LA Weekly’s Top 10 Entrepreneurs Of 2022

In the past couple of decades, entrepreneurial spirits have been reshaping the innovations and how the world operates. From leveraging their simple ideas to building groundbreaking businesses out of it, philanthropists and business enthusiasts have found their way to success. Be it men or women entrepreneurs, their unconventional choices and boundless contributions have managed to inspire many young and aspiring entrepreneurs to find their purposes.

The entrepreneurs on this list are all entirely different, and their stories will inspire you to join their ranks.

Grant Cardone

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Grant Cardone is the author of eight business books, thirteen business programs, and is the CEO of seven privately held companies.  Forbes calls him one of the top social media business influencers in the world. Cardone founded and manages a real estate investment firm, Cardone Capital, with $5 Billion assets under management. He also travels the world consulting Fortune 500 companies, small business owners, startups and governments on business expansion. One of his enterprises recently hosted The 10X Growth Conference at Miami Marlins Park in Miami, Florida with over 34,000 business people and entrepreneurs in attendance from over fifty countries. Mr. Cardone resides in Miami with his wife, Elena Cardone and their two children, Sabrina and Scarlett. Click here for his latest blogs, news, tips, training, and where to catch him LIVE!

Alex Hormozi

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Alex Hormozi is a first generation Iranian-American entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist. In 2013, he started his first brick & mortar business, successfully scaling his business to six locations in three years. From there, he spent two years turning 32+ brick & mortar businesses around using the same model that made his privately owned locations successful. In total, He has scaled and exited 7 companies. His most notable exit was his majority sale of his licensing company for $46.2M in 2021. Concurrently in 2020, he transitioned from CEO to the owner/shareholder position in these companies and founded as a way to invest his own wealth (both monetary and intellectual capital) into other businesses.

Jeff Lerner

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Jeff Lerner is a self-made millionaire and founder and Chief Vision Officer of ENTRE Institute, an education platform which enrolled over 200,000 users in its first three years. He is also the author of “Unlock Your Potential: The Ultimate Guide for Creating Your Dream Life in the Modern World.”  His platform provides guidance to entrepreneurs on how to expand their businesses in the digital world. Lerner is considered a prolific founder who is known for his problem-solving approach and has built multiple businesses that have well over 8 figures of income. Lerner’s companies have been recognized by INC magazine and three of them were named in the INC 5000 list. He speaks at conferences and industry events on the topics of entrepreneurship and education. In 2021, Lerner launched Entresoft, a full suite of business tools and in a very short period of time, it became one of the most well-known business management software packages available for smaller companies. He also hosts a top 100 business podcast on his YouTube channel. To learn more about Jeff Lerner, click here.

Ashvin Melwani

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Ashvin Melwani is a Co-founder and the CMO of Obvi, –one of the world’s fastest-growing health & nutrition brands. Earlier in his career, he ascertained his marketing genius when he managed over $15M of marketing spending through his boutique digital advertising & growth agency, Ghost3Media. With his expertise and management of Obvi’s 7-figure monthly digital marketing budget since 2019, the company has surpassed 250,000 customers globally, all while boot-strapping its way to $36M in sales in only three years. Obvi holds its community dearly, which has been its priority since its launch. The company’s desire has always been to educate its consumers first, presenting that taking collagen shouldn’t be a chore, nor should it be taken as a reactive measure. The community has thrived and surpassed 50,000 members within its Facebook group and helped the brand outshine its competitors in such a saturated market. As a result, Obvi is poised to become a market leader in collagen, superfoods, daily essentials, and women’s overall health products. To learn more about Ashvin Melwani and his company, click here.

Bill Jennings

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Bill Jennings is the President and Founder of Pathway Financial with the sole purpose of helping entrepreneurs and real estate investors overcome their greatest obstacle: the lack of capital. To date, Bill has helped provide over $500 Million dollars in funding across the country. Founded in 2010, the company has grown to become the trusted benefactor for tens of thousands of clients to build and maintain their businesses from the ground up. By leveraging their understanding of lending guidelines in addition to the company’s proprietary software, which creates a customized funding plan for every client, they’ve been able to offer capital at 0% interest for up to 24 months. Bill’s immense success in the sector with Pathway Financial had led him to share the stage and work closely with the likes of Gary Vaynerchuk, Dean Graziosi, Shark Tank’s Kevin Harrington, A&E’s Flippin’ Vegas star Scott Yancey, and has even become the preferred funding partner of Shark Tank’s Kevin O’Leary. To learn more about Bill Jennings, click here.

