What Do They Have in Common?

Originally published in Flourishing March 2012.   


Sheldon Adelson

Carl Berg

Stephan Bisciotti

Leon Charney

John Paul DeJoria

Larry Ellison

Alan Gerry

Alec Gores

Harold Hamm

 George Joseph

 Kirk Kerkorian

 Ken Langone

 Ralph Loren

 Carl Lindner, Jr.

 David Murdoch

 Thomas Peterffy

 Howard Schultz

 Kenny Troutt

 Albert Ueltschi

 Oprah Winfrey

They range in age from fifty to ninety-three.  Most, but not all, were born in America.  They are all alive today, and still actively engaged in things that they love to do. 

Some didn’t finish high school. Others dropped out of college.  Only a couple of them have MBA’s.  I’ve listed only twenty, but there are many more.

What do they have in common?

Yes, they are all in the One Percent; but, that’s not the right answer.   The right answer is that every one of these people started from absolutely nothing and made themselves into billionaires.  mh

Source:  http://www.businessweek.com/