Contrary to popular belief, not all billionaires become rich through their daddy’s pocket. An equivalent percentage of people have achieved this level of financial success solely due to their hard work, passion and commitment. Listed below are four rich people who made it against all odds. Their stories are unbelievable, overwhelming as well as motivating. These people built themselves a career instead of inheriting one. If you are looking for inspiration, this list would be a good place to start:
1. Oprah Winfrey
As a well-known television host and standard bearer, she has built an entire network for herself. She was born to a teenage mother who worked as a domestic servant. During her childhood, she was passed from one relative to another for ownership. If you are familiar with Oprah’s designer threads, do know that they were inspired from the potato sacks she wore in her early years. After making a fortune, she made countless generous contributions towards poverty reduction including a donation of $100 million to create a school for young girls in South Africa.
2. Howard Schultz
Howard is the founder and CEO of Starbucks. He started it as a small coffee shop business and turned it into a global phenomenon. After his father became permanently disabled after a truck accident, Howard’s family was subjected to abject poverty. He used his football scholarship to create a business opportunity, travelled the world and was inspired with the idea to create Starbucks. After his father was fired due to the injury, Howard made it his ambition to help those in need. This is why he has implemented extremely considerate employment policies.
3. Shahid Khan
He is the founder of Flex-N-Gate which is one of the largest private organizations in America. He is also the owner of NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars. Khan came to the United States at the age of 16 and worked as a dishwasher for $1.2 per hour. Faced with extreme poverty, he had no shelter and lived in several YMCAs during his teenage years. Currently, he is ranked as one of the richest men in the world after making a fortune out of his business ventures. Due to his personal experiences, Khan has created job opportunities for millions of youth in third-world countries.
4. J.K. Rowling
As the author of the ‘Harry Potter’ series, she became the richest woman in the world after the novel’s publishing. Not only did she experience many traumas in her childhood due to financial restraints, but Rowling also faced serious issues after her divorce. She only earned 300 pounds a week and was diagnosed with depression. But her determination and self-motivation made her into the one of the most iconic figures in literature. She persisted on selling her novel even after it was rejected by 9 publishers up until Bloomsbury made it into the most famous children’s fantasy novel of all time.
The stories of these individuals not only give courage but hope as well. They remind us that however dark it might be, there is always light at the end of the tunnel.