2020 was quite a challenging year; a year that led us to live, work, and even earn most of our income online. Many adapt in the face of adversity, and while a lot of entrepreneurs were able to survive the pandemic, a few stood out from the rest because they thrived during the pandemic. So while a lot of negative things can be said of the hurdles we faced during the height of this pandemic, especially for businesses, a select group of entrepreneurs has grown and excelled during this challenging time by taking that adversity head-on and thriving over the past year. By taking time to refocus and serving the new needs of customers in a wholly unique fashion, some entrepreneurs have taken the success of their business to a whole new level.
Now, more than ever is time for businesses to think about innovation. If you seek to grow a business of your own, assess who you are and what you want to be doing, and then commit to growing that vision. The following entrepreneurs did just that and this is why they were successful during the pandemic of 2020 and are doing even better now in 2021. So let’s check out the Top 10 Business Entrepreneurs of 2021!
Top 10 Entrepreneurs of 2021
Gary Vaynerchuk is the chairman of VaynerX, a modern-day media and communications company, and the active CEO of VaynerMedia, a full-service advertising agency servicing Fortune 100 clients. In addition to VaynerMedia, VaynerX also includes Gallery Media Group, which houses women’s and men’s lifestyle brands, and a partner in the athlete representation agency VaynerSports. He enchants you with motivation as a highly sought-after public speaker, a 5-time New York Times bestselling author. He is now the subject of DailyVee, an online documentary series highlighting what it’s like to be a CEO and public figure in today’s digital world, as well as the host of The GaryVee Audio Experience, a top 100 global podcast, and host of #AskGaryVee, a business and advice Q&A show which can be found on both YouTube and Facebook. Gary has also appeared as a judge in Apple’s first original series “Planet of the Apps”. His list is endless and growing rapidly! From the beginning to the end, Garyvee has been a prolific angel investor with early investments in companies such as Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr, Venmo, and Uber, and still finding new companies that could interest him.
Instagram – @garyvee
Grant Cardone began the 10X movement with his bestselling book The 10X Rule in 2011. He helps marketers, business people, and personal brands with his 10X Growth Conference where they learn strategies from the most successful entrepreneurs in the world to 10X Your Business, 10X Your Income, and 10X Your Life. CEO of CardoneCapital, international speaker, entrepreneur, and the author is the creator of 21 best-selling business programs. He owns & operates seven privately held companies and a $ 2.2 B portfolio of multifamily properties. Named the #1 marketer to watch by Forbes Magazine, Cardone is also the world’s largest business & entrepreneur conference. His straight-shooting viewpoints on leadership, the economy, small business, retail sales, employment, and headlines have made him a valuable resource for media seeking commentary and insights on real topics that matter. This man is a life-long learner we all need.
“SUCCESS IS YOUR DUTY, OBLIGATION, RESPONSIBILITY.”
Instagram – @grantcardone
Adamm, CEO & Founder of Rapid Launch Media, is responsible for making 7 of the biggest song hits in the world go viral on TikTok. Having partnered with the largest influencer house in the world ‘Club House’, Adamm brokers deals between Record Labels and the most followed influencers on social media. Adamm is also a creator himself and has amassed over 1 million followers across his social media platforms, primarily on Instagram and TikTok. He connects musicians with social media creators, who then help the musicians promote their music on TikTok and Instagram. Rapid Launch Media has done well over $1 Million Dollars in its first year and has worked on song campaigns for some of the biggest musicians like Don Toliver, Nicki Minaj, 6ix9ine, Tory Lanez, Kehlani, Busta Rhymes, Anderson Pak, etc. With people needing to stay home due to the pandemic, Adamm believes that his company has helped people discover cool, new music and to connect people from around the world.
“You have to be mentally motivated from the inside, not external factors, to accomplish your dreams.”
Doyin Morgan from Rockford Illinois, an influential and superwoman entrepreneur, is the face and the mind of Morgan Riich XXIV and Express Tax Credit Service Ltd. Her inspiration from her dad who was an aviation captain drew her to turning her brand designs into a multi-million dollar empire. Doyin is a smart, intuitive woman in Corporate America business having worked with Fortune 500 companies, helping them increase their capital revenue and income. She then left the corporate world to start her own brands – Morgan Riich is a uniquely positioned apparel and accessories brand rising high on fashion intersecting with streetwear, ‘Express Tax Credit Service Ltd’ venture to maximize refunds, and her personal brand ‘Morgan_upnext’. This serial entrepreneur is an expert in turning brands into a multi-million dollar empire and also aims to open a huge supper club in the Midwest area. Doyin Morgan is the epitome of being successful, a black African-American businesswoman who is driven to convert ideas to profitable ventures and make her family memorable forever with the “Morgan” name in her brands.
“Rich blood, rich mind, Riich soul – You will be flying rather sooner than later”
Instagram – @morgan_upnext
Hunter Cetta, from Murrieta, CA – the Connection Expert helps individuals network and elevate each other as a community. This man known for his consistency has now grown near 100k followers on Instagram and helps run a 6 figure PR business. Being a good conversationalist got him involved in MLM’s and he continued to connect and grow his reach via social media. That’s when Hunter was inspired to pursue Public Relations. Hunter is known to publish press releases at high-level publications, so if you are someone who requires help in PR, you know who to go to now! What sets him apart is his grit determination, consistency, and persuasion to succeed in life and business. Hunter Cetta’s focus is different. He believes investing time in growth is key to success. He has personally changed lives and networked with over 10,000 people via social media platforms.
