- Thomas Edison: One of the greatest inventors that ever lived built on the discoveries of men like Franklin and Faraday.
- Bill Gates: The founder of Microsoft could have never developed operating software for computers if someone had not already invented computers.
- Mark Zuckerberg: The success of Facebook's main man stands on the folks who invented computer languages and internet protocols.
- Donald Trump: While he has brokered many deals Trump built on the success of his father's real estate business.
I could list many more that illustrate the fact that no one is ever "self made". In a sense we are like bricks building a house - our bricks are not foundational cornerstones but merely bricks that are laid on bricks.. and other bricks will be laid atop of ours.