Mark Cuban was an entrepreneur from the early age of 12, when he sold garbage bags door-to-door. Today, Mark is the highly successful entrepreneur and investor who founded HDNet, Broadcast.com and MicroSolutions. He has also been an investor in startups, including Mahalo, JungleCents.com, motionloft.com, Filesanywhere.com, Naked Pizza and 140Fire.com.
This big bucks self-starter’s credentials include straight D’s in high school and college and 20 jobs by the time she’d turned 23. Don’t believe us?
Now what would you say if we told you it was Barbara Corcoran’s next job that would make her one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the country, when she borrowed $1,000 from her boyfriend and quit her job as a waitress to start a tiny real estate company in New York City?
Lori Greiner started with one idea and turned it into a multi-million dollar international brand. She is now regarded as one of the most prolific inventors of retail products, having created over 400 products, and holds 120 U.S. and international patents. A well-known celebrity personality on QVC-TV, Greiner has hosted her own show, Clever & Unique Creations by Lori Greiner, for over 16 years.
We all know the dot-com industry has had its ups and downs over the past decade. But here’s a guy who continually manages to bracket the boom with dollar signs!
Here’s a true entrepreneur who keeps us dressed to the nines while we play hard on both field and walk down the path of life. Daymond John’s creative vision helped revolutionize the sportswear industry in the 1990s. As founder, president and chief executive officer of FUBU—“For Us, By Us”—Daymond created distinctive and fashionable sportswear and a host of other related gear. FUBU’s phenomenal success made mainstream apparel companies realize the potential for fashionable sportswear that appeals not just to trendsetting urban youth, but to mainstream teens as well.
We think this guy is opinionated and ruthless, hungers for big deals and loves to take control—yet he made his millions helping children learn how to read. Kevin O’Leary’s success story starts where most entrepreneurs begin: with a big idea and zero cash. From his basement, he launched SoftKey Software Products. As sales took off, Kevin moved to headquarters in Cambridge, Massachusetts and went on an industry consolidating acquisition binge.