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10 Famous Millionaire High School Dropouts!

Weather or not you need school to be successful and rich in life and 10 millionaires who dropped out of school and still became rich.

10 Of the Most Famous Millionaire High School Drop Outs!

Have you ever wondered just how important school is? Well according to everything we are taught as children there’s no way you can be successful in life without school. Although I do believe you need school for certain things like learning how to interact with people and reading and writing and so on, but is it absolutey really necessary to go to school for years in order to succeed? I don’t, and the list of the 10 celebrities here didn’t seem to need that much of school either to become successful and famous. Check this out, you might be pretty surprised who all dropped out and became highly successful. So let’s start with:

  1. Quentin Tarantino

    Writer and film director who is best known for his movies Pulp Fiction, Kill Bill Volume 1 and 2, Reservoir Dogs, From Dusk Till Dawn and many more was born March 27, 1963 and dropped out of High School in grade 9. Went on to become one of the most successful movie/writers in Hollywood today.

  2. Dave Thomas

    Best known for “Wendy’s” his chain of fast food restaurants was born July 2, 1932 in Atlantic City, New Jersey. Got his first job by the age of 12 and moved out and dropped out of school at the young age of 15 years old. Invested in KFC restaurant chain after meeting Col. Sanders in 1956 and became a millionaire by the age of 35 and by 1969 Dave Thomas had opened his first “Wendy’s” and the rest is history. Dave did end up graduating almost 45 years later in 1993 and finally died of liver cancer in Fort Lauderdale, Florida in 20012002.

  3. Johnny Depp

    Oscar nominated movie actor known for his TV show 21 Jump Street and many movies like Edward Scissor hands, Secret Window, Blow, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and many more was born on June 9, 1963 in Owensboro Kentucky, USA. At age 16 his parents divorced and shortly after Johnny dropped out of High School to go on to be a movie star making his millions and opening his own night club the “Viper Room”.

  4. Nicholas Cage

    Born Jan 7, 1964 movie actor Nicholas Cage best known for his movies Face Off, Gone in 60 Seconds, Rumble Fish and Fast Times at Ridgemont High and many others dropped out of Beverly High at the age of 17 years old. Went on to become ranked #37 in Premiere’s 100 Most Powerful People in Hollywood in 1998. Between the years of 1983 to 2004 Nicholas Cage had made $76,285,000 off only 12 of his films.

  5. Christina Aguilera

    Born Dec 1980 on Staten Island Christina was destined for fame. Early in high school Christina’s mother pulled her out of school to home school her because other kids where jealous of her new found fame. Christina has now moved on through life making a ton of number one songs on the charts and selling over 25 million records worldwide.

  6. Jim Carrey

    Born on Jan 17, 1962 in Newmarket, Ontario Canada dropped out of high school at the age of only 16 years old. Jim eventually moved on to do many movies and is best known for his work on Ace Venture, Brue Almighty, Number 23, Man on the Moon and many more. This Canadian dropout has won 2 Golden Globes, owns his own 25 million dollar plane and has made over $100,000,000 between the years of 1994 to 2003 off only 11 of his movies.

  7. John Travolta

    Long time movie star and Oscar nominated John Travolta was born Feb 18, 1954 in Englewood, New Jersey. Travolta dropped out of school at the young age of 16 and went on to building his career in movies. Travolta is best known for his movies like Look Who’s Talking, Saturday Night Fever, Grease, Wild Hogs, Face Off and many more. From the years 1994 to 2007 John Travolta had cleared over $100,000,000 from only 15 films he’s been in.

  8. Chris Rock

    Born on February 7, 1966 in Andrews South, California had a real rag to riches story. Rock ended up dropping out of school at the age of 17 to pursue his dream of being a comedian. Chris Rock has appeared in a number of movies like CB4, Down To Earth and also known for his TV show “Everybody Hates Chris”. Between the years of 1987 to the year of 1998 Chris Rock had made about $2,011,600 off his older films and this does not include recent films he has been in.

  9. Tom Petty

    Tom Petty famous musician from many bands but best known for “Tom Petty and the Heart Breakers” was born October 20, 1950 in Gainesville, Florida had dropped out of high school at the age of 17 to join the band “Mud crutch”. After years of writing and producing music Tom Petty had made millions and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame in 2002.

