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The Humble First Jobs Of 15 Highly Successful People

The Humble First Jobs Of 15 Highly Successful People

RICHARD FELONI CAREERS  JUL. 3, 2014, 2:45 AM

Warren Buffett: young and old.

It can be easy to see the world’s most powerful and influential people as occupying a sphere far removed from the rest us.

But many of the one-percent started off with conventional first jobs.

Goldman Sachs’ CEO Lloyd Blankfein, for example, grew up in the projects and made extra money at a concession stand in Yankee Stadium. Warren Buffett built his savings as a kid by delivering newspapers. And before she found her calling in media, Oprah Winfrey worked at a corner store.

We’ll take a look at 15 highly successful people who made the most of, but weren’t defined by, a modest first job.

Lloyd Blankfein sold snacks at Yankee Stadium.

As the CEO of Goldman Sachs, Blankfein is one of the most influential people on Wall Street.

But he worked his way up from the bottom. He grew up in Brooklyn housing projects and worked his first job as a concession vendor at Yankee Stadium.

Richard Branson was an amateur bird breeder and arborist.

Read more about the first jobs of successful people at http://www.businessinsider.sg/humble-first-jobs-of-successful-people-2014-7/#.U7UMwPmSxqU

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