The Best Rags To Riches Stories

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There are those who truly inspire us with their life story from rags to riches. The people on this page are the ones who have the odds against them yet they are able to rise above the odds and achieve great success in their life. Here are their stories...

Marilyn Monroe : Fame, Money And
Success Is Not Everything

How Maria das Gracas Silva Foster Rose From
Poverty &
Became The 1st Female CEO of Petrobras

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How Chris Gardner Made It Big - This Is His Story

Make Way For The King of Horror: The Life Story of Stephen King

To many, Stephen King is an inspiration, the author of the macabre. His name befits him, as he truly is, in a way, the king of fear. He has made millions out of this great talent of his, over 350 million of his books have already been sold worldwide. 

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Jay Z : From Drug Dealer To Million Dollar Mogul

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On December 4th 1969, Shawn Corey Carter aka Jay-Z, was born to Gloria Carter in the Marcy housing project of Brooklyn, New York. The conditions were terrible but they served as the motivation for one of the greatest financial successes to come out of American hiphop music.

How Ralph Lauren Made His Way To Success And Made $7 Billion

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In 2014, Ralph Lauren was ranked as the 193rd richest person in the world by Forbes with an estimated wealth of over $7 billion. How did this man became so wealthy?

For The Love of Coffee : Howard Schultz And His Rags To Riches Story

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How Shania Twain Rose To Success Despite A Troubled Past And Made $350 Million

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The Inspiring Story of Ursula Burns, From Poverty To Becoming The CEO of Xerox April 13 2014

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Ursula Burns was declared by Forbes to be the one of the world's most powerful woman back in 2009. She still is, and all for good reason. 

From $50 To A Billion, How Zdenek Bakala Became a Billionaire April 13 2014

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Zdenek Bakala is one of the richest men in the world, at only 53 years old. He has a net worth of $1 billion and has residences in Switzerland, Geneva, and the United States. But it wasn't all champagnes and roses for this Czech fellow. 

The Secret of Tom Cruise's Success, How A Dyslexic Made It Big In Hollywood

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Tom Cruise is a Hollywood A-lister with a net worth of $250 million. He's an actor, a producer, with numerous prestigious awards under his belt. He's a well-respected, well-loved guy in the industry, admired for his talent in bringing to life the roles he portrays in his films.

A Look into J.K Rowling’s Fairytale Success, How She Became The World's Only Billionaire Author

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Her books sold 400 million copies with sales reaching up high heavens. She’s Britain’s most celebrated author and best seller in history. She wouldn’t be called the “Most Influential Woman of the Year” if she hadn’t won the hearts of many people worldwide. 

The Amazing Success Story of Larry Ellison, From Adopted Child To Oracle's Billionaire CEO

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You may not have heard about Larry Ellison but you may certainly have heard about Oracle. This multi-billion software company was started by this billionaire. Ellison is currently the 5th richest person in the world with a net worth of $49 Billion.

How Jan Koum, Founder of WhatsApp Became a Success Story : From Food Stamps to Riches

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Some people would say that his experience growing up in communist Ukraine made him a bit paranoid. And Jan Koum, billionaire creator of WhatsApp wouldn’t deny this because he simply left a country where phones were tapped on a daily basis and privacy wasn’t sacred.

The Harold Simmons’ Life Story - How A Poor Boy Died A Billionaire

He’s been called Dallas’ Most Evil Genius by amassing a fortune even without anyone knowing. He is known to live his life in obscurity but even at age 78, he wouldn’t stop thinking of how he’d earn his next billion dollar fortune. He’s an entrepreneur, a success story for a generation to follow. 

How Sheldon Adelson Conquered the World of Gambling

This is a typical rags-to-riches story. He came from nothing to now becoming one of gambling’s wealthiest tycoons. His casinos are unrivaled and his stakes are worth billions. But what he is now is a product of a cunning personality that was never afraid to strike it big

How Genghis Khan, a Homeless Person, Created the Largest Land Empire in History

Genghis Khan's real name was Temujin, but in the early 13th century, a council of Moghul tribesmen declared him as the Oceanic Ruler of the Universe, which translated to 'Genghis Khan.' The rest, as they say, was history.

Chelsea Football and Roman Abramovich: The Story of a Sports Billionaire

He’s a self-made billionaire now with stakes in Steel and football. Russia would be lucky to have this man rise up from simple beginnings to growing a fortune worth $14.2 Billion. 

How Oprah Winfrey Went From Poverty To Become America's Only Black Billionaire

“Turn your wounds into wisdom” was Oprah Winfrey’s famous quote that summed up her entire life story. We know her now as the queen of all media...

How Andrew Carnegie Became One Of The Richest Man Ever In America!

This is the story of how the son of a Scottish hand-loom weaver who had no formal education beat the odds and went on to become one of the most...

How Li Ka Shing Became The Richest Man In Asia, A Rags To Riches Story

Li Ka Shing was only 14 years old when he became the breadwinner of his family. Just a few months after they took refuge in Hong Kong from Guangdong, China...

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