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  • Jake Burton Carpenter left his job in finance to pioneer a sport that was virtually unknown: snowboarding. A decade later, Burton would be selling his iconic boards in 33 countries, the dominant player in a fast-growing industry. Tom Dickson, a self-proclaimed poor student, went on to invent several successful kitchen machines including the Total Blender-- his best-selling product that pulverizes anything.

  • It took Sir James Dyson more than five thousand prototypes to create his first bagless vacuum cleaner. Next, billionaire John Paul DeJoria was homeless when he teamed up with Paul Mitchell to create hair products.

  • First, Karsten Solheim built his own putter in order to improve his golf. It eventually became the foundation of a golf equipment empire. Then a profile of Nat Sherman, who's tiny cigar store in the 1930s that grew into an icon of the world's finest cigars. Also, a natural sleep supplement called Dream Water is on its way to making millions.

  • A profile of how Auntie Anne went from selling soft pretzels at a farmers market to a worldwide soft pretzel franchise. Then the story of the Top Pot brothers who focused on taste rather than high end and also, Hancock Gourmet Lobster Co. is on its way to to becoming another million-dollar company.

  • How I Made My Millions: Blue Nile | K'nex | Epic Jet Tuesday, 18 Sep 2012 | 2:28 PM ET

    First, Mark Vadon changes the diamond industry with his website, Blue Nile. Then, Joel Glickman's idea for K'nex is originally rejected by toy companies, so he sells the toys himself. Bill Weibrecht and Michael Lyon are on their way to millions with Epic Jet, a virtual private jet service.

  • See how Makers Mark turned into an icon in the whiskey industry, and how the Nathanson family created a fast paced fast, fun and easily portable word game, Bananagrams, which grew into an award-winning, million-dollar money maker. Then Stella & Chewy's is a growing company that makes frozen and freeze-dried pet products.

  • In this episode, we go inside the family business, Herr Foods; see the original Nerf ball and the man behind its amazing success; and hear about The FruitGuys, who made a business out of bringing fruit to the office.

  • In this episode of "How I made My Millions," the owners of the Jelly Belly Company and Designs by Lolita share their struggles and their successes. And meet the people who operate Quirky, using social media to help inventors improve their products.

  • The founders of P90X, J/Boats and Marshmallow Fun explain how their recreation-based startups became top notch businesses, while the owner of Replay Photos shows why her company's recent success might be "Millions in the Making."

  • In this episode, the founders of Amy's Kitchen, E.S. Kluft & Co. and Bag Makers, Inc., share rags to riches stories of entrepreneurial stardom. In "Millions in the Making?" the duo behind Brooklyn Flea explains why their trendy market is just getting started.

  • In this episode, the founders of Mid America Motorworks, A10 Clinical Solutions and West Point Thoroughbreds describe the hurdles and milestones they encountered while building successful brands.

  • In this episode of the founders of Rocky Patel Cigars and Stonewall Kitchen share how they turned their big ideas into booming businesses, while the brothers who founded VeeV Acai Spirit show why their company is generating lots of buzz.

  • In this episode the founders of Cypress Grove Chevre, Transperfect and Silly Bandz discuss their paths to success while the founders of Luke's Lobster explain why they think they have what it takes to make it big.

  • Vonche Lich Kennels grow so large, they even train dogs for the Pentagon. Then, Lori Greiner makes millions after creating a way to organize earrings and Firefighter brothers grow a multi-million dollar sub franchise. While, students turn their senior thesis project into a healthy, locally grown, fast food restaurant choice.

  • Maria Peevey created a women's lifestyle brand company and decided to add pet clothing which grew into 99% of sales. Then two women take over Two Men and a Truck and turn it into a successful franchise. Then a bar conversation turned into a million dollar company, Vita Coco.

  • Wayne Beckley uses red wine for a skin care product that started in his kitchen and turned it into a multi-million dollar line and two friends max out their credit cards to create eco-friendly cleaning products that really pays off. Then a young housewife creates a new idea for bags and makes millions. Then Tom Schlafly and Dan Kopman make millions on brewing beer.

  • Pillow Pets started with a mom's idea for a pillow that doubles as a stuffed animal and ends up making $300 Million in sales and Tate's Cookies started with an eleven year old girl selling cookies at her father's farm stand. Then, Tom and Kate from Tom's of Maine changed their lives after they started selling natural toothpaste.

  • A mother's decision to add touch of flavor to her children's water turned into a veritable goldmine in a glass with the company hint, and the story of how 1-800-GOT-JUNK goes from a small idea to a $75 million enterprise. then the story of how Mark DiPaola managed to put a price tag on language with Vantage Media and how the Super Soaker put Lonnie Johnson on the map.

  • Wally Blume's Moose Tracks ends in sweet success, and HeadBlade makes Gillette and Schick change their minds. Also, TurboTap is more than half of America's stadiums and IdeaPaint's sales top $2 million.

  • CNBC's Tyler Mathisen looks at the success of Honest Tea, TerraCycle, Top Pot doughnuts and Vineyard Vines.

About How I Made My Millions

  • CNBC's "How I Made My Millions" goes behind the curtain to reveal how everyday people have taken ordinary ideas and turned them in extraordinary businesses. Companies that have surpassed that magic number of $1 million. Each of these entrepreneurs took a risk, believed in their dream and, thanks to a lot of hard work and a little luck, became millionaires. "How I Made My Millions" puts the American Dream on display and shows you that it's alive and well if you have the heart, the desire and the know-how to make it big.

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