Billionaires Who Started With Nothing And Made Their Own Fate
Not every billionaire’s success story is written in a billionaire’s home. Throughout the centuries there have been people who have been fueled by nothing but grit hard work and the burning desire to achieve success with a sprinkling little luck, which as a result, you’ll probably get yourself as one of the world’s richest persons! These stories are living proof that if you’re willing to take risk and grab the right opportunity at the right time, you’ll see yourself on the cover of Forbes.
LARRY ELLISON – NET WORTH: 51.9 BILLION USD
An American entrepreneur who is easily one of the world’s richest persons, Joseph Larry Ellison is the co-founder of the world-famous Oracle Corporation. The company is famous for its database that goes by the same name and is a global leader in the field.
Born in New York but brought up in Chicago, Larry grew up as an orphan as his mother gave him away, not meeting her until he was 48! His adopted father lost all his fortune during the Great Depression. The string of difficulties continued to haunt Larry until he attended the University of Chicago and developed an interest in computing!
AMANCIO ORTEGA – WORTH: 70.1 BILLION USD
A conquistador no-less, Amacio Ortego rules the world’s fashion industry with textile brands like Zara, Pull&Bear, Massimo Dutti, etc. He started off with a meagre textile company with little marketing and caught the entire retail establishment off guard. Today he invests in all types of industries, specifically real-estate and regularly switches places with Bill Gates as the world’s richest man!
INGVAR KAMPRAD – NET WORTH: 41.8 BILLION USD
Efficiency, efficiency and a little more efficiency is what Mr. Kamprad desired and what he achieved. The son of a farmer and now a Swedish business magnate, Ingvar rose the ranks of the world’s richest persons with nothing but smartness. It is said that he sold individual matches to his neighbors on his bike and still made a profit.
He eventually founded IKEA in 1943, and since then has become a giant in the global furnishing market.
RALPH LAUREN – NET WORTH: 7.9 BILLION USD
Believe it or not but Ralph Lauren, the trend-setter in the world of fashion, was once a man who dreamt of achieving greatness. Born in The Bronx, New York City, Lauren grew up in an immigrant family. He had a moderate lifestyle, which passed with ease, however his dreams only became bigger with time.
From 62 – 64, he served in the Army, and then left it to work for the Brooks Brothers. There he thought of starting his own clothing lines, which he called the Ralph Lauren Corporation in 1967. The corporation eventually gave birth to brands such as Polo, Black Label, Chaps, Denim and so on.
Today, Ralph Lauren is a household name and one of the top choices for all shopaholics.
LAKSHMI MITTAL – NET WORTH: 13.3 BILLION USD
Born in 1950 to a poor Indian family, comfort for Mittal wasn’t an option. He worked from his very childhood to be an intelligent, well-prepared and risk-taking individual. His father’s steel business became a liability after the Indian government curbed steel production.
But this didn’t stop Mittal from working. He opened up a steel factory in Indonesia and from there started importing into India. Today, the small-scale steel business has turned into the world’s largest yet cheapest steel business, making Mittal a multi-billionaire.