It's bit of glass half full or glass half empty. Pick whatever suits you. The same can be said about "self-made". According to: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Gates He was worth $1.25 billion and was the world's youngest self-made billionaire. Since 1987, Gates has been included in the Forbes The World's Billionaires list and was the wealthiest from 1995 to 1996, 1998 to 2007, 2009, and has been since 2014. Unless someone gives you a billion dollars, I think it's a pretty impressive feat to obtain that kind of wealth and statistics bear that out. No one sits on their butt doing that. According to Forbes there are only about 2153 of them out of 7.5 billion people. I would use the Waltons as an example of billionaires that weren't self-made. On the Wry-scale of self-made, does Zuckerberg qualify?