10 Famous Founders Who Don’t Usually Show Their Faces 1 year ago

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Some founders of world-famous brand prefer to stay out of the spotlight and keep themselves a secret. We decided to unveil the mystery and show you the 10 founders of super famous brands producing things you sure use every now and then.
Howard Schulz, founder of Starbucks, was inspired by the atmosphere of Italian espresso bars and it’s safe to say that he was the one who made the espresso-based beverages popular in the US. Now you can find a Starbucks almost anywhere in the world.
Amancio started his business in the ’70s: He made nightgowns and bathrobes with his wife right in their living room. Once, their German partner declined a huge order and the spouses decided to sell clothes on their own. Later, the company was renamed to Inditex and opened new clothing stores: Massimo Dutti, Pull and Bear, Oysho, Zara Home, Uterqüe, Stradivarius, Lefties, and Bershka.
In 2000, the famous Pandora charm bracelet was created: buyers were able to create jewelry of their own design by putting the charms they wanted on the bracelet. Since then, the company has been growing and the Enevoldsen family are one of the richest people in Denmark.
In 1969, the musicians from The Doors were recording the album Morrison Hotel. At about the same time, they accidentally came across a diner named Hard Rock Cafe, and their album was exactly in this music style. They made a few pictures in this cafe and then put the photos on the back side of the album cover. A year later, 2 Englishmen called them — Isaac Tigrett and Peter Morton and asked them to let them open a cafe in London named Hard Rock Cafe.
At the beginning of the 1930s, Ole Kirk opened a company that made ironing boards and ladders, but he soon started making wooden toys. The word “Lego” consists of 2 Danish words: “leg” (play) and “godt” (good).

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July 11, 2013 - Sun Valley, Idaho, United States: Phil Knight, chairman and co-founder of Nike Inc., arrives for meetings during day two of Allen and Company's 31st Annual Media and Technology Conference. The event brings together the leaders of the worlds of media, technology, sports, industry and politics: By Gary He/Insider Images/Polaris/East News, https://www.eastnews.ru/pictures/picture/id/26480775/i/4/t/53

Amancio Ortega, chairman and the controlling shareholder of Spanish fashion retail company Inditex, which runs the Zara chain of clothing stores is seen in a horse jumping competition in this Aug. 7, 2003 file photo. Forbes magazine releases its annual rankings of the world's billionaires, Thursday, March 8, 2007: By Torrecilla/Associated Press/FOTOLINK/East News, https://www.eastnews.ru/pictures/picture/id/15874738/i/17/t/17

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TIMESTAMPS
Nike — Phil Knight 0:33
Starbucks — Howard Schultz 1:25
ZARA — Amancio Ortega 2:01
Pandora — Per Enevoldsen and Winnie Enevoldsen 2:50
Ferrero — Michele Ferrero 3:30
Hard Rock Cafe — Isaac Tigrett and Peter Morton 4:30
Laсoste — René Lacoste 5:13
Lego — Ole Kirk Christiansen 5:55
Google — Larry Page and Sergey Brin 6:44
Instagram — Kevin Systrom 7:10

SUMMARY
-Bad quality of running shoes and problems with suppliers inspired Phil Knight and his coach Bill Bowerman to create their own brand.
-Howard turned the first original Starbucks in a real coffee shop in 1987.
-Amancio Ortega and his wife opened their first ZARA store in 1975 in La Coruña, Spain.
-Pandora started creating its own jewelry in 1987 but it took them more than 10 years to become famous.
-Michele Ferrero inherited a family business, created Ferrero Rocher and Raffaello sweets and he improved the recipe of chocolate spread and gave it a more recognizable name — Nutella.
-Hard Rock Café was inspired by some photos the Doors took in a diner named Hard Rock Cafe and put on the back side of their album cover.
-In 1926, tennis player René Lacoste sewed a short-sleeved shirt for one of the tournaments with a small alligator on it. In 1933, Rene founded a company that made shirts for tennis, golf, and sailing.
-Lego was founded by Ole Kirk Christiansen in early 1930s, and its name literally translates as “play good”.
-Google was created by 2 students from Stanford University — Larry Page and Sergey Brin. In 1998, they founded a company and registered the google.com domain.
-His love for photography and a Holga camera inspired Kevin Systrom to found Instagram.

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