Famous Accountants


Bob Newhart
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.

John Grisham
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.

Walter Diemer
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

Kenny G.
Born 1956

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.

Marta Andreasen
Born 1954
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 Price
Price, Waterhouse

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.

Tim Dubois
(Born 1948)
Music Executive/Songwriter
Accounting Professor

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 Tennessee.

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.


Arthur Blank
Born 1942
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.

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