You Won’t Believe Who Dropped Out Of School And Got Famous!


School is a social obligation… People think the educational system should change…

Are we teaching our kids the real stuff?

Or are we teaching them to repeat the same information over and over again?

A kid that doesn’t go to school is going to turn into a disaster! People always think the worse…

But, not going to school doesn’t mean being poor and dumb! The following famous people showed us that not going to school doesn’t mean any of those things!

These people dropped out of high school… Some of them didn’t go to school at all! And guess what? They still managed to get filthy rich…
Some of them even changed the world! For example, number 1… you won’t believe it!

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25. Li Ka Shing.

This billionaire owns Hutchinson Whampoa, one of the largest conglomerates in Hong Kong.

He dropped out of school at the age of 15 and started out by selling watch bands.

Watch bands people… FREAKING WATCH BANDS.

The next school drop out is always talking about how school sucks!

24. Richard Branson

This businessman is well known for his adventurous spirit and bold business tactics. He’s the founder of the Virgin Group which holds more than 200 companies.

He dropped out of school at the age of 16 and decided to start his first successful business: Student Magazine. By the time he was 24 he already had his very own 79-acre Caribbean island. Not so bad huh?

23. Henry Ford

This billionaire was born so poor that he never actually went to school… at all.

Still, he managed to build Ford Motor Company and become one of the richest men that ever lived.

Our next millionaire wasn’t born poor but almost got poor when following his dream!

22. David Karp

Karp abandoned elite Bronx High School of Science at the age of 15.

His mother advised him to “focus on computers”, so he did.

He developed Tumblr, in 2007 in the back bedroom of his mother’s modest Manhattan apartment. After that, this young genius started making lots and lots of money.

I’m a regular Tumblr user… What about you?

21. Quentin Tarantino

Tarantino was a regular student at Narbonne High School in Harbor City.

But school wasn’t interesting enough for him, so he dropped out at the age of 15 and started working as an usher at an adult film theater.

While working at the Video Archives in his early 20s, he developed the scripts for “True Romance” and “Natural Born Killers”.

Then in 1992, “Reservoir Dogs” became an instant success and his life changed forever!

Just like those people. If you like writing, you should probably start getting serious about it.

20. Walt Disney

The man that gave us Disney World dropped out of high school at 16. He was considered the most influential animator because of his creativity with cartoons.

Nowadays, his company has an annual revenue of about $30 billion.

Don’t you ever underestimate creativity folks!

19. Ray Kroc

I’m sure this name doesn’t ring a bell, but… In 1961 this man bought McDonald’s for $2.7 million and turned it into a multi-billion dollar company…

He actually never saw the four walls of a school and spent most of his life working as a salesman.

Dropping out of school doesn’t mean you won’t be working hard… It just means that you’ll have more time to do it!

Next one gave you a lot of cute and cheap furniture… so you should be thankful he dropped out of school!

18. Ingvar Kamprad

This man was a billionaire and founder of  the top home furniture retailer in the world. With over 90,000 employees working in its 200-plus stores.

Annual revenues in excess of $10 billion…

We are talking about IKEA’s founder who dropped out of high school at the age of 17…

I’m sure you’ll be looking at your night table a little bit different now, won’t you?

17. Coco Chanel

This fashion magnate gave us the sweet and delicious fragrance Chanel N° 5… But, you will never guess that she was raised by nuns that taught her the art of sewing.

She never formally attended school…

But this didn’t stop her from becoming famous and leaving her mark in history…

Next this famous singer dropped out of school and said a little prayer for you…

16. Aretha Franklin

She was a child prodigy that recorded her first tracks at age 14…

She dropped out of high school when she was only 15 years old to care for her first child…

Still, this didn’t stop her from receiving lots of honorary degrees from universities like Harvard, Princeton, Yale, and the Berklee College of Music.

She has 18 Grammys under her belt, and in 1994 she was honored with a Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award.

No school and teenage pregnancy didn’t stop this woman from achieving her goals!

Next: Rosemary’s Baby and the $5,000 hair cut.

15. Vidal Sassoon

This man was a famous hairstyle that got paid $5,000 to fly across the Atlantic and cut Mia Farrow’s hair for the movie Rosemary’s Baby.

Sassoon lived in a Jewish orphanage until the age of 11. When he was 14 he left school and worked as a hairdressing apprentice… In 1960 he had his own salon and invented the “bob” look.

Also, he was the official hair stylist for the Olympics and his wealth is estimated to be $130 million dollars!

This proves that any job can bring you fame and fortune if you’re good enough at it!

