Despite the fact that the legalization of marijuana continues to grow across states, many people still imagine a burned-out pothead when they think of someone who gets high. But people who smoke aren’t just a bunch of absent-minded hippies. In fact, there are a growing number of successful business owners that smoke weed, and aren’t afraid to talk about it. Here are 7 such entrepreneurs for your consideration:
Best known as the three-term mayor of New York City, Bloomberg is also the CEO of Bloomberg, L.P., which specializes in financial software, data, and media enterprises. Although Bloomberg’s political position remains against legalizing weed, he has admitted to smoking the stuff. Okay, that’s an understatement. What he actually said when asked if he ever tried pot was, “You bet I did. And I enjoyed it.”
Past CEO of Men’s Wearhouse, Zimmer advertises that he is an avid pot smoker. In an interview with CNBC he announced, “I’ve been smoking marijuana on a regular basis for 50 years.” Apparently, he not only cares about loving the way he looks, but also, the way that he feels.
Sir Richard Branson
Founder of Virgin Group, which is comprised of over 400 companies, most notably Virgin Atlantic, and Virgin Records, Branson has been wildly successful, and even became a knight! Interestingly, he learned to roll his first joint with one of music’s greatest, Rolling Stone’s Keith Richards.
I know what you’re thinking. But she went to jail! Yes, but that had nothing to do with her smoking pot. Stewart is the founder of Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, and has been successful in the areas of publishing, merchandising, broadcasting, and e-commerce. But even with all of her high pressured jobs, she still needs to “decompress,” which is why she inhaled with Snoop Dog behind the scenes of the Comedy Central Roast of Justin Bieber. Oh, to have been a fly on that wall.
Jobs was, of course, CEO of Apple, Inc., and it was under his direction that iPods, iPads, and iPhones became an integral part of our daily existence. Were some of those creations the result of hazy days? Possibly, as this article suggests.
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