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Ex-Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh has died at 46. Here's how the iconic entrepreneur went from selling pizzas from his Harvard dorm to leading the shoe company he sold to Amazon for $1.2 billion

Ex-Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh has died at 46. Here's how the iconic entrepreneur went from selling pizzas from his Harvard dorm to leading the shoe company he sold to Amazon for $1.2 billion


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Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh has died at the age of 46.




Hsieh, a Harvard grad, went from selling pizza out of his dorm room to establishing himself as an eccentric and well-liked entrepreneur.




In his first year at the company, Zappos went from almost nothing in sales to $1.6 million.




Hsieh moved Zappos headquarters to Las Vegas, Nevada, and began an initiative to make the city another Silicon Valley.




He announced in August he was retiring after more than 20 years at the company, which is owned by Amazon.




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Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh (pronounced Shay) has died at the age of 46. His death was due to injuries he sustained from a house fire while he was with his brother in Connecticut over Thanksgiving, a spokesperson told TechCrunch."The world has lost a tremendous visionary and an incredible human being," Zappos CEO Kedar Deshpande said in a statement. "We recognize that not only have we lost our inspiring former leader, but many of you have also lost a mentor and a friend."Hsieh in August announced his retirement from the company after 20 years, marking the end of a chapter for the eccentric but widely admired entrepreneur.During his tenure leading the company, Hsieh moved the company's headquarters from San Francisco to Las Vegas as part of a larger effort to make Vegas the new Silicon Valley. While the full scope of his vision hasn't panned out, he made a name for himself in the business community and brought noteworthy attractions to the city, including Container Park and the "Life is Beautiful" music festival.The former CEO also made headlines when he created "Llamapolis," a mini community where Hsieh lived with his two alpacas.From selling pizza in his dorm room to seeing Zappos acquired by Amazon, here's what you need to know about Hsieh's career rise.

While little is known about Hsieh's early life, he was born in 1973 and grew up in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Ex-Zappos CEO Tony Hsieh has died at 46. Here's how the iconic entrepreneur went from selling pizzas from his Harvard dorm to leading the shoe company he sold to Amazon for $1.2 billion

San Francisco, CA, where Hsieh was raised.
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