Born: Gennady Vaynerchuk on November 14, 1975.
Raised: Emigrated with his family to the USA in 1978 and raised in Queens, New York, and then Edison, New Jersey.
Education: Bachelor’s degree from Mount Ida College in Newton, Massachusetts in 1998.
Career: At age 14, he joined his family’s retail-wine business. In 1999, took over his father’s Springfield, New Jersey store, Shopper’s Discount Liquors, later renaming it Wine Library and launching sales online. By 2005, Vaynerchuk grew the business from $3 million to $60 million a year. In 2006 started Wine Library TV, a daily webcast covering wine. In August 2011, Vaynerchuk announced he would be stepping away to build Vaynermedia, the digital ad agency he co-founded with his brother in 2009. In 2016 Vaynerchuk invested in the sports agency, Symmetry, to form Vaynersports to provide fullservice athlete representation.