32 Enterprising Facts About Company Founders That’ll Motivate You


26Michael Dell

Michael Dell

Michael Dell, the founder of Dell Inc., once had a high school summer job selling newspaper subscriptions for the Houston Post. By targeting the demographics of newlyweds and recent home buyers, he made $18,000 in one summer, exceeding the yearly payroll of two of his teachers.

27. Fredric Baur, the founder of Pringles is buried inside of a Pringles can.

28. Candance Lynne Lightner, the founder of Nonprofit organization MADD left her organization, stating "It has become far more neo-prohibitionist than I ever wanted or envisioned."

29. Facebook turned down WhatsApp founder Brian Acton for a job before they bought his app for $19 billion.

30. Jack Daniel, the founder of Jack Daniel's Whiskey, died due to complications from gangrene after kicking his safe when he couldn’t remember the combination.

31Chung Ju-Yung

Chung Ju-Yung

Chung Ju-Yung, the founder of Hyundai, originally wanted to become a school teacher, but his family's dire financial situation made him unable to get a higher education. Instead, he ran away from his family to Seoul, where he started a construction company, Hyundai, in 1947.

32. Gulshan Kumar, the founder of T-Series was murdered in August 1997 by the Mumbai Organised Crime Syndicate for refusing to pay protection money to them. This exposed the decades-old nexus between Mumbai Gangs and Bollywood.