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11 Most Famous Entrepreneurs of All Time (and What Made Them Wildly Rich)

Post by Admin on Wed Sep 27, 2017 3:32 pm

Today I'm sharing a list featuring 11 of history's most famous entrepreneurs. From Oprah to Hans Christian Anderson, we're sharing these tales of past and present entrepreneurs who had to claw their way to the top.

1. Oprah Winfrey
I think Oprah Winfrey has one of the most amazing modern rags-to-riches stories of all time. As you're probably well aware, Oprah is the richest African American of the 21st century, and with a net worth of over $3 billion, she is regarded as arguably the most influential woman in the world.

Her incredible success is all the more impressive considering her rough upbringing. The daughter of an unmarried teen who worked as a housemaid, Oprah grew up in extreme poverty. Her family was so poor that, as a child, Oprah was teased at school for wearing dresses made of potato sacks. She also was the victim of sexual abuse at the hands of family members, which she discussed with TV viewers during a special episode of her show.

Oprah's first big break was her gig at the local black radio station. Stations managers were impressed with her oration and passion, leading Oprah to work her way up the ranks to bigger radio stations, eventually resulting in her appearing on TV as well.

It was actually Robert Ebert who convinced Oprah to sign the deal that launched The Oprah Winfrey Show. And the rest, folks, is history.

2. Walt Disney
Walt Disney started off as a farm boy drawing cartoon pictures of his neighbor's horses for fun. When he was older, Walt tried to get a job as a newspaper cartoonist, but was unable to find one and ended up working in an art studio where he created ads for newspapers and magazines. Eventually he grew to work on commercials, became interested in animation, and eventually opened his own animation company.

Disney's first original character creation was Oswald the Lucky Rabbit, but it was officially owned by Universal Pictures because he was working under contract at the time. When Walt walked out on Universal Pictures after getting a pay cut, he needed to create a replacement, which is how Mickey Mouse came into being.

Disney was wildly successful with his animation company, but he wasn't satisfied. He was determined to make the biggest and greatest theme park ever seen, saying to a colleague, "I want it to look like nothing else in the world."

One of the biggest entertainment moguls of all-time, with an unrelenting spirit and commitment to his vision, Disney is undoubtedly an entrepreneurial all-star.

3. J.K. Rowling
Today J.K. Rowling is a household name for fans of the beloved Harry Potter book series, but she wasn't always gifted with magic. The fact is, J.K Rowling was at her rope's end before her misfit gang of witches and wizards saved her. Before her bestseller cast a spell on readers, J.K. Rowling was living on welfare and struggling to get by as a single mother.

Today she is estimated to have a net worth of $1 billion. Rumor has it she's also the president of Gringotts Wizarding Bank, although it's a bit of a secret among the goblins.

Did you know that some people believe that J.K Rowling sold her soul to the devil in exchange for the Harry Potter inspiration? When you're so successful people think you're making deals with the devil, you're a pretty big deal.

4. John Paul DeJoria
Today he's known for his Paul Mitchell hair products and for Patron Tequila, but John Paul DeJoria started off at the bottom. A first-generation American, DeJoria was born to German and Italian parents. He was sent to live in a L.A. foster home, and he even spent time in a street gang.

When he first created John Paul Mitchell Systems, he was selling his hair products door to door while living out of his car. It all paid off, though--today John Paul Mitchell Systems earns over $900 million a year.

John Paul DeJoria proves that things have to get worse before they get better.

5. Madam CJ Walker
Sarah Breedlove (aka Madam CJ Walker) was one amazing lady. She is regarded as the first black female self-made American millionaire.

Born in 1867, her parents and older siblings had been slaves on a Louisiana plantation. She was the first of her family to be born into freedom (that's some lucky timing!).

Madam CJ Walker started her own line of beauty and hair products specifically designed for black women. She saw a market that wasn't being met, and created a solution to a problem no one else seemed interested in solving.

As you can imagine, during her time she had to fight tooth and nail for every step up the ladder. A smart, strategic, and enterprising woman, she perfectly embodies the entrepreneurial spirit (with stylish hair to match).

