while drawing The richest people in the world Attention and spotlight towards the huge sums they collected and the work they do, many wonder how their start was? Did they go out into the world with a golden spoon in their mouth, as is said?
However, the truth is completely different.. There are brilliant names whose beginnings were ordinary and less than expected, and here are the most prominent examples:
Elon Musk.. a farmer and a cleaner
For example, the CEO of Twitter, the American billionaire Elon Musk, started as a farmer, then moved to a job (cleaner).
The founder of “Tesla” and “SpaceX” was born in South Africa, and he was forced to leave with his family to live in Canada and searched for work to help his family until he worked on a fruit farm, to leave it for a higher salary in a job as a cleaner at a wood mill, and he was paid $18 an hour.
Elon Musk (archive from Reuters)
Elon Musk described his work in the wood mill as the most dangerous in the world, stressing that he had to wear protective clothing and jump through a small tunnel; To remove sand, impurities and suspended matter.
And Musk has been ranked first on the Forbes list of the richest people in the world since September 2021, with a fortune of $ 185.7 billion.
Oprah Winfrey .. a saleswoman in a grocery store
Media Oprah Winfrey is an American talk show host, theater actress, and international personality.
Oprah Winfrey grew up in a poor neighborhood where her father was a barber and her mother was a housekeeper, and Oprah Winfrey was subjected to a lot of harassment at the university because of the color of her skin, as she was of African origin, and she worked as a teenager in a local grocery store, but she did not stay long there, to complete her education in Tennessee Following a scholarship, Oprah then got a job at a radio channel as a part-time reporter, according to author Caitlin McInnes in her report published by the American website, The Ladders.
According to Forbes magazine, Winfrey has a net worth of $2.5 billion, thanks to the success of her talk shows, television shows, and collaborations with brands.
Warren Buffett.. Newspaper distributor
The beginnings of businessman and investor Warren Buffett were very modest in the business world. The billionaire businessman began his career by distributing the local American newspaper “Omaha World-Herald” on his bike at the age of 13.
And “Forbes” magazine said that Buffett’s wealth is still $ 110.2 billion, which ranks him fifth on the list of the world’s richest people.
Mark Cuban.. a garbage bag salesman
Billionaire Mark Cuban was born in 1958 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, to a middle-class Russian immigrant family.
He also showed interest in the business field at the age of 12, when he wanted to buy shoes he was looking forward to owning and was unable to do so due to his father’s disapproval of not having the money. It was only one of his father’s friends who advised Coban to work for him in selling garbage bags, to obtain income to buy shoes and everything he wanted.
To make more money, Cuban augmented his sources of income at an early age by selling football tickets and postage stamps in high school.
Forbes estimates Cuban’s net worth at $4.6 billion.
Bill Gates.. programmer
Bill Gates is a co-founder of Microsoft, and he is one of the billionaires who have a lot of money. He worked at the beginning of his life in the field of programming at the age of 13 because of his obsession with computers.
His fortune is $ 106 billion and he is the fifth richest billionaire in the world, according to what was reported on the website of the American economic magazine Forbes.
Bill Gates (archive from France Press)
Jeff Bezos.. a worker at McDonald’s
Jeff Bezos is the founder and owner of Amazon, and he maintained the fourth position in the list of the 10 richest people in the world, according to the Bloomberg Billionaires Index until November 5, 2022.
Earlier, the second richest man in the world shared a picture of him eating burgers from the McDonald’s chain of restaurants, through his Twitter account.
And the founder of Amazon attached that photo to a comment, in which he said: “My first job … and the burger is still great as it is,” indicating that he worked in that chain of restaurants in its infancy.
Travis Kalanick… a traveling salesman
Travis Kalanick, the founder and former CEO of Uber, got his start in the business world as a traveling salesman as a teenager. He sold knives for Cutco in the 1990s until he was 18, by which time he had already launched His first company, which offers preparation courses for the SAT test (the test that qualifies for admission to university in American education), is called New Way Academy.
Michael Dell.. washing the dishes
DELL CEO Michael Dell was a stamp collector as a child, and his need to get a job was essential to fund his growing collection. When Dell was just 12 years old, he started washing dishes at a local Chinese restaurant, and he was so good that he was promoted. Later, according to Biography.com.
Steve Jobs is a video game developer for Atari
Steve Jobs’ passion for technology and invention is not surprising. The late founder of Apple was so eager to learn the ins and outs of modern technology that he dropped out of college and became a video game developer at Atari. However, he did not stay long in This position, where he and Steve Wozniak founded Apple a few years later when he was just 21 years old.
Tim Cook Newsboy
Current Apple chief executive Tim Cook had a somewhat more modest start to his career, delivering newspapers in his hometown of Alabama, working in a paper mill and then an aluminum plant in Virginia, before finally moving into the tech world in the early 1980s.
Apple CEO Tim Cook
The president of Macy’s worked as an oyster shucker
Terry Landgren, CEO of Macy’s, originally wanted to be a veterinarian, but his grades did not help him achieve his dream, which prompted him to specialize in the field of commerce, and his father’s reaction was to stop supporting him so that he could not register. In college, he got a job at a local restaurant cleaning oysters, eventually becoming restaurant manager, before earning a degree in retail.