Tony Hsieh has tragically died aged just 46.
Hsieh was the former chief executive of Zappos who pumped a fortune into downtown Las Vegas and became the face of its revitalization.
Our thoughts go out to Hsieh's family and friends during this hard time.
Keep scrolling to learn more about his life and death.
Tony Hsieh has died.Heartbreaking news emerged earlier today. Tony Hsieh has tragically passed away.
Tony Hsieh was the former chief executive of Zappos.Zappos was acquired by Amazon in 2009, in a deal believed to be over 1.2 billion dollars.
And Zappos almost never came to be.
BREAKING: Tony Hsieh, the former boss of @Zappos who pumped a fortune into downtown Las Vegas and became the face o… https://t.co/CQ0f2iHYDY— Las Vegas Review-Journal (@Las Vegas Review-Journal)1606540225.0
But that all changed with Swinmurn said:
RIP Tony Hsieh “Happiness is really just about four things: perceived control, perceived progress, connectedness (… https://t.co/cZOIwrkzlN— Garry Tan (@Garry Tan)1606547677.0
Footwear in the US is a $40 billion market, and 5% of that was already being sold by paper mail order catalog.
And Hsieh decided to invest.Shortly afterwards Hsieh became the CEO of the company, starting with $1.6 million in 2000.
By 2009, the company was worth over $1 billion.
"No matter what your past has been, you have a spotless future." -- Tony Hsieh, RIP— Marc Andreessen (@Marc Andreessen)1606547394.0
But not only that.
Tony Hsieh might be the most original thinker I’ve ever been friends with. He questioned every assumption and share… https://t.co/0gwhf4pYJX— Chris Sacca 🇺🇸 (@Chris Sacca 🇺🇸)1606542318.0
Zappos confirmed the news of his death.
Here's a little Tony Hsieh for you. First, the customer service email he wrote to my wife (and 13,000 others) afte… https://t.co/a3Ive9usKM— Jason Rapp (@Jason Rapp)1606543720.0
"It is with very heavy hearts that we are sharing some very sad news with all of you, as we have learned that Tony passed away earlier today."
Tony Hsieh was one of the most thoughtful people in the startup world, in both senses of the word.— Paul Graham (@Paul Graham)1606553657.0
Though Tony retired this past summer, we know what a tremendous impact he has had on both Zappos and on Zapponians, as he has dedicated the past 20 years focusing on the success of both the company and our employees.
"The world has lost a tremendous visionary and an incredible human being."
Supporting this City and the people within it, Tony Hsieh changed the landscape of Downtown Las Vegas. Our communit… https://t.co/Gn5k7kfXMX— Derek Stevens (@Derek Stevens)1606541615.0
We recognize that not only have we lost our inspiring former leader, but many of you have also lost a mentor and a friend.
The statement went on.
Rest in peace Tony Hsieh. Vegas will miss you. https://t.co/hrQ7RvGxs6— Las Vegas Locally 🌴 (@Las Vegas Locally 🌴)1606541556.0
Tony played such an integral part in helping create the thriving Zappos business we have today, along with his passion for helping to support and drive our company culture.
"Tony’s kindness and generosity touched the lives of everyone around him, as his mantra was of “Delivering Happiness" to others."
A beautiful tribute to a true pioneer. Tony Hsieh was a visionary. He was generous with his time and willing to sha… https://t.co/AFmMv81srX— Tony Hawk (@Tony Hawk)1606547022.0
His spirit will forever be a part of Zappos, and we will continue to honor his memory by dedicating ourselves to continuing the work he was so passionate about.
"We will be working on ways to celebrate Tony’s extraordinary life in the coming days."
Visited Tony Hsieh at his downtown Vegas digs many times, but this in 2014 was particularly fascinating. Admiring a… https://t.co/GJz6AnNxAr— Kara Swisher (@Kara Swisher)1606548831.0
Tributes have also been pouring in.
Tony Hsieh played a pivotal role in helping transform Downtown Las Vegas. Kathy and I send our love and condolences… https://t.co/Je1b35xZFr— Governor Sisolak (@Governor Sisolak)1606541486.0
Tony Hsieh played a pivotal role in helping transform Downtown Las Vegas. Kathy and I send our love and condolences to Tony’s family and friends during this difficult time.
Alfred Lin, who worked with Hsieh in the past, also wrote:
I am stunned. Tony Hsieh touched so many lives and inspired so many entrepreneurs. His impact and legacy will go on… https://t.co/LGykbqVMox— Andrew Yang🧢🗽🇺🇸 (@Andrew Yang🧢🗽🇺🇸)1606569363.0
Today is a sad day! The world lost a pioneer of company culture, the shoe industry, Downtown LV, web advertising, and also a gentle soul who gave a part of himself to countless people. We'll remember Tony for that and the happiness he brought to so many people. RIP Tony Hsieh.
His cause of death has also been reported.
It is with very heavy hearts that we are sharing some very sad news, as we have learned that Tony passed away earli… https://t.co/y83NhhCQFD— Zappos.com (@Zappos.com)1606549028.0
Tony Hsieh in 2010 on Zappos’ approach to customer service: “We’re not trying to maximize for every single transac… https://t.co/O8uLE3HVIv— Jon Erlichman (@Jon Erlichman)1606575654.0
He was visiting family at the time of his death.
RIP Tony Hsieh Your book, Delivering Happiness changed everything for me. https://t.co/SfpmPjcUV9— .. (@..)1606567157.0
Hsieh was only 46 years old.
RIP Tony Hsieh He was an early business hero of mine. They say never meet your heroes, but he was so kind and gene… https://t.co/HJ99Wqw3jc— Marshall Haas (@Marshall Haas)1606576107.0
Flew to Vegas to tour Zappos a few years ago. Was hoping we would walk by the CEO's office. Office? Dude was in a… https://t.co/Jpilt8ynnM— Rohan (@Rohan)1606549882.0