  10. Joe Pesci

    Movie star and Oscar winner Joe Pesci was born February 9, 1943 in Newark, New Jersey. Joe dropped out of high school somewhere between the ages 15-18 years old and is best known for most of his roles in gangster movies like Good Fellows, Casino, Raging Bull and other movies like Home Alone and many more. In 1998 Joe Pesci had made $3,000,000 alone from just his role in Lethal Weapon.

I guess in some degree you need some type of education to be somewhat successful but all of these celebrities have proven if you have the drive and a dream to go somewhere in life you can get there no matter how much schooling you might have. In my personal opinion if you can read and write then there is no reason why you can’t be successful in whatever you might pick to do with your life just follow your dream like these celebrities did!

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  1. Liane Schmidt

    On November 11, 2007 at 11:48 pm


    Great article. I am always interested in learning about the millionaires & billionaires in this world. One day you & I will be one!!

    Best wishes.

    Sincerely,

    -Liane Schmidt.

  2. whitster9

    On November 26, 2007 at 11:35 am


    First off you proven your point that education is apparently not important to you as you have numerous writing and grammar errors in your site. Secondly a site like this is dangerous, considering that the national average graduation rate is 60% or less. Sure the people listed above are talented, but not everyone in this world is meant to be a celebrity millionare. I noticed only one of the 10 listed was not an actor or musician. I fear that sites such as this, with information you provided encourage children to make decisions they might regret

  3. whitster9

    On November 26, 2007 at 11:42 am


    PS- “weather” should be “whether,” and I’m just curious as to what your credentials are? Are you with a legitimate news organization?

  4. Carolyn Smagalski

    On January 13, 2008 at 10:34 am


    How sad it is that so many people live in a fantasy world of what it takes to become a millionaire. It is nice that you did some research, C. Nicholson, but we can see where your interests are…in front of the boob tube, eating at fast food joints, and listening to your iPod. Maybe you found this list in People Magazine, but your own interests don’t even seem to tip-toe outside, into the realm of Time, Wired, Entrepreneur, or the New York Times. How many high-school dropouts live in low-income situations, thinking they can become rich if they would only win the lottery? The world population in 2007 was 6,602,224,175. You named 10 people. Should I be convinced?

    Only HARD work, total dedication, experiencing failure-after-failure, learning to choose well, and unwavering perseverance can get you into the above list. Don’t try to tell kids that they will be fine if they just drop-out.

  5. C. Nicholson

    On February 10, 2008 at 11:50 pm


    Where do you ignorant people get off? Really, you guys have that much time on your hands to read my work and opinions then comment on them with your rude ignorant opinions. Get a life people this was merely a piece for entertainment purposes. To those of you who enjoyed it thank you very much but to the rest of you ignorant, degrading people get a life and use your time a little more constructively and keep your rude opinions and comments to yourself!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  6. lovely

    On February 13, 2008 at 1:22 am


    This article you created is just incredible! It really gives people the courage to go out and achieve their dreams. With a some effort and time people can strike gold. Although some of the actors got big breaks from people who gave them a chance.

  7. Joseph M.

    On March 10, 2008 at 9:55 am


    I will certainly use this information. I have been heading a movement for years to help children see the uselessness of formal schooling. As a middle school teacher, I tell my students everyday that their attendance is pointless and only leads to increased tax budgets. I think this article will help get a few of the stubborn ones to finally listen and drop out. Formal education should be left for the socially retarded who can’t function without useless structure. Thank you for this research, I will publically release it to my districts board meeting this month. Thanks!

  8. Matt

    On April 17, 2008 at 1:28 am


    THIS IS LAME… THEY’RE ALL MOVIE STARS!!! UM, LIKE, ANYONE ELSE? ANYONE…? NO! YOUR ODDS OF BECOMING A MOVIE STAR ARE THE SAME AS WINNING THE LOTTERY. GO BACK TO SCHOOL LOSERS!

  9. dleonov

    On April 28, 2008 at 6:55 am


    Here is another list of most successful millionaires who where school/college dropouts: http://makemoneysuccesssecrets.com/blog/2008/04/1.html

    And not moview stars at all… People like Walt Disney, Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and more…

  10. Rapidfire

    On May 3, 2008 at 4:41 pm


    Well said C. Nicholson and Lovely… And get a life..Whitsler9 if you still can.. I find this article informative and interesting…

  11. Oldschool

    On May 3, 2008 at 4:51 pm


    Life is hard enough without having to drop out of high school..

