As accountants, we stand on the shoulders of celebrity giants! Or almost do, should things have been different for a selection of celebrities.

1. Venus Williams

The former no.1 in women’s tennis pursued a degree in Business Administration at Indiana University. On her accounting past, she once said: “I have to say accounting almost killed me.” Yeah, Venus? Well, tennis almost kills us!

2. Mick Jagger

The frontman of one of the UK’s biggest ever bands, Mick Jagger studied Accounting and Finance at the London School of Economics. Spoiler alert; he never completed his training and if he had as big an impact on accounting as he did the 60s with the Rolling Stones, who knows where we’d be!

3. Janet Jackson

If multiple platinum records and five Grammys never came her way, Janet Jackson states to this day: “if I wasn’t singing, I’d probably be an accountant”. Can you image?

4. Eddie Izzard

Eddie Izzard, an unsuccessful accounting student? Now that’s funny… it’s true! As the son of an accountant, Eddie studied Accounting and Financial Management at Sheffield University. Of course, it didn’t work out, but would you rather be a successful accountant or one of the most famous British comedians of our time? We’re not telling which we would prefer… Nerdy

So there’s the proof. Only really exciting people pursue a career in accounting and only the most exciting ones make it!