Las Vegas Mourns the Death of Visionary Entrepreneur Tony Hsieh

The former Zappos CEO, who was 46 years old, passed away November 27

By OTS Staff

As news broke late Friday November 27 of the death of Tony Hsieh, tributes poured in from the Las Vegas community and the tech world, two sectors where he left an unforgettable legacy.

The Zappos website, the company he helmed since 1999 and later grew into a billion-dollar ecommerce giant, posted this message from current CEO Kedar Deshpande. 

Photo by Zappos.com


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 (11-27-20). 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. We recognize that not only have we lost our inspiring former leader, but many of you have also lost a mentor and a friend. 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. 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. In the meantime, we invite you to share your memories of the ways he brightened your life – you can send them to CelebratingTony@zappos.com and we will share them with his family.

Our thoughts remain with him and his loved ones. Zappos is a family, and we will continue to hold Tony close in our hearts.

— Kedar Deshpande



Here Are a Few of Our Favorite Tony Tributes

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