#tbt: Ten Vintage Photos of Business Moguls as Undergrads

Take a trip to the past and check out these vintage photos of moguls before they graduated.


1. Martha Stewart

Martha Stewart

While enrolled as an undergrad at Barnard College, Martha Stewart, supplemented her scholarship money through “modeling jobs at $50/hour — which was a lot of money at that time,” said Stewart. Her clients included Chanel.


2. Hugh Marston “Hef” Hefner

Hugh Hefner

Yes, the playboy was a playboy before Playboy. The alma mater of the University of Illinois, at Urbana Champaign graduated with a B.A. in psychology and a double minor in creative writing and art in two and a half years. He graduated in 1949 and four years later founded Playboy Magazine.


3. Michael Rubens Bloomberg

Michael Bloomberg

Mayor Bloomberg graduated from John Hopkins University in 1964 with a B.S. in electrical engineering. At Johns Hopkins, Bloomberg pledged Phi Kappa Psi, constructed his school’s mascot the blue jay, and was senior president of his class as shown in the picture above. Bloomberg went on to receive his MBA from the Harvard Business School.


4. Steven Speilberg

Steven Speilberg

The American director originally attended USC’s film school, but his application was denied due to his “C” grade average. He ended up attending California State University, Long Beach where he majored in English and pledged the Theta Chi Fraternity. He didn’t complete his studies at California State, but managed to secure a successful internship with Universal Studios, where he became the youngest director ever to be signed for a long-term deal with a major Hollywood studio.


5. Adam Sandler

Adam Sandler

Adam Sandler went to New York University where he majored in Fine Arts; while at NYU, Sandler was a regular at several of New York’s many comedy clubs. Sandler graduated from NYU in 1988 with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree.


6. Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey

Winning an oratory contest, secured her a full scholarship to Tennessee State University, a historically black institution, where Oprah Winfrey graduated with a B.A. in speech communications and performing arts. I bet she didn’t think she would be worth $3.1 billion 43 years later.


7. Michael Jordan

Michael Jordan

“His Airness,” landed his college degree from UNC in 1986 after being selected in 1984 NBA Draft. Enough said.


8. Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

Jobs attended Reed College in Portland, Oregon; he dropped out after a single semester. Despite leaving, he occasionally took courses at Reed, such as calligraphy. “If I had never dropped in on that single course in college, the Mac would have never had multiple typefaces or proportionally spaced fonts,” said Jobs. Yeah, we know he’s a dropout but hey, he invented Apple.


9. George Lucas

George Lucas

George Lucas, before he rocked his popular black beard and created the incredible Star Wars saga, was a student at USC, where he received B.F.A. in 1966.


10. Donald Trump

Donald Trump

Trump, seen here at his high school graduation, attended Fordham University in the Bronx for two years. He then entered the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. While there, he worked at his father’s company, Elizabeth Trump & Son. Trump graduated from Wharton in 1968 with a bachelor’s degree in economics.


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