Last of the famous international screw ups.
You should've heard the way he talked about Scotch tape, such passion! He really really loved the stuff, he was a character.The toilet paper guy, obviously that isn't the most prestigious product and I'd imagine that he is an environmental criminal who has probably dumped tons of harsh chemicals into the ocean, so that's not really cool. But the guy who got rich on cellophane tape sounds like a hero to entrepreneurs everywhere. There is probably a lot of toxic waste involved in this too, but leaving that aside and just focusing on the product, he either inherited it or invented something. But someone had to invent a product or a process that was better than other products on the market, and then manage to not have their idea stolen. They had to coordinate the efforts of a large number of people in all sorts of fields, to manufacture, distribute, market, sell not mention paying hundreds or maybe thousands of employees, keeping their taxes straight, and dealing with all kinds of competition who might try to undercut prices or make a shitty version of his product and sell for less.
Really that is what business is all about and it really doesn't matter the product. It does to an extent but does it really? Someone who sells cameras or sports cars has more prestige for the product they sell but cellophane tape is probably a more competitive market because anyone can try it. And everyone used to use it.
I would imagine based totally on zero knowledge and nothing but personal bias, that the guy who got rich off of toilet paper was probably already rich and simply had access to the land to harvest the raw materials, capital to build the mills and factories, and probably connections to have his monopoly at least until some much larger company was able to market their product in New Zealand. I think there is less technology involved in making toilet paper and it was probably just a case of being able to do it in such volume that it was hard to compete.