The founder of Edible Arrangements moved from Pakistan to the US at 13, borrowed money to open a single flower shop, and built it into a $600 million business

Tariq Farid was only 13 when his family moved from Pakistan to Connecticut. He started working at a flower shop to make money. And at 17, he opened his own.

Farid is the founder and CEO of Edible Arrangements. He cornered a market that no one knew even existed: baskets of fruits carved to look like giant flower bouquets.

Today, his business has 900 franchises across nine countries, bringing in more than half a billion dollars in sales each year.

It hasn’t all been easy. He’s had to contend with everything from disgruntled franchisees to conspiracy theories and racist online trolling.

But his unwavering optimism has pushed him through struggles from the very beginning.