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How I Made It: Jerry Azarkman
How I Made It: Jerry Azarkman

The gig: Jerry Azarkman, 61, is the founder of Curacao, a department store chain that has catered to the Latino consumer since 1976. Curacao has 11 stores in California and Arizona, annual revenue in excess of $350 million and 2,000 employees. Azarkman's success with Curacao earned him an Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award for Greater Los Angeles in 2014. The self-taught Azarkman jokes that "it is the only certificate I have." Parental guidance: His pharmacist father, Oscar, specialized in dispensing motivational lessons. "The first time I saw a plane, I asked him if I could own one," Azarkman said. "He said: 'You can succeed at any plan....

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