How Gang Life Helped One Man Become A Multimillionaire Entrepreneur

Claire Gordon
Ryan Blair gang entrepreneur
Ryan Blair gang entrepreneur

Ryan Blair's rag-to-riches story is no marketing shtick. He may have dubbed one of the chapters of his New York Times bestselling book, "my philosophies from the jail cell to the boardroom," but Blair's childhood isn't naturally packaged into slogans. And the things he learned on the streets of Los Angeles, and from two stints in juvenile detention, did help him build a series of successful startups, the latest of which took in $231 million in sales last year.