Tony Hsieh, retired CEO of Las Vegas-based on-line shoe retailer Zappos
LAS VEGAS — Tony Hsieh, the retired CEO of Las Vegas-based on-line shoe retailer Zappos.com who spent years working to remodel town’s downtown space, has died. He was 46.
Hsieh was with household when he died Friday, in line with a press release from DTP Firms, which he based. Downtown Partnership spokesperson Megan Fazio stated Hsieh handed away in Connecticut, KLAS-TV reported.
Puoy Premsrirut, a lawyer for Hsieh, instructed information shops that Hsieh had been injured in a home hearth whereas visiting Connecticut. Further particulars weren’t instantly launched. An official explanation for dying wasn’t introduced.
“Tony’s kindness and generosity touched the lives of everybody round him, and eternally brightened the world,” a DTP Firms assertion stated. “Delivering happiness was all the time his mantra, so as a substitute 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 web shoe retailer shared a tribute on social media late Friday.
“The world has misplaced an incredible visionary and an unimaginable human being,” the assertion stated. “His spirit will eternally be part of Zappos.”
Hsieh was a Harvard College graduate who joined the corporate — then referred to 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 labored 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 function in serving to remodel Downtown Las Vegas,” Nevada Gov. Steve Sisolak tweeted Friday night time. “Kathy and I ship our love and condolences to Tony’s household and pals throughout this tough time.”
A wave of tributes poured out on social media as information of Hsieh’s dying unfold.
“Tony Hsieh is perhaps probably the most authentic thinker I’ve ever been pals with,” former enterprise investor Chris Sacca tweeted. “He questioned each assumption and shared every thing he realized alongside the way in which. He genuinely delighted in making anybody and everybody glad.”
Skateboarder and entrepreneur Tony Hawk added, “Tony Hsieh was a visionary. He was beneficiant along 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.