1. Chris Gardner
Most people know Gardner’s story–he was the inspiration for Will Smith’s character in Pursuit of Happyness. He didn’t grow up with many opportunities and famously got by as a homeless man while raising his son. He did all of this while spending an incredible number of hours working his way up from the bottom as a trainee at EF Hutton. He didn’t make his first million until well until his 40s, but it was worth the wait.