1. Steve Jobs- CEO of Apple
Now a legendary man due to the incredible Apple products he has brought to people all over the world, Steve Jobs was once homeless in his college years. In his 2005 commencement address at Stanford University, Steve Jobs said, “I didn’t have a dorm room, so I slept on the floor in friends’ rooms, I returned coke bottles for the 5¢ deposits to buy food with, and I would walk the 7 miles across town every Sunday night to get one good meal a week at the Hare Krishna temple.”
2. John Paul DeJoria- CEO and Co-Founder of John Paul Mitchell Systems Inc. and co-founder of Patron Spirits Co.
In an interview with Rachel Feintzig from the Wall Street Journal, John Paul DeJoria tells us how he risked everything he had and put all his faith in the business him and Paul Mitchell were creating, leading him to have to live in his car.
“The early days were tough. I learned how to live off of $2.50 a day. It was very challenging, but we believed what we were doing was so good, if we could get it in enough hairdressers hands’ they’d like it so much they’d want to reorder it.
I got an answering machine. I think in those days it was $49. Since I was in my car, I put it in a friend’s house with an English lady that I knew who would say, “Hello, John Paul Mitchell Systems. Oh so sorry, we’re all out and about but leave a message. One of us will get back to you.” We used a PO Box in Universal City as our address. We made stationery by going to a print shop and at 4 cents each mak[ing] photo copies.”
3. Howard Schultz- CEO and Chairman of Starbucks
The CEO of the biggest coffee chain restaurant in America, was once homeless when growing up in the housing projects of Brooklyn.
“Growing up in a poor community, Schultz found refuge in sports and eventually gained a football scholarship to Northern Michigan University. He was the first of his family to attend college, and received his bachelor’s in Communications. Later on, he fell in love with Starbucks (at its early stages) and fought a long, hard fight to buy it out and make it into the coffee provider he dreamed of.”
4. Joe Roberts- CEO of Skid Row
Joe Roberts went from living under a bridge in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside in 1989, to becoming a Canadian millionaire before he turned 35. “The former heroin addict and street person went on to become a company president and CEO with help from a loving mother and street-based agencies.” As he stated in his interview with Collen.