• Überpreneurs provides not only a rich cache of case studies, but fascinating and compelling insights into the people changing our lives. It should be recommended reading in any MBA or Executive Leadership program that aims to transform students’ thinking.

    Damian Scanlon

Meet the Übercast

The thirty-six überpreneurs who populate this book are all transforming our world.

Nine of them are high-level business überpreneurs who are redirecting the energies of entire industries in the West, and building brand new industries in the developing world.

    • Jeff Bezos

      Jeff Bezos

      Born: 1964, Albuquerque, USA
      Education: BS, Princeton University
      Organisation: Amazon, Blue Origin

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    • Richard Branson

      Richard Branson

      Born: 1950, Blackheath, England
      Education: Stowe School, Buckingham
      Organisation: Virgin Group, Virgin Galactic

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    • Chuck Feeney

      Chuck Feeney

      Born: 1931, Elizabeth, New Jersey, USA
      Education: BSc (Hotel Admin), Cornell
      Organisation: Duty Free Shoppers Group

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    • Mo Ibrahim

      Mo Ibrahim

      Born: 1946, Eshket, Northern Sudan
      Education: BSc, Alexandria; MSc, Bradford; PhD, Birmingham
      Organisation: Celtel

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    • Ingvar Kamprad

      Ingvar Kamprad

      Born: 1926, Pjätteryd, Sweden
      Died: 27 January 2018
      Education: Local high school
      Organisation: IKEA

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    • Liu Yonghao

      Liu Yonghao

      Born: 1951, Sichuan Province, China
      Education: Sichuan Engineering Vocational Technology College
      Organisation: New Hope Group

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    • Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

      Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw

      Born: 1953, Bangalore, India
      Education: BSc (Hons), Bangalore; Grad Dip in Malting & Brewing, Ballarat Institute of Advanced Education
      Organisation: Biocon

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    • Elon Musk

      Elon Musk

      Born: 1971, Pretoria, South Africa
      Education: BA (Physics), BS (Econ), University of Pennsylvania
      Organisation: Tesla Motors, SpaceX

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    • Amancio Ortega

      Amancio Ortega

      Born: 1936, Busdongo de Arbas, León, Spain
      Education: Elementary school
      Organisation: Zara

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Nine more are visionary technological überpreneurs who are driving the discovery and implementation of stunning new developments in biotechnology, clean energy, and ICT.

    • Olivia Lum

      Olivia Lum

      Born: 1961, Kampur, Perak, Malaysia
      Education: BSc (Hons), National University of Singapore
      Organisation: Hyflux

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    • Shai Agassi

      Shai Agassi

      Born: 1968, Ramat-Gan, Israel
      Education: BA, Technion
      Organisation: Better Place

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    • Bill Gates

      Bill Gates

      Born: 1955, Seattle, Washington State, USA
      Education: Harvard University
      Organisation: Microsoft

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    • Barry Marshall

      Barry Marshall

      Born: 1951, Kalgoorlie, Australia
      Education: MBBS, University of Western Australia
      Organisation: Marshall Centre, University of Western Australia

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    • Larry Page

      Larry Page

      Born: 1973, East Lansing, Michigan, USA
      Education: BSc (Computer Engineering), University of Michigan; MSc, Stanford
      Organisation: Google

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    • George Rathmann

      George Rathmann

      Born: 1927, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA
      Died: 2012, Palo Alto, California
      Education: BS, Northwestern University; PhD, Princeton University
      Organisation: Amgen

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    • Zhengrong Shi

      Zhengrong Shi

      Born: 1963, Yangzhong, Jiangsu, China
      Education: BSc, Changchun; MSc, Shanghai Institute of Optics and Fine Mechanics; PhD, University of NSW
      Organisation: Suntech

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    • Craig Venter

      Craig Venter

      Born: 1946, Salt Lake City, Utah, USA
      Education: BS (Biochemistry), PhD, University of California, San Diego
      Organisation: J. Craig Venter Institute

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    • Niklas Zennström

      Niklas Zennström

      Born: 1966, Järfälla, Sweden
      Education: BSc (Business Admin), MSc (Eng Physics), Uppsala University
      Organisation: Skype

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Another nine are bond-building lifestyle überpreneurs who are bringing renewed happiness to people whose social networks have been disrupted by the anonymity of life in modern megacities.