6. Steve Jobs

You can't really make a self-respecting "famous entrepreneurs" list without throwing in Steve Jobs. Jobs dropped out of college because his family couldn't handle the financial burden of his education. He unofficially continued to audit classes, living off free meals from the local Hare Krishna temple and returning Coke bottles for change just to get by. Jobs credited the calligraphy class he stopped in on as his inspiration for the Mac's revolutionary typefaces and font design.

Jobs went on to have an unbelievable career, eventually forming the Apple Computer Company with his childhood friend and electronics expert Steve Wozniak. Often referred to as "The Grandfather of the Digital Revolution," Jobs forever changed the consumer electronics industry. At the time of his death, his net worth was over $8.3 billion, and his influence will be felt for many digital generations to come.

7. Andrew Carnegie
Just hearing Andrew Carnegie's name brings back yawns and daydream distractions from high school history class. I had no interest in Carnegie back in school, but today he serves as a pretty amazing example of entrepreneurship.

Carnegie had a really rough life growing up. He spent his childhood working in factories, and at night he forced himself to sleep as a way to forget his constant hunger.

Carnegie eventually worked his way up to becoming a superintendent for the Pennsylvania Railroad Company before creating several of his own businesses, the most successful being the Carnegie Steel Mill. Despite being one of the richest Americans of all-time, he also serves as a class act example of generosity.

Following his belief that "the man who dies rich dies disgraced," Carnegie donated nearly 90 percent of his wealth to various charities and foundations. His is widely considered one of the largest benefactors of libraries and educational institutions across the country. Thank you, Carnegie, for giving a second home to us nerdy kids who practically lived in our local libraries.

8. Benjamin Franklin
Only an entrepreneur would conduct some of the wacky experiments old Benny was always up to. Franklin is credited with creating the lightening rod, bifocals, and the Franklin stove (yeah, that last one might have been a bit of a flop).

Like many famous entrepreneurs before and after him, Franklin was a man of a thousand hats. Scientist, printer, politician, inventor, author, diplomat, and savvy businessman were just a few of his many trades.

9. John D. Rockefeller

Even though we give these Gilded Age guys a lot of tough love for being so filthy rich, you can't say they didn't do good with their fortunes.

One of the world's wealthiest individuals of all time, Rockefeller was born the son of a traveling salesman. He showed early entrepreneurial promise selling candy and doing odd jobs for neighbors, eventually going on to become the founder of the Standard Oil Company. There's no business quite like oil business, and it made Rockefeller filthy rich.

While Rockefeller is accused of using shady business tactics to wipe competitors off the map, over his lifetime he donated $500 million to philanthropic causes (which he was inspired to do by Carnegie).

10. Hans Christian Anderson
Hans Christian Anderson's fierce determination and self-starter mentality make him another great example of a famous entrepreneur.

Anderson grew up poor, but set off alone to Copenhagen at 14 when a fortuneteller told him that although he would suffer early on, eventually he would become famous.

Those predictions came true, as Anderson first tried and failed to become actor and singer. Seeing something special in Anderson, the director of the Royal Danish Theater took him under his wing and attended to his education. Anderson was teased terribly at school and harassed by students and a hateful headmaster, and he considered those some of the darkest days of his life.

After leaving school, Anderson began to publish his writing. His fairy tales became immensely popular and eventually earned him the fame he was promised as a child. He never forgot his initial poverty--The Little Match Girl was inspired by how his mother was forced to go begging in the streets as a young girl.

Today Hans Christian Anderson is still beloved, known for rich fairy tales, many of which have inspired Disney animation classics (which, it should be noted, have much happier endings than the original tales).

11. Bill Gates

Bill Gates is one of the most famous entrepreneurs of our era. The richest man in the world, Gates has a net worth estimated to be over $79 billion. He's held the title of "world's wealthiest individual" for 16 of the past 21 years.

Co-founder of the world's largest PC software company, Microsoft, Gates was one of the defining figures of the personal computer revolution.

Gates showed an interest in computer programming at a very young age, spending all of his free time creating programs on the teletype terminal computer his school had donated. Gates went on to create Microsoft and develop the Windows operating system, which continues to be tremendously popular.

