5 CEOs Who Started In Sales

Whether you want to be the CEO of a large corporation, a successful founder or one of the best sales reps/managers at your company, sales is a skill you’ll tap in your entire career. Take it from these 5 CEOs who got their start in sales. 

Mark Cuban

Owner of the Dallas Mavericks, Investor

From software salesman to a billionaire by the age of 41.

Howard Schultz

Former CEO of Starbucks

From sales rep at XEROX at 25 to CEO of Starbucks by age 35.

Sara Blakely

Founder of Spanx

From door to door fax machine sales to founder and owner of Spanx with a net worth of US$1 billion.

Warren Buffett

American Investor

From selling securities to one of the world’s richest men.

William C. Weldon

Former CEO of Johnson & Johnson

From sales rep at Johnson and Johnson to CEO of the same company

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