At a Glance

Tony Hsieh : Biography at a Glance

  • Tony Hsieh sold his first company to Microsoft for $265 million
  • Helped Zappos grow from almost no sales to over $1 billion in gross merchandise sales annually
  • Delivering Happiness debuted at #1 on The New York Times bestseller list
  • Named one of Inc. magazine's "Top 50 Leadership and Management Experts"
  • His Downtown Project transformed downtown Las Vegas into the most community-focused large city in the world

Tony Hsieh is the CEO of online shoe and clothing mega-retailer Zappos, which he helped grow from almost no sales in 1999 to the multi-billion dollar company it is today. Tony continues to build Zappos around its core values of customer service and community-based culture.

In 1996, before joining Zappos, Tony founded advertising network LinkExchange. By 1998, the site had over 400,000 members and 5 million ads rotating daily. In November 1998, Tony sold LinkExchange to Microsoft for $265 million.

After selling LinkExchange, Tony co-founded investment firm Venture Frogs, through which he invested in startups like Ask Jeeves, Open Table, and Zappos. In 1999, Tony joined Zappos as CEO and grew the company into a retail giant. In 2009, Zappos was acquired by Amazon in a deal valued at $1.2 billion. Zappos continues to operate independently of Amazon.

Tony’s book, "Delivering Happiness," was published in 2010, and follows his path from starting a worm farm to life at Zappos. Tony shows how a very different kind of corporate culture is a powerful model for achieving success and happiness. "Delivering Happiness," debuted at #1 on the New York Times best-seller list.

In addition to his responsibilities as CEO of, Tony helped start Downtown Project, a group committed to helping transform downtown Las Vegas into the most community-focused large city in the world. This transformation includes the relocation of the Zappos offices from Henderson, Nevada to what was the old City Hall in downtown Las Vegas.

Tony currently lives in an Airstream on half a city block right in the middle of downtown Vegas, with his dog Blizzy and two pet alpacas who enjoy hanging out by the campfires every night.


Tony was an EXCELLENT SPEAKER! His presentation was inspiring! He was funny, engaging, interesting, and I felt like truly spoke from the heart! I think he was AMAZING, and I am really glad that SHRM had him as a speaker!

Society for Human Resource Management Conference

Everything worked out great with Tony and he was really well received by our attendees.


We liked Tony and the core message that he delivered as well as his delivery style


Tony's presentation was SO full of energy and passion. What a delight to meet him and he did a FABULOUS job!


He was inspiring, and his humor was terrific.

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