What Can We Learn From Billionaires?
From the best billionaire quotes we will be looking at below we are going to learn many truths about success and the road to it.
We will be seeing what it takes to be a billionaire.
Why only 1% of the world manages to get to this level of wealth.
In the quotes below we will be seeing some of the principles and habits which got these billionaires to the top and keeps them there.
Best Billionaire Quotes
1. Opah Winfrey
Oprah Gail Winfrey is an American media executive, actress, talk show host, television producer and philanthropist. She is best known for her talk show The Oprah Winfrey Show, which was the highest-rated television program of its kind in history and was nationally syndicated from 1986 to 2011 in Chicago.
- “When you undervalue what you do, the world will undervalue who you are.” Oprah Winfrey
- “Doing the best at this moment puts you in the best place for the next moment” Oprah Winfrey
- “Be thankful for what you have; you’ll end up having more. If you concentrate on what you don’t have, you will never, ever have enough.” Oprah Winfrey
- “Turn your wounds into wisdom.” Oprah Winfrey
- “You can have it all. Just not all at once.” Oprah Winfrey
- “Challenges are gifts that force us to search for a new center of gravity. Don’t fight them. Just find a new way to stand.” Oprah Winfrey
- “One of the hardest things in life to learn are which bridges to cross and which bridges to burn.” Oprah Winfrey
- “Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody’s going to know whether you did it or not. Oprah Winfrey
2. Bill Gates
William Henry Gates III is an American business magnate, investor, author, philanthropist, and humanitarian. He is best known as the principal founder of Microsoft Corporation.
- Don’t compare yourself with anyone in this world…if you do so, you are insulting yourself. Bill Gates
- I choose a lazy person to do a hard job. Because a lazy person will find an easy way to do it. Bill Gates
- If you are born poor it’s not your mistake, but if you die poor it’s your mistake. Bill Gates
- Life is not fair get, used to it! Bill Gates
- It’s fine to celebrate success but it is more important to heed the lessons of failure. Bill Gates
- We all need people who will give us feedback. That’s how we improve.Bill Gates
- We’ve got to put a lot of money into changing behavior. Bill Gates
- As we look ahead into the next century, leaders will be those who empower others.Bill Gates
3. Mark Zuckerburg
Mark Elliot Zuckerberg is an American technology entrepreneur and philanthropist. Zuckerberg is known for co-founding and leading Facebook as its chairman and chief executive officer. He also co-founded and is a board member of the solar sail spacecraft development project Breakthrough Starshot.
He has a net worth of 71 billion USD
- “I mean, the real story is actually pretty boring, right? I mean, we just sat at our computers for six years and coded.”
- “People don’t care about what you say, they care about what you build.” Mark Zuckerburg
- “I think a simple rule of business is, if you do the things that are easier first, then you can actually make a lot of progress.” Mark Zuckerburg
- “The biggest risk is not taking any risk. In a world that is changing really quickly, the only strategy that is guaranteed to fail is not taking risks.” Mark Zuckerburg
- “If you just work on stuff that you like and you’re passionate about, you don’t have to have a master plan with how things will play out.” Mark Zuckerburg
- “People can be really smart or have skills that are directly applicable, but if they don’t really believe in it, then they are not going to really work hard.” Mark Zuckerburg
- Don’t let anyone tell you to change who you are.” Mark Zuckerburg
- “I’m here to build something for the long-term. Anything else is a distraction.” Mark Zuckerburg
- “Instead of building walls, we can help build bridges.” Mark Zuckerburg
4. Jack Ma
Jack Ma is a Chinese business magnate, investor, politician, and philanthropist. He is the co-founder and executive chair of Alibaba Group, a multinational technology conglomerate. As of June 2019, he is one of China’s richest men with a net worth of $35.6 billion, as well as one of the wealthiest people in the world
- “No matter how tough the chase is, you should always have the dream you saw on the first day. It’ll keep you motivated and rescue you (from any weak thoughts).” – Jack Ma
- “I try to make myself happy because I know that if I’m not happy, my colleagues are not happy and my shareholders are not happy and my customers are not happy.” – Jack Ma
- “We should never finish a 20-year program in two years.” – Jack Ma
- “If you’ve never tried, how will you ever know if there’s any chance?” – Jack Ma
- “If you don’t give up, you still have a chance. Giving up is the greatest failure.” – Jack Ma
- “Opportunity lies in the place where the complaints are.” – Jack Ma
- “When you are small, you have to be very focused and rely on your brain, not your strength.”– Jack Ma
5. Jeff Bezos
Jeffrey Preston Bezos is an American technology entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist. He is the founder, chairman, CEO, and president of Amazon. Bezos was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and raised in Houston, Texas.
