Famous People Who Were Once College Dropouts

There is always a sea of reasons behind dropping out of college; it could be reasons ranging from disinterest in pursuing a certain course to finding something else that they think is worth their time and effort. Most of the times, people tend to develop the instincts of dropping out of college due to the lack of funds that will help them earn that degree they hope for. And if it isn’t the lack of money to keep them going the factor for dropout, it could either be a sudden and unexpected emergency that’s behind this pitfall. But according to a survey, one of the biggest known reasons for pupils to bid farewell to their dreams of achieving a degree is because of the lack of funds to repay their student loans. Most of them leave their homelands to get a hold of that degree that could probably change their lives. But the mere costs of survival and the heavy book expenses turns out to become their greatest nightmares, ultimately leading to dropping out of college. But somehow, dropping out of college proved to be a boon in the lives of many- some even turning out to become billionaires! Though their story is motivational, solely depending on dropping out of college to become rich isn’t the way to go! Famous people like Bill Gates, Mark Zuckerberg, and Steve Jobs are living proof that sometimes choosing to start something afresh by halting a college degree can turn out to be a successful plan. Here’s a detailed look into the lives of many others who turned out to be just fine even after dropping out of prestigious colleges!

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 1 Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs.
16
Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Co-founder of Apple
Birthdate: February 24, 1955
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: San Francisco
Died: October 5, 2011

 2 Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga.
21
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: March 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Height: 5'1" (155 cm)

 3 Kanye West

Kanye West.
23
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper, Singer-Songwriter, Record Producer
Birthdate: June 8, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 4 Brad Pitt

Brad Pitt.
6
Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 18, 1963
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Shawnee, Oklahoma, United States
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 5 Tom Hanks

Tom Hanks.
8
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 9, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Concord, California, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 6 Clint Eastwood

Clint Eastwood.
16
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 31, 1930
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)

 7 Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg.
34
Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Chief Executive Officer of Facebook
Birthdate: May 14, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: White Plains, New York, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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 8 Mila Kunis

Mila Kunis.
8
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 14, 1983
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Chernivtsi, Ukraine
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)

 9 Anne Hathaway

Anne Hathaway.
8
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 12, 1982
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 10 Bob Dylan

Bob Dylan.
15
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer & Songwriter
Birthdate: May 24, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Duluth, Minnesota, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 11 Charlie Chaplin

Charlie Chaplin.
6
Birthdate: April 16, 1889
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Walworth, London
Died: December 25, 1977

 12 Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres.
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: January 26, 1958
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Metairie
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 13 Ashton Kutcher

Ashton Kutcher.
6
Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Actor, Producer, Model, Investor
Birthdate: February 7, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cedar Rapids, Iowa, U.S.
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 14 Matt Damon

Matt Damon.
4
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 8, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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 15 Tiger Woods

Tiger Woods.
6
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Golfer
Birthdate: December 30, 1975
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cypress, California
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 16 Kate Beckinsale

Kate Beckinsale.
4
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 26, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: London, England
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 17 Steven Spielberg

Steven Spielberg.
4
Famous As: Filmmaker
Birthdate: December 18, 1946
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cincinnati
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 18 Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey.
17
Famous As: Media proprietor
Birthdate: January 29, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Kosciusko, Mississippi, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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 19 Channing Tatum

Channing Tatum.
2
Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Actor, Dancer, Producer
Birthdate: April 26, 1980
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cullman, Alabama, United States
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 20 Michael Fassbender

Michael Fassbender.
3
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 2, 1977
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Heidelberg, Germany
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 21 Bill Murray

Bill Murray.
2
Famous As: American actor
Birthdate: September 21, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Wilmette, Illinois, U.S.
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 22 Zooey Deschanel

Zooey Deschanel.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: January 17, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 23 Burt Reynolds

Burt Reynolds.
1
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 11, 1936
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lansing
Died: September 6, 2018
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 24 Cate Blanchett

Cate Blanchett.
2
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 14, 1969
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Melbourne
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 25 Bruce Willis

Bruce Willis.
5
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 19, 1955
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Idar-Oberstein, Germany
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 26 Ben Affleck

Ben Affleck.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 15, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Berkeley, California, United States
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)

 27 Simon Cowell

Simon Cowell.
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Famous As: Television personality
Birthdate: October 7, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lambeth, London, United Kingdom
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 28 Marisa Tomei

Marisa Tomei.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 4, 1964
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 29 F. Scott Fitzgerald

F. Scott Fitzgerald.
2
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist
Birthdate: September 24, 1896
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota, United States
Died: December 21, 1940
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 30 Eva Mendes

Eva Mendes.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 5, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Miami, Florida, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 31 Jessica Biel

Jessica Biel.
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Famous As: American actress
Birthdate: March 3, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ely, Minnesota, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 32 Julian Assange

Julian Assange.
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Famous As: Computer programmer
Birthdate: July 3, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Townsville, Australia
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 33 Owen Wilson

Owen Wilson.
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Famous As: American actor
Birthdate: November 18, 1968
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Dallas
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 34 Dustin Hoffman

Dustin Hoffman.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 8, 1937
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 35 Kristen Wiig

Kristen Wiig.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 22, 1973
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Canandaigua, New York, United States
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 36 James Cameron

James Cameron.
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Famous As: Filmmaker
Birthdate: August 16, 1954
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kapuskasing, Canada
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
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 37 Tyler Perry

Tyler Perry.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 13, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New Orleans
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)

 38 Ben Stiller

Ben Stiller.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: November 30, 1965
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 39 Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Joseph Gordon-Levitt.
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Famous As: Actor, Director
Birthdate: February 17, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 40 Richard Gere

Richard Gere.
4
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 31, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 41 Quincy Jones

Quincy Jones.
2
Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Musician, Conductor, Producer, Arranger, Composer, Film Composer
Birthdate: March 14, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 42 John Mayer

John Mayer.
2
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 16, 1977
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)

 43 Michael Keaton

Michael Keaton.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 5, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Heritage Valley Kennedy, Kennedy Township, Pennsylvania, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 44 Gene Hackman

Gene Hackman.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 30, 1930
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: San Bernardino, California, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 45 Yoko Ono

Yoko Ono.
3
Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: February 18, 1933
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tokyo
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)

 46 Steve Wozniak

Steve Wozniak.
3
Famous As: Co-founder of Apple Computer (Apple Inc.)
Birthdate: August 11, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: San Jose, California, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 47 Claire Danes

Claire Danes.
2
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 12, 1979
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 48 John Cusack

John Cusack.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 28, 1966
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Evanston, Illinois, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 49 Billy Bob Thornton

Billy Bob Thornton.
2
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 4, 1955
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hot Springs, Arkansas, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 50 J. D. Salinger

J. D. Salinger.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: January 1, 1919
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City
Died: January 27, 2010