It's hard to believe that business behemoths such as Amazon, Wal-Mart, McDonald's, and others haven't been around, for, well, forever, but they did start somewhere and some sometime in the not-too-distant past. If you are still kicking yourself for not buying into Microsoft's IPO in 1986, you should probably do the same for not buying into Amazon's 10 years later. Have a look here at how seven of the largest, wealthiest, and most well-known companies in the 21st century got their start. Sadly, I'm old enough to remember the $0.19 hamburgers.
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