10 Celebrity Almost-CPAs
For these ten entertainers, almost doesn't count.
Source : http://www.accountingtoday.com
Before crooning “Paint it Black” as lead singer of the Rolling Stones, Mick Jagger was preparing to
keep clients in the black, reportedly studying accounting and finance at the London School of
Economics for a year before leaving to fully commit to his musical side project.
(Photo by Dina Regine)
After his service in the Korean War and a brief stint in law school, comedy legend Bob Newhart
got a job as an accountant for manufacturer United States Gypsum. According to his memoir, he
didn’t last long because of his “that’s close enough” attitude, leading to one more stopover as
an advertising copywriter before his big break.(Photo by Alan Light)
Robert Plant didn’t have a whole lotta love for the finance profession, training for two weeks as
a chartered accountant before rambling on to his full-time career as rock ‘n roll golden god.
(Photo by Dina Regine)
English comedian and actor Eddie Izzard already had the comic itch when studying accountancy
at the University of Sheffield, following in the footsteps of his father, former president of the
Institute of Internal Auditors and chief auditor of BP. He soon scratched it, and school, to
become a performer on the street and later on the stage and screen.
(Photo by Nickjwebb)
Author John Grisham’s best-selling "The Firm" could have detailed a CPA one, had he followed
his BS degree in accounting from Mississippi State University into the profession. Instead,
reportedly put off by “the complexity and lunacy” of becoming a tax lawyer, he pursued the trial
law that would become the foundation of his novels.(Photo by Scott Brenner)
Retired mixed martial artist Chuck Liddell
graduated with a B.A. in business/accounting
from California Polytechnic State University,
San Luis Obispo, but UFC must’ve had more
allure than CPA, as the Hall-of-Famer was later
designated Ultimate Fighting Championship
Light Heavyweight Champion.
(Photo from www.marines.mil)
Instead of heading up the Rhythm Nation, singer Janet Jackson might have been recruited to the
CPA one, once studying to be an accountant.
(Photo by Andy Liang)
Saxophonist Kenny G graduated magna cum
laude with an accounting degree from the
University of Washington, but the smooth jazz
man quickly made a smooth transition to his
passion as musical artist.
(Photo by Micah Sittig)
Hall of Fame NFL receiver and ESPN analyst Cris Carter might have been counting down to more
than Monday Night Football had he pursued a passion he recently revealed to the Star Tribune.
“I always loved math in high school and I thought that I would be an accountant,” he told the
Minnesota paper. “But I also thought I would be better at counting money in the NFL."
(Photo from MN National Guard)
Musician Gibby Haynes not only studied accounting at Trinity University, he was named
Accounting Student of the Year before working as an auditor at accounting firm Peat Marwick.
No word on whether his former colleagues attended the shows of the band he later formed and
left the profession to front, the Butthole Surfers, but we’re pretty sure they would have at least
nominated him as Accountant of the Month.
(Photo from Latino Bugger Veil)