Zero to Hero

1. ANDREW CARNEGIE

(1835 – 1919) Net Worth $ 309 Billion

After industrialization phase that rendered him jobless and in relentless poverty. He used to work at cotton factories but did not continue for long and ended up making linens at home. He quit his job at the cotton factories and diverted towards reading, theater and music and later that he became Industrialist, Businessman, Entrepreneur and a major Philanthropist.

2. SYLVESTER STALLONE

Age 71 Net Worth: $400 million

Complications his mother suffered during labor forced her obstetricians to use two pairs of forceps during his birth; misuse of these accidentally severed a nerve and caused paralysis in parts of Stallone’s face. When Stallone was 16, he scored poorly in school and his mother got him a summer job at her beauty salon.

3. RAJINIKANTH

Age 67 Net Worth: $50 Million

The carpenter-turned-coolie-turned-conductor-turned Super Star.Before starting his career in the film industry, he had to take up all sorts of odd jobs. He served as a bus conductor for Karnataka state transport corporation in Bangalore. Such mass adulation, the thunderous rain of applause when Rajni delivered his lines, all put together, made him a phenomenon. It was at this point that Rajni realised the onus had been thrust on him. After all of that, Now he became the famous superstar in India

4. COLOLNEL SANDERS

(1890-1980) Net Worth: $15 billion

He got a job cleaning out the ash pans of trains from the Northern Alabama Railroad (a division of the Southern Railway) when they had finished their run.  American businessman, best known for founding fast food chicken restaurant chain Kentucky Fried Chicken (now known as KFC) and later acting as the company’s brand ambassador and symbol. His name and image are still symbols of the company.Sanders held a number of jobs in his early life, such as steam engine stoker, insurance salesman and filling station operator. He began selling fried chicken from his roadside restaurant in North Corbin, Kentucky, during the Great Depression.

5. CHRIS GARDNER

Age 63 Net Worth:$60 million

When Chris Gardner and his young son were sleeping rough on the floor of a public toilet, he could never have dreamt that his life story would be turned into a hit Hollywood movie. Enrolled on a low-paid trainee scheme at a stock brokerage, he didn’t have enough money to raise the deposit to rent an apartment.  American businessman, investor, stockbroker, motivational speaker, author, and philanthropist. After Gardner sold his small stake in Gardner Rich in a multimillion-dollar deal in 2006, he became CEO and founder of Christopher Gardner International Holdings, with offices in New York, Chicago, and San Francisco.

7. JK ROWLING

Age 52 Net Worth: $1 billion

British novelist, film and television producer, screenwriter and philanthropist, best known as the author of the Harry Potter fantasy series. Rowling has said that her teenage years were unhappy. Her home life was complicated by her mother’s illness and a strained relationship with her father, with whom she is not on speaking terms. Rowling took the entrance exams for Oxford University but was not accepted.Rowling as the first person to become a U.S.-dollar billionaire by writing books,  the second-richest female entertainer and the 1,062nd richest person in the world. Rowling disputed the calculations and said she had plenty of money, but was not a billionaire.

 

7. JACK MAA

Age 52 Net Worth :$ 43.2 billion

In his youth, Ma struggled to attend college. it took Ma four years to pass. When one listens objectively to Ma’s speeches about his early, formative years, one can observe that Ma learned most by experimenting, observing and questioning the status quo. As an adolescent, he taught himself English and polished it by becoming an unofficial tour guide to foreign tourists.
He grew up poor in communist China, failed his university entrance exam twice, and was rejected from dozens of jobs,  before finding success with his third internet company, Alibaba. He received more than a dozen rejections — including from KFC — before being hired as an English teacher. Ma was a natural with his students and loved his job — though he only made $12 a month at a local university. Now He became Chinese business magnate who is the founder and executive chairman of Alibaba Group, a family of Internet-based businesses.

 

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