16 Billionaires Who Grew Up Poor

By Keren Mikva Published: September 4, 2014, 11:39 am
billionaires who grew up poor

It’s not easy to make something of yourself when you come from very little. It has been proven time and again that opportunities for education and other experiences as a child have a profound effect on your adult life and how successful you hope to become. However, there are those who have managed to pull themselves up by their bootstraps, and we’re talking way, way up, without a silver spoon. Check out a sampling of billionaires who grew up poor.

Sources: businessweek.com, forbes.com, successstories.co.in, businessinsider.com

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  • wheely

    nearly all these are rich on the work of others and would no doubt have been the ones exploiting their own mothers and fathers labour if it were possible to do that time travel thing.

    • VedX

      If you are looking for a place where no one seeks profits above any other person, and shares their wealth equally with everyone in the community, you should move to a truly Communist country, of which there are few left, because it’s a system that doesn’t work. And I doubt you practice what you preach, which makes you a hypocrite. In all likelihood, you are just a lazy slob who is envious of people more successful than you are.

    • Uncle Sam

      wheely, you are such a WEENIE. Grow up and get a job you bum and stop living on welfare. And welfare means you are living on the backs of others to you scum bucket.

      • hahanono

        Nah let him live off our tax dollars. It makes him feel special that he can point fingers and complain since there’s nothing else his brain can accomplish.

    • fruityos

      Rich on the work of others? Or do they they employ people, create jobs so that people can provide for their families instead of living on welfare? Not everyone is willing to take the financial risks of starting up a new business, or invest the time either. So why resent people who have made a success of themselves, and have helped other people to be successful in supporting their families?

    • Kent

      On the backs of others… that they employ and pay. They contribute to society by making a product or service that we want or need.

      Welfare recipients also use the backs of others. They also don’t pay those people and they don’t contribute to society.

    • hahanono

      you obviously have no knowledge of hard work. Don’t worry though my tax dollars are paying for your food stamps.

    • Tarik

      You do not say what you do for a living. If you are self-employed you too are guilty; if you are employed then you are an hypocrite for criticizing the hand that feeds you. I wonder which of the two you think is the lesser evil.

  • parent

    Didn’t see one Brit amongst them which goes to show how much our country values people who can think for themselves, and our education system used to be amongst the best in the world but now I think we turn out more morons than kids with common sense, or an incentive to do better for themselves.

  • Pathfinder

    These people bring something of value to the world and they are rewarded for it, although the path to success is rarely simple or straight. Its a real soup of many factors from passion for what you believe in, perseverance, integrity that both you and others can take to the bank, luck and some of just being at the right place or right time. Its sometimes no more predictable then who gets hit by a car, who wins a lottery, who gets cancer, who discovers a cure for cancer. Too many variables, and unique to each person and their situation

    And remember what the late Gen Norman Schwarzkopf said about a battle plan: “…. its good for the first five minutes of the battle” , as are many plans in life

  • Iwish

    these guys all hustly their money and are really got at it. Dont be mad at the rich…they gave you your job. and they never got to see their kids grow up

  • George

    @VedX:disqus and @46a04fe727a33f0c8860e7482439e5c7:disqus As long as you understand that your corporatism form of capitalism is far from perfect.

  • Eric Akunor

    am ready to be a billonaires so i need your help

  • Mona60

    you forgot JOHN D ROCKEFELLER!!! …and dat was one of the first billionaires in the world……

  • ToothyGrinn

    David Murdock does not count, somebody loaned him $1,500, that’s plenty in 1944

    • Yvonne Horak

      I agree. When you are poor and a risk for repayment , very very few will loan you money.

  • bernard

    Its the first time i visit this site, good content gathering.A few things were missed though on the 16 billionaires who grew up poor article.

    1. Billionaire François-Henri Pinault did not in fact grow up poor
    2. He was born in May 28, 1962, so he could have not drop-out of school in 1947
    3. He inherited the company of his rich father, François Pinault (the founder and still honorary chairman of Kering formerly PPR) one of the richest people in france