Monday, 6/18/2012:

9:00 PM HOW I MADE MY MILLIONS #17 (30 Minutes)

12:00 AM HOW I MADE MY MILLIONS #17 (30 Minutes)


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 a million dollars.

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.

“Diamond in the Rough”- BLUE NILE: Seattle, WA

The so-called experts didn’t think jewelry would sell on the internet but Mark Vadon proved them wrong. Like many people, Vadon became frustrated while shopping for an engagement ring. Finding the information he needed to buy a good product at a good price was not easy. When he turned to the internet in 1998, he found what he was looking for…so he bought his ring…then he bought the website turning it into Blue Nile—the business that changed the diamond industry…forever.

“Well K’Nected”—K’NEX: Hatfield, PA

After his construction toy idea was rejected by the likes of Hasbro and Mattel, Joel Glickman decided to make it himself. He took a huge risk and shut down part of the family’s injection molded plastic business to create his idea—a plastic construction set called K’NEX. In 1993—not long after hitting the market, Toys R Us founder Charles Lazarus called it the best toy he’d seen in years… and in 2012, the company anticipates sales of close to $100 million.

“Millions in the Making?”- EPIC JET: Pittsfield, MA

When the economy fell in 2008 and private jet service followed suit, two career pilots spotted an opportunity. Bill Weibrecht and Michael Lyon set up shop in a garage in the Berkshire Mountains and created a virtual private jet service. In a few short years, they have taken off with a long and lucrative client list of movie stars, entertainers, celebrities and corporate executives, turning Epic Jet into a high flying success.

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