This story is nothing short of incredible. From time to time, here on TOW, we post something from the latest forbes rich persons list – we’ve done DJ’s, Hip Hop dudes, team owners, but this is a great story. This guy, a newcomer to this years Forbes 400 aka, the 400 richest people in the United States, there is a cat called Jon Yarbrough whose story is something anyone reading here on TOW can relate too.
Apparently, his wealth all started with one foosball table when he was in college:
Before becoming a video game entrepreneur, Yarbrough was a college student trying to earn an engineering degree at Tennessee Tech. “I started playing a lot of foosball, in tournaments,” Yarbrough recalls, “and then I got an internship at NASA, working on the Viking probes.” Upon his return from his internship in California, with a new foosball table he bought to keep practicing, the entrepreneurial spirit kicked in.
“When I came back from California, I wasn’t thinking about starting a business,” he tells Forbes. Rather, with limited room where he was living, he needed a place to store the foosball table. A local saloon owner agreed to keep it for him as long as they split the quarters. “After the first week, I took out the cash box and found $200; I had paid $500 for the table,” recalls Yarbrough, “So I bought more foosball tables, took out school loans, and eventually got into video games. I purchased Space Invaders….”
This is one of the best “how-I-got-rich” stories I’ve ever read.
Now, obviously, the guy is probably brilliant (hello, NASA) and an extremely shrewd businessman, because you don’t get to being a billi without having the chops, but its great that his story started out so innocently.
And with a game that from time to time all of us has played and played a lot.
I’m going to go out on a limb and just automatically make him a member of BPFC LA, the Bumpy Pitch Foosball Club Los Angeles….
If you are reading this Mr. Yarbrough, let us know what size shirt you wear, we might have to do a fresh run and send you a few of our BP Foosball Club shirts. Lettuceknow.
There is a lot more to his story, make sure you check it out at FORBES.com