10 Ideas that made $100 Million

Wow.. It ain’t easy to get a million but there’s a chance to get it. There’s many people become millionaire using a simple ideas. Read how this 10 people could make more than $100 Million using their idea. Some of the idea is really simple.

1. Chris and Robin Sorenson Firehouse Subs
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– Former firefighter, this 2 siblings came up to open sandwich shop based of their family’s 200 years historey of become a firefighter.In 1994, the brothers borrowed on a credit card belonging to Robin’s in-laws and opened their first shop, decorated with fire equipment and a hand-painted mural that depicted the local fire department. They even gave their subs firefighter-inspired names like “Hook & Ladder” and “Engine Company.” Robin worked at the store while Chris continued to work part-time at the fire department.
These days both Sorensens have put their firefighting days behind them. Firehouse Subs is now a booming franchise business, with 514 corporate and franchise locations around the United States — and the numbers keep growing. The company plans to continue its expansion in the Northeast, Central and Southwest in 2012.
In 2011, Firehouse Subs raked in $284.9 million in total system sales.

// That’s show how creative this brothers usign their family history to design their own sandwich shop. In my country there’s no Firehouse Subs restaurant. Maybe I’ll get a franchaise to open at my country. Hehehehe. Just dreaming.

2. Mary Ellen Sheets Two Men and a Truck
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– The brand name is funny but Mary Ellen could turn the hauling trash turn into multi-million dollar company. It started in early 1980s when Sheets’s son started doing odd jobs for local using their pickup truck to haul trash and brush from people’s yards and moving furniture.
After her son went off to college, she still get called from customer and Mary Ellen hired two men and bought another truck. At first, it is just for hobby but by late 1980s it become her full-time business. Today, Two Men and a Truck has 224 locations in 34 states. Brig Sorber has replaced his mom as CEO, but Mary Ellen Sheets still serves on the board of directors and Jon Sorber is an executive with the company. In 2011, Two Men and a Truck conducted 353,761 moves and had a total of $220 million in sales.

// From hobbies to become a big franchaise.

3. Bert and John Jacobs Life Is Good
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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 can find him and other characters smiling on products from towels and totes to coffee mugs and dog leashes. And life sure is good now for Bert and John Jacobs. Business is booming, with 2011 sales coming in at about $100 million.

// The idea is a motto that become popular worldwide. It is only a motto but it could change their life. Hm.. what motto I want to create??? Still thinking.

4. Sara BlakelySpanx
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One night, Sara Blakely cut off the bottom of her pantyhose and the idea of Spanx was born. Armed with $5,000 in savings, Blakely researched and wrote her patent for footless pantyhose and drove around North Carolina begging mill owners to make her product. Most told her it would never sell, but one owner decided to take a chance and help her make her “crazy idea.”
In 2000, her prototype was perfected and she started hitting up high-end department store buyers. In the first three months, she sold over 50,000 pairs from the back of her apartment. Now her “crazy idea” has grown to include a full range of products that are sold around the world, and Blakely is soaring high. In March, she landed on the Forbes World’s Billionaires 2012 list, which estimated the company’s revenue at just under $250 million.

// A new idea sometimes need luck to success. But the important are hardworking from the story. Love to read the success people struggle before achieve their goals.

5. Geoff, Dave and Catherine Cook myYearbook
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Siblings Dave and Catherine Cook had just moved to a new high school in when they came up with the idea of an online yearbook to meet new friends. To get started, they turned to their brother, Geoff Cook, who had already started and sold a business while in college. In 2005, Geoff became the first investor and CEO of myYearbook. Within the first nine months, the site had 1 million users. As the company grew, it left the high school realm and started connecting people in general.
In November 2011, social networking site Quepasa bought myYearbook for $100 million in cash and stock, and in June of this year myYearbook was rebranded as MeetMe. All three siblings still work at the company, with Geoff Cook as the CEO.
The next big milestone for MeetMe is its merger with Quepasa, which will bring the number of users from 40 million to 80 million, according to Geoff Cook.

// Honestly I dunno about this social networking but to earn more than $100 million , the social media must be popular. Okay, I’ll sign up the Meetme now.

6. Jennifer Telfer Pillow Pets
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The idea for Pillow Pets dawned on Jennifer Telfer after watching her young sons smash down their stuffed animals in order to sleep on them like a pillow. She set about creating stuffed animals that unfolded into plush pillows.
She and her husband decided to wholesale the products themselves in 2003 through their company, CJ Products, and began by hawking them at a mall kiosk during the holiday season. By the end of the year, after Jennifer introduced Pillow Pets at a home show, they were nearly sold out. The cuddly toy has since exploded, with $300 million in sales in 2010.

// Great idea and innovation. Using experience and marketing it could bring fortune. Okay, what idea I want to make money?? Pillow for cat?

7. Tom and Kate ChappellTom’s of Maine
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Tom and Kate Chappell moved to Maine in 1968 hoping to simplify their lives. When they found it difficult to find natural, unprocessed foods and products, they decided to create and sell what they were looking for themselves. They borrowed $5,000 to start Tom’s of Maine in 1970, and peddled all-natural shampoo and personal care products to natural food stores. Their breakthrough came five years later when they launched their leading product — Tom’s of Maine toothpaste.
By 1999, sales surpassed $40 million, and in 2006 Colgate Palmolive bought 84 percent of Tom’s of Maine for $100 million. Now the Chappells have a new venture — Rambler’s Way Farm, which creates wool garments.
// Hm.. a health product is always have big prospect.. Love their brand name..

8. Jim Koch – Boston Beer Company
//Okay.. I’m not drink and not supporting it..

9. Joel GlickmanK’NEX
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It happened at a wedding — Joel Glickman, then 50 years old and working in his family’s plastics business, was sitting at a table and starting cutting and connecting a bunch of straws together. His creation gave him an idea for a plastic construction toy. The idea soon became an obsession. After rejections from Hasbro and Mattel, Glickman decided to take a huge risk and shut down part of the family’s injection molded plastic business to make his toy himself.
In 1993, not long after K’NEX hit the market, Toys R Us’ founder said it was the best thing he’d seen in years. Four years later sales of the toy had grown to about $100 million. Glickman retired, but when the business suffered, he went back to work, and business is once again booming. The company anticipates it will have sales of approximately $100 million for 2012.

// The idea come anywhere.. Toy also a big prospect market and make Joel a millionaire

10. Jim McCann 1-800-FLOWERS.COM
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Jim McCann was a bartender and a social worker looking for a way to supplement his income when he bought a flower shop for $10,000 in 1976. That led to 13 more stores in the New York metropolitan area, but it wasn’t until he acquired the 1-800-FLOWERS phone number in 1986 that business really bloomed. McCann’s was the first company to put an 800-telephone number in its name, and the simple marketing idea paid off.
He also made sure technology didn’t leave him behind, seizing on the Internet as an opportunity as early as 1991. In 1999, 1-800-FLOWERS went public and add the .COM to its name. The company, which has also expanded by acquiring companies like The Popcorn Factory and Fannie May, reported $689.8 million in total revenue in fiscal year 2011.

// It is catchy when using the name. It is also good for promotion coz people can easily remembered the name.

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Great and give motivation for me. Sometimes a small idea can bring fortune in future.. Need to find any good idea.

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