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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