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make a (or one's) fortune

Definition of make a or one's fortune in English:

Acquire great wealth by one’s own efforts: he had come from Wales to make his fortune as a pop singer
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  • Corzine made his fortune by acquiring and maintaining the vast majority of his net worth in Goldman Sachs.
  • In one of the most extraordinary ironies of history, Gutenburg's efforts to make his fortune by popularising the Bible were to play a decisive role in the undermining of the influence of the organised church.
  • She answers an enigmatic classified ad and travels to New York City not to make her fortune, for fortunes are rare in the sixth year of the Great Depression, but to survive.
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