Ulysesecq Jefferson spent 30 years fixing computers for the State Department. The relationships he built during his career helped the retiree forge a business that he sold for $90 million nearly a decade later.
Sept. 27, 2013 Ulysese Jefferson, center, and his sons, David Jefferson, left, and Mark Jefferson at the family home in Upper Marlboro, Md. The elder Jefferson said his goal in 2002 was to win some State Department IT contracts and build a business that he could leave to his sons. “I was never trying to make a fortune,” he said. Michel du Cille/The Washington Post Buy Photo