“Seek New Opportunities. Waiting for something or someone to tell you what to do won’t lead to success. You must fail, fail forward, harder, and often because it is in failure when you learn, adapt and succeed.”
Instagram – @HunterCetta
Chris Ball, Managing Partner & Founder of Hoxton Capital Management, is one of the fastest-growing independent advisory firms in the UAE. Chris has grown the company from just five employees in 2018 to now operating in 6 global offices with over 180 employees globally. Hoxton Capital Management manages in excess of $500m providing financial advice across multiple global jurisdictions. Before Hoxton, Chris started his career with KPMG LLP as a Tax Adviser specializing in personal taxation issues relating to investment income and pensions. He then moved to the Middle East to join the deVere Group and eventually heading up the Qatar operations for the group dealing with HNW and UHNW individuals. The sole emphasis and foundation stone for his venture ‘Hoxton Capital’ is to help HNW and UHNW clients with borderless global financial advice. With his specialty being the ‘Retirement Needs’ planning, Chris is a UK level 6 qualified pension specialist registered Investment Adviser in the United States. He also holds qualifications to give financial advice in Australia and also the United Arab Emirates. Plan your financial decisions with Hoxton’s Wealth Protection, Wealth Creation, and Wealth Preservation plans.
Instagram – @hoxtoncapitalmanagement
Melissa Meza, Director of GG Homes & Co-founder of rising Up Residential (Startup Non-Profit focused on creating sustainable micro-housing to help combat the homeless crisis for local area veterans and single mothers). Her goal over the next few years is to take the for-profit business model used by real estate investment firms across the world and pivot to a non-profit model to give back to the Southern California community and help those most vulnerable in our society in need of help. Melissa would love to eventually scale and recreate this non-profit model in urban metro areas across the US. Although she has a huge task in front of her, she has accomplished a lot in her 19 years in the Real Estate Industry thus far. Melissa has held a multitude of different roles from business owner, fix and flip investor, landlord and as the boots-on-the-ground operator for both private equity funds as well as large hedge funds. This real estate wizard scales grows and transforms real estate investment firms into large institutionally funded companies. With the experience of over 4500 real estate investments and flips, she relies on her love for helping people and passion for lifting those around her up. She credits her success to her ability to turn local real estate agents and brokerages into lifelong referral partners from her unique value add programs and the educational platform she provides to the agents in her marketplaces. Melissa is a true analyst at heart and creates in-depth excel models that can help guide people in their investments. She creates win-win situations with distressed home sellers and focuses on making the real-estate industry a vehicle by which she transforms neighborhoods and lives for the better, which is an amazing gift to be able to give to the communities she serves.
“Your current situation is rarely your final destination. Learn to enjoy the journey of life… even when on a detour.”
Christien Bouc, founder of Bouc Media helps brands and businesses crush it on Instagram. The venture is now close to $500,000 dollars a year between its services and investment strategies and the goal is to scale to seven figures in 2021. Bouc Media helps clients build a massive fanbase, increase engagement, and boost their digital footprint online by growing targeted, organic followers. Christien and his team also specialize in building massive social proof fast with celebrity advertising campaigns. Clients of Bouc Media grow between 200,000 and 400,000 USA-based followers via influencer marketing as a norm and Christien has also scaled his Instagram Marketing Secrets Facebook group to over 20K members to date. With his reliable funnel, Christien consistently nurtures and converts new leads by educating the world on influencer marketing.
“Enjoy doing something you love. Be your own boss, Get up inspired and motivated to work. Keep making progress and growing physically, mentally, and in business.”
Instagram – @christienbouc
Alex Kowtun, Digital Media & Branding Expert, is the co-founder of Monkey In Paradise Vodka. Alex is a partner and manages Aviation Daily Instagram, the #1 Digital Aviation Media Authority. This charismatic man passed his Series 7, 63, and 65 Securities exams before the age of 21, and also held his Life, Accident, and Health Insurance Licenses, along with Real Estate Agent License. Throughout these exciting entrepreneurial adventures, Kowtun grew his personal brand on Facebook and Instagram and launched many social media accounts totally with over 790,000+ followers. Alex has become an Influencer that shares his routines and exciting lifestyle that can help his viewers grow along with him. Along with some of his weekly personal Lifestyle newspaper column named, Living In Paradise, in the Florida Weekly Newspaper, he is a frequent guest on ABC and NBC news affiliates and featured in Flying Magazine, Palm Beacher Magazine, West Palm Beach Magazine, Yahoo Finance, Buzz Feed, Palm Beach Daily News, The Street, and Palms West. His leisure time is occupied as he is an avid pilot, races cars, boats, and shows the people around him amazing social experiences. He is always out there motivating them to make the most of life.
Instagram – @successful
Markuss Hussle, a UK-based Digital Marketer began his marketing agency in 2019 and he guides people on how to start & automate a wildly profitable agency without any previous results as a complete beginner. With this marketing agency, he established some of the best outreach methods to sign consecutive clients with over £1k a month usually. His biggest inspiration was to help his mom retire in his first year of entrepreneurship, and he successfully did so by building his successful venture. Markuss’s systems have helped him reach incredible success at only 22. He shares the dynamic foundations for success, along with some tips and tricks of how to work less and earn more, some secrets to set meetings with clients ready to pay you, and getting astounding results while you work with them.
“No matter what your background is, you can still make it in life. It’s all about your perspective and how determined you are to change it! ”
Instagram – @markusshussle
Here are the ten entrepreneurs at various stages of their entrepreneurial journey across various industries who are stealing the limelight this 2021 and beyond.