Ivanka Trump Posts Heartbreaking Tribute To Friend Tony Hsieh After Tech Mogul Dies From House Fire

Ivanka Trump posted a heartbreaking tribute to her friend, business legend Tony Hsieh, after he succumbed to injuries caused by a fire at his Connecticut home.

She said, “Celebrating the life while mourning the loss of my dear friend Tony Hsieh. Tony was a deeply original thinker always challenging me to reject conformity & follow my heart. Tony was driven by the mission of delivering happiness & brought joy to all who knew him. Rest In Peace Tony.

“Tony would want us to celebrate his life, rather than lament his passing… ideally over shots of fernet branca! So many memories of and with this great man!”

From The Daily Mail:

Ivanka Trump is leading tributes to Tony Hsieh, the high-profile former CEO of  Zappos.com, who died Friday at the age of 46.

The businessman – who amassed a fortune of $840 million after building up the online shoe retailer  – passed away from injuries he sustained during a house fire in New London, Connecticut on November 18.

The First Daughter was a longtime friend of Hsieh, and took to Twitter Saturday to share a series of photos taken with him from over the years…

… Ivanka Trump previously had a shoe line which was sold on Zappos.com. 

Hsieh, who was born in Illinois and was the son of Taiwanese immigrants, studied at Harvard University before he joined Zappos – then called ShoeSite.com – in 1999.

As CEO, he helped transform the fledgling internet start-up into a billion-dollar business. Zappos was sold to Amazon for $1.2 billion in 2009, but Hsieh remained with the company until his retirement earlier this year.

While Hsieh became known for his business acumen, it was his philanthropy and his focus on fostering a positive workplace culture for which he is now being remembered.