Bill Gates. Jeff Bezos. FedEx’s Fred Smith. Dave Thomas of Wendy’s. Mark Zuckerberg.
If the business world had a hall of fame for founder/ chief executive officers, they would be some of its charter members. These innovators not only started high-flying companies but ran them for a long time, or still do.
They’re the exceptions, however. Here’s a more common scenario: Entrepreneur starts a company. Company grows.