Tony Hsieh, former CEO of Zappos
Tony Hsieh, the retired CEO of Las Vegas-based on-line shoe retailer Zappos.com who spent years working to rework town’s downtown space, has died. He was 46.
Hsieh was with household when he died Friday, in response to a press release from DTP Firms, which he based. Downtown Partnership spokesperson Megan Fazio mentioned Hsieh handed away in Connecticut, KLAS-TV reported.
Puoy Premsrirut, a lawyer for Hsieh, informed information shops that Hsieh had been injured in a home hearth whereas visiting Connecticut. Extra particulars weren’t instantly launched. An official reason behind dying wasn’t introduced.
“Tony’s kindness and generosity touched the lives of everybody round him, and endlessly brightened the world,” a DTP Firms assertion mentioned. “Delivering happiness was at all times his mantra, so as an alternative of mourning his transition, we ask you to affix us in celebrating his life.”
Hsieh not too long ago retired from Zappos after 20 years main the corporate. The net shoe retailer shared a tribute on social media late Friday.
“The world has misplaced an amazing visionary and an unbelievable human being,” the statement mentioned. “His spirit will endlessly be part of Zappos.”
Hsieh was a Harvard College graduate who joined the corporate — then known as ShoeSite.com — in 1999. Zappos was bought to Amazon for $1.2 billion in 2009, however Hsieh had remained with the corporate till his retirement.
For years, he additionally worked to revitalize downtown Las Vegas, pledging $350 million in 2013 for redevelopment. The identical yr he moved Zappos’ headquarters into the previous Las Vegas Metropolis Corridor constructing.
“Tony Hsieh performed a pivotal position in serving to rework Downtown Las Vegas,” Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak tweeted Friday evening. “Kathy and I ship our love and condolences to Tony’s household and buddies throughout this tough time.”
A wave of tributes poured out on social media as information of Hsieh’s dying unfold.
“Tony Hsieh may be essentially the most authentic thinker I’ve ever been buddies with,” former enterprise investor Chris Sacca tweeted. “He questioned each assumption and shared all the pieces he discovered alongside the way in which. He genuinely delighted in making anybody and everybody blissful.”
Skateboarder and entrepreneur Tony Hawk added, “Tony Hsieh was a visionary. He was beneficiant together with his time and keen to share his invaluable experience with anybody.”
“A really authentic thinker, an excellent entrepreneur, and a kind-hearted and beneficiant pal to so many,” tweeted entrepreneur Max Levchin.