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19th Mar '16 7:54:24 AM Hossmeister
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13th Mar '16 4:14:33 PM Pichu-kun
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* Hiroshi Sato from SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' started out as a penniless kid in the slums of Republic City and became a millionaire by his twenties, [[HonestCorporateExecutive all due to hard work and the foresight]] to see the then-untapped potential in consumer automobiles.

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Hiroshi Sato from SequelSeries ''WesternAnimation/TheLegendOfKorra'' started out as a penniless kid in the slums of Republic City and became a millionaire by his twenties, [[HonestCorporateExecutive all due to hard work and the foresight]] to see the then-untapped potential in consumer automobiles.


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* The Stingers from ''WesternAnimation/{{Jem}}'' started out as {{Street Musician}}s living on nothing before slowly gaining popularity. When they're introduced they're one of the most popular up-and-coming bands. They act like {{Manipulative Bastard}}s and jerks to anyone but each other.
9th Mar '16 7:13:53 AM Hossmeister
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* George Jefferson. He's not as rich as the other guys on this list, but he started off as a janitor and with the help of an insurance settlement opened and ran a [[{{AllInTheFamily}}successful dry cleaning store in Queens, New York]]. He managed turn one store into a chain and got enough money to [[TheJeffersons "move on up" to the Upper East Side of Manhattan into a deluxe apartment]]

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* George Jefferson. He's not as rich as the other guys on this list, but he started off as a janitor and with the help of an insurance settlement opened and ran a [[{{AllInTheFamily}}successful [[Series/AllInTheFamily successful dry cleaning store in Queens, New York]]. He managed turn one store into a chain and got enough money to [[TheJeffersons "move on up" to the Upper East Side of Manhattan into a deluxe apartment]]
8th Mar '16 5:35:19 PM Paranoia
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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish and Varys "the Spider" are the FromNobodyToNightmare version of this. Both started out with next to nothing compared to the other major players of the Game of Thrones and both could arguably be considered two of the most dangerous people in Westeros. Littlefinger in particular got to where he is simply by being really good with handling money.

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* In ''Literature/ASongOfIceAndFire'', Petyr "Littlefinger" Baelish and Varys "the Spider" are the FromNobodyToNightmare version of this. Both started out with next to nothing compared to the other major players of the Game of Thrones and both could arguably be considered two of the most dangerous people in Westeros. Littlefinger in particular got to where he is simply by being really good with handling money.money (at least in his his day job; he's actually even ''better'' at playing XanatosSpeedChess).
8th Mar '16 5:28:28 PM Paranoia
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** Al Czervik from ''Film/{{Caddyshack}}'' is also an example. He has all the traits of NouveauRiche: gaudy clothing, obnoxious behavior, but he is more likeable than Judge Smails.

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** Al Czervik from ''Film/{{Caddyshack}}'' is also an example. He has all the traits of NouveauRiche: gaudy clothing, obnoxious behavior, [[SlobsVsSnobs but he is more likeable than Judge Smails.Smails]] (because he's generous and friendly where Smails is stingy and mean).
5th Feb '16 9:04:04 AM Morgenthaler
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* James T. Sedgwick, maternal uncle of the protagonist of ''BrewstersMillions'', built his fortune in Montana, where he arrived with just a few thousands of dollars on his name and ended up owning some ranches and gold mines.
* Rourke, from the ''InDeath'' series, starts out as a poor Irish street brat and becomes an obscenely wealthy member of the {{Fiction500}} through a combination of illegal and legal business ventures.
* In Creator/LMMontgomery's ''TheBlueCastle'', Dr. Redfern.

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* James T. Sedgwick, maternal uncle of the protagonist of ''BrewstersMillions'', ''Literature/BrewstersMillions'', built his fortune in Montana, where he arrived with just a few thousands of dollars on his name and ended up owning some ranches and gold mines.
* Rourke, from the ''InDeath'' ''Literature/InDeath'' series, starts out as a poor Irish street brat and becomes an obscenely wealthy member of the {{Fiction500}} through a combination of illegal and legal business ventures.
* In Creator/LMMontgomery's ''TheBlueCastle'', ''Literature/TheBlueCastle'', Dr. Redfern.
1st Feb '16 11:19:54 AM FF32
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* U.S. patriots owe a lot and pay homage to BenjaminFranklin. According to Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} "he exemplified the emerging American nation. Franklin was foundational in defining the American ethos as a marriage of the practical and democratic values of thrift, hard work, education, community spirit, self-governing institutions, and opposition to authoritarianism both political and religious, with the scientific and tolerant values of the Enlightenment."

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* U.S. patriots owe a lot and pay homage to BenjaminFranklin.Creator/BenjaminFranklin. According to Wiki/{{Wikipedia}} "he exemplified the emerging American nation. Franklin was foundational in defining the American ethos as a marriage of the practical and democratic values of thrift, hard work, education, community spirit, self-governing institutions, and opposition to authoritarianism both political and religious, with the scientific and tolerant values of the Enlightenment."
17th Jan '16 1:43:15 PM eowynjedi
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* Captain Frederick Wentworth of Creator/JaneAusten's ''Literature/{{Persuasion}}'': "I have been used to the gratification of believing myself to earn every blessing that I enjoyed. I have valued myself on honourable toils and just rewards." Sir Walter, on the other hand, objects to the navy precisely because it makes it possible for Captain Wentworth to do this.

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* Captain Frederick Wentworth of Creator/JaneAusten's ''Literature/{{Persuasion}}'': "I have been used to the gratification of believing myself to earn every blessing that I enjoyed. I have valued myself on honourable toils and just rewards." Those rewards amount to £25,000, making him equivalent to a millionaire. Sir Walter, on the other hand, objects to the navy precisely because it makes it possible for people like Captain Wentworth to do this. enter the upper classes.
11th Jan '16 2:15:33 PM StFan
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* Mr. Ridgemount in ''{{Stoked}}''.
* Virginia's father in ''LolaAndVirginia''.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' retcons [[Franchise/WonderMan Simon Williams]] into one. Instead of inheriting Williams Innovations from his father, he built it from nothing.

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* Mr. Ridgemount in ''{{Stoked}}''.
''WesternAnimation/{{Stoked}}''.
* Virginia's father in ''LolaAndVirginia''.
''WesternAnimation/LolaAndVirginia''.
* ''WesternAnimation/AvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' ''WesternAnimation/TheAvengersEarthsMightiestHeroes'' retcons [[Franchise/WonderMan Simon Williams]] into one. Instead of inheriting Williams Innovations from his father, he built it from nothing.
1st Jan '16 7:34:36 PM nombretomado
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* Lionel Luthor in ''{{Smallville}}'' started his fortune with half the insurance money he collected when he had his parents [[SelfMadeOrphan killed in a fire]] (the other half went to pay the killer). He's not actually happy about this, and tries to pretend to be descended from Scottish nobility.
* Stymie Bundy in ''MarriedWithChildren'' accumulated half a million dollars.

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* Lionel Luthor in ''{{Smallville}}'' ''Series/{{Smallville}}'' started his fortune with half the insurance money he collected when he had his parents [[SelfMadeOrphan killed in a fire]] (the other half went to pay the killer). He's not actually happy about this, and tries to pretend to be descended from Scottish nobility.
* Stymie Bundy in ''MarriedWithChildren'' ''Series/MarriedWithChildren'' accumulated half a million dollars.
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