Four famous people who almost became accountants


When you think of accountants, you probably picture someone dressed in a dull suit, leading a dull life, who has a boring job. Of course, this is a misconception! When you outsource accountancy, do you ever wonder who your accountant really is?

Here are four famous names – people who nearly made accountancy their career, and are certainly not boring:

Eddie Izzard

Although it may seem highly unlikely, Eddie Izzard, popular comedian and actor, once dreamed of becoming an accountant.

Born in 1962, his mother was a midwife and his father was an accountant working for British Petroleum. As a young man, Izzard wanted to follow his father’s footsteps and attended Sheffield University, where he studied financial accounting and maths.

Although showing promise as a student, Izzard became depressed and left the university to become a performer. The showman went on to perform on the West End stage, appeared as a stand-up comedian, and starred in serious roles on the big screen.

His skills as an accountant are evident in the way that he has meticulously planned his career, and by his approach to his work.

Mick Jagger

Although you don’t necessarily associate the glitz and glamour of rock and roll with accountancy, Mick Jagger proved everyone wrong when he left a scholarship studying accounting and finance in London, to become one of the world’s most successful musicians.

At the age of 70, Jagger is still dazzling audiences and packing arenas worldwide. Maybe his time training to be an accountant has stood him in good stead when it comes to managing his vast fortune.

Ron Moody

According to his teacher, Moody was the only pupil in the class likely to become an actor. However, the famous actor never believed he would end up on the stage, although he loved going to the cinema and dreaming of becoming famous.

Best known for playing Fagin in the 1968 film Oliver!, Moody’s first job after leaving school was in an accountant’s office. Showing promise and enjoying working with figures, Moody almost became an accountant, although he ended up in the RAF. It was soon after that he discovered he had the acting bug.

John Grisham

The famous author initially wanted to play professional baseball. When he realised that he wasn’t going to fulfil his childhood dream, he studied at Mississippi State University to major in accounting. He then trained to be a lawyer, with criminal defence and personal injury being his specialist subjects.

He has certainly used his knowledge in his legal thrillers.

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