Super-Successful Celebrity College Dropouts

Graduating from college sure does increase your chances of getting a great job and a good salary. But not enrolling to university doesn’t mean that you’ll end up with the worst possible jobs. With the right ideas and talent, anything is possible. Of course, getting a degree is always a good idea, but there is plenty of celebrities that only finished high-school and are now worth millions. Check out all of these stars that dropped out of college, but still managed to make a fortune. Don’t consider this as an encouragement not to get any further education, but if you have a dream you should definitely pursue it.

Mark Zuckerberg

Dropping out of Harvard turned out to be a good idea for Mark Zuckerberg. The founder of Facebook launched the popular website while he was a student at Harvard. He actually did it in his dorm room. The first purpose of Facebook was to be only used among students at the university, but it spread so fast, that Mark had to leave college right after sophomore year. He wanted to completely dedicate to his work so that was it with college. Today, he is the youngest billionaire in the world, with an estimated fortune of over $4 billion.

Super-Successful Celebrity College Dropouts Mark Zuckerberg

Ellen DeGeneres

You might not believe this, but Ellen dropped out of the University of New Orleans after only one semester. The comedian wanted to completely focus on her career and decided to leave university. Things weren’t as easy as she imagined in the beginning. DeGeneres had to work a number of different jobs including a vacuum salesperson and house painter. Eventually, she started doing standup shows at many different pubs and clubs, until her career skyrocketed. Back in the 1980s, Ellen appeared at several popular night shows, and in the 90s hosted her own sitcom. Today, DeGeneres has her own show with millions of viewers from all around the world. Her estimated fortune is around $400 million. Not bad for a college dropout.

Super-Successful Celebrity College Dropouts Ellen Degeneres

Oprah Winfrey

Yes, you read it right. Even Oprah dropped out of college. According to most Oprah is considered the most influential woman in the world. The thing you might not have known is that she didn’t even graduate from college. She was enrolled at the Tennessee State University but was asked to do a radio show on the Nashville station WVOL, so she took the opportunity. Shortly after that, Oprah started her own show, which turned out to be the highest-rated day talk show in the American history.

Super-Successful Celebrity College Dropouts Oprah Winfrey

Steve Jobs

One of the greatest geniuses of our time, Steve Jobs is just another college dropout. This mastermind was enrolled at Reed College in Portland but decided to leave only after one semester. After that he did some traveling and adventures, to eventually come back to the USA and found Apple with his friend Steve Wozniak. As a part of his education at Reed, Steve took a short calligraphy course that later served him as an inspiration to introduce different fonts on his first computers.

Super-Successful Celebrity College Dropouts Steve Jobs

Brad Pitt

Brad’s first career choice wasn’t acting. The popular star, first enrolled at the University of Missouri. He wanted to pursue a career in journalism, but that obviously didn’t happen. Shortly after dropping out, he started looking for acting jobs and soon became one of the most sought-about actors in the industry. Today he is an Oscar-winning actor and has a number of iconic parts on his resume. So in other words, things don’t always turn out the way you plan them to be. They get even better. With hard work and a strong will, anything can be.


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