Sam Walton, the founder of Wal-Mart, grew up poor in a farm
community in rural Missouri during the Great Depression. The
poverty he experienced while growing up taught him the value
of money and to persevere.
He served in World War II, after which he became
a successful franchiser of Ben Franklin five-and-dime
stores. In 1962, he had the idea of opening bigger stores,
sticking to rural areas, keeping costs low and discounting
heavily. The management disagreed with his vision.
Undaunted, Walton pursued his vision, founded Wal-Mart and
started a retailing success story. When Walton died in 1992,
the family's net worth approached $25 billion.
Today, Wal-Mart is the world's #1 retailer...
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