Tom Ford // Ok, so you’re not exactly “struggling” when you graduate from Parsons The New School for Design with a degree in architecture. But inside, Ford was struggling with the fact that he was drawn to the world of fashion, so he adapted it as a profession in 1994. Ford was taken on board by Gucci, where he turned a then bankrupt company into a billion dollar fashion house. He repeated this success with Yves Saint Laurent, and now look at the guy: he’s got his own line, and even a song dedicated to him by the most powerful rapper in the world. Not too shabby.