How An 8-Year-Old Turned His Garden Into A Multi-Billion Dollar Ketchup Conglomerate

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In 1844, Henry Heinz was born in Pittsburgh to two immigrant parents.This he would go on to found one of the largest food conglomerates in the world, a company that grossed more than $11 billion in sales last year.

Heinz started profiting from his small backyard garden when he was just 8 years-old and built his first major company by the time he was 25.

Henry Heinz was one of eight children born to John Henry Heinz and Anna Margaretha Heinz (1844)

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When Heinz turned six, he began helping his mother with her garden (1850)

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At eight, Henry began selling goods to neighbours out of a basket he would carry around (1852)

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By the time he was nine, Henry was grinding and making his own horseradish sauce — it was his mother's recipe (1853)

At 10, Henry was working a ¾-acre garden of his own and graduated to a wheelbarrow for delivery (1854)

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At 12 he moved to a 3½ acre garden and began to use a horse and cart (1856)

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At 16, Heinz began making three weekly deliveries to Pittsburgh, Penn. (1860)

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By the time he was 25, Heinz had formed his first company with a friend. It was named Heinz Noble & Company (1869)

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The first product they sold was horseradish (1869)

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But in just a few years they went bankrupt and shut down. Heinz quickly formed a new business with his cousin, the F & J Heinz Co. (1875)

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In 1876 they began selling ketchup and the company took off

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In 1888, Henry bought out his family members and launched a major factory along the Allegheny

In 1896 Heinz added the 57 to the bottle, after seeing a shoe store advertise 21 styles of shoes. Although he was selling more than 60 products at the time, Heinz thought 57 was lucky

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Flash forward to today, Heinz is now a company worth $18.01 billion and grosses more than $11 billion a year (2012)

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Since his passing, two other Heinz men have run the company

William Johnson (pictured), is the company's sixth CEO (and only the third to not have a relation to the Heinz family). Source: Heinz

Today, Heinz sells more than 650 million bottles of ketchup every year, as well as baked beans and tomato sauce...

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...which requires 2 million tons of tomatoes — more than any other company

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Bonus: Ketchup moves out of its glass bottles at .028 miles per hour, and if you hit the 57 it'll move faster

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