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NY Weekly’s 10 CEOs in 2021

Over the years, the business and entrepreneurial landscape has witnessed a plethora of success stories ranging from those with humble origins to those that began with a bang. Although the brilliant leaders behind the most successful ventures and enterprises have different journeys, they share the same passion for innovation, growth, and development. Immensely fueled by their revolutionary vision, luminaries from various industries addressed themselves to the challenge of creating an impact and making their marks. These must-watch figures continue to inspire and motivate others to move forward and try something new. The following is a list of the top 10 CEOS in 2021. 

1. Jeff Bezos

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Amazon Founder and CEO Jeff Bezos is a serial entrepreneur, investor, and media proprietor. With a net worth in the billions, Jeff is regarded as one of the world’s most powerful and influential figures.

Before launching an e-commerce empire, Jeff was a Princeton University summa cum laude graduate who joined a New York investment bank in 1990. Tasked to examine lucrative Internet opportunities, Jeff Bezos considered a virtual bookstore and, in 1994, left his job to launch Amazon.

For decades, Amazon has been recognized as a dynamic force in the advancements of the 21st century. With Jeff as the CEO, the company has grown exponentially, and following his step down this 2021, as reported by Forbes, he will continue to lead it as the executive chairman.

Instagram: @jeffbezos 


2. Ciro Evangelista

“To admire the essence of all things is to link their bare beauty to the world in unity” is lauded entrepreneur and art patron Ciro Evangelista’s statement, which encapsulates his mission.

A member of the renowned Evangelista family of Italy, Ciro Evangelista is an industry leader introducing game-changing innovations and environments born out of a forward-thinking international perspective. Before establishing a stellar reputation in business and philanthropy, Ciro accumulated experience through studies in Europe, North America, and South America.

This education allowed him to create conducive spaces and products that elevate individuals to achieve their goals. His latest initiative combines his experience in diplomacy work and design entrepreneurship. The HouseOfEvangelista, a charitable international performing arts organization, is designed to support the cause of the LGBT+ community against stigma and towards rightful recognition.


3. David Santiago

Disrupting the hair loss industry through the non surgical techniques that he offers, David took his company Scalp Solutions® and turned it into one of the leading hair loss studios in New York. The company will also introduce its line of after-care products and hair maintenance summer of 2021. He hopes to sustain the momentum by franchising the company to other parts of America and other nations in coming years. After the success of Scalp Solutions®, he sought to start a new venture creating long term wealth and formed Sanport Group. The company provides trucking, logistics, and consulting services nationwide.


4. April Custodio

House of Talent was created when April Custodio merged her love for the entertaining and helping talent make their dreams come true. April Custodio is credited with being one of the fastest growing hands-on casting companies the industry has to offer. “Visions change by the second, so we must be sharp and on top of everything 24/7. My clients and talent have access to me at all times. This creates an industry-leading organization focused on trust, service, and performance.” Combining her corporate, entertainment, and philanthropic principles, April Custodio has been named as one of the Top 10 Entrepreneurs of 2021 along with Elon Musk, as well as one of the top 10 Instagrams to follow along with Matthew McConaughey.

Instagram: @tallapril


5. Beverley Vaughn

Beverley Vaughn is a renowned dynamic speaker, author, televangelist, coach, celebrity radio personality, and Christian evangelist with an instinct for leading and empowering people into success in business. She has created numerous household brands with her invigorating and powerful sessions. Beverley is progressively becoming a big-name instructor and counselor of coaches, speakers, and service-based business owners; nurturing them with tools to take their lives to the next level, influence multitudes, and amass millions.

Beverley Vaughn disrupts the status quo by bringing unique, strategic insights to coaching, speaking, transformation, and information marketing.

