First jobs of big ones

Narayan-dhoni-piyus-kiranNarayana Murthy

The Infosys founder’s first job was with IIM, Ahmedabad, as its chief systems programmer.

Mahendra Singh Dhoni

Dhoni worked as a ticket collector in Kharagpur, West Bengal. When he first came to the city in 2001 and met the divisional railway manager of South Eastern railway, little did he know that the manager was scouting for a wicketkeeper-batsman for the Railways team. The rest, as they say, is history.

Kiran Mazumdar Shaw

Before she set up Biocon Ltd. she studied to become a brewmaster. She worked at Melbourne-based Carlton and United Breweries as a trainee brewer and as a maltster at Barrett Brothers and Burston in Australia.

Deepinder Goyal

The CEO and founder of Zomato first worked with Bain & Company, a leading management consultancy, where he spent four years. Goyal, who is an engineer, says that at Bain he learnt the importance of investing in people and hiring the right people.

Piyush Pandey

The executive chairman and creative director, south Asia, Ogilvy, first worked as a marketing executive and tea taster at TM & MC, a tea company in Kolkata in 1979. He earned Rs 800 per month. Pandey’s colleagues included young sportsmen like Arun Lal, Charu Sharma and Dr Vece Paes. This exposure to eminent people taught him to be comfortable with senior people.

Rahul Sharma

Sharma was an engineering graduate who hadn’t worked anywhere else when he set up Micromax with four friends. Today the company is one of the 10th largest mobile manufacturing companies in the world.

Captain Gopinath

Founder of Air Deccan, started his career with the Indian Army. Fresh out of Indian Military Academy, Dehradun, he reported to the 52 Mountain Unit, which was an artillery regiment in Sikkim when the India-Bangladesh war had just broken out.

Lloyd Blankfein

As the CEO of Goldman Sachs, Blankfein is one of the most influential people on Wall Street. He grew up in Brooklyn housing projects and worked his first job as a concession vendor at Yankee Stadium.

Richard Branson

Branson, the billionaire founder of the Virgin Group, says he and his best friend Nik Powell started breeding parakeets to sell to their classmates at 11 years of age. The birds started multiplying faster than they could sell them, so they then tried their hand in a different market. As Christmas approached, they bought small fir trees and hoped to sell them once they grew big — but rabbits destroyed the trees before they could grow

Warren Buffett

At the age of 14, Buffett spent his mornings del ivering copies of the Washington Post . That same year, he invested $1,200 of his savings into 40 acres of farmland.

Oprah Winfrey

Winfrey’s media empire made her the first female black billionaire in America. When she was living with her dad in the city of Nashville as a young teenager, she worked at a corner grocery store next to her dad’s barber shop.

Donald Trump

The American billionaire real estate mogul and animated television personality, grew up wealthy, but his father wanted him to learn the value of money. As a kid, his dad would take him to construction sites and have him and his brother pick up empty soda bottles to redeem for cash.