The editors of SUCCESS annually select a panel of influential individuals who have accomplished something great in the fields of personal development, business or entrepreneurship. Here’s a look at the annual SUCCESS Achievers of the Year since 2008:
2014 SUCCESS Achiever of the Year: Reed Hastings
Reed Hastings led Netflix to new heights in 2014 in the midst of a bold plan to remake the entertainment industry, making him our 2014 SUCCESS Achiever of the year.
The story of Netflix is about the continuing evolution of TV and film, and the journey of one man who turned his annoyance over a late fee into a billion-dollar business. Pass the popcorn. Our 2014 Achiever of the Year, Netflix co-founder and CEO Reed Hastings, 54, has himself evolved, proving fit enough to survive both repeated criticism and wildly fluctuating stock prices as he constantly moves forward into untraveled territory. Continue Reading
2013 Achiever of the Year: Jeff Bezos
Amazon has surpassed Apple to become the world’s most trusted brand. It’s all because of the manic mission of CEO Jeff Bezos.
Launched as an online bookseller on July 16, 1995, Amazon now sells more than 20 million products. Its online marketplace stays open 24/7/365. And the founder will not rest, it seems, until he can provide same-day delivery to every address on the planet at a cost anyone can afford, even if it means assembling a fleet of rotor-propelled drones to do the job. Continue Reading
2012 Achiever of the Year: Elon Musk
The inspiration for the big-screen character of Tony Stark, alter ego of Iron Man, is our 2012 Achiever of the Year, Elon Musk, a self-made superhero doing more to preserve humankind than all ‘The Avengers’ combined.
A lifetime before he aimed at distant planets, Elon Musk was a driving force behind two of the most successful startups the digital world had ever known. Zip2, the Internet services provider he co-founded with his younger brother, Kimbal, at age 24, was purchased by Compaq for $307 million. PayPal, the online payment system he developed with Peter Thiel and Max Levchin, was scooped up by eBay for $1.5 billion. After all his shares were added up, Musk was worth $180 million. Continue Reading
2011 Achiever of the Year: Michael Bloomberg
Media mogul, New York City mayor and one of the most generous philanthropists alive. He could well be the Achiever of the Century, but we settled for making him our 2011 Achiever of the Year.
The 108th mayor of New York City was clearly in his element: confident, persuasive, in command of the facts, comfortable dealing with topics ranging from the troubled presidential campaign of Herman Cain to the Occupy Wall Street encampment to the intricacies of the city’s budgetary process. Continue Reading
2010 Achiever of the Year: Mark Zuckerberg
What began as a lark in the dorm of Mark Zuckerberg, 2010 SUCCESS Achiever of the Year, has changed the way people relate to one another.
If Facebook were a nation, it would be the world’s third largest behind only China and India. Hundreds of new people join every hour. And at the helm stands fresh-faced self-made billionaire Mark Zuckerberg, who still wears T-shirts and jeans to work just as he did in 2004, when he co-founded the addictive social-networking site in his Harvard dorm room at age 19. Continue Reading
2009 Achiever of the Year: Tony Hsieh
Zappos CEO elevated customer experience to a new level.
Tony Hsieh is not your typical CEO. The CEO of online shoe and accessory retailer Zappos.com works in an open space amidst the hustle and bustle of busy co-workers, hosts employee parties and barbecues at his home, encourages employees to hang out after work, and spends his spare time studying the science of happiness. Continue Reading
2008 Achiever of the Year: T. Boone Pickens
T. Boone Pickens casts a long shadow for achievement as an entrepreneur, power broker, philanthropist and author.
In a half-century of business, T. Boone Pickens has gone full steam ahead in seeing and seizing opportunities, working hard, thinking innovatively and taking calculated risks. His fortunes have been down at times, and his key to bouncing back has involved building on what he learns from every experience. The Texas billionaire could choose to bask in his successes in the oil industry’s drilling fields, boardrooms and futures markets. Continue Reading