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Entry-Level To CEO: 11 Corporate Titans Who Started At The Bottom (PHOTOS)

The Huffington Post   Nicole Hardesty   First Posted: 10/22/10 10:17 AM ET   Updated: 05/25/11 07:05 PM ET

We've all heard countless stories of the benefits of nepotism, connections and going to the right school. Less noticed, however, are the tales of a handful of CEOs who started at the bottom of their company.

And while it may be a stretch to say the next McDonald's employee flipping your burgers or the kid washing your car on the Enterprise lot have a realistic shot at becoming a top-flight CEO, it does actually still happen. (For a list of top-tier CEOs who managed to overcome humble beginnings to climb the corporate ladder, click here.)

In some of the ultimate examples of hiring from within, these 11 CEOs all started out with entry-level positions in the companies they run today. In some cases such as Xerox Corporation, the last two CEOs were once entry-level employees, including one former intern.

Check out our list of of CEOs who learned their companies from the ground up.


Jim Skinner, McDonald's Vice Chairman and CEO
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Jim Skinner started with McDonald's in 1971 as a restaurant manager trainee.
He was named CEO in November 2004.

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