1/10/2011 4:43 PM ET|
7 billionaires' first jobs
Each of these wealthy people got started on the road to riches by performing entry-level tasks like bagging groceries, delivering newspapers or parking cars.
We're all familiar with these famous billionaires and how they amassed their fortunes -- we even dream of similarly making it big ourselves.
But did you ever wonder how rich, successful people got their starts? Here is a look at some famous billionaires' first jobs.
Net worth: $47 billion
First job: Newspaper delivery
Warren Buffett (pictured above) started working on his billion-dollar empire when he was a teenager. His first job, at age 13, was running a newspaper delivery business. Already a budding businessman with an eye on the bottom line, Buffett took a deduction that year for the use of his bicycle on his paper route.
He went on to start a pinball-machine business while in high school. Always looking for business opportunities, Buffett had $10,000 from his business ventures when he graduated from college.
Today, Buffett's net worth is estimated at $47 billion. It's no wonder that so many people today look to him for investment advice.
Net worth: $2.7 billion
First job: Grocery store clerk
Oprah Winfrey, who seems to get better and richer with everything she does, got her start in a menial job at the grocery store next to her father's barbershop in Nashville, Tenn.
She quickly made a move into broadcasting; at age 16 she was reading the news for the local radio station and on the road toward becoming a national media powerhouse.
Net worth: $18 billion
First job: Parking lot attendant
Michael Bloomberg was born to middle-class parents and worked his way through college, eventually earning a master's in business administration from Harvard University. After graduating he went to Wall Street
Bloomberg is now the mayor of New York and one of the nation's wealthiest citizens.
Net worth: $53 billion
First job: Computer programmer
Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard to follow his passion for technology. His first job was as a computer programmer for TRW during his senior year in high school.
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