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  • Top Pot Doughnuts

    In February of 2002, my brother Michael and I opened our first Top Pot Doughnuts on Seattle’s Capitol Hill. The company has since grown to 12 company-operated cafés.

  • Auntie Anne's Pretzels is a staple in many mall food courts, and CNBC's Tyler Mathisen shares the company's start-up story.

  • How I Made My Millions: Peet's Coffee & Tea     Monday, 23 Jul 2012 | 1:45 PM ET

    Peet's Coffee & Tea is going private for nearly $1 billion, and the company will be acquired by German conglomerate Joh. A. Benckiser for $73.50 per share, with CNBC's Tyler Mathisen.

  • 3 Ingredients for a Successful Business Friday, 20 Jul 2012 | 1:37 PM ET

    If you have these "three P’s," they ultimately lead to the fourth “P” — profit.

  • Ten Ideas That Made $100 Million Wednesday, 20 Jun 2012 | 9:38 AM ET
    Bert and John Jacobs designed their first t-shirts in 1989 and hawked them on the streets of Boston and at colleges along the East Coast. But for five years, success eluded them. Then, in 1994, they struck upon the idea to use a design of a cartoon figure called Jake and the motto “Life is good.” People seemed to embrace the simple message of optimism — the shirts were a hit at a local street fair and retailers soon became interested.Now Jake’s face and motto are on more than just shirts. You ca

    Many entrepreneurs with simple ideas and humble beginnings have been able to effectively turn those ideas into booming businesses.

  • How I Made My Millions: Successful Strategies Friday, 15 Jun 2012 | 11:48 AM ET

    The key to a successful plan is to carefully craft objectives and then monitor progress towards them to ensure that the actions were effective.

  • Shortage of Women Billionaires     Friday, 25 May 2012 | 4:30 PM ET

    Why there are so few self-made female billionaires, with CNBC's Robert Frank; Megan Carpentier, Raw Story; and Emily Miller, Washington Times.

  • Maker's Signature Mark     Monday, 14 May 2012 | 2:44 PM ET

    Maker's Mark sold over one million cases in 2010, with CNBC's Tyler Mathisen. "The Bourbon Boom" premieres on tonight's "How I Made My Millions" at 9pm ET.

  • 5 Things I Learned from My Entrepreneur Father Monday, 14 May 2012 | 12:04 PM ET
    Rena and Abe Nathanson

    Throughout my father's life, and during our time working together at our company, Bananagrams, he taught me some very valuable lessons that can be applied in the business world today.

  • Wired Business Conference 2011 Wednesday, 2 May 2012 | 12:26 AM ET

    Entrepreneurs and forward-thinking companies discuss their strategies and the effects of innovation.

  • Surprising Ideas That Made Millions Thursday, 15 Mar 2012 | 1:20 PM ET
    Todd Greene used his head to come up with HeadBlade. After he started losing his hair in his 20s, he decided to shave his head. That’s when he realized there had to be a better shaver to do the job. “If I could just take a blade and put it in my hand, it would be a much easier, more intuitive way to shave,” he said. So in 1998, he made a prototype that would fit comfortably in his hand and found a designer to help him perfect it. Greene dug into his savings and borrowed money from family and fri

    Have you ever seen a product or business and thought, “Why didn’t I think of that?” Here we take a look at 10 surprising ideas that have made millions.

  • How I Made My Millions -- Episode 14     Tuesday, 28 Feb 2012 | 12:00 AM ET

    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.

  • How I Made My Millions -- Episode 13     Tuesday, 31 Jan 2012 | 12:00 AM ET

    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."

  • Making Millions With Marshmallow Shooters Friday, 27 Jan 2012 | 2:24 PM ET

    How an idea for a toy marshmallow shooter prompted one man to leave his job and start a million dollar business.

  • People Who Quit Their Jobs and Made Millions Monday, 23 Jan 2012 | 5:22 PM ET
    Brothers Shep and Ian Murray were miserable sitting behind desks at their corporate jobs in Manhattan. So in 1998, Shep Murray, an advertising account executive, and Ian Murray, who worked at a small public relations firm, quit their jobs within 10 minutes of each other. They took cash advances on their credit cards and, despite being told how “dumb” their idea was, started  — a tie company based on Martha’s Vineyard. Or, as the brothers like to say, they decided to trade in their business suits

    Here are 10 people who quit their jobs and went on to make millions, whether it was creating personal wealth or revenue for their company.

  • How I Made My Millions: 5 Proven Tips for Success Friday, 28 Oct 2011 | 2:15 PM ET
    Miche Bag

    As an entrepreneur who started his first business at age 13, I've learned through experience that there are five tips for success necessary to lay a strong foundation and then bring a vision to life.

  • Rick Perry: 'I Don't Care' If Tax Plan Helps the Rich Tuesday, 25 Oct 2011 | 10:18 AM ET
    Texas Governor Rick Perry

    Texas Gov. Rick Perry, seeking to jump-start his GOP presidential campaign with a 20 percent flat tax, said “I don’t care” if his plan gives millions to wealthy Americans because he says it will accelerate economic growth.

  • How I Made My Millions -- Episode 12     Monday, 29 Aug 2011 | 9:00 PM ET

    In this episode of "How I Made My Millions," 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.

  • How I Made My Millions: Important Lessons Learned Monday, 29 Aug 2011 | 10:02 AM ET
    Earl Kluft, CEO of E.S. Kluft & Co.

    There are seven important lessons Earl Kluft, CEO of E.S. Kluft & Co., learned running his own business.

  • How I Made My Millions -- Episode 11     Monday, 22 Aug 2011 | 9:00 PM ET

    In this episode of "How I Made My Millions," the founders of Mid America Motorworks, A10 Clinical Solutions and West Point Thoroughbreds describe the hurdles and milestones they encountered while building successful brands.

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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