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Have no more than a penny in your pocket? Well that's more than what you need, because for a great business you don't need money, you need a great Idea. If money was the end of the maze, these people found their way alright!
Born to a farmer, Henry Ford had a rather ordinary beginning. He tried his hand at technology by starting with something as simple as repairing watches. This taught him a lot. He went on to Michigan Car Company and others to work and to learn something. He returned home in 1882, operated and serviced portable steam engines used by farmers. Soon enough he started working as a Night Engineer for a company where he looked forward to learn, again. Henry was an apt pupil, and by 1896 had risen to chief engineer of the Illuminating Company. Starting with the invention of the Quadracycle, which had four wire wheels that looked like heavy bicycle wheels, steered with a tiller like a boat, and had only two forward speeds with no reverse, he soon went on to build Ford as we know it, today.
Surely our childhood would have been bone dry without this man's creations. When he realized he didn't have enough money to fund his company with his partner Iwerks he found himself working for an ad company instead. Soon enough his interest in animation grew and he went on to start his own business in animation.
Born to Jewish Parents, Ralph Lauren dreamt big - he always wanted to be a millionaire. He was known by his classmates as someone who sold them ties - in school. He went on to go to Baruch University for studying business where he eventually dropped out of. From selling Neckties to starting his own business and winning an award for his menswear line, he got his real recognition after designing the clothing for the movie "The Great Gatsby"
Jobs had it hard, he was given up for adoption by his biological parents and his foster parents weren't financially equipped to send him to college later in his life, so dropped out and sold coke bottles and had free meals at the hare krishna temple. In 1976, Wozniak, a friend he worked with single-handedly invented the Apple I computer. After Wozniak showed it to Jobs, who suggested that they sell it, they and Ronald Wayne formed Apple Computer in the garage of Jobs's parents in order to sell it.
Owner of Virgin Companies, he started out at the age of 16 by owning a magazine called student. He ventured into telecom and music later.
Son of an Italian and Greek Immigrant, John Paul DeJoria had a rough childhood as he sold Christmas cards and newspapers with his elder brother to support his family. After graduating from high school, he spent two years in the Navy and went on to a range of jobs from a janitor to an insurance salesman. He later went on to own Paul Mitchell and The Patron Spirits Company.
She was born to a house maid and a coal miner, her life evidently wasn't a luxury ride. She was raped by relatives at a tender age of 9 which she later mentioned on her show. She started out as a low rated half hour morning talk show host, AM Chicago. Few years later, she started hosting the Oprah Winfrey show which is running as a huge success.
Born to a lowly English family, Rowling led an unhappy teenage life with a constant battle with depression and suicidal tendencies. She had a strained relationship with her father and her home life was further complicated by her mother's illness. Her mother's death proved to be an inspiration for the Harry Potter series, though she started writing it before the said incident.
Anita Roddick was a British businesswoman, human rights activist and environmental campaigner, best known as the founder of The Body Shop, a cosmetics company producing and retailing beauty products that shaped ethical consumerism. The company was one of the first to prohibit the use of ingredients tested on animals and one of the first to promote fair trade with third world countries.
Howard Schultz wasn't from a well to do family. he was the first to attend college out of all of them. Starting out as a salesman for Xerox Corporation, he went on to create and own Starbucks.
She was born in rural kenya where her family worked on the farm. She battled the discrimination against women taking part in sports by running barefoot in 1988. She later went on to become the world half marathon champion three times. She also founded a peace foundation.
Jim Carrey was born to an accountant and a homemaker. His father lost his job and he had to quit school and become a janitor at the age of 15. Carrey did not experience true stardom until he was cast in the lead role of the slapstick comedy Ace Ventura: Pet Detective (1994), which premiered only months before In Living Color ended. He soon found himself working for The Mask and Dumb and Dumber that very year.
She was raised by a single mother and after high school she went on to obtain a mechanical engineering degree from NYU polytechnic school of Engineering in 1980 followed by a master's degree from Columbia University. She is currently the chairwoman and CEO of Xerox and the first African American woman to lead a Fortune 500 company.
Shania Twain wasn't from a well to do family and started out as a singer in bars. She worked towards music and her hard work has surely been fruitful.
South Korean Born Chang moved to California with his wife where they started a store called Fashion 21. As the business grew, they changed the name to Forever 21. Current estimation of his and his wife's net worth is $ 4 billion.