Tony Hsieh, who built Zappos into a major online footwear platform before selling to Amazon in 2009 for $1.2 billion, has died at age 46 due to injuries sustained in a house fire. Hsieh, who is credited with proving the viability of online shoe selling and creating a service-focused model that others followed, invested part of his proceeds from the Amazon sale in an ambitious project to revitalize downtown Las Vegas.
Tony Hsieh left lasting marks on retail, Las Vegas
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