11 Millionaires Who Took On A Newspaper Route As Kids

While some billionaires are born into wealth, others hustle their way to the top. But for some it’s not always about the cash, taking on a paper route as a kid can be a good means to learn something about life and career. These billionaires learned lessons that are still valuable today thanks to their first job as a paperboy. Read to find out who started their work experience with this iconic first job full of nostalgia. Make sure you don’t miss #9, #5 and #3!

#11. Thomas Boone Pickens

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American business magnate and financier Thomas Boone Pickens, who is also known for his philanthropy and alternative energy policy activism, took a newspaper route at the age of 12. He chairs the hedge fund BP Capital Management and his net worth is listed at $950 million in 2013.

“I made sure that every single paper landed on the front porch squarely on the ‘Welcome’ mat,’ I always smiled and said hello to every person I saw. I held the door for anyone with their hands full and made a point to go above and beyond anything that could possibly be expected of me,” said Pickens.

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#10. Warren Buffett

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American business magnate, investor, speaker and philanthropist Warren Buffett took on a paper route at the age of 13. The man now serves as the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway started by delivering copies of the Washington Post. By the time he turned 15, he had saved $2,000, and invested $1,200 of it in a 40-acre Nebraska farm. He has a net worth of $87.1 billion. Slide to find out which Hollywood actor started as a paperboy.

#9. Tom Cruise

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American actor and producer Tom Cruise was a newspaper delivery boy and still appreciates its life lessons today. “The better I got at delivering newspapers, the more clients I got,” He said the gig taught him the importance of responsibility. The actor is worth an estimated $550 million. Slide to read which billionaire was in it just for the cash!

#8. Andy Beal

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American banker, businessman, investor, poker player, and amateur mathematician Daniel Andrew “Andy” Beal first started as a paperboy for the cash. Beal has an estimated worth of US$11.6 billion as of April 2018. Next one is a billionaire who now owns a newspaper company!

“I would have hated the job if I had understood I was learning something important. Instead I loved the job because it provided spending money. But in hindsight, I learned so much, Beal said.

#7. Sheldon Adelson

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Magnate Sheldon Adelson took on a newspaper route at the age of 12, back in a rough neighborhood in Boston, Massachusetts. Today he is the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Las Vegas Sands Corporation. But he later got back in the business when in 2015 purchased the newspaper Las Vegas Review-Journal for $140 million. His net worth is estimated to be roughly $35 billion dollars. Slide to read which politician was in the newspaper biz!

#6. H. Ross Perot

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American business magnate and former politician H. Ross Perot took a newspaper route when he was eight. According to Forbes, Perot was the 167th richest person in the United States in 2016. In 2018 his estimated net worth was reported at $4.2 billion but he said he’ll never forget those forming years as a paperboy. Next one is one of our favorites, it’ll warm your heart!

#5. Walt Disney

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Walter Elias Disney was an American entrepreneur, animator, voice actor and film producer. The pioneer of the American animation industry’s father owned a newspaper distribution company and gave his son a job delivering papers at a young age but for no pay, so he started selling extra copies on street corners for cash. Since newspapers were the Disney family business, he got nostalgic about it an offered special Disney passports to paperboys so that they could have unlimited rides! Slide to read about the reluctant entrepreneur who had several paper routes.

#4. Craig Hall

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Hall, chairman and founder of Dallas-based HALL Group, actually grew up having more than one paper route at a time, juggling several before leaving the job to start a lawn-service company. The funny thing is, Craig Hall doesn’t have an entrepreneurial picture of himself despite his recent success, he thought he’d become a poet, a social worker or maybe he’d get into politics. He even dreamed of a career in the arts as a kid, but the universe clearly had other ideas. His net worth is an estimated $26.6 billion. Slide next to read about a beloved comedy actor!

#3. Bob Hope

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Man of many talents, American stand-up comedian, vaudevillian, actor, singer, dancer, athlete, and author Leslie Townes Hope, known professionally as Bob Hope worked a paper route during his youth. But it really isn’t surprising at all, the jack of all trades is even featured in the Newspaper Association of America’s Newspaper Carrier Hall of Fame. Next one will surprise you!

#2. Kathy Ireland

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American supermodel, actress, author and entrepreneur Kathy Ireland started her very first paper route when she was just 11 years old, although not without some prejudiced naysayers in the neighborhood.

“One man was standing in his driveway as I came up and started yelling that it was a boy’s job and I’d never last.” But she was determined not to let him see her cry and to prove him wrong, now her current net worth is estimated at $420 million.

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#1. David Lynch

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Director David Lynch had a paper route delivering the Wall Street Journal while making his first film Eraserhead to support himself. His net worth is estimated at $60 million.

“I’d pick up my papers at 11:30 at night. I had throws that were particularly fantastic. There was one where I’d release the paper, which would soar with the speed of the car and slam into the front door of this building, triggering its lobby lights—a fantastic experience,” the director said in an interview.