16 billionaires who started with nothing

Facebook's purchase of WhatsApp made Jan Koum the world's newest self-made billionaire. Here's a look at Koum and 15 others who went from pennies to billions.

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Jan 14, 2014 9:32PM
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They must all be evil Republicans to have money like that. I know if they were liberals they would have given most of their wealth to the needy... Oh wait, my wife just reminded me that liberals talk a big game and mostly give from others pockets and then pound their chest of what caring individuals they are.... Sorry
Jan 14, 2014 11:13PM
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All of these individuals made their fortunes by offering to the general public a product or service that you either needed or wanted. If any of you disdain their wealth quit using their service or product. They saw a need or want and filled it. 
Jan 14, 2014 9:45PM
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Good for her and anyone else who's NOT AFRAID to work their tails off to get ahead..........Instead of whining about how damn rich people are, do something about. If I can make it in this world ANYONE CAN.

I can't stand the liberal establishment coddling people and CONSTANTLY telling them you can't. That's half the reason people don't try hard enough..............when PEOPLE say you can't...that's one thing but when your GOVERNMENT tells you you can't that's total BS..........anything for a vote.

Signed,

Proud Registered Independent.

Jan 14, 2014 10:43PM
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Good for them. This is what America is all about. However, George Soros can go straight to hell!
Jan 15, 2014 12:22AM
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Ophra!!   Riches woman !!! How many kids in the USA that gave her this does she help???

No go to AFRICA  build a school for them!!  EXcuse me but if this woman who loved the USA opportunity to be this woman with all this money WHY WHY  WHY would she chose to go AFRICA to unload her money to help these people!!! Shouldn.t her obligation be to the BLACK CHILDREN HERE!! & THE AMERICAN FREEDOM THAT GAVE HER THAT DREAM CAME TRUE!!
Jan 14, 2014 9:15PM
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But but but wait, Obama and the demoncrats say that life isn't fair, only the rich get rich and gubmit must take everyone's money and make a decision in who is needy and deserving to receive it.
Jan 15, 2014 1:57AM
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Are you sure, one can start business with  nothing? Which country and how?

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How is that possible that TV hosts like Oprah,Jay and Letterman pull such ridiculous amount of money?
Jan 15, 2014 1:09AM
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I find it rather odd in the bio of George Soros, money man for the Obama administration and the democratic party, did not mention being a Nazi collaborator*, as a member of the Judenrat - serving eviction notices and identifying Jews who were rounded up and shipped to the death camps or the conviction of insider trading in France - a conviction upheld by both the French Supreme Court and European Court of Human Rights


*In his autobiography, entitled "Soros on Soros," he blithely describes how as a teenager he helped cart off the possessions of Hungarian Jews after they were sent to concentration camps. Soros wrote that this never bothered him, even though his father was Jewish and he grew up in a Jewish home. He says he has no regrets for his actions. "Somebody would have done it," he wrote.  Soros recalls the German occupation of Hungary as “probably the happiest years of my life.”

Jan 15, 2014 9:36AM
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To bad Oprah won't sign the "giving pledge" like most all her contemporaries did.  She's a self centered, self consumed narcissist.  Thanks Oprah for sticking this country with a rank amateur in charge when we could have had a woman, while not perfect, was at least ready for the job.  Go away lady, I hope to see you fade into absentia.


By the way Oprah, Ernie Els and Gary Player (pro golfers worth one one hundredth what you are) will send more African children to school this year alone, than you will in your entire lifetime.  Go away you fraud.     

Jan 15, 2014 1:51AM
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I like it when people who come from nothing climb their way to the top, it's just sad when they get there and forget their roots. Then spend the rest of their days stomping on the little guy to add more money to the pile.
Jan 15, 2014 9:53AM
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Yeah, all those "racist" white people made her rich. All those people she wants to die off.
Jan 15, 2014 1:14AM
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PS SINCE WE ALL KNOW THE THE REPUBS ARE FOR THE RICH --THINK ABOUT THIS--THE PROGRESSIVE DEMS ARE RICHER THAN THE REPUBS--ANOTHER POST TODAY CONFIRMED IT--THE STINKING HYPOCRITES!
Jan 14, 2014 9:12PM
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 Why are they all poverty pimps? Oh never mind turn down your heat Al Gore has a mansion to heat.
Jan 15, 2014 9:54AM
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Ole Oprah...the biggest bigot ever! She did nothing for chicago! She ignored her own peeps on the southside and hosted mostly affluent on her show. She suck and always will..I'm sure shes happy she promoted ole Hussien now! LOL
Jan 14, 2014 9:26PM
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WHo really cares about these people they do not impact my life .I nor anybody else runs in these peoples circle and what I have to say or my votes makes any impact on how things in this country go "it is money talks and sh!t walk" and that is the reality of it
Jan 15, 2014 3:44AM
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There are some critical details missing from most of the examples in this story.  MSN simply says "Soandso went on to found ble ble ble, or Whatshisname opened his first store ..."  WHERE DID THEY GET THE MONEY?????  The devil is in the details, and again, MSN left those detaisl out!
Jan 15, 2014 9:39AM
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More lifestyles of the rich and useless.
Jan 15, 2014 11:53AM
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Only in America could many of these people been so successful.  Yet ironically, so many of them hate America.
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Came from poverty!  Very few on this earth were born into wealth! Most all American's came from or are still living in Poverty. It is damned funny to me that all these rich azzholes who came from poverty quickly forgot about their roots and all the people left behind in that poverty and Oprah is one of them. Keep counting your cash OPRAH, for one day soon money will mean nothing here anymore on this planet and then you and all your rich friends will be like us low life's again.
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