We live in a time where you don’t need to have rich parents to become part of the world’s elite. Today, a talented student can wake up famous after the launch of a startup and an ordinary entrepreneur can make a fortune on a reality show about their life. Of course, the lives and the way people look before and after they become famous are very different.
We have found some early photos of billionaires everyone knows today.
So scroll down to look at these billionaires who were very different people at the start of their careers.
Elon Musk learned how to program at the age of 9, and at the age of 28, he sold his first startup (it was worth $307), at the age of 30, he founded PayPal, and at the age of 32, he opened Tesla Motors. A year before that, he set up SpaceX claiming he was going to colonize Mars. Now, he is 47 years old and is a really successful engineer, entrepreneur, and billionaire.
Young Bill didn’t have a lot of success in school and in college. He was expelled after his second year due to not attending classes. But he still loved programming. In fact, he loved it so much that at the age of 21, his friend Paul Allen and he founded their own company, Microsoft.
Larry Page and Sergey Brin
In 1995, the 2 talented guys met each other at a tour at Stanford University. They started talking, discussing computer technology and became friends. Sometime later, they decided to start a research project which soon (in 1998) turned into one of the most powerful companies of today, Google Inc.
Few people don’t know the story of the 19-year-old student from the psychology department of Harvard University who created Facebook. He is the youngest billionaire in history and he is in the 13th position of the most influential people, according to Forbes.
A determined student from Alabama University found his first job in the biggest computer company, IBM. Then, he worked in some managing positions in Intelligentelectronics, Compaq, and of course, Apple. He started working for Apple in 1998 and became Steve Jobs’ right hand and CEO of the company after he died.
On the day Richard Branson finished school, the headmaster told him he would either go to jail or become a millionaire, and he was right. Today, Sir Richard Branson is one of the most famous people, a co-founder of the transnational corporation Virgin Group, a billionaire, and an all-around funny guy.
Steve Wozniak has always been a creative engineer. For example, once he designed and made a system of communication for 6 children’s bedrooms in the neighboring houses in order to talk to his friends without leaving the house. 20 years later, the same person made the first Apple computers together with Steve Jobs.