What 19 of the most successful people in the world were doing in their teens and early 20s
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- When thinking about extremely successful people, it can be hard to imagine what they were doing when they were younger.
- By their 20s, many of the most successful people in the world were on the road to their future careers.
- Others, however, were just as lost as any other 20-something just starting out.
- We rounded up what 19 of the world's most successful entrepreneurs, TV stars, politicians, and more were doing in their teenage years and early 20s.
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It's easy to look at the most successful people in the world and wonder how on earth they got there.
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However, while some famous icons knew what they wanted to do and achieved success early on, others took a longer, more twisted journey to get to that point.
They may be rich, famous, or powerful now, but at the age of 20, things - for most - looked a little different.
Scroll down to see how 19 highly successful people got to where they are now, and what life looked for them in their late teenage years and early 20s. You might find you relate to some of their journeys.
This is an updated version of an article that originally ran on Business Insider UK.
Mark Cuban was fired for going over a CEO's head on a deal.
Kim Kardashian West organized celebrities' closets.
Serena Williams won her first Grand Slam title.
Ellen DeGeneres suffered a tragic loss and turned it into one of her most memorable career moments.
J. K. Rowling went to Elephant Fayre festival.
Bill Gates was busy writing computer code.
Jeff Bezos was flipping burgers.
Tina Fey worked at the YMCA.
Warren Buffett was rejected from Harvard.
Oprah Winfrey worked for a local radio station.
Jay-Z was on the rap scene.
Barack Obama went to Harvard Law School.
Arianna Huffington was president of the Cambridge Union.
Morgan Freeman was a struggling artist.
Mark Zuckerberg was building computer programs.
Richard Branson started his first business.
Hillary Clinton was at Yale Law School.
Andy Murray was playing tennis.
Elon Musk was making his own video games.
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