66. Jeff Bezos: Amazon.com Creator

The way people shop today is different from way they shopped 20 years ago thanks to "Jeff" Bezos. Before e-commerce became a commonplace occurrence the United States, Americans shopped the traditional way, meant going out of their homes, getting in cars, and visiting retail outlets in search of goods. Bezos had a better way, though. The -educated business magnate and entrepreneur played a large role developing online commerce as it is known today.

founded Amazon.com as a way to sell books. sold novels, how-to books, and textbooks through Amazon, that was just the beginning. He branched out other retail products. Today, Amazon is the largest retailer in the world.

Born on January 12, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, Bezos demonstrated mechanical proficiency an early age. He attended high school in states, Texas and Florida, and was class valedictorian. Princeton, he studied computer science, winning several awards, participating in several extracurricular activities.

He moved to , Washington in 1994 to start his new company, .com. He chose the state of Washington because of small population. The United States Supreme Court recently that online sales were required to pay sales in the state of operation. He moved to because fewer of his customers would have to the sales taxes.

Today, Amazon.com is the largest -commerce retailer in the world with locations in several , including the United Kingdom, China, Japan, Mexico, Brazil, India. It has plans to expand to more , including Sri Lanka, Poland, and The Netherlands.