Before they were famous, and sometimes after, too… these celebrities were accountants.
- John Grisham, author of A Time to Kill, The Firm and many other exciting novels, received his undergraduate degree in accounting from Mississippi State University.
Before he was lead singer in the Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger studied to be an accountant at the London School of Economics.
- Singer Janet Jackson studied to be an accountant.
- J Walter Diemer, an accountant for the Fleer Corporation in the 1920’s, tinkered with gum recipes in his spare time and created a chewy, rubbery substance better known as bubble gum.
- Funny man Bob Newhart started out in accounting.
- Former Texas Rangers Manager Kevin Kennedy, a CPA, did his players’ tax returns to make extra money when he managed in the minor leagues.
- Track sensation Marcus O’Sullivan passed the CPA exam.
- Tim DuBois, known as “The Singing Accountant,” wrote the Alabama hit “Love in the First Degree,” the Jerry Reed hit, “She Got the Goldmine, I Got the Shaft,” and the Vince Gill hit, “When I Call Your Name.” He is currently the President of Arista Records in Nashville.
- Luca Paciolo wrote the first book on double-entry accounting in 1494. He is frequently referred to as the father of accounting. He’s still a hot commodity today.
- When Hernando Cortes landed in the New World, he brought horses, soldiers – and his accountant, Alonso de Avila. As a reward for excellent service, de Avila was made the first mayor of Veracruz, in what is now Mexico.
- J. P. Morgan got his first Wall Street job as a junior accountant. Five years later he founded his own company.
- Ray Wersching, the ex San Francisco 49er field goal kicker, was a CPA during the off-season.
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