Fun Facts for Tax Season Relief

Did you know that before they were famous…they were accountants?

  • John Grisham, author, received his undergraduate degree in accounting from Mississippi State University.
  • Before he was a lead singer in the Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger studied to be an accountant at the London School of Economics.
  • Singer Janet Jackson was quoted saying, “If I wasn’t singing, I’d probably be, probably an accountant.”
  • Walter Diemer, creator of bubble gum, was an accountant for the Fleer Corporation in the 1920’s.
  • Before Bob Newhart starred in The Bob Newhart Show, he started out as an accountant in a Chicago firm.
  • Former Texas Rangers Manager, Kevin Kennedy a CPA, did his players tax returns to make a little extra money when he was in the minor leagues.
  • Track sensation Olympic star Marcus O’Sullivan, who could run a sub-4 minute mile was a CPA.
  • Tim DuBois, singer and music executive known for the song “She got the Goldmine, I got the shaft” was an accountant.
  • 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 49-er field goal kicker, was a CPA during the off-season.
  • Actor Ray Romano received a degree in accounting from Queens College before doing standup comedy.
  • Musician Kenny G., world famous saxophonist, got an accounting degree from the University of Washington where he graduated magna cum laude.
  • Phil Knight earned his accounting degree and worked as a CPA before he went on to co-found Nike.

So hang in there, you never know when you might just get your next big break!

Happy Tax Season!


About the author: Carol Poe is more than just our Chief Operating Officer and Buyer Specialist at Poe Group Advisors. She’s a wife, mother, yoga expert, lover of cats and office comedian.