The youngest of five children, Leonardo Del Vecchio must have had the worst childhood one could ever have. He has never seen his father because his father died five months before Leonardo was born. Unable to raise the children, his mother sent Leonardo to an orphanage in Milan.
Imagine what life would have been for him. Having to fend for himself, Leonardo started his career as an apprentice tool and die maker in Milan. However, he had terrific metalworking skills. Hence, he switched to making spectacle parts. This trade made him shift base to Agordo, the home of the Italian eyewear industry.
He named his new company Luxottica and started selling eyeglass frames under the brand name, Luxottica. Having a business frame of mind, he felt the need for a vertical integration. Keeping this point in mind, he acquired the distribution company, Scarrone.
The next step was the listing of the company on the New York and Milan stock exchanges. This paved the way for future takeovers. A spate of takeovers followed such as Vogue, Person and US Shoe Corporation, Ray-Ban, and Sunglass Hut. Very recently, his company took over the famous brand, Oakley.
He has spread his business worldwide with representations in countries like Germany, the US, and Australia. These business ventures made him the undisputed king of the eye glasses industry with his company Luxottica becoming the world’s largest producer of glasses and lenses.
An orphan with an impoverished childhood now provides livelihood to more than 77,000 families. He is the owner of more than 7,000 stores all over the world. These achievements have made him the 74th richest man in the world and the 2nd richest man in Italy.
It does not matter where you begin, it only matters where you end. Do not let anyone define your limits. Keep in mind that you can always achieve anything you put your mind to. To see success in any business venture you decide to be affiliated with, you must get educated.
You must seek help from the people who have been in the arena before. You will have to use the internet to your advantage. Luckily for you, there are organizations of experts who offer free reports to those who are interested in building their future just like this amazing entrepreneur did.
Obviously there are infinite resources on the internet but the important thing to take away is the understanding of the industry you want to be a part of and how you can succeed in it.