Jonathan Fogelberg

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Jonathan Fogelberg is the Founder of one of the fastest digital health companies in Europe. He is recognized as the “pro creator” in Sweden as he’s helped ten athletes become IFBB professionals and won over 280 podium placements with his clients. Despite his overwhelming successes, the global pandemic caused the cancellation of all competitions. Fogelberg switched gears and started concentrating his efforts on leading CEOs and other high performers to better health, cognitive function, and increased productivity. His passion for helping people optimize their lives quickly translated to success once again. Today, his organization offers two programs; one curated explicitly for CEOs and COOs, and the other has become Europe’s fastest-growing fat-loss program. In the 90-day challenge, participants are guaranteed at least a 9% weight loss, and over 2,500 clients reinforce these claims with impressive results. Jonathan plans to bring the program into the USA as early as next year and internationally by 2024. To learn more about Jonathan Fogelberg, click here.

Juan Monegro

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Juan Monegro is the CEO of Mason Capital. Juan was born in Manhattan and raised in the Bronx. From early childhood, he had a strong passion for helping others, but unfortunately for him, his caring nature and genuine heart wasn’t enough to get him through school. It was difficult for him, and he had to settle for a GED. It was when he started working as a Verizon Sales Representative that his life would change. Not only did the company help Juan fall in love with sales, but it paid for his college tuition as well. It was just before his graduation when he joined Yellowstone Capital and had immediate success. So much so that it wasn’t long before Juan founded his own capital fund called Mason Capital, where he specializes in funding for businesses regardless of credit score and the thoughts of major banks. Just recently, he and his company celebrated their 10-year anniversary marking over 16,000 deals cumulatively worth over $250M. He attributes all of his success to hard work and dedication as he routinely tells his audience that in order to be successful, you must be willing to outwork every single person. To learn more about Juan Monegro, click here. 

Tara Mackey

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Tara Mackey is a multi-faceted woman adept in many sectors. She is the CEO of The Organic Life, a thriving holistic and sustainable living platform, a prominent activist, and a highly respected and accomplished recording artist and scientist. In addition to her long list of successes, Tara is the #1 bestselling author of Cured by nature and WILD Habits. She founded her company Genetix out of necessity and a need she also shared. Like many women, she says she desired a larger chest size, but surgery and chemical-laden creams were out of the question. Tara sought a solution that would create long-term yet gentle results for the body while being 100% organic. And as a result of her relentless work ethic and genuine desire to help women across the globe, She was able to produce her own solution with superfoods! After years of outstanding results and thousands of testimonials, her products are now available at Walmart. To learn more about Tara Mackey, click here.

Bryce Cano

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Bryce Cano is a man of many talents. He is a realtor, real estate investor, and founder of Hygge Home Rentals. Throughout his life, he had always been fascinated by real estate and had a strong passion for helping people with their dream accommodations. However, he hadn’t ever been satisfied with traditional rentals on Airbnb. By identifying the need for a brand of experiential properties with unique amenities that you couldn’t find before, he was able to build a highly successful company. Bryce prioritized quality above all else and, as a result, created an impressive portfolio of rental properties and high-level clients. Bryce loves to go the extra mile for his clients as he and his team brand each property and create a social media page dedicated to each one, but they don’t stop there. They take care of their content and even partner with brands and influencers on their behalf. Bryce’s tenacious work ethic and dedication to each of his clients have brought him and his company so much success that they’ve already launched into their third market with hopes of another three very soon. To learn more about Bryce Cano, click here.

Jon Elder

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Jon Elder is a Texan entrepreneur, speaker, and leading voice for Amazon sellers across the globe. He is best known for his rapid success on Amazon, selling over $10,000,000 in under 5 years and exiting for mid-7 figures.  He has also been featured in notable publications like Forbes and CNN. Since his exit, he has launched a wildly successful consulting agency, Black Label Advisor. He specializes in helping private label sellers launch, scale, and exit their brands as quickly as possible. It’s not uncommon for brand owners to experience unprecedented growth while maintaining profit margins when working with Jon. The future on Amazon is brighter than ever and Jon has a desire to see countless brand owners position themselves to capture as much of the coming gold rush as possible.

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