Take a trip to the past and check out these vintage photos of moguls before they graduated.
1. 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
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
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
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 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
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
“His Airness,” landed his college degree from UNC in 1986 after being selected in 1984 NBA Draft. Enough said.
8. 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, 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
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.