From Rags to Riches: American Millionaires Who Started With Nothing

It's easy to view millionaires with envy. Looking at their lifestyles of luxury we imagine how easy they've got it. We forget that many of them started with nothing and only prospered through years of hard work and determination through failure.

Success is built on learning from failure. Not everything goes well or goes according to plan. John Paul DeJoria started as a salesperson, selling anything he could door to door, from holiday cards to newspapers. He slept in his car. But he kept working and didn’t give up, and used his sales experience to partner in a hair care product line. The result, of course, is John Paul Mitchell Systems and a net worth in the billions of dollars.

The infographic below, courtesy of Salesforce, reveals more of these inspiring individuals. These business men and women are all based in the U.S., but their journey is something we can all be inspired by, in the UK and beyond.

They Started at the Bottom of the Corporate Ladder. Now They're Millionaires.