Finding Gratitude in Unlikely Places

The Upside to Not Being Noticed

Bezos. Zuckerberg. Buffet. Musk. Gates.

They’re all billionaires – some of the richest people on the planet. We all know who they are and how they made their money. Maybe sometimes we wish we didn’t know as much as we do about them.

It’s estimated that there are nearly 2,100 billionaires around the world, so a quick calculation shows we might only know about two-tenths of a percent of these exceptionally wealthy people. It also means that being super-rich doesn’t automatically make you famous. In fact, a substantial amount of wealthy individuals prefer to be anonymous. Or, they just don’t care that no one knows who they are. Here are a few examples.

Azim Premji is one of the richest people in Asia. His wealth is estimated to be in excess of $7 billion. Premji studied electrical engineering at Stanford University. When his father died, he took over the family business, which sold everything from soap to hydraulic cylinders. Premji expanded into IT and computing. You might not know him or Wipro, the company he mostly owns and still runs. You might, though, recognize the name Yardley – the high-end personal care subsidiary. Although not much is known about Premji, it’s reported that he starts his workday at 4:30 am, and he has donated more than $21 billion to charity. Recently, he donated $134 million to various global organizations to fight against the COVID-19 pandemic.

Reinhold Wurth is reported to be worth nearly $10 billion. Where did all that money come from? Screws. Wurth started working for his father and helped diversify the business to become a global assembly and fastening materials company that has more than $12 billion in annual sales generated by 400 companies employing at least 71,000 people. While many may not know him, they certainly recognize some of the 17,000 pieces of art collected in his four museums.

Charlie Ergen could drink champagne, but he chooses Gatorade instead. It’s one of the interesting things to know about this mostly unknowable man, who is said to be worth more than $14 billion. With his wife, Ergen started EchoStar, the worldwide satellite company that gave birth to the DISH Network brand. Those around him observe that he packs a brown paper lunch when working from the office.

With a net worth of more than $70 billion, Amancio Ortega could wear anything he wished – but instead he slips on the same outfit from fast fashion retailer ZARA every single day. Ortega didn’t even finish school, jumping into the workforce at the age of 14. You might see where this is going. That first job taught him how to sew clothes. Yes, Amancio is the founder of ZARA, which is where his trademark blue blazer, white shirt, and khaki pants come from. He’s such a private person that it wasn’t until 1999 public photographs of him were made available, and he’s been interviewed by the press only a handful of times.

Mukesh Ambani’s worth is climbing to the $60 billion mark. Today, he owns the most expensive house in the world. Born in Yemen, his family moved to India to start a textile and spice business. Ambani went to college and got a degree in chemical engineering, and he brought this skill back to the family business. He helped pivot the company into refining and petrochemicals, which ultimately laid the foundation for a new name. Reliance Industries is the largest Indian company in this industry, and it also owns the third most popular mobile network in the country.

We’re certainly not in the same league with these nearly invisible billionaires, but in some ways we operate with the same philosophy. Take a back seat. Let others shine. That’s always the approach we take when working to find the best solution for your flexible packaging and retail merchandising products.

You might head to those in-store specials promoted right on the cart because of invisible signage holders we manufacture. The next time you dine at a restaurant, you could be holding a menu that’s disinfected after each use because it’s safely enclosed in a protective sheet we make. Those holders keeping the price tags conveniently easy to find at your favorite department store? It’s likely we’ve made them. There’s even the possibility that your dentist is wearing a face shield produced by our Minneapolis production facility.

We’re not actually sure if anyone has really seen us a million times, but our products are everywhere. It’s our job to be your creative packaging problem solver, so we’re perfectly fine with remaining invisible.

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