Whether by preference or necessity, some of the world's most recognizable brands were started by solo entrepreneurs. Here are the stories of how five brands got their start.
A trained chef with dreams of opening his own gourmet restaurant, Ells started his first Chipotle as a way to generate some quick cash to fund that dream. He never opened the gourmet restaurant, but he sure did generate some cash.
Pepperidge Farm was born when Rudkin, a 40-year-old mother of three, created a whole-wheat bread recipe for a son of hers with severe allergies. She ran the company for more than 20 years before selling it to Campbell Soup in 1961.
Dell launched his computer company from his University of Texas dorm room. After a heated battle with investors, he recently closed a $25 billion deal to take Dell private.
With her husband away on a 10-month trek, Roddick founded The Body Shop as a way to support herself and her two daughters. The Body Shop's iconic green interior was originally just Roddick's creative way to cover up the moldy walls of the original location.
Once considered a shoo-in to take the helm at General Motors, DeLorean left to start his iconic car company. Unfortunately, his arrest for cocaine trafficking in 1982 finished it.