Insurance to Celebrities


I was thinking the other day while watching a Tom Hanks film, “I wonder if he started out in the world of Insurance?”  OK, maybe I need a vacation or maybe the Heady Topper I was drinking went to my head a little faster than I thought, but Tom Hanks looks like the prototype insurance guy in a lot of his movies (think “Catch Me If You Can” or his newest, “Bridge of Spies”). So I did what we all do when we have to do some all-encompassing research on a topic: I googled it.

I didn’t necessarily think Brad Pitt, George Clooney or Bil Gates would pop up, and thankfully neither did any of the Kardashians (well, sort of), but I was a little surprised that there weren’t many names that I recognized from my “extensive” research. Here is the list of notable celebrities who started out in insurance:  Anne Rice, Tom Clancy, Colonel Sanders, and, wait for it, Caitlyn (formerly Bruce) Jenner.  Interesting group!  Clearly the world of insurance is keeping our captive stars engaged and happy, thus precluding them from becoming celebrities in some other obscure field, such as acting, writing and fried chicken.

VCIA has a number of captive celebrities participating in our next webinar on December 16. Captive Taxation: Trends and New Developments will include captive stars Tom Jones, Partner at McDermott Will & Emery, Chaz Lavelle, Partner at Bingham Greenebaum Doll, Dan Kusaila, Tax Partner at Crowe Horwath, and Art Koritzinsky, Managing Director at Marsh USA. These guys are the real deal. Go to to register today!

Thank you all very much, and I look forward to hearing from you.

Rich Smith
VCIA President


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