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Zero to Billionaire -Journey of 21 Successful Entrepreneurs

Who does not want to be a billionaire and read books and articles to be crazy rich? But out of 7.5 billion people in the world, only 2,043 billionaires. The top ten billionaires have more money than half of the world population.

Don’t you think to be a billionaire, one’s parents must at least be multi-millionaires if not billionaires? If they are not, it does not mean their sons and daughters can never be a billionaire yourself. Here are the top 21 billionaires who became billionaires from scratch.

1. Roman Abramovich

Company – Millhouse Capital

Net Worth – $8.2 billion

He was born into poverty and became an orphan at the age of 2. He was raised by his uncle. He started plastic toy company and got into the oil industry and became a tycoon. Now, he is the owner Chelsea Football Club. His oil company is the fourth largest in the world, and he has world’s largest yacht.

2. Kenny Troutt

Company – Excel Communications

Net Worth – $1.5 billion

His father was a bartender, and he paid his college fees by selling life insurance. He founded the phone company Excel Communications and made it big in life from literally zero.

3. Howard Schultz

Company – Starbucks(CEO)

Net Worth – $2.9 Billion

He grew up in a complex where the poor used to live. He won a scholarship to complete his graduation and then worked in Xerox and soon joined Starbucks when it had only 60 outlets. He became CEO and made the company and his bank balance larger than life.

4. Mohed Altrad

Company – Altrad Group

Net Worth – $1 billion

He was born in a poor tribe of Syria, and his dad left her mom, and she died when he was young. He came to France to study and used to live on one meal. He got job opportunities in leading companies after graduation and bought a ruined company to turn it into a leading company. Now, he owns multiple companies under Altrad Group.

5. Ken Langone

Company – The Home Depot

Net Worth – $2.8 billion

His parents put their home into the mortgage to pay his university fees. His father was a plumber and used to do odd jobs to feed his family. Ken now owns multiple companies.

6. Shahid Khan 

Company – Flex-n-Gate

Net Worth – $4.4 billion

He used to wash dishes to pay his university fees. Now, he is the owner of NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars and EPL club Fulham.

7. Do Won Chang

Company – Forever 21

Net Worth – $6.5 billion

He had to do three odd jobs when he moved to the US from Korea and now his company cum clothing store Forever 21 is an international brand.

8. Lakshmi Mittal

Company – ArcelorMittal

Net Worth – $12.3 billion

He was born in a poor family in Rajasthan and worked his way up by working in steel industry which is appropriately said to be from scratch.

9. Ralph Lauren

Company – Ralph Lauren Company

Net Worth – $6.8 billion

He worked as a clerk in Brooks Brothers and when he spotted that people are liking ties of wider length and varied designs, he started Polo, and it literally went viral.

10. Francois Pinault

Company – Gucci, PPR, Stella McCartney, etc

Net Worth – $14.2 billion

He quit his high school as he was bullied for being too poor to study. Now, he owns so many different companies that he has become a multi-billionaire.

11. Sheldon Adelson 

Company – Las Vegas Sands

Net Worth – $29.5 billion

His father was a cab driver, and he used to sell newspaper and slept on floors at an early age. Now, he runs the largest casino company in the world. At one time, he almost got bankrupted but became a multi-billionaire once again.

12. Larry Ellison

Company – Oracle

Net Worth – $49.8 billion

He was raised by his uncle and aunt, and after dropping out of his college, he went on to do odd jobs to survive. Now, he is the founder of Oracle which is one of the largest tech companies in the world.

13. Alan Gerry

Company – Cablevision Industries

Net Worth – $1.1 billion

He dropped out of high school to join marines. He then started television repair company and then create the cable company that made him a billionaire.

14. Carl Berg

Company – Mission West Properties

Net Worth – $1.3 billion

He was raised by his school teacher. He worked as a clerk and met a builder who offered him a job in his local office. From there, he started his own real estate venture and turned himself into a billionaire.

15. Stephen Bisciotti

Company – Allegis Group

Net Worth – $1.3 billion

When he was eight, his father died, and he used to work to earn and study. He had a temporary job after completing school and founded a company with his cousin for temporary workers. Later, he turned into an investor and created Allegis Group.

16. Thomas Peterffy

Company – Interactive Brokers Group 

Net Worth – $1.4 billion

He moved to New York as a refugee from Russia. He started doing a job of draftsman and used to learn computer programming at night. He got into Amercian Stock Exchange and became a pioneer to merge computer technologies and stock exchange together. He founded IBG and has millions of traders under the company.

17. Late Steve Jobs 

Company – Apple

Net Worth – $10.2 billion

His parents gave him for adoption, and he was dropped out of college and spent days like a maniac. He and his friend Wozniak founded Apple that from their garage room. He is definitely the best example of entrepreneurship and thinking smart and creatively.

18. Leonardo Del Vecchio

Company – Ray-Ban, Oakley

Net Worth – $24.1 billion

He grew up in an orphanage as his widow mother was very poor. He lost his one finger while working in a factory. Now, he has the largest sunglass and eyewear company in the world.

19. John Paul DeJoria

Company – John Paul Mitchell Systems

Net Worth – $2.9 billion

He used to sell Christmas cards and newspapers to sustain his family when he was merely 10. Then he started selling shampoo from door to door and now owns a leading company of hair care products.

20. Oprah Winfrey

Company – Oprah Winfrey network

Net Worth – $3 billion

She was born in a poor family, was sexually abused multiple times at young age. She became popular with The Oprah Winfrey Show, and the rest is history.

21. Bill Gates

Company – Microsoft

Net Worth – $75 billion

Bill’s dad was a prominent lawyer but was not a multi-millionaire. He was from well-to-do family, but he did not use his father’s money to become a billionaire. He used his talent in computer programming, and along with his friend Paul Allen, he revolutionized the computer world.

Stop complaining that you do not have enough money to take risks and you are not so fortunate as others. Hard work smartly and creatively and the rest will happen.

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