When it comes to the entrepreneurial spirit in America, America’s entrepreneurs are among the most resilient in the world.
For more than 40 years, these innovators have been leading a new era in business.
As part of an investigation into the business practices and attitudes of the emerging entrepreneurs, CNBC’s The Takeaway is exploring the entrepreneurial lives of these innovator-turned-business owners.
Here are the best and brightest of the American entrepreneurial elite:America’s Entrepreneurs Who’re Still Running A Fortune 500 CareerThe founder of the nation’s largest online fashion retailer, Zappos, was born in the Bronx and grew up in Brooklyn.
He opened Zappo in 1999 and went on to sell its first online store, as well as a large number of other retailers.
Zappons most notable success was its successful online ordering service, which it called “the best online shopping experience in the history of mankind.”
Zappots chief executive officer, Scott Wachter, has said that the company has over 400,000 customers and generated $500 million in revenue.
Zampos is now valued at over $2 billion.
David Wachner founded and ran a clothing company called Zampons in 1984, a time when the average cost of a sweater was less than $10.
Wachner is one of the country’s most successful designers, with his line of women’s dresses and shoes that include “the very best quality and design for every occasion.”
Wachners clothing line includes the Zampon Lace Scarf, a black lace-up scarf that can be worn with pants or tops.
Zachariah Wachnitz, a former CEO of Zampys parent company, Zantec, founded the company in 1995.
Zanteca sold Zampomos clothing and footwear to a number of global brands, including Gap, Calvin Klein, and Zappomos.
Wachns first foray into the fashion industry was in 1988 when he co-founded Zantech, which was founded by his father, who is a billionaire.
He went on and served as Zantek’s CEO and later was named the CEO of the company.
Zambrano was born to Italian immigrants in Mexico City.
She worked her way up from a restaurant maid to head of operations, eventually moving to the top of Zantex, the company’s apparel division.
She was instrumental in creating Zampers signature, hand-woven, high-end designs.
The founder and CEO of online fashion company, Saks Fifth Avenue, was a longtime fashion designer.
He is credited with creating some of the most popular pieces in the fashion world, including the Oscar-winning dress that he designed for his sister, Victoria Wachmann, in 1986.
Saks is currently valued at more than $2.5 billion.
The founder, entrepreneur, and CEO, David M. Wampach, founded a clothing business called Wampa, which he ran from 1983 until 2005.
Wamps clothing line included the Wampas and Wampash clothing.
The company was acquired by Gap in 2008.
WAMPas was also founded by David M., who is also the current chairman and CEO.
WAMamps apparel and footwear line is valued at $1.2 billion, according to Forbes.
American entrepreneur and philanthropist, Dan Karp, founded online fashion site, My Style, in 2009.
The site allows customers to upload their photos, videos, and more and now has over 8 million unique visitors.
Karp is the co-founder and chairman of the online fashion community, Etsy.
Etsy is valued over $1 billion.
He started his career in the retail industry, serving as CEO of H&M, which closed in 2010.
Karp also founded and runs the Etsy fashion community site, Etsy Fashion, which has more than 200,000 unique visitors a month.
Etsy has more recently been valued at well over $400 million.
Dennis Karp started the online clothing store, Etsy, in 2007.
He founded the website and ran it for 15 years, earning a total of more than 2.5 million customers.
Kips estimated that Etsy’s current value is $2 million.
Kaps business is worth $5 million, according the site.
Vicki Wampus, a pioneer in online clothing shopping, founded her own online clothing site called Etsy, which went public in 2011.
The first line of clothing she sold was the Bags &Pockets collection of pants.
Etsy’s business value is valued between $200 million and $500 billion, Forbes estimates.
Ruthanne Wampos, the cofounder and CEO and co-owner of online beauty and fashion store, Birchbox, was named as the youngest woman ever to be named co-chief executive of an online fashion business by Forbes.
Birchbox is valued