started in the fur business in 1784, and by 1800
had a net worth of $250,000. In 1811 one of his
companies founded what is now Astoria, Oregon,
and by the early 1820's he had a total monopoly
on fur trade in the United States.
was, for a couple of years, the sister-in-law of
Napoleon Bonaparte, Emperor of France.
Unfortunately, Napoleon did not agree with her
marriage to his younger brother, and had the
began his business career working as a bobbin boy
in a textile mill for $1.20 a week. Working his
way up the ladder quickly, he was earning $50,000
a year by the time he was 33, and was the richest
man in the world by age 65.
Irénée Du Pont de Nemours
immigrated to the United States from France in
1799. In 1802, he established a mill in Delaware
that had become the largest manufacturer of
gunpowder in the country by 1811.
began his business career at the
age of 8, selling excess vegetables from his
mother's garden. By the time he was 9, Henry was
making and selling his own brand of horseradish
sauce, and by 17 he was grossing $2,400 a
Robard Hughes, Jr.
began his business career at the age of 19 when
he bought his relatives out of their shares of
his father's multi-million-dollar tool company.
He subsequently made billions of dollars as a
movie producer, aviation pioneer, and Las Vegas
turned to a lifestyle based on an all-natural
diet and positive mental suggestion after
suffering two nervous breakdowns. He subsequently
turned that lifestyle into a very successful
business, beginning with a coffee substitute
called Postum and a cereal called Grape-Nuts.
was trained in medicine but had interests ranging
from optics to sanitation. The Thesaurus
for which he is best known today began as a way
for him to always have an "inventory"
of words to enhance his writings with.
began distilling whiskey as a sideline of his
grocery business. That sidelines became Canadian
Club Whiskey, and also spurred the development of
a number of Walker-owned businesses, as well as
an entire town.