We really don't pay much attention to the E&Y Entrepreneur thingamajigs because, well, it's boring. Sure, we like entrepreneurs just fine but c'mon. These guys are filthy rich and successful and E&Y gives them trophies? Is this sort of commercial circle jerk really necessary? Regardless of our personal feelings, the awards are a big deal – Jay Leno hosted this year's event for crissakes – and the Google News feed for E&Y is constantly clogged with stories about people advancing to the next round of voting like some sort of capitalist March Madness. Anyway, Casa de Turley officially announced this year's winners over the weekend and Reid Hoffman and Jeff Weiner, founders of
Facebook for Suits LinkedIn, are your entrepreneuriest entrepreneurs. In addition to the dynamic duo there are quite a few guys you've never heard of that are doing well for themselves including Roger Linquist and Jose R. Mas. See? Never heard of them, have you? There are also some winners that you have heard of including Andrew Mason, one of the co-founders of virtual clipfest and increasingly looking insolvent Groupon. As well as Patrick Byrne, the CEO of Overstock.com. You know, the guy on the Segway. The guy who Sam Antar can't help to poke and prod every chance he gets. The guy whose company is being sued by seven California counties thanks to a Walmart sticker. The guy who may have had some weirdo trolling a bunch of bloggers' Facebook friends. Yes, that Patrick Byrne. But HEY! not every entrepreneur can be squeaky clean. It's not like he's Pete Rose or anything. Unless you count this.