Sidney Weinberg, the CEO of Goldman Sachs started from as a janitor's assistant in the company, where his responsibilities included brushing the firm’s partners’ hats and wiping the mud from their overshoes making $3/week.
Dick Fuld, the former CEO of Lehman Brothers, got punched in the face and knocked out cold in the Lehman Brothers gym, the same night the Bank announced its bankruptcy.
Marissa Mayer, the CEO of Yahoo, circumvented her own rule disallowing employees to work from home by bringing her home to work--and building a nursery by her office.
Aaron Feuerstein, who was the owner and CEO of Malden Mills, which burned down in 1995. After this happened, he supported his 3,000 employees for 6 months using his personal savings. It ended up costing him $25 million to do the right thing.
Former Citigroup CEO Vikram Pandit apologized for Citigroup's board of directors' misuse of bailout money on increasing his salary, condemned their purchase of a private jet plane, and worked for 2 years for only $1 a year until they returned to profitability.
In 2001, a former Disney CEO Michael Eisner thought "Finding Nemo" was so terrible, that he postponed contract negotiations with Pixar until after the release in hopes of getting a better deal. "Finding Nemo" went on to gross over $868 million.
17Michael Christopher Woodford
Michael Christopher Woodford, the CEO of Olympus was fired when he discovered that $1.6 billion of the company's money had been paid to the yakuza.
Jack Dorsey, the CEO of Twitter, launched his tech career by writing open-source software to route delivery trucks from the Internet.
19Frederick W. Smith
Frederick W. Smith, the CEO, the founder, and the chairman of FedEx group has separately killed two people in motor vehicle accidents: one in a hit and run (for which he was released on $250 bond), and another where he lost control, causing the vehicle to flip, killing the passenger.
Trip Adler, the CEO of Scribd, earned the company’s first $17 in revenue by playing the saxophone outside Scribd’s office at Christmas time.