For most successful people, the road to the top wasn’t filled with luxury SUVs and supercars, and CEOs and founders are no exception. This list, compiled by iSeeCars.com, takes a look at the first cars owned by some top executives.
Former Chrysler CEO, Bob Nardelli:GT. Nardelli says his first car out of high school in 1966 was a Dodge Dart GT and that’s also the car he and his (now) wife rode in on their first date.
AutoNation CEO, Mike Jackson: Mercedes 190 SL. Jackson says his first car is the reason he is in this business, and we can see why. He had a 1959 Mercedes 190 SL with red interior and a silver top.
Former Volvo Cars of North America CEO, Anne E. Belec: A. Concerned about money, Belec opted for the lower-priced, 5-speed manual Tempo. She says she learned how to shift on the way home.
Virgin Group Founder, Richard Branson: A 1968 Morris Mini Minor.Branson may be flying high now, but just a few decades ago he was cruising around in his first car, a Morris Mini Minor.
Pres. & Editor in Chief of Automobile Magazine, Jean Jennings: 1957 Chevrolet Bel Air. Jennings says the car came from a friend when she was 17. It ran on three of its six cylinders and there were large rusted holes in the floor.
Costco CEO, Craig Jelinek: 1970 Mustang. Jelinek says he has had 6 cars his whole life and keeps them until they don’t run anymore.
Suncoke Energy CEO (Former GM CEO), Fritz Henderson: 1969. Henderson says he loved it because it was used and his dad bought it for him.
AutoMax Recruiting And Training CEO, Craig Lockerd: 1949 Willys Jeepster. Lockerd bought the car from his dad, a manager at a local Cadillac dealership, for $600.
Camelot CEO, Dianne Thompson: Vauxhall Viva. Thompson says the yellow Viva was purchased second hand and she was “very upset” when it went to the scrap heap.
Italdesign Giugiaro CEO, Enzo Pacella: Fiat 600. The CEO of the Italian design and engineering specialist drove a light blue Fiat 600 as his first car.