Bill Gates is, like many other famous entrepreneurs, also known for his philanthropic activities, donating very large amounts of money to charitable organizations and scientific endeavors. Gates established the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation in 2000, a private philanthropic foundation dedicated to reducing poverty, enhancing health care, improving education opportunities, and providing access to technology worldwide. Gates himself has donated over $28 billion to the foundation, which he continues to work for.

Have these famous entrepreneurs inspired you? Maybe you'll be next on the list.

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Post by Japhet Gargar on Wed Sep 27, 2017 8:55 pm

I can conclude in this article/post that a person, if they work hard, will surely succeed.
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Post by I'mAllen on Thu Sep 28, 2017 12:12 am

After reading this article,I can say that being an entrepreneur is not easy at it seem.Like the experiences of the people on the list above,becoming successful is also not that easy,let's think this as an old stair full of tacks and splinters,as you go up,you will face crisis and problems along the way until you reach the top where you will see yourself as an successful entrepreneur,you will surely be proud of yourself because you have overcome all challenges,where you began at square one until you're on the top because of ypur efforts.This article also creates as an inspiration,l remembered a Filipino Saying "Pag walang tiyaga,walang nilaga."

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QUESTION: How much money does success mean? - ADMIN

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Post by I'mAllen on Thu Sep 28, 2017 8:45 am

I think even in your businesses starting point,it is already a success because you have created your business that you like as being an entrepreneur even if your money is not that much,but soon as your efforts and time has ended,we can say that your business is successful since you applied your efforts and knowledge to it and now,you have much money.In short,even in the starting point you are already successful even if your money is little or many.

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Post by Karl Dedeles on Fri Sep 29, 2017 11:27 am

Money is just money. It only defines number. Money will not lead you to success. Its upon to you if you do your job well. You must be industrious and be committed to your job. Not all successful persons are rich some of them are very industrious thats why they succeed. Parang ‘grades do not defines intelligence’ lang yan e.

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Post by Karl Dedeles on Fri Sep 29, 2017 11:42 am

Admin, are these entrepreneurs exert more money when they started their business before?

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Post by rhcasison on Fri Sep 29, 2017 3:20 pm

Based on what I read, being a successful entrepreneur there are many things to do. You need too much efforts, creativeness, information/research, hard works, and etc. But at the end of the things you have done with the difficulties and endeavours you can achieve your dreams with a smile. As it says, “Action Is the Foundational Key to All Success”.

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Post by rhcasison on Fri Sep 29, 2017 3:21 pm

How much money does success mean?

If the money is the basis of being successful, it means when you have a high income you are very successful in your business. But not all the time money is the base. In business, the higher number of people you help to be successful is more important than the amount of income you receive. It’s better to give than to receive.

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Post by rhcasison on Fri Sep 29, 2017 3:22 pm

Are these entrepreneurs exert more money when they started their business before?

No these entrepreneurs exert only small amount money when they started their business before. Before starting a business you need a fund or money it will guide you to build a successful business. The little money you invested in your business will grow when you earn your own income from the business you started. Big achievements often have small beginning.

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Post by rhcasison on Fri Sep 29, 2017 3:22 pm

There’s no secret to success, but what are the things to do to become successful?

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Post by rhcasison on Fri Sep 29, 2017 3:23 pm

Yes there’s no secret to success. To become successful we must be diligent, industrious, optimistic, active, ingenious and innovator. But still recognizing the love of our family and our God because success is the result of preparation, hard work and learning from failure. DO YOUR BEST.

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Post by adicuasay on Fri Sep 29, 2017 5:24 pm

This article makes me realized that, if you work hard, blessings will come. Just like how this simple persons in the past, became successful persons/entrepreneurs nowadays. They started from the bottom but now, they have reached the highest point of their life. Working hard on something good will result to changes on how our life are used to be. So if you are aiming to be a successful person, we should do our best and work hard.

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Post by adicuasay on Fri Sep 29, 2017 5:32 pm

How much money does success mean?

In my opinion, there is no amount of money that will guarantee success. Success is achieved if you are a hard-working person, praising God because of his goodness, valuing your loved who is always behind and cheering for you, friends who are supportive and helps you on deciding something, and if you believe in yourself on things you can do and having confidence on it.

