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Top 9 Rags to Riches Billionaires

By SiliconIndia   |   Friday, 26 October 2012, 13:33 Hrs
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Bangalore: Who doesn’t want to be a billionaire? Some inherit enormous wealth .Others get a head start through being born into opportunity. We here talk about people who made their own opportunities happen. Here’s a look at some Rags to Riches Billionaires who made it big against all odds, on their own:

Naveen Jain
Born in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh ,in 1959 to a civil engineer Naveen Jain’s childhood  was steeped in poverty .Jain experienced the deprivation and hunger associated with the low income group in villages at a very early age. Determined to improve his life through education, the bright young Jain finished his degree from the Indian Institute of Technology Roorkee and went on to earn his MBA degree from XLRI Jamshedpur School of Management in 1982. In 1983, he got accepted by Burroughs and he was hired by Microsoft for a managerial position in 1989.Branching out on his own, he founded his first company Infospace which made him a billionaire. He is also credited with being the founder of the companies Intellius and Moon Express. He was awarded the Albert Einstein Technology Medal for pioneers in technology and the Lifetime Achievement Award at the Red Herring Global 2011 Conference.

Guy Laliberte
Born in 1959 in Canada Guy Laliberte is an entrepreneur, poker player and a space tourist. He started out as a street performer, roaming the streets playing an accordion. He was also a stilt walker and fire- eater. He later joined a troupe of traveling performers. In 1984,he co-created Cirque du Soleil, Quebec’s first circus of international acclaim, with the support of a government grant. The venture became a resounding success when billionaire billionaire Steve Wynn brought Cirque to Las Vegas in 1991.The successful organization now has operations across 3 continents .Guy has a net worth of $2.6 billion and as per Forbes is ranked 464th  in its list of billionaires. He is also the 11th richest man in Canada.

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