These 15 Self-Made Billionaires were Once Poor

4 January 2017

Who says we cannot get out of poverty? These self-made billionaires have proven us otherwise.

Living large, splurging all weekend, and not having to worry about what you can eat tomorrow is the kind of life most people dream of. Some people stuck in dreaming their whole life, but some others do manage to find the path towards that dream. And these fifteen self-made billionaires can show you the path.

Even though some billionaires decided to give away most of their wealth, we won’t say no to having abundant source of money. Money may not buy us happiness, but it sure can buy things to make us happy. Thus, we struggle every day, working our butt off to keep both our stove and our dream burning.

Some of us are lucky enough to never know what it’s like to crave for something you can never afford. But some others are not as lucky. Believe or not, these billionaires were once like them. Probably way poorer. But they managed to pull themselves out of poverty to finally live large.

So, let’s take a look at these amazing life-changing stories and get inspired. We may not end up as rich as they are, but we can get better, richer, and happier than we are today. It is all in your hand. And as the saying goes: “Dream about flying to the moon. Because even if we fail, we will end up floating with stars.”

15. Oprah Winfrey (Net Worth: $2.9 billion)

These 15 Self-Made Billionaires were Once Poor | #15. Oprah Winfrey (Net Worth: $2.9 billion)
These 15 Self-Made Billionaires were Once Poor | #15. Oprah Winfrey (Net Worth: $2.9 billion) | source: oprah.com

“You get a car! You get a car! Everybody gets a car!”

I remember watching that Oprah show on TV and I got goosebumps. Oprah Winfrey surprised all of her audiences at the studio that day with a special gift: brand new car for everyone.

You would wonder, what lies beneath such generosity. Oprah knew what it’s like to struggle in life. She had to go through such a rough childhood. She was living on a farm without indoor plumbing. And worse, she was a victim of sexual abuse.

Thanks to federal program, she was given access to a rich suburban school where she discovered her path to success through public speaking and debate. Then, she got a part-time job at a radio station which led her to the historical Oprah Winfrey Show. To date, it still holds the record for highest-rated talk show on TV in United States.

Today, Oprah is a media mogul. As an actress, director, producer, and entrepreneur, Oprah has made herself worth $2.9 billion. She did not just successfully pull herself out of poverty, but also conquered the hardest obstacles.

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