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Business Insider: Sal Khan named a Top 10 Business Visionary Creating Value for the World

Thursday, July 14, 2016

Business Insider: The CreatorsIn June 2016, Business Insider named Sal Khan one of the "Top 10 Business Visionaries Creating Value for the World."

Also included in the Top 10:

  • Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook)
  • Howard Schultz (Starbucks)
  • Michael Joseph (Vodafone)
  • Marc Benioff (Salesforce)
  • Bill and Melinda Gates (Gates Foundation)
  • Sergey Brin and Larry Page (Google)
  • Elon Musk (Tesla and SpaceX)
  • Paul Tudor Jones (Tudor Investment Corporation, The Robin Hood Foundation, and Just Capital)
  • Paul Polman (Unilever)

The following text is from Business Insider.

At Business Insider, we believe capitalism can and should be a force for good.

We recently released our inaugural edition of Business Insider 100: The Creators, with which we are celebrating leaders who embody this spirit.

Many rankings focus only on those who have achieved great financial success. Our CEO Henry Blodget sums up the drawbacks of such a focus:

"The more money you make, the implication is, the better and more successful you are. We believe this cheapens the mission and sense of purpose that many great business leaders bring to their companies and products. And it certainly undersells their inspiring accomplishments."

Over the course of several months, we scoured the business landscape for inventive leaders making bold moves to create value for four constituencies: shareholders, employees, consumers, and society.

We found companies from around the world, both public and private, across many industries. We considered not only what they have created, but how. We consulted a variety of databases, including Glassdoor to gauge employee sentiment and Wealth-X to chart noteworthy philanthropic missions.

Here's a look at the top 10 people and companies that made the list. 

Salman Khan: Founder and CEO, Khan Academy

Sal Khan never expected to be an educator. He started his career at a hedge fund and tutored his young cousins on the side, particularly in math and science. After he started uploading the lessons to YouTube in 2006, many students other than his cousins tuned in, and Khan realized he was onto something big.

By 2009, he had quit his job to devote his time to Khan Academy, a revolutionary nonprofit offering free online video tutorials to people around the globe. The company officially launched with the support of Silicon Valley elite: Founding partners include Google and the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation. Today, Khan Academy has 40 million registered users who consume video tutorials across many subjects in multiple languages.

Khan aims to close the gap between wealthy students who are able to pay for tutors and test-prep classes and low-income students without easy access to these training tools. “We have a mission for a free, world-class education for anyone, anywhere,” Khan told Business InsiderAcknowledging critics, including those who find the lecture format to be limiting, he says, “I'd never say [the videos] somehow constitute a complete education. If I'm confused about something, hey, to get a 5-, 10-minute explanation of it, I think that's valuable.”

Last June, Khan Academy launched free SAT-prep courses and materials in partnership with College Board, a big step forward in making higher education universally accessible. Khan also has opened the brick-and-mortar Khan Lab School in Mountain View, California — an experimental program that lets students advance at their own pace.  

Read the full list of 100 visionaries at Business Insider.