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Tony Hsieh, CEO and Director of Zappos.com

It all started in 1999 when Nick Swinmurn made an unproductive trip to the mall in search of shoes. Disappointed by his lack of purchases, Swinmurn got the idea for Zappos.com, a one-stop shop for men's, women's and children's shoes. But first, Swinmurn needed financial backing. He persuaded Tony Hsieh, who had earned $270 million from selling LinkExchange to Microsoft in 1998, to jump on board. .........................................................................
Millionaire Joel Boblit's online toy empire featured on MSNBC

Joel Bolit is featured in "How 23 young millionaires built their empires" on MSNBC. Boblit parlayed nostalgia for his childhood toys into big-time business when he discovered how much Transformers were being sold for online.

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