    Oh, Cameron seek medical help ASAP you need it!

  12. Education can be out of school

    On May 11, 2008 at 2:24 am


    Funny we just were talking about this at my nieces’ birthday party.
    Education can be obtained outside of the formal structures of schools. The old master and apprentice relationships used to work wonderfully. Now it’s more about money and especially in the case of student athletes.

    One thing that many people that didn’t go to college and became successful have in common is the lack of debt, giving them the freedom to pursue their dreams. Not just financial debt but emotional debt to whomever paid for their college education or supported them while they attended.

    Imagine if you had little responsibility and could train, practice, experiment hour upon hour each day.

    Imagine if you could take a “job” that paid low but was doing something you love, that later allowed you to obtain more income because of the exposure and/or networking from that “job”.

    What do you determine success as? Income? Strippers can make $1,000 a day, that’s more than many MBA’s, Lawyers….

    Not that I find anything wrong with that profession. It’s just an example of income and personal beliefs.

    Many people over the age of 60 and those before them had today’s equivalent education of an 8th grader. They certainly produced many “successful” people and pioneers, industry giants of the world.

  13. Porsche&Lexus-Man

    On May 15, 2008 at 3:42 am


    Good website, good article and good opinion Nicholson…everyone can be successful, be very modest in your speech, but exceed in your actions. To whitster9 instead of wondering the credentials, you should wonder what is your net worth. To everyone else best of luck and best wishes!!

    P.S. Porsche and Lexus definitely exceed expectations

  14. Talitha

    On May 23, 2008 at 10:14 pm


    To those of you who think that this article is somehow giving young people permission to leave school, I would like to think I have more faith in them not to do so based on reading some random article.
    This article in my personal opinion is wonderful. I am 20 years old, I left school when I was 17 because I became very ill, I just wasn’t coping.
    My passion and skills are creative and although I consider myself to be very smart, academics is not where my heart lies.
    I have big dreams and to all those who say I can’t,well this article and many other amazing successful people out there prove otherwise.
    Don’t get me wrong, education is absolutely important but
    it’s not everything.
    I think we should stop judging people based on their credentials, and start looking at who they are. You can’t take your money and credentials with you when you die, doesn’t that say enough? We miss what is really of importance, the things that man values in this world God does not.
    It isn’t about education, it’s about following your heart, wherever that may lead and living out you God given destiny!
    Blessings to all those searching for who they are and what they are called to do.
    Talitha

  15. Bianca Montecatine

    On July 14, 2008 at 11:30 pm


    You know what , I would love to thank you for this ! Everyone bashing you are obviously just jelous because they aren’t living the dream lives we others are. Real education is learning how to live life – learning what makes you enjoy the temporary time we have here . Enjoying experiences with others , traveling the world and learning new things. So much importance is placed on school , people forget the meaning of real life . School is something that is good for people who have no dreams – who want to live in autopilot – wake up everyday to the same boring job , to the same boring life , with the same bills to pay , and the same meals to prepare. On the other hand – we have people who want to experience real life , where diplomas on the wall don’t cut it . Sorry but i would rather die with a life full of great memories and be able to say i experiences true freedom . If you would rather die with the opportunity of saying you got to leave this world with diplomas and have the chance to mention that YOU FINISHED HIGHSCHOOL , please – be my guest . but please dont bash the others who see more to life .

  16. IDiots

    On August 19, 2008 at 8:24 am


    There are other sites which list more than just celebs. Also, i guess you guys don’t get the joke of whether and weather: it is quite obvious he is not being serious.

  17. nice

    On August 19, 2008 at 6:02 pm


    Haha “good fellows” nice list, would like to see others that aren’t entertainers though. Good stuff

  18. Naomi Nataret Olivo

    On September 1, 2008 at 11:16 am


    Ahh, I agree ith Bianca. What’s life? What do I want my life to be? I can well, drop out and, STILL, (with a well organized schedule) prepare for the things that I’m intereted in.

