Achievements: Founder and CEO of Ingram Industries, Bronson Ingram got into the software business in 1985 when his company acquired Software Distribution Services. In 1989, Ingram Industries purchased the remaining shares of Micro D., a computer distribution company -- which eventually became Ingram Micro. After a six month battle with cancer, Bronson Ingram died in June 1995. By that time, his computing empire had reached $9 billion in revenue, and by 1998, Ingram Micro was the largest computer distributor in the world.
Today: Since his death, Ingram Industries has been run by his wife and their two sons. Santa Ana, Calif.-based Ingram Micro continues to be a leader in the world of computing and the delivery of technology, including cloud computing and infrastructure-as-a-service. While Ingram's wife remembers him as a modest man who would have rather kept Ingram Micro a private company, deals for its public offering in 1996 were underway before his death and, despite a slowing market, the company continues to fare well in comparison to its competitors.