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John Paul DeJoria
John Paul DeJoria grew up in poverty as the child of a single mother in Los Angeles and he ended up in foster care. He even spent some time in a Los Angeles gang before joining the military. After being fired from Redken Laboratories, he borrowed $700 to formulate his own line of hair care products with Paul Mitchel and proceeded to sell the products door to door while living in his car. Now his products are sold in professional salons around the world and his company has hundreds of millions in annual sales. He also started Patron Spirits, among other entrepreneurial efforts, and has become a billionaire.