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A survey has revealed that new-generation entrepreneurs such as Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, and Jeff Bezos are more popular than historical pioneers. 

Modern-day entrepreneurs are more influential than historic pioneers 

Surveyed respondents indicate that the founders of Microsoft, Apple, and Amazon were among the top influential people in society in the last five decades. Additionally, Tesla’s CEO Elon Musk and Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg are among the top listed entrepreneurs. 

The Herbalife Nutrition sponsored poll indicated that the top ten list included Melinda French Gates of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, Oprah Winfrey, Google co-founder Larry Page, Walmart and Sam’s Club founder Sam Walton, and CNN founder Ted Tunner. 

Participants were asked to provide the names of businesspeople they believed to be among the “best of all time” before being shown the pre-identified selection of contemporary entrepreneurs. Several people mentioned historical figures, including Thomas Edison, Henry Ford, and Alexander Graham Bell. However, whereas 48% of the participants considering modern entrepreneurs as more influential relative to historical figures, 20% of participants believe the opposite. 

Only 35% of Americans still say they view businessmen as role models, relative to 74% of Mexican participants and 60% of Israeli interviewees. Moreover, only 38% of Americans think they are inclined to be attentive when these entrepreneurs make headlines. Instead, the most important factors for people who admire entrepreneurs are their achievements (24%), followed by their social contributions (22%).

Personal traits and outstanding idea is what people look at in entrepreneurs 

Global participants also concurred that having particular personal qualities (19%), “one outstanding idea” (15%), and a dedication to hard effort (14%) are necessary to be a successful businessman. The most often mentioned characteristics were motivation and confidence (tied at 29%), followed by inventiveness (31%) and intellect (30%).

In all three nations, 42% of people think they have a “big” idea for a company that could succeed. Even more, 45% of respondents say they want to start their own business, and another 42% think they possess what is necessary to succeed.