He has a net worth of 157 billion USD
- “Your brand is what other people say about you when you’re not in the room.” Jeff Bezos
- “You have to be willing to be misunderstood if you’re going to innovate.” Jeff Bezos
- “One of the only ways to get out of a tight box is to invent your way out.” Jeff Bezos
- “I knew that if I failed I wouldn’t regret that, but I knew the one thing I might regret is not trying.” Jeff Bezos
- “A company shouldn’t get addicted to being shiny because shiny doesn’t last.” Jeff Bezos
- “If you do build a great experience, customers tell each other about that. Word of mouth is very powerful.” Jeff Bezos
- “If you don’t understand the details of your business you are going to fail.” Jeff Bezos
6. Warren Buffet
Warren Edward Buffett is an American business magnate, investor, speaker and philanthropist who serves as the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway.
He has a net worth of 85 billion USD
- “It’s better to hang out with people better than you. Pick out associates whose behavior is better than yours and you’ll drift in that direction.” Warren Buffet
- “No matter how great the talent or efforts, some things take time. You can’t produce a baby in one month by getting nine women pregnant.” Warren Buffet
- “It takes 20 years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it. If you think about that, you’ll do things differently.”Warren Buffet
- “It is not necessary to do extraordinary things to get extraordinary results.” Warren Buffet
- “Price is what you pay; value is what you get.” Warren Buffet
- “I measure success by how many people love me.” Warren Buffet
7. Elon Musk
Elon Reeve Musk FRS is a technology entrepreneur, investor, and engineer. He holds South African, Canadian, and U.S. citizenship and is the founder, CEO, and lead designer of SpaceX
He has a net worth of 19.2 billion USD
- “When something is important enough, you do it even if the odds are not in your favor.” Elon Musk
- “If you get up in the morning and think the future is going to be better, it is a bright day. Otherwise, it’s not.” Elon Musk
- “When Henry Ford made cheap, reliable cars, people said, ‘Nah, what’s wrong with a horse?’ That was a huge bet he made, and it worked.” Elon Musk
- “Persistence is very important. You should not give up unless you are forced to give up.” Elon Musk
- “It’s OK to have your eggs in one basket as long as you control what happens to that basket.” Elon Musk
- “We’re going to make it happen. As God is my bloody witness, I’m hell-bent on making it work.” Elon Musk
- “The first step is to establish that something is possible; then probability will occur.” Elon Musk
8. David Geffen
David Lawrence Geffen is an American business magnate, producer, film studio executive, and philanthropist. Geffen created or co-created Asylum Records in 1970, Geffen Records in 1980, DGC Records in 1990, and DreamWorks SKG in 1994.
He has a net worth of 8.3 billion USD
- “I intend to be me. Whatever that is”. David Geffen
- “My mother taught me to love my work. I learned everything about business from her”. David Geffen
- “I never went to business school. I was just bumbling through a lot of my life. I was like the guy behind the curtain in The Wizard of Oz”. David Geffen
- “The opportunity for an entrepreneur to start a company from scratch today is abysmal”. David Geffen
- “It’s very easy for me to thank everyone for the incredible contribution they’ve made to my life”. David Geffen
9. Aliko Dangote
Aliko Dangote GCON is a Nigerian business magnate, investor, and owner of the Dangote Group, which has interests in commodities in Nigeria and other African countries.
As of March 2019, he had an estimated net worth of US$10.6 billion.
- “I enjoy myself a lot but I derive more joy in working. I believe in hard work and one of my business success secrets is hard work. It’s hard to see a youth that will go to bed by 2 am and wake up by 5 am. I don’t rest until I achieve something.” Aliko Dangote
- “I built a conglomerate and emerged the richest black man in the world in 2008 but it didn’t happen overnight. It took me thirty years to get to where I am today. Youths of today aspire to be like me but they want to achieve it overnight. It’s not going to work. To build a successful business, you must start small and dream big. In the journey of entrepreneurship, tenacity of purpose is supreme.” Aliko Dangote
- “If you don’t have ambition, you shouldn’t be alive”. Aliko Dangote
- “Every morning when I wake up, I make up my mind to solve as many problems, before retiring home.”
- “In whatever you do, strive to be the best at it.” Aliko Dangote
- “My grandfather once told me; the soul of business is not making money but making people happy.” Aliko Dangote
10. George Kaiser
George B. Kaiser is an American businessman. He is the chairman of BOK Financial Corporation in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is among the 100 richest people in the world and was, in 2012, one of the top 50 American philanthropists.
