i believe in fixies wrote:
someone with no money and no connections may have an inspired business idea and make it big - maybe like Richard Branson
Is that the Richard Branson that started out from such a humble beginning, the one that saw him educated at Stowe, one of the country's most exclusive and expensive private boarding schools?
Don't believe the hype, the image of down to earth bloke from an everyday background has been very carefully crafted. Yes, he has had an inspired business idea been very successful but no connections or money? Not quite.
I'm a waste of space public servant.
My Dad went to grammar school, and recently sold his share in the business he co-founder for a whisker under 7 million and retired comfortably.
His dad was fairly high up in FIAT/Lancia at the time, but was still a wage slave (though by the time he retired head top man in the UK).
His Dad, my Great Grandpappy, was a bare knuckle boxer.
Absolutely no correlation between the success of the parent, and the success of the offspring in my family! Indeed, my Dad knew Alan Sugar back in the day, recalls him selling radios and car radios from his car boot, and he did very well for a dyslexic Jewish boy from a humble background.
Bill Gates, that laddo that started Farcebook, they all did very nicely for the offspring of working class families.
Conversely, Stelios was gifted a shipping line for his 21st birthday and he's move his chess pieces from there.
Seems to be plenty of examples from both camps, so much so that any correlation that one or the other is essential to financial success mist surely be smelly.