Facebook: Beverley Vaughn


6. Taylor Rose

Taylor Rose’s goals have always been to start a brand and build her own business. While studying at FIDM, she became an assistant designer at Vince. Recently, quarantine offered an opportunity of time to create her company XIVI. The menswear brand offers the option to look nice while lounging at home with the opportunity to transition to a professional setting. The company offers a sustainability program and resource locally in Los Angeles, California. XIVI’s current products are made out of a cotton/eucalyptus blend, which is antibacterial and odor resistant. From zoom meetings to work, XIVI has you covered.


7. Nyzaiah diamond Harvell

As the CEO of Indumenti Customs LLC, Nyzaiah Diamond Harvell is responsible for running all facets of the business. Nyzaiah has a proven executive management track record and over 16 years of experience driving sales growth in the technology industry. Prior to creating Indumenti Customs LLC, Nyzaiah was chief marketing officer and executive vice president of sales for Damac Properties and Hotel Fubu and was responsible for global sales and marketing activities. At Hotel Fubu, Nyzaiah led the transformation into an enterprise-focused company while growing sales 50% year after year. 

Previously, he served as chief marketing officer at The Couture Man LLC, where he helped lead the designs and implementation of all sales and marketing strategies. Nyzaiah also served as president of Coordination for BBP Inc’s e-commerce division and was recognized by Internet World as one of the Top 25 ‘Click and Mortar’ executives in the country. He spent the prior 12 years at The Couture Man LLC as a private contractor, holding several domestic and international executive positions. Nyzaiah serves on the board of directors of the United Nations Commission on Status of Women as part of the world delegation and the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and Executives.


8. Patrick Beck

Patrick Beck invented the Warp Speed Formula and serves as the youngest person to run for President. He grew up down the street from Jeff Bezos when Bezos was first developing Amazon in Española. Patrick also became an ambassador for world peace in the UN and recently got married to Niece Waidhofer online through a pre-arranged royal online marriage using AI automation techniques that he also developed. 

Patrick’s Warp Speed Formula determined that a particle can accelerate faster than the speed of light, and this is the reason why blackholes exist, as light cannot escape the force of gravity within a blackhole. The formula is CERN-tested, and now he is looking for investors for the formula.

Patrick runs multiple businesses while also being an artist and a painter. “I, like Jeff Bezos, was also in foster care at an early age. Jeff Bezos is one of my favorite entrepreneurs, and I have looked up to him since I was a child. Donald Trump recognized me as a 1%er for my leadership skills in the planning and implementation of Operation Warp Speed, the formula, and the space force as well. These plans, procedures, and implementations as well as operations were all developed at my command as my great grandfather Dr. Colonel Walter “Mumu” Moore had always wanted.”



9. Jason Nemes

Jason Nemes, also known as Tattedprezzz by thousands across the globe, is an influencer, business/life/wellness coach, international speaker, and entrepreneur. After graduating college with a BBA in Economics and working in the corporate world, he quickly realized that wasn’t for him. Soon after, he ran into a good friend of his he repeatedly told no to about an opportunity in the direct selling industry. This time, he was inspired to get started, and it’s been his best decision ever. Within a 6-year period he became a top 1% income earner worldwide and now teaches all over the world how to be a successful entrepreneur. He truly has a passion to help as many people as he can while on this Earth and truly leave a legacy.


Instagram: @tattedprezzz


10. Chantel Waterbury

Chantel Waterbury is the Founder and CEO of Chloe + Isabel, a jewelry retail company. Chantel, a life-long entrepreneur, founded Chloe + Isabel in 2011 after a successful career as a jewelry and retail executive with the mission of creating a social retailing platform devoted to empowering the next generation of female entrepreneurs. 

Waterbury was named to Fortune magazine’s prestigious 40 Under 40 list in 2011, and Business Insider recognized Chloe + Isabel as one of the Best New Startups that same year. Today, Chloe + Isabel has nearly 10,000 merchandisers throughout the country, and the brand has been recognized in national media outlets such as The Wall Street Journal, Forbes, Glamour and Vogue. 

Twitter: @chantelchloe

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