David's life may be filled with luxuries these days, but it wasn't always that way. In 1938, he dropped out of school after failing the 9th grade and joined the Army. After serving in World War II, he found himself out of work, homeless and sleeping in a park. Then, as luck would have it, a Good Samaritan offered him a loan to buy a local diner. Nine months later, he sold that diner for a $700 profit—a fortune at the time.
In the years that followed, he made a fortune in real estate, buying undervalued homes and selling them for profit. Then, he took over Dole and turned it into the world's largest producer of fruits and vegetables. At one point, he owned 100 different companies around the world.
Luck finally seemed to be on David's side...until his wife was diagnosed with cancer.