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Aruba, November 12, 2014 - Thomas Edison had it. So did Henry Ford and Charles Schwab. Richard Branson flaunts it, as do Barbara Corcoran, Kevin O'Leary and Daymond John, three of the Sharks on ABC's reality competition series Shark Tank.
And they are far from alone. While an estimated 10 percent of the global population has dyslexia, a developmental reading disorder, it's likely far more prevalent among entrepreneurs. In fact, a 2004 study from the Cass Business School in London found that 35 percent of entrepreneurs in the U.S. show signs of dyslexia.
Branson and Corcoran have been particularly outspoken about dyslexia's many benefits: "It made me more creative, more social and more competitive," Corcoran told Entrepreneur, while Branson wrote that it "actually gave me a great advantage in business, since I have been able to bring a different perspective to problems and challenges, which often enables me to see solutions more clearly."
But despite these long-term advantages, dyslexia can make school a painful experience for students. In the classroom "I was thought to be slow, and indeed I struggled to keep up," Branson wrote.
Luckily, Dutch designer Christian Boer has created a font that he believes will help dyslexic students on this front.