10 of the Top Business Influencers Who Can Help You Grow Your Brand

Brandon Brown

Brandon Brown

Business influencers have a significant impact on how business is carried out today. These influencers will motivate you to dream big and believe in yourself. They will also teach you a few crucial lessons to succeed in business.

We have compiled a list of top business influencers from different industries. You can find the right influencer for your brand and learn what makes these business influencers so popular.

1. Gary Vaynerchuk

Gary Vaynerchuk is an American entrepreneur known for skyrocketing his family wine business within the first five years. He realized the power of online influence much earlier and transformed his family’s wine company into the first wine ecommerce platform.

The international celebrity is the chairman of New York based VaynerX, a media and communications holding company and VaynerMedia, a full-service advertising agency.

Gary is also an investor in many ventures like Twitter, Snapchat, Uber, and others. He also hosts a YouTube docu-series and a podcast.

Born in the former USSR, Gary is a very influential public speaker, a 5-time New York Times bestselling author and has been featured in many important publications.

Gary Vaynerchuk

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2. Arianna Huffington

Arianna Huffington is an international media personality who founded the award-winning news platform, The Huffington Post. She stepped down from her post as a President and Editor-in-Chief of The Huffington Post Media Group in October 2016 to launch Thrive Global. Thrive Global is a startup company dedicated to health and wellness.

Huffington has been recognized by various media outlets, appearing on The Guardian’s “Top 100 in Media List” and Forbes’ "The World's 100 Most Powerful Women."

Born in Greece, this business influencer has written many articles and authored 15 books. The famous entrepreneur, mother, author, and speaker is known for maintaining success and balance in all of her business ventures.

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3. Saygin Yalcin

Saygin Yalcin is a German entrepreneur of Turkish descent. He is the founder and CEO of SellAnyCar.com. He founded the first and largest online private shopping club in the Middle East, Sukar.com. He is also partner at Jabbar Internet Group.

Currently living in Dubai, the shrewd businessman is also one of the most popular social media business influencers. His YouTube videos cover advice from him and others about turning one’s ideas and dreams into a reality.

The respected businessman conducts guest lectures at the Canadian University of Dubai and has several other achievements to his credit. He’s been given the title of “Technology Innovator of the Year” and referred to as "the region's online business guru" in the Middle East.

Saygin Yalcin

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4. Melinda Emerson

Known as “SmallBizLady,”  small business expert, Melinda Emerson, is a well-known American entrepreneur. This small business influencer is also a professional speaker, social media strategist, and small business coach.

Motivated by Oprah Winfrey’s Harpo Studios, Inc., Melinda left her television career to pursue her business dream and created an award-winning production company.

As the CEO and founder of Quintessence Multimedia, Melinda has worked for big names like Johnson & Johnson, Verizon, Enterprise Rent-A-Car, Comcast, and others.

Melinda hosts a weekly talk show on Twitter, SmallBizChat that discusses everything about launching and running a profitable small business. The veteran entrepreneur has numerous awards and accolades to her credit. She has authored two books and written many social media articles.

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5. Tim Ferriss

Tim Ferriss is an American entrepreneur, best selling author, investor, and public speaker. Born in New York, Ferriss founded his own internet company BrainQUICKEN (later sold it to a London-based firm) and also started an audiobook publishing venture, Tim Ferriss Publishing.

Ferriss is also an investor and advisor to startups such as StumbleUpon, Posterous, Evernote, DailyBurn, Shopify, TaskRabbit, and more.

Till now, Ferriss has published five books and he is the man behind the bestselling book “Four-Hour Work Week.” The book has been translated into 35 languages and has sold more than a million copies worldwide.  

He also created a blog titled, "TheFourHourWorkWeek.com" before the launch of the book. As one of the most sought-after business influencers, he hosts the podcast, "The Tim Ferriss Show" in which he offers tips on various topics.

Tim Ferriss

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6. Marie Forleo

Marie Forleo is an American entrepreneur, writer, life coach, and motivational speaker. She is also the host of MarieTV, a web television series.

