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Top 9 Rags to Riches Billionaires

By SiliconIndia   |   Friday, 26 October 2012, 15:18 Hrs
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Roman Abramovich
Born in 1966 in Russia, by the age of 4 he had lost his parents. He was brought up by his uncle and grandmother .His career started when he joined the army. He has also worked as a street trader and a mechanic. He is a school dropout who engaged in controversial oil export deals in Russia. In 1995, he got together with fellow Russian Boris Berezovsky to take over oil giant Sibneft for a reported $100 million which was later sold to Russia's Gazprom for $13 billion .He won a $6.5 billion legal battle against business partner Berezovsky in the biggest personal court case in British history. He owns the U.K.’s Chelsea club. He is worth $18.7billion.

Francois Pinault
Born in 1936 in France, he was a high school dropout. As per Forbes ,he started his career as a liitle known timber merchant from France's Brittany region. He engaged in speculation in commodities. ‘Predator’ business tactics helped him build a large empire. He is the majority shareholder of luxury goods group PPR, whose brands includes Gucci and Stella McCartney. He owns a en enviable art collection which is showcased in Venice in the Palazzo Grassi. He has a net worth of $14.5 billion.

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