Next famous drop out is one of my favorites!



14. Jim Carrey

One of our favorite comedians grew up in poverty in Ontario, Canada…

He dropped out of high school at the age of 16 to work as a janitor at a local factory…

For a while, his family lived in a VW bus! When things got better, they relocated to Toronto, where Carrey began performing on the local comedy circuit.

At the age of 18, Carrey found his first credit with TV series, “The All-Night Show.” It all got better after that.

Just imagine going from living in a bus to being a famous and beloved actor…

13. Johnny Depp

This famous actor dropped out of high school when he was 16 to pursue a music career…

He made his first film appearance in the horror classic “A Nightmare on Elm Street.”

We all know what happened next right? Fame, fortune and sexy ladies…

Dropping out of school and following your dream? Dangerous! But… he did it and turned out just fine!

Our next character was blonde… but definitely not dumb!

12. Marilyn Monroe

This acting icon spent a lot of time being passed around to different foster homes…

She got tired of being abandoned by her families and decided to marry her high school boyfriend… She dropped out of high school at the age of 16 and years later became a famous star…

All of this because she loved acting and worked hard to get roles…

Next Harry Potter is a shocker…

11. Daniel Radcliffe

This child star had a hard experience in West London schools…

He was taking acting classes and appearing on British television. He left school when his schedule began to fill up with acting gigs.

He temporarily used on-set tutors, but he admits he wasn’t very good at “the whole school thing”.

You probably know this next actor from movies like “Blue Valentine”and “The Notebook”…

1o. Ryan Gosling

This Canadian hottie didn’t finish high school in Ontario…

He dropped out of Lester B. Pearson High School in Ontario when he was 17 to pursue a career in acting…

… and thank God he did, right?

Next famous drop out followed the steps of her co-star in “The Mask”….



9. Cameron Diaz

This blonde sweetheart attended Long Beach Polytechnic High School in California but at 16 she left school to pursue a modeling career with Elite Modeling Management.

Her modeling connections approached her to act and at 22 she landed her first big role in the 1994 movie “The Mask,” alongside fellow high school dropout, Jim Carrey.

8. Christina Applegate

She had already appeared in several movies while she was in elementary school…

She attended Excelsior High School in Hollywood. But, she dropped out in her junior year and found success on the long-lasting series ”Married with Children.”

She was only 15 when she became Kelly Bundy!

Next one probably won’t surprise you…

7. Charlie Sheen

Sheen attended Santa Monica High School (with Sean Penn and Rob Lowe) but he was a terrible student!

He had really bad grades and attendance so he got expelled just a few weeks before graduation!

Next drop out saw school as a “Mission Impossible”… Can you guess who it is?

6. Tom Cruise

When he was growing up Cruise actually wanted to become a priest…

After participating in acting classes and performances throughout his childhood, he changed his mind and left high school at the age of 18 to pursue acting in New York.

Next up: Iron Man is really smart right? Do you think he finished high school?



5. Robert Downey Jr.

He already had a few acting credits to his name when he dropped out of Santa Monica High School in 1982..

He moved to New York and landed bigger roles in “Saturday Night Live” when he was only 16 years old!

Next famous drop out had a hard time after dropping out of school…

#tbt to me looking super cool at camp when I was 16.

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4. Seth Rogen

This amazing comedian had already co-written a rough draft of “Superbad” when he was only 14 years old!

He was a fan of stand-up comedy and he left Point Grey Secondary School in Vancouver to pursue a career in it…

The actor says that: “if you have a career in mind that isn’t academically oriented, then high school is probably not going to lead you to what you want to be.”

Next on the list: a school drop out that didn’t even bother to try school and doesn’t regret it!


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3. Drew Barrymore

At the age of 3, Drew Barrymore was already a big-screen actress…

When she was 7, she was cast as Gertie in “E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial.”

So, you can imagine childhood stardom got in the way of her education… Also, a series of drug and alcohol problems got her into rehab at the age of 13.

Fortunately, this actress was smart enough to leave all of her problems behind… She became a great actress that never needed school education to fulfill her dreams…

Next famous school drop out can speak 5 different languages… No school needed…



2. Giselle Bündchen

This wonderful and beautiful woman dropped out of high school at age 14 to pursue a career in modeling…

She’s considered “a student of the world”… Without attending school she knows how to speak five different languages!

School is just an excuse… you can be smart and know lots of things if you really want to!

And finally… the most inspiring and ironical school drop out…

1. Abraham Lincoln

This remarkable historical character left school at 12…

He did this to help his family with their farm. You know what happened next?