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Oprah and 24 Billionaires Who Really Are ‘Self-Made’

GOBankingRates Logo By Gabrielle Olya of GOBankingRates | Slide 1 of 26: There are two main roads to becoming a billionaire: inheriting your fortune or building your wealth on your own. Only those who build their own fortunes can be considered “self-made.”
Forbes created a “self-made score” to rank billionaires on a scale from silver spooners (1) to bootstrappers who overcame major obstacles along the way (10). The following self-made billionaires earned a 9 or 10 on Forbes’ scale.
Click through to see which billionaires built their wealth from the ground up.

There are two main roads to becoming a billionaire: inheriting your fortune or building your wealth on your own. Only those who build their own fortunes can be considered “self-made.”

Forbes created a “self-made score” to rank billionaires on a scale from silver spooners (1) to bootstrappers who overcame major obstacles along the way (10). The following self-made billionaires earned a 9 or 10 on Forbes’ scale.

Click through to see which billionaires built their wealth from the ground up.

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