We all have to start somewhere. For me, it was working at a beachside eatery, hawking marked-up cheeseburgers to Bennys in Hawaiian shirts. Now look at me! I'm a moderately successful internet writer who's much more inclined to devour cheeseburgers than schlep them.
But what about the super-elite, the billionaires worthy of Bond-villian status? Surely not all of them were born with a silver spork in their mouth. After doing some digging, I've come to discover that many influential entrepreneurial wiz kids came from meager beginnings. From McDonald's staff to Christmas Tree salesmen, here are 25 of our favorite billionaires and the stories of how they made their first dollar.