Millionaire Entrepreneurs You Probably Haven’t Heard Of……

Millionaire Entrepreneurs You Probably Haven’t Heard Of……
December 10
07:47 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 first.

1. Haruhisa Okamura, founder and CEO of Adways

Who is he: Founder and CEO of one of the largest Japanese tech companies. The company, which is focused on online advertising, recorded revenue of over $221 million in 2013.

The lesson to learn: Don’t let your lack of education slow you down or determine the possibilities you have in business or in life.

The story: Okamura dropped out of school when he was 16 to take a job as a salesman. He had trouble relating to his peers and making friends, so he decided that the workforce would be a better fit for him. In 2000, with the Internet craze sweeping the world, Okamura became fascinated by online companies and their IPOs.

In February 2001, he started Adways with only $10,000. Although he lost $5,000 of that money on a failed attempt to develop email-marketing software, he persevered. With a savvy equity-stake offer, he hired talented engineer Sanki Nishiguchi, who became the company’s CTO.

Beginning with an affiliate model, Adways grew quickly, especially after pivoting to focus on mobile technologies. In 2006 the company went public. Okamura was just 25 years old. The company now has offices around the world.


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