10 High-Flying Entrepreneurs Who Lived On The Streets

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Dani Johnson

Dani Johnson

Dani Johnson didn’t have the best start in life, to say the least. Having endured an abusive childhood and substance-addicted parents, at 21 she found herself homeless and broke – and with a $35,000 debt that she could never clear in her job as a cocktail waitress. A cocaine-fueled binge on a Hawaii beach in 1990 led Johnson to attempt suicide, but – crucially – something stopped her before she took that tragic final step. Attempting to piece her life back together, Johnson took a diet plan that she had bought in her pre-homeless days and set out to sell the product in Hawaii. Due to lack of cash, she advertised her fledgling scheme at a post office with just a leaflet – and generated $4,000 within a month. Through the plan, Johnson brought in $250,000 that first year and became a millionaire the next. Nowadays, she heads up a number of businesses, not to mention charitable organization the King’s Ransom Foundation.

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