self-made man


Also found in: Dictionary, Wikipedia.

self-made man

One who became successful and/or wealthy through hard work and not by inheritance or help from others. Joe is a self-made man who worked long, hard hours to turn his small business into a large, successful company.
See also: man

self-made man, a

A man who has become rich and influential through his own actions, without the help of inherited wealth, powerful friends, or similar assistance. This term originated earlier but came into wide use from the nineteenth century on, when the phenomenon itself became more common. Two twentieth-century writers are among those who used it ironically. “A self-made man is one who believes in luck and sends his son to Oxford,” wrote the novelist Christina Stead (House of All Nations, 1938); and E. B. White (One Man’s Meat, 1944) wrote, “Luck is not something you can mention in the presence of self-made men.”
References in periodicals archive ?
Chapters include "Decisions Create Environment," in which Joyce discusses how individuals can create their own destiny rather than being driven by events, and "The Myth of the Self-Made Man," in which he expounds on the tenet that people cannot achieve on their own; it takes mentors, family, and friends.
Being a self-made man with his investments, he recognised the transformative nature of a library, what it can do for people," the library's executive director Jerry Carbone said.
Dr Shetty, a self-made man who rose to prominence, started his career in Abu Dhabi as a pharmacist and later he ventured into healthcare and remittance business.
Gamlin's Music Centre's Mary Parsons, 73, said: "He was a self-made man, he was helpful, kind and very well liked.
He is a self-made man - a fact that has to be respected.
Irving Wexler, son-in-law to a rabbi with a son of his own in med school, may sound like the ideal Jewish self-made man.
Dinesh Patel, an electronic services technician from the town of Anand, is, however, more optimistic, and declares that it would be great if a self-made man like Modi becomes the country's next prime minister.
HE HAS been a lawyer, a self-made man, a business champion and a politician.
She said: "Dad is a self-made man and he wants us also to be like that.
This star-studded bio for general readers explores the public and private sides of a self-made man, from his rough childhood through his military service, career, and four marriages.
A self-made man, Mohammad Al Afassi started his career as a soldier in the military corps and then started elementary school very late.
Here are just a few examples: JEREMY HUNT The Health Secretary is a self-made man with a PS4.
I read quoting greatest He has drive and passion which this city has been lacking for many years - and he is a self-made man, making himself into a millionaire by way of his business achievements.
Let us call my very new good friend the Self-Made Man.