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Top Execs Who Started at the Bottom

The American Dream. We all know it well—the ability to set out with few prospects and little experience and work our way up the corporate ladder, one rung at a time. It’s the prospect of starting from the ground up and pulling ourselves up by our own bootstraps in the hopes of one day achieving tremendous success. Perhaps “60 Minutes” creator Don Hewitt comes to mind when you think of the great men and women of our time who have accomplished just that. There are plenty more, however, who started

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Mailroom Moguls

The American Dream. That celebrated ability to set out with few prospects and little experience and work one's way up the corporate ladder to the very top. There are plenty of successful executives who have done just that — starting their careers in the lowliest of low-tier jobs: the mailroom.

Click ahead for a glimpse of some of America's top executives who started out sorting mail and making copies, and rose to the top of their fields.

By Kirsten Chang
Posted 11 August, 2011

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