Millionaire Entrepreneurs You Probably Haven’t Heard Of….

Millionaire Entrepreneurs You Probably Haven’t Heard Of….
December 12
07:57 2014

When it comes to wealthy entrepreneurs, there are a lot of names you probably think of immediately, such as Bill Gates, Hugh Hilton, Donald Trump, Mark Zuckerberg and Richard Branson. However, there are plenty of millionaires out there that you likely haven’t heard of, which is a shame, because you can learn a lot from their stories.

Here is the second.

2. Josie Natori, founder and CEO of Natori Company

Who is she: Founder and CEO of a high-end women´s sleepwear company, which has expanded to include fragrances, eyewear and home décor. In 2011, the company recorded $150 million in retail sales.

The lesson to learn: Being an immigrant (or experiencing some other obstacle to entry) doesn’t have to be a barrier to success.

The story: Natorimoved to the U.S. from the Philippines in 1964 to attend college in New York. She found the country to be a complete 180-degree difference in every single way — the weather, the food and even the humor was a culture shock. Despite her homesickness, she finished her degree in economics and went to work for Bache & Company. She moved to Merrill Lynch in 1971, but felt called to entrepreneurship and longed to build her own company.

In 1974, after becoming a U.S. citizen, Natori and her husband explored the different ways she could pursue this desire. Her chance came in 1977, when she presented a nightgown she had created to a buyer at Bloomingdales and wound up translating that opportunity into work as a designer. Natori went on to grow the company to almost 400 employees. She distributes to high-end department stores such as Saks, Neiman Marcus and Nordstrom, and recently opened her first U.S. boutique in New York City.


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