12/30/2011 05:10 pm ET

Our Favorite Entrepreneurs Of 2011 (PHOTOS)

We're all familiar with the epic success stories behind some of the world's fastest growing startups like Groupon, but once upon a time, every successful entrepreneur was simply an average Joe or Jane with a budding idea. Young or old, the entrepreneurial bug is alive and well inside some of our favorite entrepreneurs of the year.

From bootstrappers to billionaires, this list of business owners won't cease to inspire you with their innovative ideas and unwavering determination to make their business dreams a reality.