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CNBC's HOW I MADE MY MILLIONS goes behind the curtain to reveal how everyday people have taken ordinary ideas and turned them in extraordinary businesses. Companies that have surpassed that magic number of a million dollars.
Each of these entrepreneurs took a risk, believed in their dream and, thanks to a lot of hard work and a little luck, became millionaires.
"How I Made My Millions" puts the American Dream on display and shows you that it's alive and well if you have the heart, the desire and the know-how to make it big.
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Tom Dickson, a self-proclaimed poor student, went on to invent several successful kitchen machines including the Total Blender-- his best-selling product that pulverizes anything from glowsticks to iPads in the smash hit YouTube series, “Will it Blend?” Now, his multi-million dollar company, Blendtec, also boasts hundreds of millions of internet views.
Jake Burton Carpenter left his job in finance to pioneer a sport that was virtually unknown: snowboarding. Despite little training in design or construction, he built his first snowboards inside a Vermont barn. A decade later, Burton would be selling his iconic boards in 33 countries, the dominant player in a fast-growing industry.
Chris Zane started repairing bikes when he was 12. By age 16, he owned and managed his own bike store in Connecticut. Today, he has embraced a “customer for life” philosophy that has helped to make him one of the largest distributors of bicycles in North America—and growing.
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