In this world everyone is not born a billionaire. But as they say, where there is a will there is a way. Some are born rich whereas some are destined to become rich. And then there are some who make it large just because of their sheer will power and determination. Their success stories compel many people to dream high and encourage them to work with strong determination to make their dream come true.
Here is the list of 9 such self-made men who encourage millions of dream chaser around the world by making it to the top.
- Bill Gates
World’s number 1 billionaire William Henry Bill Gates III, popularly known as Bill Gates, is the chairman of Microsoft. He founded the software company with Paul Allen. He belonged to an upper middle class family. His father was a lawyer and mother served on the board of directors for First Interstate BancSystem and the United Way. Gates wrote his first computer programme, an implementation of tic-tac-toe at the age of 13. He started his company with Allen in 1975 while studying at Harvard, after the release of the MITS Altair 8800.
- Lakshmi Mittal:
Lakshmi Niwas Mittal is the CEO and chairman of world’s largest steel manufacturing company Arcelor Mittal. He was born on 15th June, 1950, in a Marwari family. He originally belonged to Sadulpur, in Churu district of Rajasthan but mostly grew up in Calcutta. His company was originally started by his father but his took his father’s business to a much greater height, making him the world’s largest steel magnet.
- Amancio Ortega:
He is a famous Spanish Entrepreneur, ranked as Spain’s richest man and the 10th richest man in the world by Forbes in 2009. Ortega’s father was a railway worker who shifted to Spain due to his work when Ortega was 14 years old. He started his career as a gofer in shirt stores in A Coruna, Galicia. Previously he founded Confecciones Goa, a bathrobe manufacturer. Later on in 1975 he opened the first store of fashion chain ZARA, which has become a popular brand of today’s fashion world. He is also the founder and chairman of the Index Group.
- Ingvar Kamprad:
Swedish entrepreneur Ingvar Feodor Kamprad is the founder of “IKEA”, a famous home furnishing retail chain. As per the survey of Forbes 2010, he is the eleventh wealthiest person in the world. Ingvar had a great business sense since childhood. He thought that he could buy matches in bulk from Stockhold at a cheap rate and sell them individually at low price. Hence, he started his business of selling matches from his bicycle around the neighborhood and earned a good profit. Later on he expanded his business from selling matches to selling fish, seeds, Christmas tree decorations, ballpoint pen and pencil. His father gave him a cash reward for succeeding in his studies when he was 17. He used this money to establish the famous “IKEA”.
- Mark Zuckerberg:
Co-founder of the popular social networking site Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg is an American entrepreneur. He was born to a Jewish family settled in White Plains, New York and brought up in Dobbs Ferry, New York. Zuckerberg loved computer programming especially communication tools and games, since he was in middle school. Initially he had developed a music player names Synapse. Microsoft and AOL tried to purchase this much player from him and recruit him as their employee. But Mark Zuckerberg decided to attend Harvard instead of joining these software giants. And while at Harvard he founded “Facebook” along with his fellow classmates Eduardo Saverin, Dustin Moskovitz, and Chris Hughes.
- Howard Schultz:
Howard Schultz is the Chairman, President and CEO of the famous coffee chain “Starbucks”. He was born in Brooklyn, New York and his father was a former US Army Trooper and later a truck driver. As a child he stayed in a neighborhood of low income families. He got his first job at the age of 12. He used to sell newspapers and then started working in a local café. After graduation he started working at a Swedish company Hamamaplast which supplied coffee grinders to Starbucks. Starbucks was founded by Jerry Baldwin, Zev siegl, and Gordon Bowker. In 1982, he became the marketing director at starbucks and moved to Seattle. When the owners of Starbucks decided to sell their store, Howard Schultz bought it by crediting loans and become the only owner and manager of the company.
- Prince Alwaleed Bin Talal:
He is the CEO of The Kingdom Holiday Company and one of the most inspirational businessmen of Saudi Arabia. He is also the owner of Four Seasons Hotel George V in Paris and the second largest voting shareholder of 21st Century Fox. His parents got divorced when he was a child. In the early 60’s his father was the finance minister. After the separation, Prince moved to Lebanon with his mother, where he used to run away from home to sleep in the back of unlocked cars. Hence his mother enrolled his name in a military school in Riyadh. He moved back to Saudi after completing his master’s degree from the Syracuse University and worked hard to touch the sky of success.
- Steven Jobs:
American entrepreneur Steven Paul, popularly known as Steve Jobs was the co-founder and chief executive officer of Apple Inc. He was born in San Francisco and was adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs. Thus he was named as “Steven Paul”. As a child he grew up in the apricot orchard which is now known as Silicon Valley and he lived there along with his family in his last days.
- Ken Lewis:
He is the chairman of Bank of America. After getting degree in finance in 1969, he started his career as an accountant and an airline ticket agent. He used to work as a credit analyst at North Carolina National Bank which was eventually taken over by Bank of America.
Lives of great men remind us
We can make our lives sublime
And, departing leave behind us
Footprints on the sands of time