Even the most unusual idea can make money.
One way to get rich was not, and is unlikely to appear. As practice shows, “shoot” can and the most idiotic ideas, while genius will not pay the creators a penny.
We bring you 13 people who earned millions on their own creativity, observation and simply being in the right time in the right place.
1. Joy Mangano. The mechanism for mops
Joy Mangano has created a unique mechanism for a push-up MOP without touching the Mop Miracle. His invention, a woman was selling through teleshopping, and in 1995 he received his first million. Since then, joy has invented and patented over a hundred different utilities, including hangers with non-slip shoulder pads, flavors, bag organizer and so on. And in 2015 about this woman was filming a movie with Jennifer Lawrence in the lead role.
2. Guy Laliberte. Cirque du Soleil
Guy Laliberte was a street performer. One day he came up with the idea to organize their own circus, so in 1984 he created the famous Cirque du Soleil, famous for the original productions with a stunningly complex numbers. This idea brought its Creator a few billion dollars and allowed GI to become one of the space tourists.
3. Richard James. Spring
It is impossible to imagine our nostalgic 90’s without the rainbow springs “slinky”! It was invented by Richard James in 1943. He worked as a marine engineer and designed a device to measure the power of ships. Accidentally fallen and “walking” in the land of spring marked the beginning of a large and successful business. Initially, the spring is produced from black metal, and then found the color and even various forms.
4. Gary Gave. Pet Rock
The success of the Pet Rock was the beginning of a joke. The future founder of the company decided that it would be fun to have as Pets rocks! This idea shot in 1975 and brought Gary a million dollars. The stones were sold in cardboard boxes with holes and lying in a straw nest. The manual that comes in the kit, explains how to care for the pet, walk it and what to do if he gets sick or dies… 2012 Pet Rock again gaining popularity.
5. Byron Reese. Letters from Santa
Byron in 2001 organized a company SantaMail. He found the address at the North pole (city in Alaska), and sends at the request of parents letters from Santa Claus to children. The stamp on the letter and stamp even the most incredulous will be convinced that the message really sent Santa himself. The service costs about $ 10.
6. Roni Di Lullo. Sunglasses for dogs
The idea to create Doggles came to Ronnie in 1997, after he noticed that when the sun is very bright squinting his dog. Was tested and developed the ideal anatomical design that conforms to the shape of the head of a dog does not prevent him perfectly and protects the eyes. Roni is now not only making millions but also continues to create useful things for Pets.
7. Ken Aaron. Bones desires
On thanksgiving there is a tradition to break the thymus bone of the Turkey. Who’s holding will remain the largest part, and will fulfill the desire. Ken Aaron thought that everyone should have the opportunity to make a wish in celebration, and organized in 1999, the production and sale of “bones” for $ 3 apiece. In 2006 Aaron became a millionaire.
8. John White. Billy Bob Teeth
In 1993, John white came up with the idea to create false teeth that are able to turn any man into a redneck. This fun idea has turned into a big company, which has sold more than 20 million copies of Billy Bob teeth in various design and other things. By the way, the popular “toothy” nipples are for babies, too, belong to this company.
9. Joe Pelletier. Billy largemouth bass
Funny bass Big Mouth Billy Bass, which as a decoration hanging on the wall, was invented by Joe Pelletier in 1998. The fish is attached to the Board, and when enabled, moves its tail and sings the song, opening his mouth. In the repertoire of Billy a few songs, and he became a kind of element of mass culture can be seen in various movies.
10. Gary Clegg. Blanket with sleeves
Gary once decided the problem of all who want to get hands from under the blanket and made the blanket with sleeves. So in 2005 there was a company Slanket. During the work the firm has already sold millions of ill-fitting fleece blankets “blanket”, which cost about $ 35 apiece. On the official website you can find any coloration of the blanket.
11. Alex Craig. Messages on potatoes
Alex Craig in 2015 invented the Potatoe Parcel Service — a message on the potatoes. On the website a person buys a potato and eating there is an inscription in 100-140 characters. The company carves the words on the tuber and sends anonymously to the recipient. The service costs around $ 10, and the end of customers there. So Alex has definitely earned his million.
12. Jason Sadler. T-shirts with logos
Jason Sadler founded the company I Wear Your Shirt, an idea which came to him in 2005. It offered customers to wear t-shirts with logos of their companies. The price of 1 day of wearing was $ 1, 2nd — 2 and so on up to 365. First, Jason worked himself, and then was attracted to the company employees. Earning in 5 years more than a million dollars, Jason closed the company and engaged in other activities.
13. Phil Ozersky. Baseball
And it so happens that millions fall into the hands of chance, the main thing — to be at the right time in the right place. It’s about Philip Ozersky. He was at a baseball game, when mark McGwire made his 70th home run. The ball flew directly to the podium and got his hands to Phil’s. He refused to return his trophy and soon sold it at auction for $ 3 million! Part of the money Phil has spent on the house for father, and the part transferred to charitable organizations.
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