Rags to Riches: 8 Rich People Who Started Out Poor

They say that wealthy people are only rich because they caught all the breaks. While it’s definitely true that some of the world’s wealthiest people come from above-average beginnings, just as many are true rags to riches stories.

On the list that follows, we’re going to introduce you to 8 incredibly wealthy people who came from the humblest beginnings. Some of these millionaires and billionaires grew up in public houses, others were orphans, and one even got his start by importing and selling plastic ducks. Seriously.

So, who are these rich people who started out poor? What are their rags to riches stories? Let’s find out…

1. Ursula Burns


via Fast Company

Ursula, the daughter of immigrants, spent her childhood in the housing projects of Manhattan’s lower east side. She went on to graduate from NYU with a degree in mechanical engineering, and move on from there to an internship with Xerox. From there, she climbed the corporate ladder, eventually becoming the first African-American CEO of a Fortune 500 company.

Current net worth: unknown

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