Ever feel like the world is against you?
Like there is just no way you can make it to the top?
Well calm down and get excited!
Life is an adventure, and you have to grab it by the horns when it comes your way!
Those people at the top weren't always at the top.
Sometimes they were at the lowest of the lows.
But if you keep positive, then perhaps one day you can be there as well!
Here are the stories of a few billionaires that started out with less than us...
Orphaned at age 4, Abramovich was raised by his uncle and grandmother. He dropped out of college and eventually made a fortune after taking over
Russian oil giant Sibneft, which he later sold. A rabid soccer fan, he owns the U.K.'s storied Chelsea club and a home that reportedly cost $100
Son of a Boston cabdriver, he borrowed $200 from an uncle to sell newspapers at age 12. Later, he dropped out of college to become a court reporter.
Now a casino and hotel magnate, Adelson took his Las Vegas Sands public in December 2004 and today is 12th richest person in the world.
After his parents divorced, Desmond lived with his mother in a garage apartment. Quit school at age 14 to become a drummer and worked in a coat-check
room to help pay the bills. Started his first magazine at age 22 and now owns dozens of titles, including celebrity rag OK!.
Jagtiani flunked out of accounting school in London and took up driving taxis and cleaning hotel rooms to pay the bills and support a bottle of
whiskey a day habit. He then lost his entire family to illness in the span of one year. Just 21 and alone in Bahrain with $6,000 of his and his
family's savings, he took over the retail space his brother had leased before dying of cancer and started selling baby products. Chain is now one of
the most profitable retail groups in the Middle East.
World's richest retailer and founder of furniture store Ikea, Kamprad struggled with dyslexia. As a youngster, he peddled matches, fish and Christmas
decorations by bicycle. Reputed to be quite frugal: flies economy class, frequents inexpensive restaurants, furnishes his home with Ikea ware.
Li fled turbulent China in 1940 and resettled in Hong Kong. He was forced to quit school at age 15 to work in a plastics factory after his father's
death. He later borrowed money to manufacture plastic flowers. He eventually turned that business into Cheung Kong Industries, a conglomerate with
stakes in telecom, property and supermarkets. He is now Hong Kong's richest resident.
Son of Armenian immigrants, he dropped out of school in the eighth grade and took up boxing. Kerkorian was an amateur fighter before flying planes
across the Atlantic in World War II. He made billions buying and selling movie studio MGM. Today his MGM Mirage owns more than half the hotel rooms on
the Las Vegas Strip.
Son of a railway worker, he apparently got started as a clerk in a shirt store. With $25 and help from his then wife Rosalia Mera, now also a
billionaire, he began making gowns in his living room. Today, Ortega heads up Inditex, one of the world's most successful apparel manufacturers, best
known for its Zara brand. Avoids wearing ties.
Rowling moved to Portugal after the death of her mother from multiple sclerosis. She returned to the U.K. a single mother and lived on welfare while
finishing her first Harry Potter story. Now one of the world's most successful authors, she published the seventh and final installment of the boy
wizard series last July.
Born in rural Mississippi, Oprah spent her early years living in poverty on her grandmother's farm. She was sexually molested by male relatives, and
at age 14 she reportedly gave birth to a premature baby, who later died. Now, the reigning queen of television just launched a new reality-TV series
called Oprah's Big Give.
So ya see,
Life is all about what you make of it.
Hope this gives people hope.
While there is a lot more to life than money, just know that if you take chances every now and again, the money may come your way...
[edit on 6-3-2008 by Odessy]