From Elon Musk To Bill Gates, How Famous Billionaires Looked Like Before They Became Rich

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There is no denying that there are a large number of billionaires in the world today. A number of now-billionaires come from humble beginnings, ranging from novelists to corporate magnates.

Some millionaires’ early lives included peddling bhajiyas and labouring as a junk dealer before becoming well-known characters.

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1. Karsanbhai Patel

He used to create and sell detergent powder for $3 per kilogramme, as he was born from a farming family. He is now the founder of Nirma, a company with 17,000 workers and a market capitalization of over 7,000 crores.

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2. Howard Schultz 

When he took over Starbucks, there were only 60 locations. He became the company’s CEO in 1987 and helped it grow to over 16,000 locations globally.

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3. Tim Cook 

He formerly worked as Apple’s chief operations officer under Steve Jobs, the company’s co-founder. He is now the company’s chief executive officer, and his net worth has surpassed $1 billion.

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4. Dilip Shanghvi 

He was born into a Gujarati middle-class family and worked as a pharmacy and pharmaceutical distributor. Sun Pharmaceuticals, his company, was founded with a capital of $10,000.

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5. Elon Musk 

He sold his first product, a video game that he created himself, for $500 when he was 12 years old. His estimated net worth is $156.9 billion.

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6. J.K. Rowling 

Her present net worth exceeds $1 billion as the author of the popular Harry Potter series of seven novels.

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7. Kalpana Saroj 

She rose from a disadvantaged family to become one of the country’s most powerful businesswomen. She now has a $112 million empire that is fast expanding.

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8. Oprah Winfrey 

She received a scholarship to Tennessee State University despite coming from a disadvantaged home. She relocated to Chicago in 1983 to work on her talk show, The Oprah Winfrey Show.

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9. Reed Hastings 

In 1997, he and a former Pure Software employee co-founded Netflix, which offered customers in the United States flat-rate movie rental-by-mail. Netflix produced $7.16 billion in revenue in the first quarter of 2021.

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10. Anil Agarwal 

He worked as a scrap dealer in Mumbai after leaving Patna at the age of 19. He is now the chairman and founder of Vedanta Resources Limited, a company with a net worth of $3 billion.

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11. Ralph Lauren 

Before starting his own necktie line, he worked as a clerk at Brooks Brothers. He sold $500,000 worth of ties in 1967. He now owns a multibillion-dollar global corporation.

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12. Sergey Brin 

He was a co-founder of Google and served as the president of Google’s parent company, Alphabet Inc., until 2019. His current net worth is estimated to be around $100 billion.

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13. Narayana Murthy 

He founded Infosys with a $14 billion revenue after relying on his wife’s $10,000 money in 1981.

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14. Jeff Bezos 

His current net worth is roughly $19,830 crores as the founder and CEO of the multinational technology giant Amazon.

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 15. Susan Wojcicki 

She is the CEO of YouTube and has a net worth of $580 million.

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16. Patricia Narayan 

She began her journey by selling pickles, jams, and squashes after being abused by her drug addict husband. She is now the director of the Sandeepha Restaurant Group.

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17. Mark Zuckerberg 

His net worth is $12,670 crores, and he co-founded Facebook.

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18. Peter Thiel 

Co-founder of PayPal, his net worth is $540 crores.

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19. Indra Nooyi 

She started her career as a receptionist and struggled to afford a formal suit for her first job interview. She is now the CEO of PepsiCo. Her current net worth is believed to be $16.4 million.

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20. Bill Gates 

His estimated net worth is $124 billion, thanks to his co-founding of Microsoft Corporation with his late childhood friend Paul Allen.

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21. Richard Branson

He started the Virgin Group in 1970, which now has over 400 enterprises in diverse sectors. His net worth is estimated to be $4.8 billion.

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Who do you think looked the best in their earlier days?

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