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
Did you know? * 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
Did you know? * 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
Did you know? * 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
Did you know? * 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
Did you know? * 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."