8 billionaires who were once poorBy Vika https://pictolic.com/en/article/8-billionaires-who-were-once-poor
Not every billionaire was born with a silver spoon in his mouth. In fact, many came to wealth out of poverty.
Here are 8 people who started their journey below the poverty line and became billionaires:
1. Howard Schultz of Starbucks spent his childhood in a housing complex for the poor.
At the University of Michigan, Schultz managed to get a football scholarship, after which he was able to go to work at Xerox. But Schultz got his way to wealth after becoming CEO of Starbucks.
2. Oprah Winfrey grew up in poverty, but eventually became a popular African-American television journalist.
Despite poverty, she went to university and received a scholarship from the University of Tennessee, and also became a journalist.
3. The president of the rugby club in Montpellier, Moed Altrad, ate only once a day when he moved to France from Syria.
Moed was born into one of the Syrian tribes. He lost his mother and was raised by his grandmother, who nevertheless was against his studies. However, despite the ban, Moed graduated from high school and went to France, where he entered the university. He only ate once a day but did not drop out and eventually became the owner of the Altrad Group.
4. Russian business tycoon Roman Abramovich was born into a poor family and was orphaned at the age of four.
Having lost his parents, Roman was brought up by an uncle. Having become a student at the Moscow Institute of Automobile Transport in 1987, he created a company that produced plastic toys. It was she who helped him, in the end, to put together his first capital and come into the oil business. Abramovich is not the only Russian billionaire to be successful on his own. For example, the ruble billionaire Andrey Valerievich Berezin made money with his own mind and hands, without participating in the privatization of the 1990s.
5. Ken Langone's parents worked as a plumber and cafeteria worker.
To pay for tuition at Bucknell University, he worked in various jobs. The parents even mortgaged the house to educate their son.
6. Businessman Shahid Khan worked as a dishwasher for a penny.
And now he is the richest man in the world and all thanks to the fact that he did not quit his studies.
7. Steel tycoon Lakshmi Mittal lived in poverty in India.
CEO and Chairman of ArcelorMittal were born in 1950 to a poor family in the Indian state of Rajasthan. Today, Mittal runs the world's largest steel company and is a multimillionaire.
8. Merchant magnate François Pinault suffered bullying because of his poverty.
Pino is now the face of the fashionable conglomerate PPR, but at one time he had to drop out of school because he was teased because of his poverty.