This passionate woman is also the owner of Marie Forleo International, and B-School. The lifestyle expert teaches smart business marketing strategies and conducts dynamic training programs for business owners and individuals.

The young business influencer, through her free and paid programs, offers advice on succeeding in business and life. She is dedicated to helping people reach their full potential and achieve their dreams.

Her bestselling book, “Make Every Man Want You: How to Be So Irresistible You'll Barely Keep from Dating Yourself!” has been published in sixteen different languages.

This marketing celebrity has also been interviewed by Oprah Winfrey and Tony Robbins. And she has counseled young business owners at Richard Branson’s Centre of Entrepreneurship in South Africa.

Marie Forleo

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The popular media personality sports more than 200k followers on Twitter and has 347k followers on her Instagram account.

7. Richard Branson

Richard Branson is the British entrepreneur who started Virgin Records, a record company, in the early 1970s. He is better known for his multinational Virgin Group.

Starting as a teenager with the magazine, Student, his unusual business and management practices have created a multi-billion empire that includes an international airline.

The Virgin Group has now expanded to several countries around the world and the businesses include a train company, a luxury game preserve, a mobile phone company, and a space-tourism company, Virgin Galactic.

Branson is famous for his adventure stunts and has set records in powerboat racing and hot-air ballooning. He is also known for his brief appearances on several TV shows and films and has received several awards.

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The philanthropist has more than 12 million followers on his Twitter account.

8. Sallie Krawcheck

Sallie Krawcheck is the CEO and Co-Founder of Ellevest, a digital investment advisory platform for women aimed at encouraging women to invest. Known as the most powerful woman on Wall Street, Krawcheck is known for turning around sinking businesses and growing them.

She has authored the best-selling book, “Own It: The Power of Women at Work,” and has written several columns for Reuters and The Huffington Post, among others. This business influencer has made numerous appearances on CNBC and is quite active on social media with almost 57k followers on Twitter.

Sallie Krawcheck

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9. Fred Wilson

Fred Wilson is an American entrepreneur, venture capitalist, blogger, and one of the top business influencers today. He is the owner of the blog site AVC.com and is a co-founder of Flatiron Partners.

Wilson is well-known in tech circles for his popular blog and for a legacy of internet investment success rates. The early investor has backed companies such as Foursquare, Twitter, Tumblr, Zynga, and Etsy. As a strong supporter and board member of cryptocurrency marketplace, Coinbase, Wilson is also an important name in crypto circles.

Based in New York, Fred is now a partner in Union Square Ventures, a New York City-based venture capital firm which he initially co-founded.

Fred Wilson

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Fred has 647k followers on his Twitter account.

10. Lori Greiner

Lori Greiner is an American inventor, entrepreneur, television personality and author of the bestselling book, “Invent It, Sell It, Bank It.”

She holds 120 U.S. and international patents and has invented more than 600 products. These products are featured in her show, “Clever and Unique Creations” on @QVC and in top magazines such as The Oprah Magazine and InStyle.

Lori’s first product was a specialized jewelry box. The product was a quick success and eventually encouraged her to launch a new line of complementary items. As one of the most successful business influencers, she has dealt with all kinds of useful lifestyle products.

Currently, she is a host on ABC’s Shark Tank and is known to have a net worth of several million dollars.

Lori Greiner

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Conclusion

It is difficult to launch a new business and make it work. But business influencers can be great inspiration. They not only alert us to the new business trends, but they can also teach us better ways to conduct business.

Follow the above business influencers to get to know them better and be inspired by them.

Do you think we have missed any important business influencers? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Brandon Brown

Brandon Brown

Brandon Brown is the CEO of Grin, an influencer marketing software solution for brands. Grin’s software helps customers identify, recruit & activate the world’s most engaging influencers. Prior to Grin Brandon led marketing for the #1 energy drink market in the world, Los Angeles & Orange County, at Red Bull North America. He is an expert in consumer marketing and has extensive experience working with with the worlds largest brands to reach consumers through influencers, athletes, musicians and artists.

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