From Rags to Riches

Before she became the world's wealthiest novelist, Harry Potter author JK Rowling was raising her daughter on welfare. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
JK Rowling Before she became the world's wealthiest novelist, Harry Potter author JK Rowling was raising her daughter on welfare. (Photo by Chip Somodevilla/Getty Images)
The clothing giant started as one West Coast shoe store, started on Swedish immigrant's minor fortunre of $13,000, which he earned in the Alaskan gold mines.(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Nordstrom The clothing giant started as one West Coast shoe store, started on Swedish immigrant's minor fortunre of $13,000, which he earned in the Alaskan gold mines.(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
The UK publishing power player dropped out of school when he learned he could make more money working at a club. (Photo by Thos Robinson/Getty Images)
Richard Desmond The UK publishing power player dropped out of school when he learned he could make more money working at a club. (Photo by Thos Robinson/Getty Images)
Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin rented this garage Menlo Park, California for $1,700 a month to set up Google in (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Garage Where Google Was Founded Google co-founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin rented this garage Menlo Park, California for $1,700 a month to set up Google in (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
William Wrigley, Jr., who immigrated to America in 1891 with $32 to his name. His company took off when he started giving gum as an extra when customers bought his baking powder.(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
Wrigley Gum William Wrigley, Jr., who immigrated to America in 1891 with $32 to his name. His company took off when he started giving gum as an extra when customers bought his baking powder.(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images)
The mega-chain began in 1971 as one store in downtown Seattle. Three friends invested $1350 each of their own money. Imagine that return!(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images
Starbucks Coffee The mega-chain began in 1971 as one store in downtown Seattle. Three friends invested $1350 each of their own money. Imagine that return!(Photo by Scott Olson/Getty Images
Barbie's manufacturer started as a picture frame company in Ruth Handler's garage. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
Mattel Barbie's manufacturer started as a picture frame company in Ruth Handler's garage. (Photo by David McNew/Getty Images)
eBay headquart6ers in San Jose, Calif. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Ebay
Founder Pierre Omidyar coded the first version of the site out of his Silicon Valley living room. The company's headquarters in San Jose, California is definitely a step up! (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
eBay headquart6ers in San Jose, Calif. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
The computer company started with $1,000 and a dorm room. Its headquarters was in the Michael Dell's University of Texas student living until he decided to drop out to run the company full time. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Dell The computer company started with $1,000 and a dorm room. Its headquarters was in the Michael Dell's University of Texas student living until he decided to drop out to run the company full time. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Way back when, Whole Foods was one lonely store in 1980, and also home sweet home to owners John Mackey and Rene Lawson. They even used the dishwasher as a shower. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Whole Foods Way back when, Whole Foods was one lonely store in 1980, and also home sweet home to owners John Mackey and Rene Lawson. They even used the dishwasher as a shower. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)
Apple
Apple
Apple creators Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak ordered the parts for their first batch of computers on credit. Now the company is worth more than $200 billion. (Photo by Charles Eshelman/Getty Images)
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