Unique beginnings of the world’s top companies

With all the millions in revenue every year, who would have thought that the world’s most successful companies today actually came from the most unique beginnings?

Here are the top global brands with the most interesting stories from their early years.


Berkshire Hathaway

Did you know that Berkshire Hathaway, today’s leading conglomerate holding company, actually started out as a textile manufacturing company? In fact, textile was their primary product for over 100 years until the company was purchased in 1964 by Warren Buffett.

Berkshire Hathaway now boasts over $250 dollars in revenue (according to 2017 data) and owns subsidiary companies such as Heinz, Dairy Queen, Home Services of America, to name a few.



According to the brains behind one of the most successful online payment systems today, Paypal started earning money by paying users $10 to create a free account – and an additional incentive if they can invite their friends to be members, too.

Luckily, the online money transfer platform giant was able to make it big in the industry with over a million users in its first year. Today, Paypal now has over 8 million active users and the company has topped a revenue of almost 14 million in the latest quarter of 2018.



Originally named “Cadabra,” Amazon started a revolution that transformed how people buy and purchase their books. It was a unique idea ahead of its time when the company founders decided that creating a virtual, online bookstore should be a million-dollar business model.

While most readers typically want the experience of going to physical bookstores, it turned out that millions of them actually prefer their books being delivered to their homes, acquiring one book title, one click at a time.

Today, the company is no longer just an online bookstore but a leader in e-commerce, boasting a latest revenue of $177.9 billion.