From Rags To Riches

Dell
Dell
The computer company started with $1,000 and a dorm room. Its headquarters was in the Michael Dell’s (pictured above)University of Texas student living until he decided to drop out to run the company full time. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Apple
Apple
Apple creators Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak ordered the parts for their first batch of computers on credit. Now the company is worth more than $200 billion. (Photo by Brian Kersey/Getty Images)
Ebay
Ebay
Founder Pierre Omidyar coded the first version of the site out of his Silicon Valley living room. The company’s headquarters in San Jose, California is definitely a step up! (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Google
Google
Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin rented a garage in Menlo Park, California for $1,700 a month to set up Google.(Photo by PETER MUHLY/AFP/Getty Images)
JK Rowling
JK Rowling
Before she became the world’s wealthiest novelist, Harry Potter author JK Rowling was raising her daughter on welfare. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
Mattel
Mattel
Barbie’s manufacturer started as a picture frame company in Ruth Handler’s garage. (Photo by STAN HONDA/AFP/Getty Images)
Nordstrom
Nordstrom
The clothing giant started as one West Coast shoe store, started on Swedish immigrant’s minor fortune of $13,000, which he earned in the Alaskan gold mines. (Photo by Ken Stewart/Getty Images for Clinique)
Richard Desmond
Richard Desmond
The UK publishing power player dropped out of school when he learned he could make more money working at a club. (Photo by Ian Gavan/Getty Images)
Starbucks
Starbucks
The mega-chain began in 1971 as one store in downtown Seattle. Three friends invested $1350 each of their own money. Imagine that return! (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Whole Foods
Way back when, Whole Foods was one lonely store in 1980, and also home sweet home to owners John Mackey and Rene Lawson. They even used the dishwasher as a shower.
(Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Wrigley Gum
Wrigley Gum
William Wrigley, Jr., who immigrated to America in 1891 with $32 to his name. His company took off when he started giving gum as an extra when customers bought his baking powder. (Photo by Tim Boyle/Getty Images)

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