Even wildly successful entrepreneurs start out from scratch. But while some build their empires from a young age, others stumble across success, while many more have to roll up their sleeves to make their businesses work.
Find out how the likes of Mark Zuckerberg, Bill Gates, Richard Branson, and J.K. Rowling got started, and overcame their fears to make millions.
Tony Robbins used to be a janitor.
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Life and business strategist Tony Robbins is a bestselling author known for motivating and leading others to success. He is chairman of a holding company that has more than a dozen diverse businesses — from a resort to an insurance marketing firm — with combined annual revenue of more than $6 billion. On Feb. 28, he debuts his latest book, “Unshakeable: Your Financial Freedom Playbook.”
Of course, this level of success didn’t come easy. As a teenager, Robbins was chased out of his home by his alcoholic mother. Instead of returning home, he took a job as a janitor to support himself, created a plan and went to work filling seminars for late-motivational speaker Jim Rohn.
Mark Cuban owned a pub in college.
Entrepreneur and “Shark Tank” veteran Mark Cuban helms some pretty lucrative business ventures — and he’s outright said business is his morning meditation.
The entrepreneur co-founded video portal Broadcast.com, which Yahoo purchased for $5.7 billion in 1999. The following year, he bought the Dallas Mavericks and a 50 percent stake in the American Airlines Center for $280 million. The basketball team is now valued at $1.4 billion.
Among his first business ventures, though, was a bar named Motley’s Pub, which he bought with friends before his senior year at Indiana University. The bar was shut down five months later, but the ambitious move was an early indicator of his sky-high potential.
Warren Buffett started investing at age 11.
Most kids spend their free time playing, but 11-year-old Warren Buffett was a mathematical prodigy laser-focused on the stock market. His first stock purchase was six shares of Cities Service, an oil company now known as Citgo. That investment cost him $38 per share.
Initially, the stock dropped. Then, it turned around, allowing him to make a small profit. Since then, the Berkshire Hathaway CEO has turned a once-failing textile company into a worldwide powerhouse valued at approximately $396 billion.