These Wildly Successful Entrepreneurs Once Were Homeless

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Chris Gardner played by Will Smith in the Pursuit of Happyness

Before he became known as a successful entrepreneur, motivational speaker, CEO and author, Chris Gardner and his son were living on the street right after his wife left him.
He grew up in the midst of domestic violence, poverty, alcoholism and more barriers.

While he could have followed that same path, Gardner wanted something completely different for himself and son.

Now, he runs Gardner Rich LLC with offices around the country and is a multi-millionaire.

Rags-to-riches stories have been popular throughout history.

You don’t have to be privileged or have things handed to you to be a success.

These success stories encapsulate the idea that hard work, determination, and a positive spirit are the necessary ingredients to bootstrap your way out of poverty, off the streets and into the realm of millionaire and even billionaire.

In addition to these turnaround stories, many other famous faces have been homeless early on in their lives, including Jim Carrey, Daniel Craig, Dr. Phil, Suze Orman and more. Others had hard times but surpassed these to become wildly successful, such as Steve Jobs, Larry Ellison, and J.K. Rowling just to name a few.

It just goes to show that no barrier is insurmountable to those who work toward success without becoming discouraged by setbacks or initial failures. The lesson here is you can’t focus on being down but must, in the face of any and all adversity, look forward and never give up.


Manny Khoshbin

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Iranian-born Manny Khoshbin overcome hard times to become wildly successful. His family arrived in America when he was a teenager and he quickly saw the opportunities to work hard and create wealth.

However, it took many failed ventures and sleeping in his car for a time while out of work before he found the venture that aligned with his skill set. Khoshbin got his real estate license and became a loan officer, then started a realty and mortgage company focused on distressed and bank-owned properties. Now, he oversees multiple companies that focus on commercial real estate. He continues to seek new opportunities for his entrepreneurial spirit. Once having nothing, Khoshbin is now valued in the multi-millions.

Dani Johnson

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Being successful doesn’t always come from college degrees. Destiny Global CEO Dani Johnson proves a great idea and hard work is enough to go from a broke, homeless cocktail waitress to a multi millionaire in just a few years.

Since her initial foray into entrepreneurship with her first weight loss company, Johnson has expanded her empire to include other services related to helping people improve their relationships, finances and their lives. She has authored multiple bestselling books and offered her expertise on numerous television shows and media outlets. Becoming a millionaire many times over, she now gives away over a million dollars each month to help children in need around the world to remind herself where she has come from and what more she can accomplish.


Chris Winters

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Chris went from homeless & overweight to ultra fit millionaire. The best part is that he’s giving back by teaching and inspiring others to entrepreneurship.

But he doesn’t just talk the talk. He walks the walk. He owns an ultra successful agency from his homes in Barcelona, Korea & Bali while traveling the world with his family.

He’s created simple systems that generate over $30,000 per month on autopilot.

He’s empowering students in 26 countries to serve over 4,000 clients worldwide.

Find out more about Chris Winter’s online systems, click here to visit his website




Nick enjoys tech, travel & flying drones. When he's not writing code or articles, he enjoys playing guitar and volleyball. His two favorite places are Thailand and Ecuador.

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