Talent of the Month #18: Micky Jagtiani, The Middle East’s Other King

Micky Jagtiani’s story is a fascinating one. He was certainly not born into wealth, and anyone who has struggled in their twenties to make ends meet should be able to find some inspiration in the manner by which he rose to the top. Micky Jagtiani remembers well some last words from his dying father. “I don’t know how Micky’s going to feed himself,” his father lamented. “On what is he going to live?”

His dad had reason to worry. An Indian immigrant who had moved his family to Kuwait, he had scraped together the funds to send Jagtiani, then 17, to accounting school in London. But his prodigal son had flunked several exams and eventually dropped out. Micky was also drinking and smoking heavily. To support himself he cleaned hotel rooms in Earls Court, the cheapest part of London and drove a taxi around the city until he could barely afford to do even that. Continue reading

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Talent of the Month #17: Dr. Jin Kyu Robertson, Housemaid to Harvard

“For those who want to live, the sky is the limit”. ~Dr. Jin Kyu Robertson 

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51sgDabL4HL.jpgAnyone who has had the pleasure and privilege of being around Jin Kyu Robertson has often been impressed by her warmth, strength, determination and ability to inspire others through her example of leadership. She is a rare individual who makes everyone around her want to be a better person. Continue reading

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Talent of the Month #16: Lei Jufang,The Spiritual Billionaire

“I am a born idealist. Medical culture is a magical world that can benefit others.” ~ Lei Jufang

http://www.therichest.org/wp-content/uploads/2011/03/Lei-Jufang.jpgWith no makeup and her graying hair combed into a plait behind her, 58-year-old Lei, who is often seen, dressed in a plain black shirt, looks like a middle-aged woman shopping for vegetables in a market. Yet she is anything but an average housewife. This self-made billionaire runs Tibet Cheezheng Tibetan Medicine, which makes ointments, plasters and powders designed to relieve pain and respiratory problems. Products from her company are seen in most pharmaceutical stores in China, and its users range from ordinary folks to Olympic athletes. Continue reading

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Talent of the Month #15: Tom Szaky ,The Garbage Mogul

“In looking at waste as an entirely modern, man-made idea, I stopped viewing garbage as garbage and instead slowly started to see it as a commodity.” – Tom Szaky

http://www.impactlab.net/wp-content/uploads/2010/06/terra-cycle-rich-from-trash.jpgEveryone experiences those formative “A-ha!” moments when a scene or image strikes us in a profound way. Many spend their lives building beliefs and passions stemming from that very moment. Inspired by the success his friends had using red wiggler worms to process compost, Szaky felt there could be a business in commercially producing and distributing a product he would call ‘Worm Poop’. Szaky, 30, is founder and CEO of Terracycle, which sells consumer products made from recycled waste. He was named “Best CEO under Thirty” by Inc. magazine in 2006, beating out Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg.
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Talent of the Month:Fred DeLuca – The Subway Sandwich Doctor

109951871.jpg.CROP_.rectangle3-largeFred DeLuca may not be a name that is synonymous with business. It may not even be a name that many people have heard of, but it is a name that should provide inspiration to budding entrepreneurs everywhere. DeLuca is the founder of Subway, the sandwich restaurant chain, and his philosophies and principles provide an excellent example of how to build up and make a fortune from the simplest of ideas.

Fred DeLuca began the Subway Sandwich chain as a 17 year-old in need of money for college. His company grew from two unsuccessful outlets in suburban Connecticut in 1965, to over 36,400 stores around the world today. Continue reading

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Talent of the Month #14: John Paul DeJoria, The Shampoo Billionaire

“Successful people do all the things unsuccessful people don’t want to do” ~ John Paul DeJoria

http://www.panico.com/objects/content/images/pictures/large/large_67_13_-_john-paul.jpgJohn Paul DeJoria’s rags-to-riches story exemplifies the American dream. He has struggled against the odds not only to achieve success, but to share this success with others.  He knows firsthand what it’s like to be the ‘underdog,’ and strives to help as many as possible overcome their challenges and achieve their full potential.”

John Paul DeJoria was born in the Echo Park neighborhood of Los Angeles, California. This son of immigrant parents from Italy and Greece learned the value of hard work early in life. His mother raised him as a single parent when he reached the age of two. John Paul and his brother would get up at three in the morning to fold and deliver newspapers doing their part to help support the family while they were both still in grammar school. Continue reading

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Talent of the Month #13: Shigeru Miyamoto,Nintendo’s Guru of Gaming

http://www.mariostory.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/07/Shigeru-Miyamoto.jpgSuper Mario,The Legend of Zelda,Donkey Kong and the list goes on.Video games that many of us used to play in our early teens in arcades and game consoles in the early 90’s. The man who made all of that possible is Nintendo’s very own gaming guru, Shigeru Miyamoto. Shigeru Miyamoto is a Japanese videogame designer and producer famed mostly for being the man behind the evergreen Mario franchise, which is arguably the most successful videogames franchise of all time.He is often referred to as the “father of modern video gaming”. He is also the same guy who gave us the Nintendo DS and the legendary Nintendo Wii which took gaming to a whole new level with its innovative motion control technology. Continue reading

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Talent of the Month #12: Pierre Omidyar, Starting a Revolution With eBay

“I never had it in mind that I would start a company one day and it would really be successful. I have just been motivated by working on interesting technology.” ~ Pierre Omidyar

https://i1.wp.com/addykho.com/wp-content/uploads/2011/01/Pierre-Omidyar.jpgPierre Omidyar didn’t expect to make a dime, let alone become a billionaire when he set up a small online auction on his private website. But within five months, what had started out as a hobby had become a $3 billion empire with more than 2 million subscribers. Continue reading

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Steve Jobs, The Man Behind Apple, Dies at 56

SteveJobs3@PYT Steve Jobs, billionaire co-founder of Apple and the mastermind behind an empire of products that revolutionised computing, telephony and the music industry, has died in California at the age of 56. Continue reading

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