  19. Jack

    On September 9, 2008 at 9:50 pm


    money matters rather then education! I guess its all about luck aye.

  20. MM

    On October 22, 2008 at 9:51 am


    Awesome article Nicholson. Keep up the good work.

  21. Amanda

    On November 6, 2008 at 3:54 pm


    I’m glad I found your article. I did graduate high school and have a college diploma, however I have been looking for a sight that tells of those who are successful who did not graduate. The reason behind my search is that I have a 10 year old daughter who was having difficulty in school. Some of these teachers, honestly, make these kids feel like failures. If they can’t grasp the concept immediately, they are left behind and made to feel stupid not only by their teacher, but their classmates also. I have told my child to try her best and study, but I wanted to find these people who have succeeded on their own to give her examples of people who made it despite not having a diploma. I have taken her out of school and am now homeschooling and her attitude and outlook have improved greatly. We no longer are up crying at 11 at night trying to finish homework that the teacher never goes over anyway! I don’t plan on letting her drop out, but I wanted her to see examples of what she can achieve if she puts forth the effort. Thanks for a great article.

  22. Alpha

    On November 6, 2008 at 10:57 pm


    I don’t understand these people here who wrote something like that “why did you write that, why do you tell children to drop out?”. I think everybody uses his/her own judgement, blog’s writer only shows examples of people who dropped out and have succeeded in life. Hey, they DO exist! Tarantino lives! This is a FACT!.

    Well, right, drop out is not enough. You need the passion also. Something you love to do, and you are good at this.

  23. dropout

    On December 28, 2008 at 9:55 pm


    I am not famous. I did “drop out” of high school. I never completed high school, and do not have a diploma. I started a successful real estate investing company, and although not rich, I make a six figure income. School does not teach you everything. I admit I dropped out for work, but was a straight A student most of my life. A diploma means nothing. Just never stop learning, and never give up. No piece of paper can teach you that!

    Please understand I am not saying anyone should drop out of school, but my opinion is that school teaches us to work for someone else, not create our own future. Be cautious, but follow your heart, and never look back. It can be a long road, but if you know where you are heading, don’t stop until you get there.

  24. Smart Dropouts

    On January 23, 2009 at 10:59 am


    Although I got bored with school as a freshman and never finished, I consider myself to be a very smart man. School is not for everyone although I would like my own kids to at least finish high school. I have gone through a lot of tough times in my life and have made a lot of mistakes, but at a young age I started a service industry company that at the age of 30 is now worth 2.25 million dollars. It’s not the path I would suggest but it has been traveled.

  25. HoodRat

    On January 30, 2009 at 6:32 pm


    whitser you’re obviously uneducated because your comment contains many errors too

    “..numerous errors in your site” ON your site you moron

    Peace

    PS Your argument is weak

  26. San

    On February 10, 2009 at 11:16 pm


    Author: If you cant take criticism do not write in a public forum.

  27. Zamorak

    On May 24, 2009 at 1:43 am


    Thanks man! I really needed some (good influential) famous, and rich people who never completed high school for my debate and rebuttal!

    By The Way (BTW) where did you get this information from?

    I wonder how these rich people copped, and it is amazing and weird to think that every single one of them is an actor, singer or entertainer. There HAS got to be a LINK?

  28. Valentin

    On May 25, 2009 at 5:24 pm


    http://www.angelfire.com/stars4/lists/dropouts.html

    You will se a longer list of those who succeeded in life. (from Romania)

  29. random

    On June 20, 2009 at 8:31 pm


    thanks for information. very useful. am doing a speech on school and knowledge, shall use as examples.
    great research

  30. LNSu

    On June 26, 2009 at 11:09 pm


    I am not criticizing I believe education is what is important, not the where you got it from, but if you put yourself out in public, you must expect haters. At least you have had enough ambition to actually do something.
    BTW where is the referencing so the claims can be factually backed up?

  31. luke the duke

    On July 8, 2009 at 10:32 pm


    Hey C. Nicholson,

    I think that your article is very good…
    In my perspective, you are just giving some examples of people that are successful and didn’t complete school. You are not crossing lines and saying that you should drop out of school, you are just showing some people to represent that you do not have to do all of the schooling to get a job, and a good one.

