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Oct 26, 2011, 07:11 IST | The Features Team

Steve Jobs' 'official' biography, which hit bookstores on Monday, reportedly offers several insights into the private world of the inventor. Here's a look at four other leaders who inspire us to do more. Trivia and inspiration on some of the biggest entrepreneurs the world has seen

Steve Jobs' 'official' biography, which hit bookstores on Monday, reportedly offers several insights into the private world of the inventor. Here's a look at four other leaders who inspire us to do more. Trivia and inspiration on some of the biggest entrepreneurs the world has seen

Name: Anita Roddick
(23 October 1942 to 10 September 2007)
Bragging Rights: Founder of The Body Shop


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Did you know?
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 Described herself as a "hell-raising activist".
* Was one of the first to promote fair trade with third world countries.
* Trained as a teacher at the Newton Park College of Education, Bath, England.
* Was expelled from Johannesburg for attending "black night" in a jazz club.
* Was inspired by a cosmetics shop called The Body Shop which she had seen at Berkeley, California, USA.

Famously said:
"The end result of kindness is that it draws people to you."

Name: Richard Branson (18 July 1950 to --)
Bragging Rights: Chairman of Virgin Group


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Did you know?
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Dropped out of school when he was 15.
* His first business, a used record store, was called Virgin Records because it was his first ever business venture.
* Started Virgin Atlantic Airways after a flight he was scheduled for was cancelled; he had a charter jet liner secured and invited the passengers of the cancelled flight to fly free.
* Is dyslexic.
* Has registered 'Virgin Interplanetry' in the event that space travel becomes a reality

Famously said: "Respect is how to treat everyone, not just those you want to impress."

Name: Steve Jobs
(February 24, 1955 to October 5, 2011)
Bragging Rights: CEO, Apple Inc


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Steve Jobs' biological father, Abdulfattah John Jandali, was of Syrian descent.
* Was a pescetarian, and therefore did not eat meat, only fish, eggs and dairy.
* Is said to have come up with the name Apple while on a fruit-only diet.
* Starting to wear black turtlenecks and jeans, as he liked the idea of having a uniform.
* Enjoyed asking candidates 'offbeat' questions to test their ability to think on their feet.

Famously said: "My job is not to be easy on people. My jobs is to take these great people we have and to push them and make them even better."

Name: Ratan Tata
(28 December 1937 to --)
Bragging Rights: Chairman of Tata Group


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Did you know?
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Has a degree in Architecture and Structural Engineering from Cornell University, USA
* Washed dishes to make ends meet while in America.
* Turned down a job offer from IBM, following the advice of JRD Tata, and entered the family business.
* His net worth, as of 2011, is US $1 billion.
* Does not drink or smoke

Famously said: "II think there are many honest businessmen, I think there are many that bend. I'm happy that I have not bent..."

Name: Warren Buffet(August 30, 1930 to --)
Bragging Rights: Chairman and  CEO of Berkshire Hathaway


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Did you know?
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Began his career by collecting and selling golf balls
* Started playing the stock market at the age of 11, with one of his sisters
* Is an avid bridge player  and reportedly spends 12 hours a week on the card game.
* Still lives in the same house he bought when he was 28
* Loves hamburgers and homemade candy bars

Famously said: "...some things just take time. You can't produce a baby in one month by getting nine women pregnant."

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