Tony Hsieh, retired Zappos CEO, dies at 46 after house fire
FILE - In this June 25, 2014, file photo, former President Bill Clinton, left, speaks with Zappos.com CEO Tony Hsieh during a forum on the final day of the annual gathering of the Clinton Global Initiative America in Denver. Hsieh, retired CEO Zappos.com, has died. (AP Photo/Brennan Linsley, File)LAS VEGAS – Tony Hsieh, the retired CEO of Las Vegas-based online shoe retailer Zappos.com, who spent years working to transform the city's downtown area, has died. “Tony Hsieh played a pivotal role in helping transform Downtown Las Vegas,” Nevada Gov. He genuinely delighted in making anyone and everyone happy.”Skateboarder and entrepreneur Tony Hawk added, “Tony Hsieh was a visionary.
Tony Hawk on skateboarding at Tokyo 2020
(CNN) - The Olympics needs skateboarding more than skateboarding needs the Olympics. That is the message from skateboarding legend Tony Hawk who told CNN Sport's Patrick Snell, "They need the cool factor." Soon after he launched the video game "Tony Hawk Pro Skater," which established one of the most popular franchises in the medium, generating more than $1.4 billion in sales. "Skating has really infiltrated mainstream culture," said Hawk, who is currently the live broadcast commentator for the Vans Park Series. "You go to a skate park and see a kid trying something and suddenly all the other skaters rally around him and encourage him.