    The Duke

  32. 2paccc

    On July 21, 2009 at 8:32 pm


    tupac was a dropout 22222

  33. darkside27

    On October 31, 2009 at 8:59 pm


    good topic i feel if you have bigger and better plans go for it. In this world some student or old students are making more money then the teachers think about that. Good work.

  34. Jeff Jones

    On November 8, 2009 at 6:26 pm


    I think that most of the comments that bash this article is mainly due to the frustration of people with higher education who still did not find the “success” they want in their life. I am a high school drop out but I also worked very hard to get where I am now. I made a mistake dropping out of high school but without my education credentials, I was able move up the corporate ladder, buy a house by my self at the age of 26, own sports cars and motorcycles, and now I run a successful business full time. I just learned everything they taught in school from other sources but most importantly I learned to hustle. Something they unfortunately never teach you in school! Just like working 24 hour days and so forth… At the end, this article inspires hope for those that did leave high school to peruse other interests. It can be done, you can find success as a high school dropout, the odds might not be in your favour but and I am an example. I am also not a celebrity.

    Regards,
    Jeff

  35. My Own Boss

    On November 30, 2009 at 2:03 pm


    Diplomas are just scorecards that show other people your minimum knowledge. Obviously, they don’t show what a person really knows. No one ever makes it in this world without knowing something though. Value knowledge and look for ways to apply it, that is the road to success.

    I am a high school drop out that makes a seven figure income. I am far more successful than any of my former classmates, but I think I am the exception, not the rule. I wouldn’t advise anyone to quit school because it definitely offers advantages to the average person. At the same time, I would like to encourage anyone who finds himself in a situation that prevents him from furthering his schooling to look for his own way to better his life. Never give up hope and work hard. Keep your chin up and you can make it through life just fine.

    I dropped out and reached a degree of success. When it comes to my own kids, I plan to send them to the best schools they can possibly get into though. I don’t discount the benefits of an education, even though I made it just fine without one. Life is hard and anything that gives you a leg up on the competition should be pursued.

  36. My_Own_Boss

    On November 30, 2009 at 2:04 pm


    Diplomas are just scorecards that show other people your minimum knowledge. Obviously, they don\’t show what a person really knows. No one ever makes it in this world without knowing something though. Value knowledge and look for ways to apply it, that is the road to success.

    I am a high school drop out that makes a seven figure income. I am far more successful than any of my former classmates, but I think I am the exception, not the rule. I wouldn\’t advise anyone to quit school because it definitely offers advantages to the average person. At the same time, I would like to encourage anyone who finds himself in a situation that prevents him from furthering his schooling to look for his own way to better his life. Never give up hope and work hard. Keep your chin up and you can make it through life just fine.

    I dropped out and reached a degree of success. When it comes to my own kids, I plan to send them to the best schools they can possibly get into though. I don\’t discount the benefits of an education, even though I made it just fine without one. Life is hard and anything that gives you a leg up on the competition should be pursued.

  37. airam

    On January 26, 2010 at 4:28 pm


    oh. thank you very much for this information. these will give me a chance to win the debate! :D

  38. Jessica

    On February 4, 2010 at 8:00 am


    Wow, this article has changed the way i see myself i have dropped out of school for yes maybe silly reasons, but just when i thought my life is ruined along with my dream because of dropping out, i read this, i always believed that i could do anything if i really wanted it, my always repeatedly told me there\’s no such word as can’t.

    Thank you,

  39. Dmitriy

    On February 6, 2010 at 9:30 pm


    This is only for chosen ones!

  40. Fogutas

    On February 6, 2010 at 11:14 pm


    Who says Dropping out of high school is the end of Education?Dropping out of high school is just the beginning of another school,a real one this time.And thanks to the author for encouraging those who dropped out because if you are out off school ,it dont mean thats the end of life.And if you are a millionaire,it dont mean you should not learn .Million is not the height in life,dont be so comfortable like the corn worm,comfortable with living in the cob and forgettin that harvest time is inevitable and finding itself roasted or boiled together with the maize cob.

  41. gopal

    On February 27, 2010 at 11:24 am


    its not an excuse for students who are presently studying.studies is must.one should find himself.
    those who r dropout in schools and colleges must feel
    guilty.their situation they find themselves and work hard
    so they suceed.they must surely studied so many books
    experiences in their respective fields.so find u r field work and
    study inthat field.thats the correct way to understand.

