All the famous billionaires were once ordinary individuals like you and me. Nowadays, it’s becoming easier. Anybody with a great idea can begin a start-up – and if it takes off, you can have your names written on billboards. It demands a little bit of risk and a lot of hard work.
So, let’s look at a couple of billionaires and how different they were in the beginning:
1. Elon Musk
It was fated for this billionaire to rule over the intelligent world. Learning programming at 9, Elon Musk, at just 28, sold his very first start-up at $307. He founded Paypal at 30 and two years later, he came up with Tesla Motors. One year ago, he came up with SpaceX with a really weird purpose – he wanted to colonize Mars. This brilliant techpreneur and engineer is moving closer and closer toward colonizing the planet!
2. Bill Gates
We all know the owner of Microsoft. In college, he was expelled for not attending classes. But he loved programming, and at 21, he founded Microsoft with his friend Allen. Now, Bill Gates is 7th on the most influential person’s list in the world, just behind Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, and The Pope!
3. Kris Jenner
Success can bring in a lot of criticism but that doesn’t change facts – Kris Jenner singlehandedly became successful. Daughter of an engineer and a housewife, Kris Jenner came from a middle-class background. Even though she was a flight attendant at first, this organized person had a lot of ambition. After her marriage with the famous lawyer Robert Kardashian, she started her own store. And on top of it all, she made her own reality show which was based on her seven children. Even
their careers flew off!
4. Larry Page and Sergey Brin
Stanford University, 1995 – two people met and they didn’t even know that they would be able to change the world. Their topic of discussion – computer technology. What was next? The creation of their company, Google Inc., one of the most powerful companies in the world right now. Don’t believe me – just google it out.
5. Mark Zuckerberg
We are all aware of the story behind Facebook – how a 19-year-old student of psychology from Harvard became the brilliant mind behind everyone’s favorite social media enterprise. He’s the youngest billionaire on the planet and Forbes magazine has put him as the 13th most influential person. And that’s only at age 34.
6. Tim Cook
This Alabama University student was ambitious. IBM was the first job he landed and later he was working in some electronics for Compaq, before coming into Apple. With Steve Jobs, he gained his trust with his brilliant work, and the next thing you know, Tim Cook is the CEO of Apple after Job’s death.
7. Richard Branson
Known for his fun and games, Richard Branson’s headmaster told that he’d either be imprisoned or be a millionaire. His predictions were spot on. Sir Richard Branson has become one of the most famous individuals there is and he’s the co-founder of Virgin group of companies.
8. Susan Wojcicki
If there was a ‘You go, girl’ moment, Susan has brought that into the IT department setting the example of a successful woman in IT. Working as a marketing manager for Google at first, she’s noted for suggesting the purchase of YouTube to Google. Now, since 2014, she’s the CEO of the company.
9. Steve Wozniak
Known to be a creative social engineer, Wozniak used to make a communication system for six children’s bedrooms, who were his friends, just so that he could talk to them without getting out of the house. 20 years down the line, he was working with Steve Jobs as one of the greatest tech minds, developing the first Apple computers.