09/13/2013 08:08 am ET Updated Sep 13, 2013

9 People Who Prove You Don't Have To Sell Your Soul To Make Billions

You're excused if the word "billionaire" causes you to picture an old man slowly stroking a cat and sipping whiskey in the darkness of his garish living room.

But the truth is, you don't have to be a bitter cynic to make money in America. For some, all it takes to join the billionaire club is a fun idea, some luck and a whole lot of hard work. Don't believe us? Just take a look at these success stories:

9 People Who Prove You Don't Have To Work On Wall Street To Be A Billionaire