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11 actual entrepreneurs with lives so insane they deserve their very own film

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From The Social Network to Steve Jobs to Girlboss on Netflix, Hollywood has always invested money in actors who dramatically tell how the origins of companies that changed the world came about.

Mark Zuckerberg, Steve Jobs, and Ray Kroc are just a few of the entrepreneurs whose stories you can bring to the edge of your seat. Here are 11 business people who deserve their own feature film.

1. Nick Woodman, GoPro

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After starting out with two startups at the age of 27 and failing, losing millions of investor dollars in the process, Woodman decided to take a surfing trip to Australia and Indonesia. To film himself on the waves, the entrepreneur developed a device with a rubber band, a piece of broken surfboard and a Kodak camera.

That was the prototype of the GoPro camera.

Years later, Woodman raised a net worth of $ 2.4 billion, signed contracts with the world's most famous athletes, adventurers, and brands, publicly founded his company, and won an Emmy. In 2014, he became the highest-paid CEO in the United States. At the same time, he has enraged investors, lost 47% of his company's profits, sued GoPro, the worst CEO of 2016, and called the "crazy millionaire".

2. Jan Koum and Brian Acton, WhatsApp

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Jan Koum grew up in a village on the outskirts of Kiev in Ukraine without clean water. When he was 16 years old, he left the anti-Semitic and communist environment of his country and moved to a small apartment in California, where he, his mother and grandmother lived for charitable purposes.

Brian Acton made a small fortune by hiring 440 employees at Yahoo! during the dot-com boom in 2000. When the bubble burst, it lost millions.

The two met on Yahoo! and after working together for several years, they looked for work on Facebook but both were turned down.

On August 3, 2009, Acton tweeted, “Facebook just rejected me. It was a great opportunity to connect with great people. I'm looking forward to the next great adventure in life. "

Six years later, Mark Zuckerberg offered them $ 19 billion to buy WhatsApp.

3. Sarah Blakely, Spanx


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This is the story of a Disney World ex-girl who tried to become a lawyer and ended up selling door-to-door fax machines. One night he was looking for clothes to wear under his shorts for a better silhouette and eventually invented the belts that all Holywood wear. In the process, she became the youngest self-made millionaire in history when she achieved wealth at the age of 41. What a great story!

4. Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield, Ben & Jerry & # 39; s

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The story of Ben Cohen and Jerry Greenfield shares the wins and failures that many entrepreneurs are already familiar with. But his story is mostly about friendship.

As children, they took an ice cream preparation course and opened their first ice cream parlor in 1981. As co-founders, they grew their business from an initial investment of $ 12,000 to a sale to Unilever for $ 326 million in 2001. They have faced controversy, court cases, presidential awards, environmental struggles and public affection.

Thirty-six years after opening their first ice cream parlor, Ben and Jerry are still best friends.

5. George Powell and Stacy Peralta, Powell-Peralta

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Looking for an innovative way to promote their skateboard business in the 1980s, George Powell and Stacy Peralta formed the Bones Brigade skateboard team.

Powell and Peralta felt that traditional advertising and traditional PR platforms didn't work for their industry. If they really wanted to get closer to “skateboards” they had to authentically connect with them by talking not only about the technology but also about their lifestyle.

So they looked for stars that had a lot of potential but weren't recognized worldwide. With these little-known characters, they set out to question the rules of classic skating and developed new tricks to film them and send the images to magazines and specialist media.

Who were the athletes who did tricks for these entrepreneurs? Steve Caballero, Tony Hawk, Tommy Guerrero and Lance Mountain. Almost no one.

6. Richard Branson, virgin


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Longtime entrepreneur Richard Branson has dominated the trade media with news about Virgin Galactic's commercial spaceflight and his vacation with Barack Obama. But before he revolutionized the world, Branson was dyslexic, dropping out of school that started a magazine at the age of 16.

What followed was a record brand that signed with the Sex Pistols, Rolling Stones and Genesis, founded Virgin Atlantic in just three months, and was on the list of the richest men in the world.

7. Mel and Patricia Ziegler, Banana Republic

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You may recognize Banana Republic as a luxury brand for working women, but did you know it was started by a married couple who had no idea how to sell?

Mel and Patricia Ziegler, writers and artists, came up with the idea of ​​"finding, cleaning and selling used military clothing in a new style". The couple started the company with $ 1,500 in savings, but sold the Banana Republic Travel and Safari Clothing Company brand to Gap (who shortened the name) five years later in 1983.

The Zieglers took everything they learned and founded The Republic of Tea and ZoZa.com. Their business history is compelling, but more interesting were the good and bad moments they faced as a partner and a sentimental couple, like the time they had a lawsuit at the airport and got so angry they were flying on different planes … after coming to the same house.

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