Surprising First Jobs of Famous and Successful People

It’s hard to imagine that the famous people that we see on the big screen and the news ever did anything else, but everyone needs to start somewhere! Take a look at where these famous and successful people started.


Colin Powell, Former United States National Security Advisor 

Worked as a furniture salesman to a children’s furniture store




Barack Obama, Former President of the United States

Scooped ice cream at Baskin-Robbins when he was in high school




Matthew McConaughey, Actor

Shoveled chicken manure in Australia






Pope Francis

Worked at a local bar as a bouncer





Bill Murray, Actor

Sold Chestnuts outside of a grocery store






Jeff Bezos, Founder and CEO of Amazon

Flipped burgers at McDonald’s during his summer break as a teenager





Christopher Walken, Actor

Joined the circus as a lion tamer





Mark Cuban, Owner of the Dallas Mavericks

Went door-to-door selling garbage bags when he was 12 years old





Taylor Swift, Singer/Songwriter

Removed preying mantis pods from the trees of the Christmas tree farm that she grew up on





Lloyd Blankfein, CEO of Goldman Sachs

Worked as a concession vendor at Yankee Stadium






Madeline Albright, First female Secretary of State

Sold women’s lingerie at a department store in Denver




Meghan Markle, Actress/Future member of the royal family

Wrote calligraphy for wedding invitations





Abraham Lincoln, Former President of the United States

Was a clerk in an Illinois general store, but never hunted vampires




Johnny Depp, Actor

Sold pens as a telemarketer





Hugh Jackman, Actor

Was a high school Physical Education teacher in England and Coco the party clown for children’s birthday parties




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