Top Ten Rags to Riches Stories

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6. Richard Branson


Branson was born in a nice family in Blackheath, London. He did not do well in school and started a mail order business at the age of 16. In 1972, he opened several shops to sell records, which he called Virgin Records. He created the Virgin Atlantic Airwaves and today he is one of the richest persons in the world.


7. J.K. Rowling


Born in Yate, Gloucestershire, England, Rowling had a penchant for writing imaginative stories from a young age. She moved Portugal in 1990 and started teaching English after her mother’s demise. She often thought of committing suicide as she was diagnosed with clinical depression. She was able to complete her first book by working at various cafés. Today, J.K. Rowling has been able to sell more than 400 million books and is worth about $1.1 billion.


8. Ozzy Osbourne


Osbourne was born in Birmingham, U.K. He could not do well in school because he had the problem of dyslexia. At 15, Ozzy discontinued school studies. Eventually, he joined as a singer of a local band, and people recognized his talent immediately. Gradually, he created his own band, Black Sabbath. He has till date produced 3 live albums, many singles and 9 studio albums to top charts.


9. Liz Murray


Murray was born in Bronx, New York. She was the daughter of HIV-infected poor parents Murray found herself living in extreme penury as a child. After her mother’s demise from AIDS, she was left alone at the age of 16. In spite of not having a great education, Murray was able to graduate in just 2 years and went to study at Harvard. Today, she is a great speaker who inspires people to strive hard and continue with their work no matter how great the hurdles.


10. John D. Rockefeller


Born in Richford, New York, Rockefeller was one among six children whose mom tried to bring up by way of her hard work. In 1859, Rockefeller along with a friend named Maurice B. Clark started a company and later built an oil refinery. Soon Rockefeller found the Standard Oil Company following which he became the world’s first billionaire.

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