Prostate Cancer Foundation
  • Founder of the Milken Institute, a nonpartisan group that strives to create a more-informed public + improved economic environment
  • Michael Milken

  • Amassed the most Division 1 NCAA men’s basketball wins in college history
  • Led Duke to 13 ACC Championships, 11 Final Fours + 4 NCAA Tournament Championships (1991, 1992, 2001, 2010)
  • Selected as head coach of the U.S. men’s basketball team at the 2008 Summer Olympics + winning the gold medal
  • Mike Krzyzewski

  • Abolition of apartheid
  • Leader of South African democracy + equality
  • Co-founder of Umkhonto we Sizwe (part of the African National Congress)
  • Nelson Mandela

  • Global influence of woman + African Americans
  • OWN: Oprah Winfrey Network
  • Oprah's Angel Network + Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls
  • Oprah Winfrey

  • Cubist movement in painting
  • Constructed sculpture
  • Plastic arts emergence
  • Pablo Picasso

  • Commissioner of the NFL for 30 years, presiding over a period of significant growth
  • Inducted into the Pro Football Hall of Fame in 1985
  • Honored as the namesake of the Super Bowl MVP trophy
  • Pete Rozelle

  • Explosive growth of Fidelity’s Magellan Fund, from $18 million in assets under management in 1977 to over $14 billion when he retired in 1990
  • Author of "One Up on Wall Street", "Beating the Street", and "Learn to Earn"
  • Founder of the Lynch Foundation, a philanthropy driven nonprofit organization
  • Peter Lynch

  • Co-founder + chairman of Nike
  • Ran track for the University of Oregon and posted a personal best 4:10 mile
  • Inducted into the Oregon Sports Hall of Fame in 2000
  • Inaugurated as a 2012 inductee to the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame
  • Phil Knight

  • Polo brand of clothing, fragrances, housewares + other items
  • Founder of Ralph Lauren Corporation
  • Ralph Lauren

  • Founded the McDonald’s Corporation in 1955
  • Built a global restaurant system famous for uniform methods + high quality
  • Recognized among the Time 100: The Most Important People of the Century
  • Ray Kroc

  • Founder of Virgin Group Limited, a diverse venture capital organization consisting of more than 400 companies around the world, ranging from travel to entertainment to food/beverage to telecommunications and more
  • Renewable energy technologies development ($3 billion investment pledge)
  • Richard Branson

  • Owner + founder of Penske Racing + the Penske Corporation
  • Corporate Director at General Electric
  • Chairman of Super Bowl XL at Ford Field in Detroit, Michigan (2006)
  • Roger Penske

  • Movie star turned U.S. president
  • "Reaganomics"
  • End of the Cold War
  • Ronald Reagan

  • Founder of Walmart + Sam’s Club retailers
  • Small-town store strategy
  • Self-owned trucking + distribution
  • Sam Walton

  • 9th U.S. Triple Crown Champion (1973)
  • Inducted into the U.S Racing Hall of Fame (1974)
  • Memorialized on a U.S Postage Stamp (1999)
  • Secretariat

  • iPod (+ GUI)
  • Mac interface/OS/mouse-control
  • iTunes marketplace
  • iPhone + iPad
  • Steve Jobs

  • Founder + current CEO of Wynn Resorts, with hotels in both Las Vegas + Maccau
  • 2012 Manfred Steinfeld Humanitarian Award winner
  • Considered one of the greatest real estate developers in American history for his work in the hospitality sector
  • Steve Wynn

  • "British Invasion" + "Merseybeat" popularity
  • Concept albums
  • Orchestral + experimental accompaniments in rock/pop music
  • The Beatles

  • Lightbulb
  • Phonograph
  • Motion pictures
  • Stock ticker
  • Thomas Edison

  • Co-founder of Sun Microsystems
  • Founder of Khosla Ventures, a leader in clean technology investing
  • Vinod Khosla

  • Mickey Mouse
  • Disney brand + theme parks
  • Multiplane camera (for animation)
  • Full-length animated cartoon
  • Walt Disney

  • NHL’s all-time leader in goals, assists + points
  • Four-time Stanley Cup Champion + five-time winner of the league’s Lady Byng Trophy for sportsmanship + performance
  • Immediately inducted into the Hockey Hall of Fame upon his retirement from the NHL in 1999
  • Member of the Order of Canada
  • Wayne Gretzky

  • Two-time British Prime Minister
  • Regarded as one of the greatest wartime leaders of the 20th century
  • Held a multitude of British political + cabinet positions over a 50-year career of service
  • Nobel Prize for Literature (1953)
  • Winston Churchill

  • Human flight
  • First practical fixed-wing aircraft
  • Three-axis control technique for aircrafts
  • Wright Brothers

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