What 15 of the Most Successful People in the World Were Doing in Their Teens and Early 20s

They may be rich, famous, or powerful now, but at the age of 20, things — for most — looked a little different.
8.Tina Fey worked at the YMCA
Arianna Huffington

In her 20s, co-founder of The Huffington Post and businesswoman Arianna Huffington was studying economics at the University of Cambridge. There, she became the first foreign, and third female, President of the Cambridge Union

9.Morgan Freeman was a struggling artist
Morgan Freeman

Now, Morgan Freeman is one of the most famous and sought after actors in Hollywood. However, it wasn't always the case. Freeman worked very hard to get to where he is now.

10.Mark Zuckerberg was Building Computer Programs
Mark Zuckerberg

Facebook CEO and co-founder Mark Zuckerberg got into building computer programs at a young age. At age 12 he used Atari BASIC — a programming language — to create a messaging program that he called "Zucknet." In his early teens at high school, Zuckerberg built another program called Synapse which learned your music taste, according to Funders & Founders. Microsoft offered to buy it for $1 million (£772,857), but he declined the offer.

11.Richard Branson started his First Business
Richard Branson

Richard Branson is the founder of the Virgin Group, which owns over 200 companies in more than 30 countries worldwide. He started his first company when he was just 17 years old after dropping out of school at age 16, according to Biography.com.

12.Hillary Clinton was at Yale Law School
Hillary Clinton

Presidential candidate Hillary Clinton was destined for big things from an early age. She gave the commencement address at her graduation from Wellesley College in 1969 at the age of 22, and later attended Yale Law School.

13.Andy Murray was doing what he does Best
Andy Murray

Tina Fey, the brains behind "Mean Girls" and "30 Rock," was really into theatre at college, but she didn't get into comedy writing until years after she graduated.

14.Elon Musk was making his own video games
Elon Musk

At age 12, the PayPal, Tesla Motors, and SpaceX founder Elon Musk had written code for a space-based video game called Blastar. In 2015, a software engineer at Google turned it into a working game, according to The Verge.

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