Many of billionaires are businessmen. Some are among those who were not born with silver spoons in their mouths. Many have built their career and fortune from zero first jobs. They started off small and worked their way up. The following are America’s billionaires who took their steps on the way to wealth.
David Murdock is now the owner of fruit company Dole. According to Forbes estimates, he is the 183rd richest person in the world, with a net worth of 3.3 billion US dollars. In 2006, he ranked 168 among The World's Richest People. Surprisingly, Murdock was dropped out of Montgomery Township, Wood County, Wayne Ohio. He was drafted by the by the U.S. Army in 1943. Before that time, he had worked at a gas station. In 1985, Murdock took over the nearly bankrupt Hawaiian firm Castle & Cooke, developing the firm’s real estate portfolio into commercial and residential properties. The pineapple producer Dole Food Company of Castle & Cooke was turned into the world’s largest producer of fruits and vegetables.
Murdock was successful in completing a $446 million initial public offering (IPO) in October 2009.
T. Boone Pickens is the founder of Mesa Petroleum, one of America’s largest independent natural oil and gas companies. He chairs the hedge fund BP Capital Management. This American financer owns a current net worth of about $3 billion, which puts him into Forbes’ position as the 117th-richest person in America and ranked 880th in the world. Surprisingly, Pickens delivered newspapers at the age of 12. He cited his boyhood job as a business practice and an early introduction to “expanding quickly by acquisition”.
T. Boone Pickens is one of America's best known entrepreneurs.
Charles Schwab is the founder and chairman of the Charles Schwab Corporation. He provides investment services like online investing, banking solution, and financial advice. He has a fortune of nearly $4.7 billion and was in the 2009 Forbes 400 list of the richest person in the United States, ranking at the 50th position. Few people may know that his first job is to sell walnuts.
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Andrew Beal is the founder and chairman of Beal Bank and Beal Aerospace Technologies. He is famous for his high-stakes pokers. As a teenager, he dreamed to become a businessman. He started to earn money by fixing televisions, later to install apartment securities systems, and to relocated dislodged houses.
His first net gain as a businessman was when he bought a house in Lansing for $6,500 and leased it out with $119 per month.
John Edward Anderson is the president and sole shareholder of Topa Equities, Ltd as well as the founder of Ace Beverage with exclusive rights to distribute Budweiser in Los Angeles, California. His portfolio consists of 4,000,000 square feet of commercial property. He oversees over 40 wholly-owned subsidiaries in a variety of industries.
He firstly worked as a popcorn stand.
Ray Dolby, the inventor of the noise reduction system known as Dolby NR, is the founder of chairman of Dolby Laboratories. He also took participation into inventing video tape recording. However, few people knew that the founder of Dolby Laboratories Inc. held part-time and summer job at audio and movie company Ampex in Redwood City.
Dolby received his B.S. in electrical engineering from Standford in 1957 and won a Marshall Scholarship for a Ph.D. in physics from Cambridge University.
Oprah Winfrey is now an American television host, actress, producer, and philanthropist. She has been ranked the richest African American of the 20th century and was the world’s only black billionaire. This billionaire is considered as the most influential woman in the world. She worked at a grocery store next to her father’s barber shop in Nashville. She was the first black female news anchor at Nashville’s WLAC-TV while working in local media.
Oprah Winfrey hosted WJZ's local talk show People Are Talking which made its debut on August 14, 1978.
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