Most everyone dreams of becoming a millionaire, but truly getting a unique idea off the ground and monetizing it to the point of becoming rich is easier said than done. However, some people can parlay one-of-a-kind situations into millionaire-making endeavors. The following entrepreneurs had the craziest millionaire stories where they got rich in the craziest ways possible with brilliant – but niche – ideas.
It’s amazing what consumers will spend their money on, and of course, it’s all about being in the right place at the right time. The craziest aspect of these millionaire stories is that they’re all real. These millionaires all made their wealth from their ridiculous ideas but somehow they paid off. From renting goats to selling pet rocks, this list has it all. Read on to find out the craziest ways that people made a million dollars right here.
Domain squatting is a popular practice where people register a URL before turning around and reselling it for a profit. It’s not exactly easy these days, but sometimes it still pays off. Chris Clark paid $20 for the pizza.com URL in 1994 and held onto it for multiple years. Then, in 2008, a furious auction began and he made a cool couple of million.
Carter called this a life-changing moment but it’s a morally-dubious plan that doesn’t always work. Sometimes companies will sue if they think they can claim the owner is engaging in a bad-faith practice. But Carter hit the jackpot in one of the craziest ways ever. With that domain, it’s no surprise he was able to because Americans eat three billion pizzas per year (via Wired.com).