The road to success is certainly bumpy, if not meandering. But some of the world’s top billionaires have had a particularly rocky road. There have been many successful people who failed school exams or washed out on major life goals at every age. Bezos went from being a fry cook to the world’s richest person, and Bloomberg went from being laid off at 39 to being integral to the stock exchange. Here are some of the top failure stories of successful people, with a rough look at important steps in their journeys. Failure leads to success, and these stories and quotes can help inspire us. Remember, even the wealthiest have failed spectacularly. Here are some of the top setbacks and failures of successful people!