Business Professionals

  • Adam Norris
    In order to offer assistance to dyslexic entrepreneurs, Norris set up his own company, Horatio Investments, which has $172 million to invest in start-up companies run by those with dyslexia.
  • Ari Emanuel
  • Barbara Corcoran
    Shark Tank celebrity investor and real estate mogul Barbara Corcoran didn’t do well in school when she was younger. Her grades suffered because of dyslexia, which she wasn’t fully aware she had until her son began to have trouble in school in a similar nature.
  • Ben Foss
    The invention of the Intel Reader was inspired by its creator's dyslexia.
  • Success Story: Brad Falchuk
    Co-creator, executive producer, and writer of hit TV shows Glee and American Horror Story, Brad Falchuk has made a career out of his talents despite living with dyslexia.
  • Businessman Charles Schwab
    Charles Schwab, the 67th richest man in America and one of the world’s most influential and esteemed businessmen, credits his success to his dyslexia.
  • Craig McCaw took over the family business after his father passed away, building a $12.6 billion cellular company that began in his Stanford dorm room.
  • Success Story: Dean Kamen
    Not many people know who invented the Segway, the futuristic-looking individual transportation vehicle, but now you do.
  • Success Story: Eric McGehearty
    As a 10-year-old, McGehearty became inspired by a summer art class and learned that he shouldn’t let his dyslexia stand in the way of becoming a success.
  • Ingvar Kamprad
    Ever wonder how IKEA came up with unique Swedish names for all of its furniture? It was from its founder, Ingvar Kamprad, who is dyslexic.
  • Jenny Dearborn, current Chief Learning Officer at global tech company SAP, overcame more than the gender gap associated with STEM careers to be where she is now.
  • Now back at the top of yet another multi million dollar cosmetics company, Jo Malone is speaking out about her dyslexia. She has said that the learning disability was never disabling, but a gift which allowed her to think creatively and face failure with an open mind.
  • It took a couple of large setbacks for John Chambers to realize that he could overcome anything.
  • Leana Greene Success Story
    Leana Greene, CEO of the world’s largest parenting video library Kids in the House, grew up thinking being different meant being less. Starting at age six, she watched as her classmates seemed to grasp spelling and reading just fine, while she continued to struggle at a slower pace.
  • Success Story: Paul Fisher
    This whiz of a computer programmer and CEO of Buyometric found success in spite of dyscalculia.
  • The designer and developer of Quora battled dyslexia, but overcame it when she discovered her love for programming.
  • Success Story: Richard Branson
    What is Branson’s secret to success? Dyslexia. What many people may consider to be a weakness, Branson considers his greatest strength.
  • Success Story: Steve Walker
    After doing poorly in school, Steve Walker grew up to be a founder and CEO of his own company.
  • Sara Condon
    Now Senior Operations Manager at biotechnology company Sanofi Genzyme, Tara Condon has overcome a plethora of obstacles throughout her life to get her to where she is today.
  • Both a CEO and a doctor, Dr. Toby Cosgrove presides over the prestigious Cleveland Clinic and was once a cardiac surgeon. However, he struggled mightily in college because of his dyslexia.
  • Tom Dickson
    The man behind the development of the Will it Blend? video series and some of the world's most powerful home blenders reveals that he battles dyslexia.
  • This renowned fashion designer's dyslexia was actually a contributing factor to his success.
  • William Hewlett, co-founder of Hewlett-Packard (HP), was expected to attend the prestigious Stanford College from an early age. His early academic performance did not project a Stanford acceptance, though.