Tech CEOs’ first jobs: Licorice maker, housekeeper, scuba diver and more

Before their corporate jobs, many tech CEOs got their hands dirty, scrubbing oils stains off asphalt, cleaning bathrooms, and shoveling monkey cages. Here are their stories.

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When Bill Morrow was nine years old, he started selling strawberries to earn money for a ping-pong table. By 12, he’d started a lawn-mowing service. At 15, he went to work at a monkey farm. “My job for the first few months was shoveling out old pebbles from the cribs and shoveling back in new pebbles. Then I began to feed the monkeys, and over time I came to be a physician’s assistant of sorts and would participate in the treatment of the monkeys,” Morrow says. “I’m one of the few people who worked there for multiple years and still have all my digits.”

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