10 CEOs living the American dream

Recent studies suggest that there's less social and economic mobility in the United States than many people assume. But these business icons have defied the odds.

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Jul 2, 2012 10:19AM
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I was unaware that the opportunity to work hard, get an education, and get out of poverty is disappearing.  It seems to me that the biggest thing disappearing is the willingness to work hard. Perhaps if there were more incentive to work hard than to not work....
Jul 11, 2012 4:06AM
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How could Sergey Brin's story be considered "rags" to riches?  Both his parents had very good jobs and were definitely upper middle class.
Jul 11, 2012 11:40AM
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This guy (Sergey Brin) did NOT go from rags to riches. His mother was a NASA research scientist and his dad was a Math professor at College Park.


That's quite an acheivement for immigrants, given that most cannot even find work to begin with.

 

Please, what an insulting article.

Jul 11, 2012 9:05AM
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Ursula Burns is a woman of 21st century, she came from nothing to become the first African woman to run a Fortune 500 company. The White House has sought out her counsel as part of a CEO. You go girl!!
Jul 11, 2012 8:57AM
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Not every one wants to be a "CEO". Some of us just want to live a decent life, raise a family and have access decent healthcare....Im not impressed whith people who roase from the gutter and became rich. I lived on the streets till I was 27 and I have nothing to prove (like rap stars and CEO's) Its obviouse that I need wealthy people to create jobs and they need me to work at the jobs they create so they need me just as much as I need them.

Jul 11, 2012 12:46PM
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Is anyone else sick of hearing about Oprah's rags to riches??????   No talent, just a big mouth asking nosy questions.
Jul 11, 2012 4:51AM
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Another note: work hard doesn't make you rich like somebody think.  Some people work hard for the rest of their life, but they still poor, because they are missing talent and luck which is God gifted...Thanks.

 

Jul 11, 2012 9:36AM
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The secret is never give up and think 100% positive,no matter what happens
Jul 11, 2012 9:08AM
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Sergey Brin; "His mother found work as a research scientist for NASA... his father... mathetmatics professor at University of Maryland..." Not exactly rags to riches if you ask me; both his parents would have been making very good money. AND, he was given the opportunity to go to college? Not many natural citizens can afford that luxury anymore (yes, it is now a luxury imho). Plus, they were immigrants. There's nothing one bit wrong with that, but immigrants are actually provided with opportunities when they get here to help them achieve success. It's just a joke to start the "rags to riches" stories with him.
Jul 11, 2012 8:47AM
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Did anyone happen to mention that Ms. Burns of Xerox has ruthlessly laid off (fired) at least half of her employees? She also outsources many engineering jobs to India. She has not given pay increases to workers for several years while taking her salary increases and bonuses. BAD BUSINESS for the USA.
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WELL TO SAY THE LEAST GOOD MORNING AMERICA!!!!

 

I have been reading some of these entries and boy o boy.  For those who have been entering comments about I AM SO LONELY, Guys please if you are loney is becouse one you have failed to make yourself happy, and who want a younger or older male that needs someone else to be happy.  This actually ties in with the CEO commentary, Rich is really a state of mind, those who have achieved it wether by default or having a luck sign on them, hard, straight or by foul have set goals for themselves.  If you are satisfied with you life and you work hard all your life but are happy there then that is your richness, you are the CEO of your life and you decide how far is how far.

 

There have been people who has won mega lotos, not once but twice and within ten years have lost it all.  They have a poor men mentality.  you can have it all and still feel poor, you will make poor choices, and loose it all in the end.  or you will become successfull yet always feeling like something still missing hense the "I am lonely state of mind".

 

To those who have made it, GOOD FOR YOU, to those who are trying GOOD FOR YOU,  to those who have said this is all I want to be GOOD FOR YOU, to those who have given up SHAME ON YOU.  To those who say I am lonely, GET A PET.

 

People God is good, BE GREATFUL for what you do have, anything after that is making you rich already.

 

LIFE IS A WONDERFUL THING, DONT WASTE IT IN WHAT IFs.

 

This comes from a single mom of 4 girls, with no child support or state support, I have a kid graduating at MIT two more almost graduating from High School, the last graduated 8th grade.

 

What do i see?  POTENTIAL

 

I could be bemoaning the fact that my ex is an irresponsible human being, or that i was not born with a silver spoon or hating those who have money becouse i dont. etc

 

thing is I do have money, i get a check at the end of my week and i make it happen.  I make it work, and i even manage to save.  What do I see?  POTENTIAL

 

So folks do not belittle those who have worked hard, and yes some folks are not gratefull to those who have helped them get there, or they forget to be thankfull or help full and to those as well SHAME ON YOU,  but there are those who do help there are those who make sacrifices for the people who work for them, there are those who do not forget that they have humble beguinings, and the beguining of a great nation has been a greatful and humble heart.,

 

Remember the last part of our pledge: 

one Nation under God, indivisible, With Liberty and Justice for all. 

 

what do I see here? POTENTIAL

 

 

Jul 11, 2012 10:09AM
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I am rich.............. I am retired, and I have my health.
Jul 11, 2012 1:15PM
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So glad to see this story covered, and, to me, it never gets "old" to hear of this occurring with anybody -- and that is black, white, brown, yellow, old, young, man or woman.  LOVE TO HEAR IT.  Especially, a few days ago, MSNBC ran an article about one of those "studies" that declared this to be a myth.  IT DOES EXIST and nobody should ever believe it does not.  WORK FOR YOUR DREAMS!!! Your accomplishments will be all the sweeter.     
Jul 11, 2012 10:45AM
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Correct that article title, "Rags to Bitches."
Jul 11, 2012 8:42AM
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that is all fine and dandy, but the article fails to mention the "horshoe in ****" syndrome...there are plenty of people that work hard..look at construction workers...there are plenty of people that are brilliant and have great, original ideas...musicians, inventors etc...but only a handful of people have horsehoes in their asses...we all know people that hev them and it makes me sick...
Jul 11, 2012 12:04PM
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I read the article on the outsourcing and layoffs at Xerox and this is typical of corporate america.  When they are not making money, they trim the fat and this results in large layoff or buyouts.  Ursula Burns is one of the lowest paid CEO's, girl you are getting played!!!!!

Jul 11, 2012 5:11AM
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this explains why Mcdonalds ads are geared toward the black population. I've noticed the majority of ads  have blacks endorsing Mcdonalds.
Jul 11, 2012 9:52AM
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Nothing is free & the only person in this universe that is going to hepl you is you . For every hard working honest person on this earth there  is 10 lazy crooks trying to get over on you that is nothing short of being human trash .
Jul 11, 2012 11:27AM
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Its all about supply and demand, if you can find something that is in demand, or even something that you can put in demand, and then supply it - that is instant wealth in America...
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