10 People Who Rose from Employee to Business Owner

From the Mop to the Top

Of all the iconic stories about the United States, none is more enduring than that of the “American Dream,” that we live in a land of endless opportunities where anyone can make it big through hard work and determination.

Of course, this rags-to-riches tale is a little frayed in recent years, as more Americans struggle to make it to the end of the month, let alone reach the top. But it can be done. This is still a place where a penniless immigrant can go from pushing a mop in a fast food restaurant to enjoying life as a multimillionaire mogul.

We proudly present the true, inspiring stories of 10 ambitious employees-turned-business owners who are living the American Dream for real.

— Tim Devaney and Tom Stein