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June 21, 2016

5 Influential Leaders Who Went from Rags to Riches

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Abraham Lincoln

Some people are born with a golden spoon in their mouth. They are born rich and eventually become influential. However some people aren’t so lucky. But this does not deter them from reaching the pinnacle of success. Some of them beat all the odds and have become inspirational for the entire world. And they are born to rule. Here are some of the ‘rags to riches’ stories of Influential leaders that the world is lucky to have.

#1 Sadiq Khan

Sadiq Khan’s parents arrived from Pakistan to London. He was born to them in 1970 at London and was the fifth child out of seven brothers and one sister. He slept on bunk bed till the age of 24. His father was a bus driver. He joined the Labor Party when he was 15 and eventually gained his law degree from University of London. He had done his specialization in human rights and he has chaired the Civil Liberty Campaign group for three years. After becoming the Member of Parliament of Tooting in 2005, there has been no looking back. He was the community minister in 2008 and later became the transport minister. Sadiq Khan has now recently become the first Muslim Mayor of London.

#2 Narendra Modi

This man has come a long way to become the Prime Minister of India. Born in a backward class of Ghanchi-Teli community, he was the third child among four children in his family. In his childhood he sold tea Vadnagar Railway Station with his father and brother. At the age of 8 he joined Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS). Later on he was the head of Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) which was the student wing of RSS. He did his post graduation in Political Science in Gujarat. In 1985 he joined Bhartiya Janata Party (BJP) and later became the Chief Minister of Gujarat. With sheer hard work and perseverance, today he is the Prime Minister of India.

#3 Najat Belkacem

Second among seven children, Najat Belkacem was born on 1977 in Moroccan country side. In her childhood she tended sheep and later joined her father who was a construction worker. She graduated from Paris Institute of Political Studies in 2002. There she met Boris Vallaud, whom she later married. She had been previously Minister of Women’s Affairs, Minister of City Affairs, Minister of Youth Affairs and Sport and Government Spokesperson. She is presently the first women and youngest person ever to become French Minister of Education. She is a non practicing Muslim too.

#4 A.P.J Abdul Kalam

Avul Pakir Jainulabdeen Abdul Kalam belonged to very simple and humble family. He belonged to a fisher community and his father was a boat owner. To support his family, Abdul Kalam worked as a newspaper vender. Having very limited means, he managed to graduate in Physics and study Aerospace Engineering. He became a brilliant scientist and had a significant role to play in India’s step towards Nuclear power. In 2002 he became the President of India and was loved by the entire country. He passed away recently.

#5 Abraham Lincoln

Born in an honest and humble family, the only education Lincoln got was about woodcutting and crop planting. His life was full of tragedies. In his early 20’s his already bad situation became worse after his business partner died and he became bankrupt. He had lost all his savings and had debt of thousands of dollars. He desperately went to study law and after surviving lot of setbacks he won the senatorial race to become the President of America.

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