Aaron Levie dropped out of University of Southern California to work on his business. At 27 years old, he still loves SpaghettiOs, and McDonald’s and is less inspired by his money than his work.
Worth an estimated $100 million, he’s the CEO and co-founder of a fast-growing US cloud storage business called Box.
“I work so many hours because I love what I do. I’m incredibly stimulated and excited about the business,” says Levie.
“But at the same time, I realize that you do have to a certain level of discipline and determination to succeed in life – you have to work hard and make lifestyle sacrifices. That applies to everyone.”
Based in Los Altos, California, in the heart of Silicon Valley, Box provides companies and consumers with remote electronic-data storage, also known as cloud storage.
The company is used by 460 businesses on the Fortune 500 list of the largest US firms by revenues – everyone from consumer goods giant Procter and Gamble to advertising company Clear Channel.
Box’s revenues last year totaled $70 million dollars, up 160% from 2011. And it is worth an estimated $1 billion dollars after securing hundreds of millions of dollars of venture capital investments.