They are men and women of diverse cultures and of different origins, some have impressive academic records while others barely managed to finish high school; however, the only thing that is common is the courage and determination of these people to achieve their dreams. Here’s a look at the accomplishments of ten such extraordinary people.
The co-founder of the software giant Microsoft left Harvard to pursue his dream of creating a software program that would be used by almost every computer owner in the world. Windows is the most popular operating system in the world today along with other applications and tools that are Microsoft products. Gates has held onto the title of the richest man in the world for more than a decade with his net worth declining from $ 60 to $ 50 billion and vice versa.
Another story of how determination can lead a person to the pinnacle of success, Oprah’s story is one of courage in the face of adversity. Her show, the Oprah Winfrey Show, has been the longest running and most successful of its kind. Winfrey, who had to face abject poverty while growing up in rural Mississippi, is one of the richest artists in the United States today, with a fortune amounting to $ 2.7 billion.
The CEO of Berkshire and Hathaway, known as the ‘Oracle of Omaha’, Buffet often swaps the top position on the Forbes list with his friend and fellow philanthropist Bill Gates. While he showed a marked reluctance to invest in tech companies, saving him from the dot-com crash, he has had a remarkably successful career with his strategy of keeping company stocks fundamentally strong. His control over the stock market can be measured by the fact that the smallest divestment of a company by Warren causes a veritable panic on Wall Street and a sales frenzy.
A true story from poverty to riches, Zhang Yin went from collecting waste paper on the streets of America to being the richest woman on the Forbes list. His empire was based on his system of recycling paper and shipping it from the United States to China. Today his company is a producer and exporter of several tons of paper and is popularly nicknamed the Empress of Paper.
Carlos Slim Helu
The telecommunications mogul from Mexico is currently at the number one position on Forbes’ list of the richest people in the world with a fortune of $ 60 billion. His is a story of how to profit from the development of emerging economies. Through its conglomerate Grupo Carso, Slim Helu owns a considerable amount of shares in various Mexican companies in the retail, manufacturing and telecommunications sectors. It controls 90% of the telephone lines in Mexico through its two companies.
Hailed as the ‘Prince of Polyester’ of India, Dhirubhai Ambani was the founder of Reliance. Throughout his life, he went from being a blue collar worker at Shell Corporation to establishing one of the largest petrochemical companies in the world. A man who had barely made it to the tenth grade, however, shook the corporate culture in India by climbing the pinnacle of success with his company that changed the way the normal man on the streets viewed corporate actions. If he had been alive today, he would be worth more than $ 50 billion.
A former student of the Indian Institute of Management and Yale, Nooyi took over the reins as CEO of Pepsico in 2006 from Steven Reinemund. She was previously CFO of the F&B giant. Nooyi has been responsible for the restructuring of the company; its divestment of the restaurant brand ‘Yum foods’ and the acquisition of Quaker Oats and Tropicana. Since becoming Pepsico’s CFO and eventually CEO, the company’s profits have doubled, while annual revenue has increased by 72%. Nooyi is consistently featured on Forbes’ list of the most powerful women in the world.
Lakshmi Nivas Mittal (LN Mittal)
The steel magnate attracted global attention with the hostile takeover of Arcelor by Mittal Steel to form a conglomerate, Arcelor Mittal, the world’s largest steel producer. With his personal wealth valued at $ 28.7 billion, LN Mittal is no stranger to Forbes’ richest list. Although he started in the family steelmaking business, he soon decided to establish his own steel company and international division. Starting with a dilapidated steel plant in Indonesia, Mittal went on to create the largest steel manufacturing facility in the world.
Jobs, the prolific co-founder and CEO of Apple, is the man who sparked the personal computer revolution. He was the first to imagine the impact a mouse-based GUI would have on the computer market and this led to the introduction of the Macintosh. While he left Apple after a dispute with the board of directors and founded the computing platform development company NeXt, he returned to Apple as CEO after Apple’s acquisition of NeXT. After pancreatic cancer-related health issues, Jobs turned Apple’s day-to-day operations over to Acting CEO Tim Cook and now only participates in strategic decisions.
He is the youngest billionaire in the world who revolutionized the social media scene while in his freshman year at Harvard. Zuckerberg’s social media phenomenon “Facebook” accumulated a huge following with a staggering 500 million members. At 26, Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in the world with his net worth estimated at more than $ 5 billion.
The success stories of many of these business moguls are studied in Ivy League schools; The most remarkable thing that can be learned from their examples is the fact that a person can achieve anything they want, provided they have the courage to dream big and the will to live hard to achieve the dream.