Famous people who dropped out of school: celebrities and businessmen from this Top-10 have never graduated from the school, because the wanted to build their career.
10 celebrities with no secondary education and no regrets
Surprisingly, one doesn’t need to have a secondary education in order to be a star or earn millions. Nevertheless, it doesn’t mean that you have to drop out of school or make it the main goal of your life to chase fame and fortune rather than get an education.
We want to show you how genuine talent can create a unique way to be famous, so we prepared this list of rich and famous people who weren’t held back in their success by not graduating high school.
1. Robert Downey Jr.
This charismatic actor, incredibly funny person, millionaire and amazing father and husband dropped out of school when he was just 17. He was determined that he would become a famous actor. He survived the stereotypical sex, drugs and rock-n-roll lifestyle, managed to overcome his addictions, transforming himself in the real ironman.
2. Richard Branson
This British billionaire was considered a real “headache” by his teachers and principal. He had dyslexia and wasn’t able to completely understand what was being taught during classes. Richard Branson decided to drop out of school when he was 16.
Richard is famous for recalling the anecdote of when his principal told him that he had only two options: to finish the rest of his life in jail or to become a millionaire. These days we are fortunate to have this billionaire who owns a cellular company and a couple of personal islands.
This famous singer and Oscar-winning actress had so little interest in studying that she decided to drop out of school when she was 16, even though she was showing academic promise and perpetually getting the highest marks.
Starting out on her journey she worked as a dancer in various disreputable clubs. But she had to pass through that rocky period of her life to reach the halls of fame. And indeed she managed to reach it, all because she decided she wanted to be famous when she was a child.
4. Gisele Bundchen
Some fortunate people start building their careers at the age of 14! This model from Brazil is among these lucky ones. She was so popular that she simply had no time for school or studies. Well, we can confidently say that she made the right decision.
Nowadays, modeling her amazing body generates her dozens of millions of dollars every year.
5. Quentin Tarantino
This iconic filmmaker dropped out of school when he was around 15 or 16 years old (he claims he doesn’t even remember which). All his life he also dreamed only of building his future film career! Nevertheless, his first steps into the halls of fame were pretty awful: he had no choice but to work as a cashier at the Pussycat Theatre which was used to show cheap porn movies.
Still, all those problems couldn’t destroy his amazing talent from driving him to his future success. He never stopped dreaming up and writing down unbelievable film scenarios, and this clearly paid dividends, as ultimately he has ended up becoming one of the most awesome filmmakers in the entire world.
6. Charlie Sheen
This handsome actor, also the son of the famous Martin Sheen, was expelled from school following a giant scandal. It was just a couple of weeks before his graduation, however he was not attending classes and was making no progress in studies.
It was his incredible charisma and attractiveness alone that allowed him to become one of the most highly paid actors in Hollywood. Nevertheless, his life has constantly been riddled with scandals involving drugs and women.
7. Ryan Gosling
This iconic lover-boy didn’t want to drop out of school, but felt he had no choice. Since the age of 12 he had played major roles in numerous movies and TV-shows.
He was compelled to stop studying at the age of 17, because there was no time for classes in his busy filming schedule.
8. Johnny Depp
This unique and eccentric actor stopped attending classes when he was 16, and decided he wanted to become a rock star. However, after just two weeks of not attending school, Johnny changed his mind and returned to try and resume studying, but ironically, the principal of his school told him to instead pursue his dream.
And Johnny successfully did just that – he did start out playing in a rock band, even though it wasn’t too popular. But as we now know, not music, but acting became Johnny Depp’s real vocation.
9. Jim Carrey
This distinctive actor had a tough adolescence. He had to work most of the time to provide an income for his family, and this left him with no time for school or studies. At the age of 16 Jim realized that his real calling was to be a comic artist.
In order to reach his goal, he abandoned thoughts about attending school, left his family and even his homeland Canada. Jim decided to become a Hollywood star, and as we can see he was exceedingly successful in pursuing that.
10. Al Pacino
Before earning even average salaries for his acting talents, Al Pacino had to drop out of school and experience working in many different professions. His mother wasn’t happy with his life choices and she ultimately kicked him out of her house. It is claimed that the star of the Godfather even at one stage was practicing prostitution.
Surprisingly, the path to glory was indeed really tough and problematic for these celebrities. They even chose to sacrifice the opportunity of gaining the gift of an education, by dropping out of school, in order to devote themselves to their true calling!