The Most Famous Entrepreneurs And How They Built Their Wealth

There have been many entrepreneurs who started with nothing and wound up making millions. Some people think the idea of entrepreneurship is fantastical notion — nothing more than a “get rich quick” scheme. However, that is not the case.

Many people, from Bill Gates to Kanye West, got rich not because they have multiple college degrees or wound up working for companies that paid well. These people made their own way thanks to unconventional thinking and methods. Here are some of the best and most innovative people who became rich because they had the right idea at just the right time.

Oprah Winfrey Built An Empire

Oprah Winfrey attends the premiere of OWN's
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Oprah Winfrey is easily one of the richest Americans on the planet, with a net worth of more than $3 billion. However, she grew up in extremely impoverished conditions, with a single mother who worked as a maid. Oprah also suffered horrific abuse and learned to overcome it by achieving her own dreams.

Oprah Winfrey started her career on black radio stations, and moved up the entertainment ranks to become one of the most famous talk show hosts America has ever seen. She started her own magazine, charity foundation, and cable television channel. This is a woman for whom the “rags to riches” American dream really did come true.