  42. angel

    On March 17, 2010 at 12:02 am


    well my personal opinion is if you put your mind to it you will become a successful adult. Dropping out of high school doesn’t mean the end of your goals, not doing anything about it is a different story. There are so many opportunites, such as a GED, night school, or going back to school older. You are not alone. If you feel dropping out of school has been a issue, get a GED, or go to night school and finish your education. If you feel you want to futher your education more, go to college.Yes you can go to college with a GED. Do not limit yourself on other people standards or you would find yourself in a hole. Follow your dreams, ambitions, and heart. If you do that everything should go off smoothly. Think about what it takes for to achieve you goal, and you will find your answer.

  43. Mimi

    On April 4, 2010 at 12:58 pm


    Sweetheart, everyone you mentioned above is in te entertainment industry. There can only be so many people in that industry, and it is already hard enough to be succesful in it. So, if your going to pursue any career other than entertainment, consider getting educated. If your not, chances are, you will fail miserably. The popularized myth of getting rich without education rarely occurs. In my opinion, it better to be safe than sorry. Keep in mind though, education only gets you to the starting line, you have to do something in order to achieve your dreams. The best thing would be to do both, study as well as work hard. In matters of success, it good to dream but its also important to be realistic. To achieve success one must toil and work hard, most of the time that includes getting an education because for every succesful “uneducated” millionaire there is, there are probably hundreds more educated millionaires.

  44. Hilda

    On April 11, 2010 at 8:57 am


    I was a signal mom, raising my son on my own. Things were hard and I was sometime working 7 days a weeks. My son having ADHD, all children these days are being diagnosed with those symptoms,from my experience.Well I did sign my son out of school when he was 17. I even had tried sending him to his fathers twice,that didn’t help. His father was less active in his life. I was hoping he would be a professional baseball player,but my son was lazier when with his dad. My son had to go to school for GED and work to pay bord, if not working, help more around the house. I came here looking for stories of people that didn’t get a GED or Diploma. I did find that always trying, learn more, and focus on your dreams is very important. Even though some that are reading here on this site might have a negative outlook,some will find something positive about this site. Please don’t judge me if I have some misspelled words. I did finish High School, and I also went back to school for NIT, but without certs, and the on hands on, it’s really hard. So hard work and never given up is the key. Follow your dreams start out with exercising to get your day started and get out there, never give up.
    Good Luck to All reading here.
    God Bless

  45. Gilbert Gamra

    On May 19, 2010 at 10:17 pm


    I\’m 17 years old right now, and my life is officially ruined. I will never make anything of myself, i will spend the rest of my days in my humble cardboard abode beneath that famous hobo infested bridge that our parents always tell us about. Well, at least that\’s what my father told me. Earlier today, my father and I had a meeting with the high school guidance counselor and the principal, they stressed to me the importance of education, and how ill be eaten alive by society without it. My grades are terrible, and i mean terrible, I’m lowest ranked in my class and my GPA has managed to crawl down a dark hole that no rope or ladder could reach far down enough to redeem, but does that mean I’m worthless? How can a man that doesn’t know me decide what my fate will be? He cant, He is Not God. I told them of the big dreams i have for myself, but they told me that I’m being \”unrealistic\”, which i guess is a reasonable response coming from men of their status. I was told my whole life to stop dreaming and to just focus on my studies and become a doctor or a lawyer, is this the reason i feel so empty and failed? Is it possible, that the reason peoples dreams seize to come true is because we start to give in to the idea that we\’re all meant to live normal lives? Did they ever think that maybe the reason i don’t do good in school is because i don’t quite know what i want yet,and that i don’t know who i want to be? when someone has a goal, they can chase after it and choke the hell out of it when they finally reach it, but what if someone doesn’t know what they\’re after? How does one chase something that is invisible? My life right now is a mess, but I’m 100% ready for the long struggle ahead of me, I’m going to tear down that god damned bridge they speak of. Dear world, if you just cant satisfy societies hunger, simply spoil its appetite instead.

  46. L

    On September 19, 2010 at 1:30 pm


    Remember WORDS are POWERFUL!

