Famous Businesspersons from Washington D.C

Washington D.C is the capital of the United States of America, and home to the White House, Congress and the Supreme Court. Founded in 1791 as the new capital of the USA after taking land from the nearby Virginia and Maryland States, the city in under exclusive jurisdiction of the United States Congress, and hence is not part of any of the states of USA. It was named after and in honour of George Washington.

Washington is home to 176 foreign embassies, as well as scores of non profit organizations, lobbying groups, international organizations and trade unions. It also houses a number of monuments and museums, and is the official political capital of the United States. It is the 25th most populous place in the country, but residents from nearby Maryland and Virginia increase its population during the weekdays.

Al Gore

Al Gore

Most famous for losing out to George Bush in the 2000 U.S Presidential Elections, Al Gore is a former Vice President of the United States of America and an award winning author of the documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth”. Gore served in the U.S House of Representatives as well as the U.S senate for 24 years before becoming the 45th Vice President of the United States of America in 1993 under Bill Clinton. He served as the Vice President for two terms, from 1993 to 2000.

He was selected as the democratic nomination for the 2000 Presidential Election, but famously lost to the eventual winner, George Bush. He then authored the documentary, “An Inconvenient Truth” for which he won the Nobel Peace Prize. The documentary also won an Academy Award in 2007, and Gore finished runner up for Time Magazine’s person of the year in 2007.

He is the founder of a number of non profit organizations, including “Alliance for Climate Protection”. He is the co-chair of “Generation Investment Management”, a member of the board of directors of Apple Inc, and a special advisor to Google and is also a partner in the venture capital firm, “Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers”.

Heather Podesta

Heather Podesta

Dubbed as “The Insider’s Insider” by the Washington Post, Heather Podesta is an American Lobbyist and a senior partner in the lobbying firm, “Heather Podesta + Partners”. She is the wife of Lobbyist Tony Podesta and the sister in law of former White House chief of staff John Podesta.

Podesta is one of the most well known lobbyists in Washington and yields considerable influence in the political circle. Her clients include health care companies “Cigna” and “HealthSouth”, financial giants “Prudential” and “Swiss Re” and energy titans “Marathon Oil”. She is also a well known art collector with her husband and is involved with the artistic investment group PodestaMattoon.

 Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg

The first woman to be elected into the Board of Directors of Facebook, Sandberg is the current Chief Operating Officer of Facebook and has held that position since 2008. Before that, she was Vice President of the Global Online Sales and Operations at Google.

Sandberg previously served as the Chief of staff for the United States Department of Treasury, and was elected into the Facebook board of directors in 2012. She has been named as one of the 100 most influential people of 2012 by Time Magazine.

Dave Bing

Dave Bing

Most famous for his time with the National Basketball Association (NBA) as a professional basketball player, Dave Bing is the current Mayor of Detroit and a businessman. He played in the NBA primarily for the Detroit Pistons, and is a seven time All Star.

In 1996, Bing was named as one of the NBA’s 50 greatest players of all time. After retiring, he formed “Bing Steel”, which was initialling started as a manufacturing concern but later concentrated as a middleman. Bing Steel was later transformed into the “Bing Group” and is a big time supplier to the automobile industry of Detroit. He was elected as Mayor of Detroit in 2009.

Tyoka Jackson

Tyoka Jackson

Tyoka Jackson is a former professional football player, who played in the NFL from 1994 to 2006. He signed with the Miami Dolphins in the 1994 season, but moved to the Tampa Bay Buccaneers the following. He played 5 seasons for the Buccaneers and five seasons for the St Louis Rams, before playing his final season with the Detroit Lions in 2006.

Apart from being a successful football player, Jackson is also a successful businessman who started the Jackson Investment company in 1995, shortly after beginning his NFL career. The company specializes in the purchase and development of residential real estate for urban renewal projects.

Eric Schmidt

Eric Schmidt

A software engineer by profession, Schmidt is the executive chairman of Google and served as the company’s chief executive from 2001 to 2011. Schmidt is regarded as one of the best CEO’s in the world, and is credited with making Google the giant it is today. He stepped down as Chief Executive in 2011, but continues as Executive Chairman to this day and is a senior advisor to Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin.

Schmidt has also served on the board of directors of Apple Inc from 2006 to 2009, and left after a conflict of interest arose as Google and Apple became competitors. He is also the co-founder of “Innovation Endeavors”, a venture fund focusing on investing in new ideas related to technology. So far, the company has already invested in more than 30 companies around the world.

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