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Powerful, Rich And Famous: Top 20 American Entrepreneurs

America is a land of the self-made, where many people have made fortunes from scratch. The country’s millionaires and billionaires are engaged in a variety of different industries, but the value of hard work is constant. Click through to see how these entrepreneurs built up a fortune from next to nothing.

#1: Jeff Bezos - Founder of Amazon, Net Worth: $146.6B

Jeff Bezos is the world's richest person and is the founder of the world's largest e-commerce retailer, Amazon. Bezos was born in New Mexico to a mother who was a high school student and a father who was a bike shop worker. After his parents split up, he was adopted by his stepfather, an immigrant from Cuba. Bezos graduated from Princeton University and founded Amazon as an online book store in 1994. From humble beginnings, Bezos has worked his way to the top.

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