Fashion icon Tommy Hilfiger revealed the inspiration behind building his empire this week at the Literacy Partners gala. The New York Post’s Page Six reports that Hilfiger said he was motivated by his childhood struggle with dyslexia.
Hilfiger, who also read a passage from “American Dreamer,” his upcoming memoir, said he started his business when he was 18 and still in high school.
The report quotes Hilfiger telling the crowd: “I did it as a result of my inability to read well. I actually didn’t realize I was dyslexic until later on in life, but I thought when I was in school that I was just one of the dumb ones. … I felt like I was not going to succeed … and I think it probably motivated me to think of what else I could do. … I came to the conclusion when I was 17 that I should be in business.”
Hilfiger’s brand is now reportedly worth $8 billion.