From Rags to Riches

Founder Pierre Omidyar coded the first version of the site out of his Silicon Valley living room. The company’s headquarters in San Jose, California is definitely a step up! (Credit: CBS)
Ebay Founder Pierre Omidyar coded the first version of the site out of his Silicon Valley living room. The company’s headquarters in San Jose, California is definitely a step up! (Credit: CBS)
William Wrigley, Jr., who immigrated to America in 1891 with $32 to his name. His company took off when he started giving gum as an extra when customers bought his baking powder.(Credit: Getty Images)
Wrigley Gum William Wrigley, Jr., who immigrated to America in 1891 with $32 to his name. His company took off when he started giving gum as an extra when customers bought his baking powder.(Credit: Getty Images)
Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin rented this garage Menlo Park, California for $1,700 a month to set up Google in (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Google Buys Garage Where Company Was Founded Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin rented this garage Menlo Park, California for $1,700 a month to set up Google in (Credit: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Barbie’s manufacturer started as a picture frame company in Ruth Handler’s garage. (Credit: Getty Images)
Mattel Barbie’s manufacturer started as a picture frame company in Ruth Handler’s garage. (Credit: Getty Images)
Way back when, Whole Foods was one lonely store in 1980, and also home sweet home to owners John Mackey and Rene Lawson. They even used the dishwasher as a shower. (Credit:Getty Images)
Whole Foods Way back when, Whole Foods was one lonely store in 1980, and also home sweet home to owners John Mackey and Rene Lawson. They even used the dishwasher as a shower. (Credit:Getty Images)
Before she became the world’s wealthiest novelist, Harry Potter author JK Rowling was raising her daughter on welfare. (Credit: Getty Images)
JK Rowling Before she became the world’s wealthiest novelist, Harry Potter author JK Rowling was raising her daughter on welfare. (Credit: Getty Images)
The UK publishing power player dropped out of school when he learned he could make more money working at a club. (Credit: Getty Images)
Richard Desmond The UK publishing power player dropped out of school when he learned he could make more money working at a club. (Credit: Getty Images)
The computer company started with $1,000 and a dorm room. Its headquarters was in the Michael Dell’s University of Texas student living until he decided to drop out to run the company full time. (Credit: Getty Images)
Dell The computer company started with $1,000 and a dorm room. Its headquarters was in the Michael Dell’s University of Texas student living until he decided to drop out to run the company full time. (Credit: Getty Images)
The clothing giant started as one West Coast shoe store, started on Swedish immigrant’s minor fortunre of $13,000, which he earned in the Alaskan gold mines. (Credit: Getty Images)
Nordstrom The clothing giant started as one West Coast shoe store, started on Swedish immigrant’s minor fortunre of $13,000, which he earned in the Alaskan gold mines. (Credit: Getty Images)
Apple creators Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak ordered the parts for their first batch of computers on credit. Now the company is worth more than $200 billion. (Credit: Getty Images)
Apple Apple creators Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak ordered the parts for their first batch of computers on credit. Now the company is worth more than $200 billion. (Credit: Getty Images)
The mega-chain began in 1971 as one store in downtown Seattle. Three friends invested $1350 each of their own money. Imagine that return! (Credit: Getty Images)
Starbucks Coffee The mega-chain began in 1971 as one store in downtown Seattle. Three friends invested $1350 each of their own money. Imagine that return! (Credit: Getty Images)
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