    • Gilad Japhet

      Gilad Japhet

      Born: 1969, Israel
      Education: BSc, Technion
      Organisation: MyHeritage

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    • Huateng “Pony” Ma

      Huateng “Pony” Ma

      Born: 1971, Hainan, China
      Education: BA, BSc, Shenzhen University
      Organisation: Tencent Holdings Ltd

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    • Doron Mamet

      Doron Mamet

      Born: Israel
      Education: BA, Ha’Universita Ha’Petuha
      Organisation: Tammuz International Surrogacy

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    • Jamie Oliver

      Jamie Oliver

      Born: 1975, Clavering, Essex, UK
      Education: Catering, Westminster Kingsway College
      Organisation: Jamie Oliver Group

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    • Nayana Patel

      Nayana Patel

      Born: ca 1960, Rajkot, Gujarat, India
      Education: MD, MP Shah Medical College
      Organisation: Akanksha Infertility Clinic

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    • Luiz Seabra

      Luiz Seabra

      Born: 1942, São Paulo, Brazil
      Education: : Ensino Fundamental
      Organisation: Natura Cosmetics

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    • Martha Tilaar

      Martha Tilaar

      Born: 1937, Kebumen, Jawa Tengah, Indonesia
      Education: B. History Studies, IKIP, Jakarta; B. Beauty Culture, Academy of Beauty Culture, Bloomington
      Organisation: Martha Tilaar Group

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    • Oprah Winfrey

      Oprah Winfrey

      Born: 1954, Mississippi, USA
      Education: : BA (Speech and Performing Arts), Tennessee State University
      Organisation: Harpo Productions

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    • Mark Zuckerberg

      Mark Zuckerberg

      Born: 1984, White Plains, New York, USA
      Education: Harvard University
      Organisation: Facebook

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And the final nine are change-making social überpreneurs who have begun the Herculean task of bridging the gap between the haves and have-nots of the developed and developing worlds.

    • Sheik Mohammed Hussein Al-Amoudi

      Sheik Mohammed Hussein Al-Amoudi

      Born: 1946, Dessie, Ethiopia
      Education: Weizero Siheen Secondary School
      Organisation: MIDROC

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    • Mitch Besser

      Mitch Besser

      Born: 1954, Princeton, New Jersey, USA
      Education: BA, Williams; MD, Harvard
      Organisation: mothers2mothers

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    • Jeroo Billimoria

      Jeroo Billimoria

      Born: 1969, Mumbai, India
      Education: MA, Tata Institute of Social Sciences; MSc, The New School for Social Research, New York
      Organisation: : Child & Youth Finance International

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    • Sai Ramakrishna Karuturi

      Sai Ramakrishna Karuturi

      Born: 1965, India
      Education: Mech Eng, Bangalore; MBA, Case Western Reserve University
      Organisation: Karuturi Global

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    • Roy Prosterman

      Roy Prosterman

      Born: 1935, Chicago, Illinois, USA
      Education: BA, Chicago; JD, Harvard
      Organisation: Landesa

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    • Soraya Salti

      Soraya Salti

      Born: ca 1970, raised in Jordan
      Died: Under mysterious circumstances 9 November 2015. Farewell to a remarkable inspiration for Arab youth.
      Education: BA, University of Utah; MBA, Kellogg School, North Western University
      Organisation: INJAZ al-Arab

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    • Mechai Viravaidya

      Mechai Viravaidya

      Born: 1941, Bangkok, Thailand
      Education: BCom, University of Melbourne
      Organisation: Population & Community Development Association

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    • Muhammad Yunus

      Muhammad Yunus

      Born: 1940, Bathua, East Bengal
      Education: BA, MA, Dhaka; PhD, Vanderbilt
      Organisation: Grameen Bank

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    • Claus-Peter Zeitinger

      Claus-Peter Zeitinger

      Born: 1947, Germany
      Education: PhD, Goethe University of Frankfurt
      Organisation: ProCredit Group

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