He has a net worth of 7.3 billion USD
- If you are doing what everyone else is doing, there is probably not an opportunity there. George Kaiser
- If you are born into poverty, the chances are good that your children will be born into poverty. Find a way to give poor kids the same cognitive stimulus that rich kids receive, and they should end up with the same tools for success. George Kaiser
- I prefer doing things rather than sitting around talking about doing things. George Kaiser
- Rich, smart parents tend to have rich, smart kids – not because it’s genetic but because they can create a home environment and sensory stimulation that lower-income kids often don’t get. George Kaiser
11. Nicky Oppenheimer
Nicholas F. Oppenheimer is a South African billionaire businessman and philanthropist. He was formerly the chairman of De Beers diamond mining company and of its subsidiary, the Diamond Trading Company, and former deputy chairman of Anglo American. He is the third richest African.
He has a net worth of 7.3 billion USD.
- I’m a great believer that, if you know how to operate in Africa, there are unbelievable opportunities. Nick Oppenheimer
- It is only through developing and maximizing all its natural resources that a sustainable future for Africa and its people can be secured. Nicky Oppenheimer
- I am one of the affluent rich living the good life. But I like to think that I am doing my bit to resolve the problems of Africa and am certainly committed to Africa in the long run. Nicky Oppenheimer
- It’s much nicer to be known as Mr. Nice Guy than Mr. Nasty Guy. But you’ve got to have lines – and when you hit the line, that’s the end of the story, nice guy or not. Nicky Oppenheimer
12. John Malone
John Carl Malone is an American billionaire businessman, landowner, and philanthropist. He was chief executive officer of Tele-Communications Inc., a cable and media giant, for twenty-four years from 1973 to 1996.
He has a net worth of 7.1 billion USD
You just have to be opportunistic, and try to figure out what creates value.. where the bottom is, what creates incremental value, and in what combinations. John C. Malone
13. Sam Walton
Samuel Moore Walton was an American businessman and entrepreneur best known for founding the retailers Walmart and Sam’s Club. Wal-Mart Stores Inc. grew to be the world’s largest corporation by revenue as well as the biggest private employer in the world. At one point in his life, he was the richest man in America.
- “We couldn’t care less about what is forecast or what the market says we ought to do. If we listened very seriously to that sort of stuff, we never would have gone into small-town discounting in the first place.” Sam Walton
- “When somebody made a mistake – whether it was myself or anybody else – we talked about it, admitted it, tried to figure out how to correct it, and then moved on to the next day’s work.” Sam Walton
- “You can make a positive out of the most negative if you work at it hard enough.” Sam Walton
- “I learned a long time ago that exercising your ego in public is definitely not the way to build an effective organization.” Sam Walton
- “If you love your work, you’ll be out there every day trying to do it the best you possibly can, and pretty soon everybody around will catch the passion from you—like a fever.” Sam Walton
- “I had to pick myself up and get on with it, do it all over again, only even better this time.” Sam Walton
- “Loosen up, and everybody around you will loosen up.” Sam Walton
- “One person seeking glory doesn’t accomplish very much.” Sam Walton
- “High expectations are the key to everything.” Sam Walton
- “I guess real merchants are like real fishermen: we have a special place in our memories for a few of the big ones.” Sam Walton
- “Many of our best opportunities were created out of necessity.” Sam Walton
- “If you get one good idea, that’s one more than you went into the store with, and we must try to incorporate it into our company.” Sam Walton
14. David Green
David Green is an American businessman and the founder of Hobby Lobby, a chain of arts and crafts stores.
He has a net worth of 8 billion USD
- “Focus on people more than money. Without employees and customers, you’re going nowhere. Make sure you never stop thinking about the customer’s perspective. And make sure you have the right people at the helm of each area.” David Green
- “There’s no question in my mind that we cannot be the best in our field if we’re sloppy at anything we do.” David Green
- “I want to be the very best competitor I can be. The Bible says, “Whatever your hand finds to do, do it with all your might, for in the grave, where you are going, there is neither working nor planning nor knowledge nor wisdom” (Ecclesiastes 9:10).” David Green
- “Run your business in harmony with God’s laws. This will keep you on an ethical footing. Seek to please God in everything you do.” David Green
J. K. Rowling
Joanne Rowling CH, OBE, FRSL, FRCPE, FRSE, writing under the pen names J. K. Rowling and Robert Galbraith, is a British novelist, philanthropist, film producer, television producer, and screenwriter, best known for writing the Harry Potter fantasy series.
