8. Bob Parsons - Go Daddy
Bob (Robert) Parsons (born 1950) is the CEO and founder of The Go Daddy Group, Inc., and remains the sole investor of the firm. The company is now reputed to be worth an estimated $250 million, having established a reputation as the world's best seller of domain names, website hosting, secure SSL certificates and email accounts.
A serial entrepreneur, Parsons started in 1984 with a software company in his basement, after self-learning how to write computer programs. When this company, Parsons Technology was sold to Intuit, Inc a decade later, it had almost 1,000 employees, $100 million in annual revenue and three million customers, and sold more than 100 products. In 1997, using the funds from this sale, Parson started Jomax Technologies, which became Go Daddy in 1999.
Parson owes his success to his business philosophy of creating low-priced, feature-rich products topped with the highest levels of customer service.