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Founder of World Wide Technology goes from humble beginnings to billion-dollar businessman

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ST. LOUIS - David Steward is proof the American dream is alive and available to anyone.

A black man who grew up in Clinton, Missouri during segregation in the 60s, Steward came to St. Louis without a job, and now runs a company worth $6 billion. His wealth alone would be a story; but his generosity is what makes him even more special.

Steward has been named citizen of the year and man of the year by the variety children's charity, which Fox 2 is a proud sponsor. He's given millions to groups like Boy Scouts of America, the Urban League, United Way, the Boys and Girls clubs. He feels it's his duty to give back.

His company, World Wide Technology, was launched in 1990 with just four employees. He wasn't pulling in a paycheck for months. Flash forward to present day, and Steward’s company has about 3,000 employees doing business with dozens of Fortune 100 companies, including Microsoft and Cisco. He even lists the federal government as a client.