Newsletter: May, 2012

The Vault May 2012: Shocking first jobs of the rich and famous
The folks who make the front pages, pop charts, and Fortune 500s of the world weren’t always that way. Most of them once held humble jobs–some of them very humble. In this issue of The Vault, we give you an inside look at where the high and mighty got their start. Prepare to be shocked!
Exclusive Biz Kid$ Video
Want to look like a million bucks without breaking the bank? Check out how Biz Kid Valerie reined in her budget AND amped up her style in our exclusive video from Season 5 of the Biz Kid$ TV show. Read Valerie’s blog Beauty and the Budget for even more tips.
Getting the most out of your first job
Just like these titans, your first job will probably not be “Leader of the Free World” or “Hollywood Big Shot.” Whatever it is, don’t be afraid to get your hands dirty–first jobs teach you lots of great skills you can put on your resume. Most importantly, they’re places to make connections. You never know who you might meet and what it will lead to! Treat every job like it’s the one you really want and you’ll find yourself rising to the top. Everybody starts somewhere!
Thirty-one flavors of hope
Perhaps Barack Obama’s job slinging ice cream as a teenager at a Honolulu Baskin-Robbins helped him win the White House. Customer service skills can’t hurt–after all, the President of the United States of America has more than 300 million people to please.
Who you callin’ chicken?
Brad Pitt is one of Hollywood’s highest-paid actors, but he sure paid his dues on the way to the top. He once got a job standing on a corner handing out flyers for chicken restaurant El Pollo Loco–wearing a full chicken suit!
Clowning around
Before he brandished Wolverine’s claws, Aussie actor Hugh Jackman honed his acting skills as a clown at children’s birthday parties making $50 a gig. Now he makes up to $9 million per picture–no rubber nose required.
That’s a lot of dishes
Dell Incorporated sells $60 billion worth of computers and services per year. But Michael Dell, the company’s founder, got his first work experience washing dishes at a Chinese restaurant for $2.30 an hour. He didn’t really need the money; he used it to fund hobbies like stamp collecting. To earn his currrent net worth of $15.9 billion at his former hourly wage, he would have to work for 2.4 million years.