  47. jun2

    On September 30, 2010 at 7:34 am


    very true!

  48. Barry Robertson

    On October 14, 2010 at 8:25 pm


    I like the topic, personally I believe in destiny . I firmly believe that all the aforementioned wealthy people who quote on quote dropped out . were they to have finished their education they would have still ended up wealthy. An individual can have all the prequalifications necessary but still end up scratching the border.
    If I am understanding it correctly , the question is whether it is necessary to have a full education in order to be wealthy, to which I would say no , but education is necessary to ensure that all have a fair shot at the pie. Its not how much you know but how well you use what you know.
    Best regards
    Barry Robertson
    Republis of Trinidad & Tobago

  49. ngowoman

    On October 15, 2010 at 11:19 am


    Cogratulations to them but when and how often do that happen? Its like threading on a rocky ground. tHEY ARE FEW in a million. This world is not design that way or they are at the right place at the right time guided by the right angel of wealth in every and any means possible to get to the top.Don’t say I told you their million did not come easy. So untill you see that opportunity, continue with your education.

  50. Ekong Usua, Nigeria

    On October 17, 2010 at 11:30 am


    One can make it howsoever. I’ve a law degree, a post qualification law degree, Entrepreneurship Certificate, Post Graduate Diploma Certificate in Theology and a certificate in Computer operations yet I still feel that I’ve achieved nothing. Sometimes I wonder whether it was worth it as I now manage a family owned business. I believe what someone said above that its not what you know that matters but how well you use what you know. Am I using what I know?

  51. James Henry Abrina

    On October 28, 2010 at 7:44 pm


    How I wish I can do that.

  52. The Misanthropist

    On January 14, 2011 at 5:51 pm


    Gilbert… i love u

  53. omar

    On February 10, 2011 at 9:49 pm


    this proves education is not everything faith to can change future but at this time u do need education for greater success

    L@UGH NOW CRY L@TER

  54. Wade.Macarthur

    On March 15, 2011 at 4:55 am


    i m doing a debate on \”do you need education to be successful\” and im on the negative sidethis website really helps

    Thanks

  55. Kay

    On March 22, 2011 at 12:57 am


    Hah, people who are bashing the fact that you cannot drop out of school because you need that piece of paper simply cannot overlook the myth that “School = Education”.

  56. Jess

    On August 29, 2011 at 12:38 am


    It’s still funny that it’s “weather” and not “whether”. If that was made in jest, perhaps you can edit this? Although there is much more to life than spelling and grammar, those are important if you want to be taken seriously.
    And I too, and blown away, that anyone puts Nicholas Cage in a “successful” category. Am I the only one that has seen his movies? LOL
    How are Bill Gates and Steve Jobs, two of the richest, if not THE richest, men in the world, not on this list??
    I get the point and school is only a fraction of the learning you’ll do in your life. I agree to a point providing you drop out because of a passion and a desire to try something else, not just because you’re lazy and don’t like homework/reading etc.

  57. Fredrick Onyango Okuto

    On November 7, 2011 at 12:58 pm


    Life depends on the away you perceive it no matter your academic prowess.Success can’t be determined by the number of degrees,diplomas or any form of certificates you possess,or rather its all about Tenacity,hard work and ability to break through the usual norms of life in a nutshell it’s all about being extraordinary.You see beyond the natural focal point of vision….!!!!!…So its now your right time to decide and remember the first of all to recognize Almighty God.Thanks a lot.

  58. Info

    On April 30, 2012 at 9:01 am


    Sorry, but becoming an actor is not a question of being smart, but lucky. Better examples are Henry Ford or Bill Gates.

  59. Career Counselor

    On June 6, 2012 at 3:20 pm


    Let me fill you in on the facts! This recession has cleaned the house on jobs for the High School dropout. That ship sailed and anyone who is a drop out better run as fast as they can and get into a GED class, pass it and get there certificate. Do you really think I can find a dropout a job that is anything more than a grease pit, on your feet all day long, constantly lifting 50+ pounds and rotating shifts to go along with all that fun. Seriously, do you know that the federal minimum wage is $7.25. Wake up. 1% of 1% of the dropouts got lucky…from a lot of help…from a lot of people! I have been doing my job 40 hours a week, for the last 5 years…I think I know what I’m talking about.

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