From rags to riches: Inspirational self-made Billionaires


According to the Forbes 2018 rich list, there are 2208 billionaires in the world, with a combined net worth of $9.1 trillion. Most importantly to direct sales and marketing specialists, Boom Me dia Global, 67% of the world’s billionaires are self-made.

Direct sales and marketing specialists, Boom Media Global promote the belief that with hard work, anything is possible. The young firm are advocates of entrepreneurship, and they are motivated by self-made billionaires who have gone from rags to riches.

Oprah Winfrey: Net worth: $2.8 billion

One of the most recognized women in the world, Oprah Winfrey refused to be a product of her circumstances. The business mogul grew up in Mississippi in a poor family. She worked hard to earn a scholarship to Tennessee State University before going on to become the first ever African American TV correspondent in the state at 19, marking the start of her television career.

Howard Schultz: Net worth: $2.8 billion

The Starbucks president grew up in a housing complex for the poor. He went on to win a football scholarship to the University of Northern Michigan before going on to take over a coffee shop that would go on to become a worldwide phenomenon. Schultz became Starbucks CEO in 1987, growing the firm to over 16000 outlets worldwide.

During an interview with the Mirror, Schultz commented on his humble beginnings:”Growing up I always felt like I was living on the other side of the tracks. I knew the people on the other side had more resources, more money, happier families. And for some reason, I don’t know why or how, I wanted to climb over that fence and achieve something beyond what people were saying was possible. I may have a suit and tie on now but I know where I’m from and I know what it’s like.”

Shahid khan: Net worth: $7.1 billion

Before becoming a billionaire businessman, Khan once washed dishes for $1.20 an hour while attending the University of Illinois.

Khan is now one of the wealthiest people in the world. He owns one of the largest US private companies Flex-N-Gate, NFL side the Jacksonville Jaguars and UK soccer club, Fulham.

Jan Koum: Net worth: $9.1 billion

Originally from Ukraine, Koum moved to the US at the age of 16. He stayed in a government assistance property with his mother and swept floors at the local store to make ends meet. Koum taught himself computer skills before going on to co-found the world’s largest mobile messaging service in 2009, WhatsApp. When Facebook purchased the platform for $22billion in 2014, Koum became a billionaire overnight.

Roman Abramovich: Net worth: $11.6 billion

Born into poverty and orphaned at two years old, Abramovich was raised by an uncle in northern Russia. While studying at the Moscow Auto Transport Institute in 1987, Abramovich started a small company producing plastic toys, which would eventually allow him to found an oil business which saw him go on to become a business tycoon. As leader of the Sibneft Company, Abramovich negotiated a merger that saw the company become the fourth biggest oil company in the world. In 2005, the company was sold for $13 billion to Gazprom.

Most well known as the owner of Chelsea Football Club after the purchased in 2003, Abramovich also owns the world’s largest yacht, which cost a staggering $400 million.