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Sources & Methodology

We selected 33 company founders from a range of eras and industries, then created timelines of their working lives by breaking their stories down into their successes, their failures, and the companies they founded along the way.


The Careers of the Founders

How did the greatest entrepreneurs start out? What were their biggest successes? What failures did they have to overcome along the way? We’ve charted the careers of 33 inspirational company founders, from the man behind Heinz beans to the woman behind Ultimo bras, to show that there’s more than one path to success.

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