The Entrepreneurs of the Decade: 2000 to 2009

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Peter Theil of PayPal

He is best known now for the many businesses he’s invested in, including Facebook, Yelp, and LinkedIn. But we haven’t forgotten that, early in this decade, Theil along with Max Levchin and Elon Musk developed and sold PayPal. The simple, secure online payment system (which is taken for granted today) was not only a great business in its own right; it made e-commerce feasible for hundreds of thousands of start-ups and solo entrepreneurs.