accountant turned actor
|BOB NEWHART is an
American stand-up comedian and actor who is best known for
playing psychologist Dr. Robert "Bob" Hartley on the 1970s
sitcom The Bob Newhart Show and as innkeeper Dick Loudon on the
1980s sitcom Newhart. He graduated from the Loyola University of
Chicago in 1952 with a bachelor's degree in business management.
He was drafted in the U.S. Army and served stateside during the
Korean War until discharged in 1954.
After the war he got a job as an accountant for United
States Gypsum Corporation, a Fortune 500 company based in
Illinois that manufactures construction materials. Bob Newhart
claimed he did not have the temperament to be an accountant. In
1958 he switched career to work as a copywriter for a television
film producer, and the rest is history.
accountant turned author
|Born in 1955, this famous
American author of legal thrillers, John Grisham sold over 250
million copies of his books. His books include: A Time to Kill
(1989); The Firm (1991) The Pelican Brief (1992);The Client
(1993); The Chamber (1994);The Rainmaker (1995);The Runaway Jury
(1996);The Partner (1997);The Street Lawyer (1998);The Testament
(1999);The Brethren (2000);The Summons (2002);The King of Torts
(2003);The Last Juror (2004);The Broker (2005);The Appeal
(2008);The Associate (2009)
In 1977, Grisham received a Bachelor of Science degree in
Accounting from Mississippi State University. He proceeded
to study tax law at the University of Mississippi School of Law.
During law school Grisham switched interests from tax law to
criminal and general civil litigation. Upon graduation in 1981,
John Grisham entered a small-town general law practice for
nearly a decade in Southaven, where he focused on criminal law
and civil law representing a broad spectrum of clients. As a
young attorney he spent much of his time in court proceedings.
inventor -"Dubble Bubble"
Walter Diemer was born and raised in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania,
USA. Walter Diemer was 23 years old when working as an
accountant at Fleer in 1926. At the time, the
company president sought to cut costs by making their own gum
base. (Founder Frank Henry Fleer had made a batch of bubble gum
in 1906 which he called Blibber Blubber, but it was too sticky
and broke too easily.) Although an accountant by trade, Mr.
Diemer liked to experiment with gum recipes in his spare time.
In doing so, he accidentally stumbled upon a recipe that was
totally unique. The gum was pink because it was the only food
coloring in the factory, which is why most gum today is pink.
Today, Diemer is best known for inventing the "Dubble Bubble"
bubble gum, a gum that would not stick to the face and that
would stretch easily
Kenneth Bruce Gorelick (born June
5, 1956), better known by his stage name Kenny G, is a Grammy
winning American saxophonist. His fourth album, Duotones,
brought him breakthrough success in 1986. Kenny G's career
started with a job as a sideman for Barry White's Love Unlimited
Orchestra in 1973.
He was rejected as a music major
from Central Washington University, but went on to get a degree
in Accounting from the University of Washington and
played with the funk band Cold, Bold & Together before becoming
a credited member of The Jeff Lorber Fusion. He began his solo
career after his period with Lorber. s of 2003, Kenny G was
named the 25th-highest selling artist in America by the RIAA,
with 48 million albums sold in the USA as of July 31, 2006. In
1994, Kenny G won the Grammy Award for Best Instrumental
Composition for Forever in Love.
European Parliament Member for UKIP
Marta Andreasen is an Argentine-born Spanish accountant,
employed in January 2002 by the European Commission as Chief
Accountant, and notable for raising concerns about flaws in
the commission's accounting system which she felt left the
commission vulnerable to potential fraud. She was subsequently
elected as a Member of the European Parliament for United
Kingdom Independence Party (UKIP) in 2009.
Mrs Andreasen qualified in 1977 as a certified public
accountant in Buenos Aires, then worked for five years as an
auditor at Price Waterhouse. From 1982 on she worked as a
finance and administration manager, then as a regional finance
director at various companies, such as Rockwell Automation and
Lotus Development, mostly in Spain.
Walter L. Morgan
founder of first mutual fund in the USA
|Walter L. Morgan was the
founder of the Wellington Fund, the first balanced mutual fund
in the United States and one of the oldest surviving mutual
funds. Morgan graduated from Princeton University in 1920, and
shortly thereafter became the youngest CPA (Certified Public
Accountant) in Pennsylvania. Early in his career, he prepared
tax returns for high-income individuals and expanded his
practice to include investment advice.
Before the crash of 1929, at the age of 31, Morgan raised
$100,000 from relatives and businesspeople in his home state of
Pennsylvania and put together what he felt would be a stable
financial portfolio, called the Industrial and Power Securities
Co. In 1935 he renamed it the Wellington Fund after the Duke of
Wellington, the British general who defeated Napoleon. Today,
the fund has $23 billion in assets.
Samuel Lowell Price (1821 - 1887) was an English accountant.
He is best known for having co-founded, with William Hopkins
Holyland and Edwin Waterhouse, the accountancy practice of Price
Waterhouse that now forms part of Pricewaterhouse Coopers.
He came from Bristol and was the
son of a local stone potter. He went into the accountancy
profession at an early age joining the local firm of Bradley,
Barnard & Co. In 1848 he went into partnership with William
Edwards but by 1849 that partnership had been dissolved. Later
that year he became a sole practitioner running the firm that is
now famous. In 1865 he was joined by Holyland and Waterhouse and
as they became more active in the firm, he was then able to
devote much of his time to the Institute of
Accountants and then, when it was formed in 1880, the Institute
of Chartered Accountants in England & Wales.
Known as the Singing
Accountant, Tim DuBois is a Nashville-based music executive.
He attended Oklahoma State University and received a B.A. and
M.A. in Accounting. DuBois became a Certified Public
Accountant in the 1970s and moved to Texas, where he held
positions with Arthur Anderson & Co. and the Federal Reserve
Bank of Dallas. In 1977 DuBois moved to Nashville, TN to foster
his interests for songwriting and music. From 1977 to 1985
DuBois worked as both a publishing company staff writer and as
an accounting professor at several universities including
Vanderbilt University, Tennessee State University, University of
He later entered into the music business and has taken part in
multiple aspects of the industry including songwriting, record
labels, management, and production. DuBois has been recognized
for numerous honors and awards for his contributions to the
music industry. Throughout that time period DuBois composed over
20 country singles. Five of those singles including Alabama’s
"Love in the First Degree" and "The Bluest Eyes in Texas" by
Restless Heart reached #1 chart positions.
Founder - Home Depot
|Arthur M. Blank is
an American businessman and a co-founder of Home Depot. Today he
is known for his philanthropy and his ownership of the Atlanta
Falcons team in the National Football League and the Georgia
Force team in the Arena Football League.
He graduated from Babson College with a degree in Business
Administration. After graduation, Blank was hired by Handy Dan
Hardware as accountant, and worked his way up through the
company to become a regional manager. He was fired in 1978 for a
disagreement with executives. In 1978, Blank co-founded Home
Depot with Bernie Marcus, another former Handy Dan manager. New
York investment banker Ken Langone assembled the initial group
of investors. The store revolutionized the home improvement
business with its warehouse concept and Blank and Marcus became
billionaires as a result. Blank spent 19 years as the company's
chief financial officer before succeeding Marcus as CEO. Blank
retired from the company in 2001 as co-chairman.