Before they made it big – Some of the world's most successful people started out at the bottom before working their way to the top. Warren Buffet began in his grandfather's grocery store. Today he's one of the world's richest men.
Sir Richard Branson – Sir Richard Branson is the founder and CEO of the Virgin Group as well as a billionaire philanthropist. He started out breeding and selling budgies with friends when he just was 11-years-old.
Oprah Winfrey – US television personality Oprah Winfrey's first job was in a grocery store next to her father's barber shop in Nashville, Tennessee. The TV personality soon moved on to become the youngest and first African-American anchor for WTVF-TV in Nashville aged just 19.
Lloyd Blankfein – Lloyd Blankfein, chairman and CEO of The Goldman Sachs Group, started out at a concession stand in Yankee stadium when he was just 13-years-old. Blankfein worked strictly for commissions, according to the New York Times, making 10 or 11% on 25-cent soft drinks.
Michael Bloomberg – Michael Bloomberg worked as a parking lot attendant while studying at Johns Hopkins University. Today he's New York mayor and a billionaire businessman.
Michael Dell – Michael Dell, founder and chairman of Dell Computer Corp., was a dishwasher at a Chinese restaurant earning $2.30 an hour. "The best part was the wisdom of the restaurant owner, which I could capture if I came to work a little early," he told the website CareerBuilder.com in 2005.
Sir Alex Ferguson – He is one of the most successful football managers of all time, leading Manchester United to success on the park while also helping transform them into a multi-billion dollar business. All very impressive, but Sir Alex Ferguson came from much more humble stock, starting out as a tools worker in his native Glasgow.
T. Boone Pickens – Founder, Chairman and CEO at BP Capital and TBP Investments Management, T. Boone Pickens started out as a paperboy in his native Holdenville, Oklahoma.
Jeff Bezos – Jeff Bezos, chief executive officer of Amazon.com Inc., wasn't always snapping up newspaper businesses like the Washington Post and changing the way we buy books. His first job was flipping burgers at McDonald's.