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The Ultimate Mompreneur Julie AignerClark Gets Her Start
She never wanted to run her own business; she just wanted to be the best mom she knew how to be. But today, what began as a single children’s educational video that she filmed in her basement with a friend’s camera and her cat as a prop, has morphed into a billion dollar company that continues to be an industry leader. Julie Aigner Clark might not have predicted her own success with her Baby Einstein series of videos, but she was certainly happy to roll with it. Today, mothers the world over know this entrepreneur’s name, and love her for the intelligent videos she has brought to the market.
They were simply two young boys fooling around with motors in their garage; William Harley and Arthur Davidson were childhood friends who loved fishing, but hated the amount of time it took to get to their favourite fishing spots. And so, they decided to create a motorized bicycle that would help them get to where they wanted to go faster. Today, with over $1.5 billion in annual sales last year, Harley Davidson remains an American icon and an example of entrepreneurship at its finest.
A Fresh Face in the World Mary Kay Ash is Born
“Most people live and die with their music still unplayed,” Mary Kay Ash once said. “They never dare to try.” Ash was not one of those people. Raised in a time when few women were in business, let alone successful in business, Ash broke down barriers on her rise up to creating a multi billion dollar operation. Today, Mary Kay Cosmetics Inc. continues to be a leader in the industry, with outlets in over 30 countries that are staffed by 1.6 million employees. Barnum. He was a master showman whose rise to fame came in the 19th century thanks to his traveling “freak shows”. But Barnum was more than that; he was above all else an entrepreneur and a highly successful salesman. Barnum knew how to get people talking. Today, the legacy of his work lives on in the Ringling Bros. and Barnum Bailey Circus, still billed as ‘The Greatest Show On Earth.’
King of the Online Jungle The Early Years of Jeff Bezos
When McKenzie Tuttle walked down the aisle to say “I do” to her husband to be Jeff Bezos, she thought she was marrying into a secure future. At the time, Bezos was in his 30s and serving as Vice President of an investment firm in New York City. As fate would have it, Bezos’ small garage startup would go on to become one of the leading e commerce sites in the world, with revenues exceeding $8 billion.
The Man Behind CocaCola The Early Years of Asa Candler
It has become such an integral part of American culture that when the Coca Cola Company tried to change the original formula for its flagship drink in the mid 1980s, the public backlash was overwhelming; the Old Cola Drinkers of America was even established and tried to sue the company. Today, Coke is sold in the stores, restaurants, and vending machines of over 200 countries. The company is one of the largest in America, and also the largest manufacturer, distributor and marketer of nonalcoholic drink concentrates in the world, with over $24 billion in revenue and 71,000 employees. The man behind all of that growth is Asa Candler.
The Weight Loss Guru The Early Years of Jenny Craig
When Jenny Craig had her second child, she was thrilled. That excitement, however, quickly turned to depression when the weight she had gained during the pregnancy refused to go away. But Craig was not one to sit and while away her time being depressed. Instead, she decided to do something. Not only did she lose her own excess weight, but she created a business empire in the process. Today, with over 650 centres around the world, Jenny Craig Inc. has become one of the largest and most recognized companies in the weight management industry.
Direct From Houston Dell is Born
In 1999, Michael Dell was giving a lecture on the ABCs of entrepreneurship to a business class at his psuedo alma mater, the University of Texas. When it came time for the question and answer period, one of the students eagerly stood up and asked Dell why, despite being worth over $17 billion, he continues going to work each day. “You’ve got so much money,” the student said. “Why don’t you just sell out, buy a boat, and sail off to the Caribbean?” Dell stared back at the student and replied, “Sailing’s boring. Do you have any idea how much fun it is to run a billion dollar company?”
The Sandwich King The Early Years of Subways Fred DeLuca
Fred DeLuca was nothing more than a kid from “The Projects”, looking for a way to pay his college tuition when he opened up a sandwich store in Bridgeport, Connecticut. At the time, he could not even afford the $25 lawyer’s fee he needed to sign the lease. That was back in 1956. Today, his store has blossomed into the third largest fast food chain in the world. Subway remains one of the largest global privately held companies and earns revenues in excess of $9.5 billion.
The Cookie Connoisseur The Early Years of Debbi Fields
“I was really happy being a housewife,” says Debbi Fields, founder of Mrs. Fields Cookies. She did not have a business degree or the support from her family, but what Fields did have was a dream.
The Wine Giant How Ernest Gallo Got His Start
Ernest Gallo was not your typical billionaire. Up until the day he died, he insisted on keeping his home number listed in the public phone book; he wanted everyone to be able to find him. But it is exactly traits like that which continue to make this winemaker stand out. Today, the business he started with his brother back in 1933 with just $6,000 in capital remains the leading exporter of California wine, producing some 2.64 million bottles of wine every day.
Homeless But Not Hopeless Millionaire Chris Gardners Early Years
Chris Gardner wears a $10,000 watch on each wrist. On the right hand is a Cartier set to Chicago time, and on the left is a Roger Dubuis set to South African time. “I was late once and it cost me $50,000,” explains Gardner. “I figure it was cheaper to wear two watches.” For a man who not too long ago had only two suits to his name and could not even afford to pay rent, Gardner has come a long way. From living on the streets and bathing in public restrooms to owning a successful multi million dollar stock brokerage firm, Gardner is living out the American dream.
Americas BlueCollar Banker The Early Years of Amadeo Peter AP Giannini
Home mortgages, auto loans, installment credit they may be taken for granted today, but before this son of Italian immigrants came along, such things didn’t exist. to his friends revolutionized the banking world by focusing on “the little people.” Giannini passed away in 1949 at the age of 79. By that time, the bank he had founded, the Bank of America, had become the largest bank in the world, with $7 billion in assets and more than 525 branches in over 300 American cities. Today, Giannini stands out as one of TIME Magazine’s Builders and Titans of the 20th century the only banker to make this list of the century’s most 100 important people.
The Netrepreneur The Early Years of Netflixs Reed Hastings
He used to teach mathematics in Swaziland as an American Peace Corps volunteer. So, when 48 year old Reed Hastings decided to found his own software company, some eyebrows were raised. With over 10 million subscribers and sales in the billions, Hastings proved he was able to go from living in Africa, to living in affluence.