Shahid Khan moved from Pakistan to America in 1967 and made $1.20 an hour washing dishes while he paid his way through college. He eventually got a job working for Flex-N-Gate, an automotive company, while still in school. All that hard work paid off, as he was eventually able to buy Flex-N-Gate, which is now one of the largest privately owned companies in America.
DeJoria's family was so poor that he was sent to live in a foster home. After spending time in a gang, he turned his life around and began an entrepreneurial career that has included co-founding Paul Mitchell hair products.
While Earvin "Magic" Johnson didn't inherit a fortune from his parents, he inherited something much more important: A monumental work ethic. That work ethic translated to a legendary basketball career, followed by a wildly successful business career. He is currently a part-owner of the LA Dodgers and the LA Sparks, and has a net worth of $500,000,000.
When the Korean couple Do Won and Jin Sook Chang immigrated to America, Do Won Chang had to work three jobs to make ends meet. The hard work paid off and they saved up enough to start the chain of Forever 21 clothing stores, and are now worth $6.5 billion.
Oprah was born into such poverty that she had to wear dresses made of potato sacks. After a very harsh upbringing in Mississippi, Milwaukee and Tennessee, she was able to get a scholarship to Tennessee State University, where she got her degree in communications. Those communication skills have come in handy, as now she is worth $3 billion and is considered one of the most powerful women in the world.
Daymond John was raised in Queens and worked full-time through a co-op program while attending high school. His hard work paid off when he started the wildly successful FUBU clothing line. His fortune is now worth $250,000,000 and he currently can be seen helping other upstart entrepreneurs on the TV show Shark Tank.
Robert L. Johnson was the 9th out of 10 children born to a farmer and a schoolteacher. He was an honor student in high school, and after receiving his bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois, Johnson went on to get his master's from Princeton. In 1979, he formed BET, the first cable network aimed at African Americans. He sold his shares in 2001 to become the first African American billionaire.
The son of a steel worker, Ulysses "Junior" Bridgeman's initial capital came from playing basketball in the NBA. Even during his time as a player he was already wisely investing his money, and by the time he retired he owned three Wendy's franchises. That grew to over 160, making him the second largest franchise owner, and combined with other investments, he is now worth $400,000,000.
R. Donahue Peebles was working multiple jobs before he even graduated high school. That insane work ethic has translated into great success, as he is the founder and CEO of the Peebles Corporation, the largest African American-owned real estate empire in the country.
Andre "Dr. Dre" Young's harsh upbringing in Compton helped shape his music. He has translated his recording success into an empire which includes Beats Electronics and Aftermath Entertainment. He is currently worth $700 million.
Sean "P. Diddy" Combs' father was shot dead when Sean was still a child. He was raised by his mother, a teachers assistant and model. He dropped out of Howard University to begin a successful empire consisting of his music label Bad Boy Records, as well as a diverse portfolio that includes Ciroc Vodka, Sean John apparel and others. He is currently hip hop's richest mogul, worth $735 million.
Jerry Yang moved to California from Taiwan with his mother and his younger brother, speaking no English. His genius became quickly clear, however, and after getting both his bachelor's and master's from Stanford, he co-created a little known website called Yahoo... He is now worth $1.94 billion.
Janice Bryant Howroyd is the founder of ACT-1 Group, the largest minority woman-owned employment agency in the country. She was one of eleven children, and was the first African American in her previously segregated high school. Her challenging upbringing didn't stop her from becoming the first African American woman to own a billion dollar company. Her current net worth is $250 million.
Jay Z's father abandoned him at an early age, and he grew up in the Brooklyn projects. That early upbringing hasn't stopped him from creating an empire that includes music, night clubs, clothing, sports and spirits. His net worth is $550 million.