@adam-l Totally agree with you.
Luck is also an important thing in life. Having 250K $ invested in your company when giants weren't dominating every aspect of the market is a serious advantage.
There are a lot of examples of new competitors being bought off or crushed with underhand tactics.
I saw kids with bright ideas at work, being ripped off by the company, everything you create while working here is our property.
Having the right heritage is also an important factor. Rich family, connections, education, powerful mentors, etc
That being said, an average man can easily become top dog with those advantages.