We all love to hear that old, classic story of the boot-strapped self-made billionaire, right? It inspires us all to think that anyone can achieve anything if they just work for it hard enough.
The trouble is, that isn’t usually true. Sure, every so often someone might pull off the unthinkable, but generally, most very successful people have had help somewhere along the way.
For many people, that often means having been born into a family that already has considerable wealth.
This is definitely the case for each of these 5 “self-made” billionaires that are regularly touted as having done all the work by themselves.
Recently, one man decided to break apart why each of the people on this list isn’t as self-made as they might want you to believe.
1. Jeff Bezos
We all know the story of Amazon, right? Jeff Bezos founded the company in 1994 in his garage. It’s pretty impressive!
Well, the truth is, Jeff had a hefty investment from two wealthy benefactors: his mom and dad.
2. Bill Gates
As Aidan explains, this “rags to riches” storyline is often found in the biographies of the rich and famous.
However, it’s not usually entirely… true.
Oh yeah… Bill had A LOT of help.
Sure, Bill Gates has skills, but he definitely had significant help along the way.
3. Warren Buffet
Warren is a well-known investor, and his whole story goes like this: he was a scrappy kid who was just really good at investing.
Except, well, his dad was… a pretty big deal.
If you want to see something REALLY eye opening… look at how much wealth Buffet had accumulated by the time he left… HIGH SCHOOL.
4. Mark Zuckerberg
Many people know the general story surrounding the founding of Facebook. Mark started the site when he was in college. Precocious, right?
Well, Mark was getting by on more than just his brain.
The tuition for the school he attended alone was more than many families make in a year.
He was also fortunate to already be in the right social circles.
5. Kylie Jenner
Kylie has managed to build a massive cosmetics empire by a young age. It’s really impressive!
But there’s no denying that she comes from a wildly successful and wealthy family.
Without the connections afforded to her by her family, it’s not likely that she would be in the position she is today… just like everyone else on this list.
Can you believe some of those stories?
It’s truly impressive what each of these people has built, and it’s also worth knowing how they got to where they are.
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