Top players in the financial world often began their careers in far less prestigious roles.
Reuters spoke with a number of leading executives at Wall Street firms and learned that most kicked off their careers literally on the ground floor.
Here are some of the first jobs of today’s leading financial gurus.
- Goldman Sachs‘ (GS) Senior U.S. Investment Analyst Abby Cohen started out as a mail sorter at the Post Office at New York’s John F. Kennedy airport at the age of 17.
- Nuveen Asset Management’s Chief Equity Strategist Bob Doll delivered newspapers for six years, starting when he was 12.
- Vanguard Group Founder Jack Bogle says he snagged an after-school job as a pinsetter at a local bowling alley back in 1942, when he was 13.
- Seabreeze Partners Management President Doug Kass served as an assistant for Ralph Nader at the Center for the Study of Responsive Lawn while he was in graduate school.