Do Won Chang

5 Billionaires Who Were Once Dirt Poor


Having a rich and financially wealthy background isn’t always the only way to the top. In fact, in more occasions than others, individuals with filthy rich backgrounds tend to not be so ambitious, assuming that everything will work out fine as long as they’ve got daddy’s credit card tucked in their pockets. With that being said, some of the world’s richest people started out from the bottom, dirt poor, and ended out on top.

Coming forth from humble beginnings, listed below are the 7 people who didn’t only climb to the top, becoming industry leaders and visionaries, but they became one of the wealthiest people on this planet.

1.     Starbucks CEO, Howard Schultz

Net worth:  $2 billion

NEW YORK, NY - OCTOBER 04:  Starbucks CEO Howard Schultz speaks at an event celebrating a new partnership between Starbucks and non-profit groups in New York City and Los Angeles to assist in offsetting government funding cuts to programs for children and education on October 4, 2011 in New York City. Two Starbucks stores, one in Harlem and one in Los Angeles' Crenshaw district, will share profits with the partner non-profit groups the Abyssinian Development Corporation and the Los Angeles Urban League. Each group will receive at least $100,000 in the first year, the company said.  (Photo by Spencer Platt/Getty Images)

In an interview Schultz said: “Growing up I always felt like I was living on the other side of the tracks. I knew the people on the other side had more resources, more money, happier families. And for some reason, I don’t know why or how, I wanted to climb over that fence and achieve something beyond what people were saying was possible. I may have a suit and tie on now, but I know where I’m from and I know what it’s like.”

2.     The Oprah Winfrey Show, Oprah Winfrey

Net worth: $2.9 billion


Born in Mississippi to a monetarily troubled family, Winfrey still figured out how to win a grant to Tennessee State University, turning into the primary, African American TV journalist at 19 years old. Quick forward to 1983 and Winfrey moved to Chicago to work for an AM syndicated program, which obviously, would later be called “The Oprah Winfrey Show.”

3.     Fullham F.C. Owner, Shahid Khan

Net worth: $3.8 billion


Referred to today as one of the planet’s wealthiest individuals, this man was crisp off the watercraft from Pakistan when he landed to the US to clean dishes while going to the University of Illinois. In no time he now claims Flex-N-Gate, one of the biggest privately owned businesses in the U.S., the NFL’s Jacksonville Jaguars, and obviously, Premier League football club, Fulham.

4.     Forever 21 Founder, Do Won Chang

Net worth: $5 billion


Subsequent to coming to the US from Korea in 1981, Chang really needed to maintain three sources of income – all in the meantime to make a decent living. In the long run he propelled his first apparel store in 1984. Today, Forever 21 is a worldwide 480-store domain that trades at about $3 billion in deals a year.

5.     Ralph Lauren Founder, Ralph Lauren

Net worth: $7.7 billion


Lauren graduated from high school in the Bronx, New York, but managed to drop-out of college to join the Army later on. Though, it all went down in  Brooks Brothers, where Lauren worked as a clerk, and started asking himself if men were ready for wider and brighter designs in ties. In 1967 he decided he wanted to fulfill his dream and went all in, ending up making  $500,000 worth of ties. The year after that, the birth of Polo arrived.

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