XWe have detected your location as outside the U.S/Canada, if you think this is wrong, you can choose your location.

Palgrave Macmillan


How to Create Innovative Global Businesses and Transform Human Societies

ISBN 9781137376145
Publication Date January 2014
Formats Hardcover Ebook (EPUB) Ebook (PDF) 
Publisher Palgrave Macmillan

Überpreneurs are entrepreneurs who do more than just build businesses or even entire industries; they drive economic, social and environmental changes on a truly global scale.

This book charts the lives and achievements of 36 extraordinary individuals, telling their unique stories and demonstrating how their entrepreneurial spirit and heroic visions are changing the world for the better. The stories include those of business-savvy IKEA founder Ingvar Kamprad, the personal brand power of Oprah Winfrey, the pioneering social entrepreneur and creator of Child and Youth Finance International, Jeroo Billimoria, and the highly disruptive co-founder of Skype, Niklas Zennström, who wants the whole world to talk for free.

By exploring and analysing these inspirational stories, the authors reveal not only the critical characteristics that distinguish überpreneurs from other entrepreneurs, but also the insights that they can offer to businesses seeking to become more innovative, governments striving to build smarter economies and young people aspiring to more meaningful careers.

Visit www.uberpreneurs.com to find out more.

Peter Andrews, formerly Queensland Chief Scientist, has founded or co-founded half a dozen biotechnology companies, two of which have drugs on international markets, and several major research centres. He is a Fellow of both the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering and the Australian Institute of Company Directors, and an Officer of the Order of Australia.

Fiona Wood is a science and innovation policy analyst who advises research and government agencies in Europe, Asia and North America on how to align research investment with stakeholder expectations. Her current research focuses on the vital role that innovation and entrepreneurship play in creating new businesses, more rewarding jobs and, ultimately, a happier planet.

1. Here's to the Crazy Ones!

2. Sofas, Spirits and Skirts
Ingvar Kamprad – IKEA
Chuck Feeney – Duty Free Shoppers Group
Amancio Ortega – Zara
3. Building Hope and Pride
Mo Ibrahim – Celtel
Liu Yonghao – New Hope
Kiran Mazumdar-Shaw – Biocon
4. Space Invasion
Richard Branson – Virgin Group
Elon Musk - PayPal, Tesla
Jeff Bezos – Amazon Inc

5. Speed Bytes
Bill Gates - Microsoft
Larry Page - Google
Niklas Zennström – Skype
6. From Helix to Helico
George Rathmann - Amgen
Craig Venter – J Craig Venter Institute
Barry Marshall – The University of Western Australia
7. Coming Clean
Olivia Lum - Hyflux
Zhengrong Shi- Suntech
Shai Agassi – Better Place

8. Looking Good
Luiz Seabra – Natura Cosmetics
Martha Tilaar - Martha Tilaar Group
9. Feeling Good
Jamie Oliver – Jamie Oliver Group
Oprah Winfrey – Harpo Productions
10. Finding Friends ...
Mark Zuckerberg - Facebook
Ma 'Pony' Huateng - Tencent
11. ... and Family
Gilad Japhet – MyHeritage
Nayna Patel – Akanksha Infertility Clinic
Doron Mamet – Tammuz

12. Money Matters
Muhammad Yunus - Grameen Bank
Claus-Peter Zeitinger – ProCredit Bank
13. AIDS Crusades
Mechai Viravaidya - Population & Community Development Association
Mitch Besser – Mothers2Mothers
14. Kids' Biz
Jeroo Billimoria - Aflatoun
Soraya Salti – Injaz-al-Arab
15. Living off the Land
Roy Prosterman - Landesa
Sheikh Mohammed Hussein Ali Al-Amoudi - MIDROC
Sai Ramakrishna Karuturi - Karuturi Global

16. The Nature of Überpreneurs



'This is a book packed with energy, hope, and power. By focusing on the trajectories of some of the most extraordinary entrepreneurs of our time, Andrews and Wood remind us of the immense transformative power of individuals relative to governments and other institutions.' - Yves Tiberghien, Director, Institute of Asian Research, University of British Columbia
'For someone who has witnessed the challenges to success in both the academic world and private enterprise, Überpreneurs offers a unique and insightful perspective on the vital ingredients of leadership and vision.' - John Shine AO FAA, Garvan Institute of Medical Research and Chairman, CSL Limited
"This book will inspire the future architects of better and more inclusive societies." - Ashir Ahmed, Grameen Communications and Kyushu University
'Andrews and Wood have made innovation and transformation accessible, understandable and doable. An inspirational and entertaining read, full of timeless insights into transformation and success.' - Sandra Harding, Vice-Chancellor & President, James Cook University, and Chair, Universities Australia
'Überpreneurs provides not only a rich cache of case studies, but fascinating and compelling insights into the people changing our lives. It should be recommended reading in any MBA or Executive Leadership program that aims to transform students' thinking.' - Damian Scanlon, Director, MBA Program, University of Adelaide
"Through their relentless pursuit of dreams and passions, these individuals, the überpreneurs, transcend the ephemeral light of celebrity fame and glory, offering instead a solid beacon of hope for the future." - Jorge Vanegas, Dean, College of Architecture, Texas A&M University
'Überpreneurship is about much more than making money. The subjects of this book are making our world a better place. In the end it is imaginative people with a real drive, often from very young ages, that are improving the human condition." - David Strangway, FRSC, OC, Inaugural President of the Canada Foundation for Innovation, Founder of Quest University, and Advisor to the African Union
'Überpreneurs will inspire creative young people with great ideas to step up and improve the world'. - Gabriel Marquette, Director, Industry Relations CNRS-INSU and Chair, EUROGIA+
Add a review