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Mon, 08 Oct 2012 09:00:00 GMT | By Jason Buckland, MSN Money
True stories of billion dollar companies

From Bombardier to Tim Hortons, the humble beginnings of large corporations.



Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg. (© Pool/Newscom/RTR)
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  • Sobeys grocery store. (© Steve White/The Canadian Press)
  • Internet site Pinterest. (© Getty Images)
  • Internet site Dropbox. (© iStock)
  • Tim Hortons cups. (© Brendan McDermid/Newscom/RTR)
  • Airbnb's website.
  • Facebook. (© Valentin Flauraud/Newscom/RTR)
  • Bombardier employee installs parts on a Global 6000 aircraft at the manufacturing facilities in Toronto. (© Mike Cassese/Newscom/RTR)
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Though the IPO of a certain social network may have bombed earlier this year, its stock market flop shouldn’t cheapen what the website has done. Just eight short years ago, Mark Zuckerberg’s brainchild, which we’ll discuss later in this feature, was nothing more than a late-night idea in a Harvard dorm room. Now it’s reportedly worth more than $60 billion and just reached one billion users.

Facebook’s rags-to-riches tale isn’t typical, but it’s not without precedent, either. From Internet darlings to Canadian multinationals, here are the stories behind the beginnings of billion dollar companies.

*All figures in USD.

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