×
Slideshows
1 / 12    

Big Brands, Lost Profits

Start-ups are usually a cacophony of ambition, excitement, PowerPoint presentations and beginner’s mistakes. You never know when a budding company is going to be the next big thing or the next big flop. Sometimes, amid the chaos, as the brand is rising to stardom, someone gets left behind. Someone who helped build the company, create the brand, or is part of the brand’s iconic image, but missed out on the millions those brands went on to make. Here are 10 big brands and the stories of the people

» more from Slideshows

Big Brands, Lost Profits

Start-ups are usually a cacophony of ambition, excitement, PowerPoint presentations and beginner’s mistakes. You never know when a budding company is going to be the next big thing or the next big flop.

Sometimes, amid the chaos, as the brand is rising to stardom, someone gets left behind. Someone who helped build the company, create the brand, or is part of the brand’s iconic image, but missed out on the millions those brands went on to make.

Here are 10 big brands and the stories of the people who sold out, got pushed out or just plain lost out.

By Cindy Perman & Jackson Kim
Posted 1 April 2011

Photo: Deborah Harrison | Photographer's Choice RF | Getty Images