- I was set free because my greatest fear had been realized, and I still had a daughter who I adored, and I had an old typewriter and a big idea. And so rock bottom became a solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life. J.K Rowling
- It is impossible to live without failing at something unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all, in which case you have failed by default. J.K Rowling
- It takes a great deal of bravery to stand up to our enemies, but just as much to stand up to our friends. J.K Rowling
- It is our choices … that show what we truly are, far more than our abilities. J.K Rowling
- Happiness can be found, even in the darkest of times, if one only remembers to turn on the light. J.K Rowling
- I think you have a moral responsibility when you’ve been given far more than you need, to do wise things with it and give intelligently. J. K. Rowling
16. John Irving
John Winslow Irving is an American novelist and screenwriter. Irving achieved critical and popular acclaim after the international success of The World According to Garp in 1978. Many of Irving’s novels, including The Cider House Rules, A Prayer for Owen Meany, and A Widow for One Year have been bestsellers.
He has a networth of 6.9 billion USD
- Good habits are worth being fanatical about. John Irving
- If you presume to love something, you must love the process of it much more than you love the finished product. John Irving
- With every book, you go back to school. You become a student. You become an investigative reporter. You spend a little time learning what it’s like to live in someone else’s shoes. John Irving
- I believe in plot, in development of character, in the effect of the passage of time, in a good story – better than something you might find in the newspaper. And I believe a novel should be as complicated and involved as you’re capable of making it. John Irving
- My old coach used to say that if you were in it for the match if you were in it for the trophies, you were in it for the wrong reasons. John Irving
17. Marc Lasry
Marc Lasry is an American billionaire businessman and hedge fund manager. He is the co-founder and chief executive officer of Avenue Capital Group and the co-owner of the NBA’s Milwaukee Bucks.
He has a net worth of 1.8 billion USD
- What has made [Warren] Buffett successful, what has made other people very, very good, is their ability to see things in the available data that others don’t see.
18. Michael Lee-Chin
Michael Lee-Chin, OJ, OOnt, is a Jamaican-Canadian business magnate, investor, and philanthropist who serves as the Chairman and CEO of Portland Holdings Inc., a privately-held investment holding company headquartered in Ontario, Canada.
He has a net worth of 2.5 billion dollar
- Life is not linear; you have ups and downs. It’s how you deal with the troughs that defines you. Michael Lee-Chin
- If people perceive themselves as having very little opportunities to be fulfilled, then it cheapens their life and outlook. The solution is to reverse it; make sure they know opportunities abound. Michael Lee-Chin
- From an early age my mother told me that there were so many of us that if I was to get anything in life I would have to get it myself. So I did. Michael Lee-Chin
- You must look like a money person for clients to trust you. Michael Lee-Chin
- I didn’t generate my success by being a prognosticator. I developed my reputation building our businesses by building great businesses and making them more efficient. Michael Lee-Chin
19. Michael Jordan
Michael Jeffrey Jordan, also known by his initials, MJ, is an American former professional basketball player who is the principal owner and chairman of the Charlotte Hornets of the National Basketball Association. He played 15 seasons in the NBA for the Chicago Bulls and Washington Wizards.
He has a net worth of 1.9 billion USD.
- “I can accept failure, everyone fails at something. But I can’t accept not trying.” Michael Jordan
- “You have to expect things of yourself before you can do them.” Michael Jordan
- “If you accept the expectations of others, especially negative ones, then you never will change the outcome.” Michael Jordan
- “I play to win, whether during practice or a real game. And I will not let anything get in the way of me and my competitive enthusiasm to win.” Michael Jordan
- “Sometimes, things may not go your way, but the effort should be there every single night.” Michael Jordan
- “If you’re trying to achieve, there will be roadblocks. I’ve had them; everybody has had them. But obstacles don’t have to stop you. If you run into a wall, don’t turn around and give up. Figure out how to climb it, go through it, or work around it.” Michael Jordan
- “My father used to say that it’s never too late to do anything you wanted to do. And he said, ‘You never know what you can accomplish until you try.” Michael Jordan
20. George Soros
George Soros, Hon FBA is a Hungarian-American investor and philanthropist. As of February 2018, he had a net worth of $8 billion, having donated more than $32 billion to his philanthropic agency, Open Society Foundations.
- Once we realize that imperfect understanding is the human condition there is no shame in being wrong, only in failing to correct our mistakes. George Soros