It comes as no surprise to learn that the ugly specimen below may have close links to the Chinese triads, second only to the Jewish Mafia in the criminal underworld. Born into a poor Jewish family from Ukraine — his father was a taxi driver in Boston — young Sheldon embarked on his business career age 12 when he decided to borrow 200 bucks from an uncle. Smart move. By 2014, by sheer hard work and scrupulous honesty, Sheldon had managed to become the 8th richest person in the world with a fortune worth £36.4 billion. What an achievement for a poor Jewish boy who started his career by selling toiletry kits.