A common idea that everyone holds about people who have achieved great success in their lives is that they are born with silver spoons. However, this is not always the case. They too had their ups and downs, maybe even more than we have faced in our lives! These rags to riches Indians and their stories would blow your mind with what they achieved starting from nothing. Have a Look…

Superstar Rajnikanth

Shivaji Rao popularly known as Rajnikanth in the Indian cinema was born in a very poor family. His father was a police constable while his mother left him at the age of five. With very meagre income of the family, he had to grow up with his 8 siblings. To make ends meet, he worked as a coolie, carpenter and bus conductor. He is the highest paid actor now after earning 26 crore for the film Shivaji.


Dhirubhai Ambani

Famous entrepreneur Dhirubhai Ambani was born in a middle-class family. He worked as a gas-station attendant and clerk in an oil company in Yemen. He was only 16 then! When he returned to India, he had a very small amount to start off with his textile company which is now one of the biggest business houses in India. The net worth of Dhirubhai Ambani was Rs.331.39 billion at the latest. 


Mahendra Singh Dhoni

One of the greatest cricketers of India, Dhoni comes from a lower middle-class family. Taking up a job as a train ticket examiner, he worked in Indian Railways during the years 2000 to 2003. Today he is the Captain of Indian Cricket Team with a remarkable performance and the best record so far among all Indian Captains, holding 100 million dollar as net worth.


Dr. Abdul Kalam

Life for the 11th President of India, Dr. A.P.J Abdul Kalam was never a bed of roses. Belonging from a very poor family, his father was a boat owner. He had to grow up with the very meagre income and started working at a very early age. He used to distribute newspapers in order to support his family and had been the owner of 275 million dollar as his net worth during his lifetime.


Actor Nawazuddin Sidiqqui

Having born in a farmer’s family in Uttar Pradesh, the actor had to strive hard in order to survive with 8 siblings. He worked as a chemist and a watchman to support his family. When he joined the National School of Drama and got a break with a 103-second role in Sarfarosh. He had to survive on mere chai-biscuit for almost two years. His net worth is 20 million dollar at present.


Director Rakesh Om Prakash Mehta

Starting off with rebukes and hatred, this man worked as a tea boy in the sets. He also worked as a vacuum cleaner salesman before stepping into Bollywood as a director, when his 1986 advertising firm opened his door of fortune in Bollywood. His movie Bhaag Milkha Bhaag collected 102 crores in 24 days.


Nitin Godse, Business Entrepreneur

The famous entrepreneur and MD of Excel Gas and Equipment, Nitin Godse belongs from a very poor family in Akole Village from Ahmedabad district. His family had to lead lives with a meagre income of Rs. 400 per month which his father used to earn from being a salesman in ‘Sahakari Kharedi Vikri Sangh Ltd.’ In order to continue with studies, he had to work as a labourer as well as a vegetable seller.


Anurag Kashyap

Anurag Kashyap had to struggle to make a mark in Bollywood. Having slept on the streets of Mumbai and staying in lofts, he managed with only Rs 5000 when he came to Mumbai. His first play remained incomplete at the Prithvi Theatre with the sudden demise of the director. In 2000, his debut Paanch  did not release due to objections from the censor board. After Bombay Velvet, the director is planning to start off with his next project with the actress Raveena Tandon in ‘Return Gift.’


Indian World Champion Wrestler Sushil Kumar

This renowned Indian wrestler hails from a lower middle-class family, where his father was a DTC bus driver and mother was a housewife. Though his family could not provide him enough money to be a wrestler along with adequate training, Sushil became the world wrestling champion with his immense hard work and determination. She won the gold medal in 2014 Commonwealth games in the 74 Kg Division.


Go through these inspirational stories of the successful Indians and do not forget to share more of these if you know anyone else with similar success stories..! You could even achieve success like they have had thus following the hard work they did.