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Post by Jeeees Acar on Fri Sep 29, 2017 11:44 pm

11 Most Famous Entrepreneurs of All Time (and What Made Them Wildly Rich)

They are successful because they never give up on what do they believe. They push through the limits to become successful. You should never give up on what you want. Remember every success has a story behind it.

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Post by Jeeees Acar on Fri Sep 29, 2017 11:46 pm

How much money does success mean?

According to the present society, I’d say, YES money does means success. No matter how you see success, it eventually ends on money. I am sorry to say this but we all see success the same way. If you have a good career, if you have accumulated enormous wealth, if you are insanely famous, you are successful. That’s how it is, that’s how everyone thinks, and that’s what we have learned about success from childhood.

But actually, success does not means money nor does it mean fame, power, social status, achievements or your net worth, how can it be, its all temporary, and so are all the perks and privileges it offers. Money is just a resource you need to fulfill your requirements of daily life. Money can give you a lavish lifestyle, every single kind of pleasure or lust that is available, comfort, good food and what not, but it can’t buy happiness, loyalty, trust, friends and family (and by friends I mean real friends, not the number of people you hang out with).

You are successful, If you are Happy.

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Post by Jeeees Acar on Fri Sep 29, 2017 11:49 pm

Are these entrepreneurs exert more money when they started their business before?

Maybe. Yes.

It depends on the situation. If the entrepreneur was born reach yes but if not they have to work hard to start their business..
Like JK Rowling she starts by just writing story because this is her passion even though she suffers from a lot of challenges . Too many publishing company rejected her story but now look at her.

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Post by Jeeees Acar on Fri Sep 29, 2017 11:51 pm

There’s no secret to success, but what are the things to do to become successful?

There's a lot of thing but i'm just going to give one. Believe in yourself. Believe in who can you be.

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Post by Jeeees Acar on Fri Sep 29, 2017 11:53 pm

What do you mean by "Sometimes, The harder you fall, the stronger you rise." ?

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Post by rhcasison on Sat Sep 30, 2017 4:59 pm

What do you mean by "Sometimes, The harder you fall, the stronger you rise." ?

This means that the extent of your life has fallen in the same way as you raise it. Of course you also need to act to raise your status if you do not act on the continual state of your life
nothing will be happen. And you can learn from your mistakes and past as long as you act correctly and according to your wishes and wants for yourself.

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Post by Thomas Jacob on Sat Sep 30, 2017 5:15 pm

Good day!
The accounts for each person and how the article exemplifies their success made me feel motivated. As for me, it can be reflected in each story, everyone can encounter the point in their lives wherein their names will be remembered by people, and also be studied in a forum like this. Though a bit ambitious, I can assure to myself that I will be successful in serving my fellowmen, my country, and more importantly, my God. That's my own dogma.
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Post by Thomas Jacob on Sat Sep 30, 2017 5:24 pm

For the question if how much money does success mean or cost, I can say that success is not determined by money or any other ephemeral things. I agree with Martin Luther King's saying that greatness is being able to serve, which can only mean that someone is successful if he or she is able to serve someone. I am a Christian, but I do not want to sound "churchy", but I still depend on those that I believe in answering such questions. Why do other people not too popular can be considered successful? Why do people without riches can achieve success? How about those who own fame? Intelligence? Power? Influence? Life on this earth is just a nick of time. Being successful is the time you are serving others, not your own "masters or idols". Read between the lines.
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Post by Thomas Jacob on Sat Sep 30, 2017 5:26 pm

How about you? Can you consider yourself successful at the time you are reading this words? Why or why not?
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Post by Thomas Jacob on Sat Sep 30, 2017 5:28 pm

Lastly, what are those things that you do have or not that makes you successful/still unsuccessful? I'll answer and give my own insights too. Thanks and GOD BLESS!
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Post by teddyB on Sun Oct 01, 2017 6:25 pm

Nowadays we can't live without money, right? but I can't say that money is the basis of success because being successful is not defined as how much money/account do you have to be called as successful entrepreneur but it depends on your position in life or if you already achieved your dreams. ayy Thank You !

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