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Entrepreneurs receive a lot of press coverage around the world. Naturally, people everywhere know quite a lot about them. But there are some facts that don’t easily get out. Or at least don’t get spoken about as much. These are the lesser-known facts that drive everyone’s curiosity. In this article, we look at 10 such facts about world-famous entrepreneurs.

1. Colonel Sanders, KFC


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Iconic founder of the fast-food chain Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC), Colonel Sanders began pursuing his dream of selling his fried chicken recipe at age 65. He was rejected by 1009 restaurants before it was finally accepted by a restaurant.


2. Warren Buffet


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Despite becoming a billionaire business magnate and investor as early as in the 1980s, Buffet still lives in the same three-bedroom house he bought over five decades ago. His house is not even gated, and he drives without security staff.


3. Bill Gates


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You’d probably pounce on a Rs 500 bill if it fell on the floor, like your life depended on it. Microsoft innovator Bill Gates wouldn’t need to though, because he’d have made a thousand dollars in the four seconds it would take to pick up the bill.


4. Elon Musk


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After becoming a millionaire at only 28 years old, Elon Musk could’ve lived a peaceful life. But he chose to tackle the world’s hardest problems and became one of the world’s best innovators as the head of SpaceX, Tesla Motors, SolarCity, and OpenAI.


5. Dick Costolo, Twitter CEO


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As CEO of Twitter, a company worth over $8 billion, Dick Costolo could be perceived as a serious and super busy man. But he’s actually a stand-up comedian and actor, who can regularly be seen taking the stage at local comedy shows.


6. Amancio Ortega, Inditex


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One of the richest men in the world and the founder of Inditex, a firm that operates clothing lines and retail stores, Amancio delivered clothes for a shirt-maker in his early teens and worked at many stores before he founded Confecciones Goa.


7. Charlize Theron


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Not technically an entrepreneur, but a successful actor with high earnings from her many brand endorsements, Charlize Theron came to Los Angeles in 1994 after her mother shot her alcoholic father on being attacked and sent her to LA.


8. Dr Karsanbhai Patel


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Dr Patel manufactured phosphate-free detergent powder in his backyard as a lab technician at age 24. Then, he sold his powder door-to-door on a bicycle as he rode to work 17 km away every day. That powder was to be the iconic Nirma powder.


9. Joe Fernandez


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To measure the influence one has over their social networks, Joe Fernandez cofounded Klout. But little did he know that his own creation would give him a terrible Klout score. Quite the irony there.


10. Shiva Ayyadurai


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American scientist and entrepreneur of Indian origin, Ayyadurai invented an electronic form of the interoffice mail system as a high school student and called it Email, which he copyrighted in 1982. He’s controversially acknowledged as the inventor of email.