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Elon Musk, Oprah Winfrey, and Steve Jobs: Who is an Entrepreneurial Role Model?

Role models and imitation are important in entrepreneurship. In an October 2013 paper, “Getting the Bug: Is (Growth) Entrepreneurship Contagious,” we looked at the role of imitation in spurring entrepreneurship. In a related effort, this paper looks at entrepreneurial role models through the lens of which entrepreneurs are most readily identifiable by U.S. residents.