Give Me That Bill Mzansi: Wacky ways to make a million!

26 March 2015
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Think you need a wall covered in business degrees or a Nobel Prize winning invention to make a million? Think again! Some unlikely millionaires and billionaires have made their fortunes in silly, jaw-dropping, simple, and sometimes frustratingly stupid ways!

Check out some of the wacky ways that people have made their fortunes:

1. One Man’s Trash.

In 2010, Zhan Ying was the richest female self-made billionaire in the world. She made her $4.6 billion buying scrap paper from the USA and recycling it into cardboard boxes used to ship Chinese goods across the globe.

2. One Expensive Smile.

They say a smile is free, but for Bernard and Murray Spain, a smile is worth a fortune. The brothers bought the legal rights to the iconic yellow smile image and slapped it on everything they could. The image became a worldwide hit, and the $500 million dollars the simple idea made them, that wasn’t even originally theirs, made sure the brothers “have a nice day” every day.

3. A Rocky Fortune

Most people want a dog or a parrot as a pet, but the seemingly laughable idea to keep a rock as a pet had Gary Dahl laughing all the way to the bank. His idea? Take a simple rock, decorate it, lay in on a handful of hay, call it a pet and sell it, complete with an owner’s manual. Gary made $15 million dollars in the first six months.

4. Silly Slinky Riches

A slinky is nothing but a brightly-coloured tension spring. Nothing groundbreaking about it, but the popular toy made “inventor” Richard James a cool $250 million. An engineer by profession, he dropped a tension spring and watched it slink across the floor, and a multi-million dollar idea was born.

5. Millions in the Mail

Imagine you wrote to Father Christmas, and he wrote back! Byron Reese, founder of Santa Mail, made his millions getting a dedicated team to pretend they were Santa and respond to children’s letters. You could say he got his $20 million in the mail.

Maybe it’s time to stop thinking big and start thinking silly. Who knows, you could make a fortune!

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