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Entrepreneurs Turned Politicians

Source: Corker.senate.gov || Photo: Getty Images

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Bob Corker, U.S. senator, Tennessee

Business: After working four years as a construction superintendent, corker started his own construction company, Bencor, with $8,000. In 1999, he purchased the Osborne Building Corporation and the Stone Fort Land Company, the two largest real estate companies in Chattanooga, making him the largest private landowner in Hamilton County, Tenn.

Politics: Corker is the junior United States Senator from Tennessee. Before his election to the Senate in 2006, he served as mayor of Chattanooga from 2001 to 2005.

Source: Corker.senate.gov || Photo: Getty Images