• This book will inspire the future architects of better and more inclusive societies.

    Ashir Ahmed

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

    • Richard Branson

      Richard Branson

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

    • Chuck Feeney

      Chuck Feeney

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

    • Mo Ibrahim

      Mo Ibrahim

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

    • Ingvar Kamprad

      Ingvar Kamprad

      Born: 1926, Pjätteryd, Sweden
      Education: Local high school
      Organisation: IKEA

    • Liu Yonghao

      Liu Yonghao

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

    • 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

    • Elon Musk

      Elon Musk

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

    • Amancio Ortega

      Amancio Ortega

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


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

    • Shai Agassi

      Shai Agassi

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

    • Bill Gates

      Bill Gates

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

    • Barry Marshall

      Barry Marshall

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

    • Larry Page

      Larry Page

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

    • George Rathmann

      George Rathmann

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

    • 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

    • 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

    • Niklas Zennström

      Niklas Zennström

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


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

    • Huateng “Pony” Ma

      Huateng “Pony” Ma

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

    • Doron Mamet

      Doron Mamet

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

    • Jamie Oliver

      Jamie Oliver

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

    • Nayana Patel

      Nayana Patel

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

    • Luiz Seabra

      Luiz Seabra

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

    • 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

    • Oprah Winfrey

      Oprah Winfrey

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

    • Mark Zuckerberg

      Mark Zuckerberg

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


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

    • Mitch Besser

      Mitch Besser

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

    • 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

    • Sai Ramakrishna Karuturi

      Sai Ramakrishna Karuturi

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

    • Roy Prosterman

      Roy Prosterman

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

    • 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

    • Mechai Viravaidya

      Mechai Viravaidya

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

    • Muhammad Yunus

      Muhammad Yunus

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

    • Claus-Peter Zeitinger

      Claus-Peter Zeitinger

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

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