I'm looking into do a biography project for my students. I'd like for them to work in groups and research famous people who have reached success in various ways mainly through significant hard work and beating the odds. For example, Oprah Winfrey pops into mind because of her life of poverty and then her gradual progress into being one of the most successful woman in the world. Bill Clinton also comes to mind because he too came from poverty. I'd like for them to come from poverty but some how beat the odds. Someone suggested Floyd Mayweather Jr. (the professional boxer, came from extreme poverty and misguided parents... super successful and rich now) but I'd rather not because 1) he's super cocky, lol, and 2) he dropped out of school I believe. Any ideas on people who have beat the odds?