It takes a person of extraordinary perseverance to excel in his profession or calling. Imagine being chased out of your country or being forced to flee, such as are refugees. There have been people who have risen up from grueling circumstances and made a name for themselves in the world. And there were also those who were already well-known and didn’t let circumstances defeat them. You may have heard of some of them, but many names will astonish you. Read on to find out more about these ten people who were refugees, and are now world-famous personalities.
1. Peter Carl Faberge, the creator of the famous Faberge egg, was a celebrated jeweler for the Russian Imperial Court. He fled the country after his business was nationalized in 1918, and died two years later in exile. A single Faberge egg is now worth millions.
Peter Faberge first made an Easter egg fashioned with precious metal and gems in 1885 which he gave to the Tsar who gifted it to his wife. They were so pleased with the workmanship that he was given the title of “Goldsmith by Special Appointment to the Imperial Crown.” His House of Faberge had five branch offices and 500 craftsmen under him who made almost 150,000 to 200,000 pieces of work between 1882 and 1917. The company was worth three million rubles. After the October Revolution broke out, his business was taken over and nationalized in 1918. He fled Russia in the same year and went to Riga, Germany, and finally Switzerland where he died. His family was certain that his grief over the revolution broke his heart irreparably, leading to his death.(1,2)