Famous People Who Were Poorly Educated

And in that scenario, about 757 million around the globe are illiterate- both in developed and developing spheres of the world. By terming them under the poorly educated tag, it means that not only can they not read a book, they aren’t equipped with much knowledge to even read the labels on a medication prescription. Undeniably, education is important; and like the popular belief, the higher the education received, the more successful path you will lead. But for those who have never been to schools or even received minimal education, it is said and believed that those are the folks who are headed toward a torturous career lane. But looking at the Hollywood side of the illiteracy, mere ability to read is that last thing that makes an actor. Emotions and the desire to drive their actions to make their on-screen job look very much real is all that it needs to build a reputation and earn success. Creativity and artistic skills are what comes to play and no one really looks into the kind of advanced education pursued by the actors. Legends like John Lennon and Paul McCartney, Jimi Hendrix are some of the greatest songwriters of all time- neither of them could read music. Entrepreneur Henry Ford never went to school and actor Mark Wahlberg graduated high school at the age of 42; there are still so many names that have created a niche for themselves in this industry sans education. Keep reading and have your mind blown by some of the famous personalities who come under the illiteracy bandwidth!

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 1 Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln
64
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: 16th President of the United States (1861-1865)
Birthdate: February 12, 1809
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Larue County, Kentucky, United States
Died: April 15, 1865
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)

 2 Christopher Columbus

Christopher Columbus
93
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Explorer
Birthdate: October 31, 1451
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Genoa, Italy
Died: May 20, 1506

 3 Srinivasa Ramanujan

Srinivasa Ramanujan
57
Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: December 22, 1887
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Erode
Died: April 26, 1920

 4 Dustin Moskovitz

Dustin Moskovitz
12
Listed In: Engineers
Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: May 22, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Gainesville, Florida, United States

 5 Russell Simmons

Russell Simmons
3
Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Founder of the hip-hop music label Def Jam
Birthdate: October 4, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Queens, New York, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 6 George Eastman

George Eastman
3
Famous As: Inventor of Roll Film
Birthdate: July 12, 1854
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Waterville
Died: March 14, 1932

 7 Vidal Sassoon

Vidal Sassoon
1
Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Businessperson, Autobiographer
Birthdate: January 17, 1928
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: London
Died: May 9, 2012
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 8 David Geffen

David Geffen
6
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: February 21, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Borough Park, New York, United States

 9 Shawn Fanning

Shawn Fanning
0
Listed In: Engineers
Famous As: Computer scientist, Programmer
Birthdate: November 22, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brockton

 10 Kemmons Wilson

Kemmons Wilson
2
Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: January 5, 1913
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Osceola
Died: February 12, 2003

 11 Henry J. Kaiser

Henry J. Kaiser
1
Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Engineer, Entrepreneur, Philanthropist
Birthdate: May 9, 1882
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sprout Brook
Died: August 24, 1967

 12 David Ogilvy

David Ogilvy
1
Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Founder of Ogilvy & Mather
Birthdate: June 23, 1911
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: West Horsley, Surrey, England
Died: July 21, 1999

 13 Bram Cohen

Bram Cohen
0
Listed In: Engineers
Famous As: Computer scientist, Programmer, Blogger
Birthdate: October 12, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New York City

 14 W. Clement Stone

W. Clement Stone
1
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Businessman & Self Help Book Author
Birthdate: May 4, 1902
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: September 3, 2002

 15 Mark Brandon Read

Mark Brandon Read
6
Listed In: Criminals
Famous As: Criminal
Birthdate: November 17, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Melbourne, Victoria, Australia
Died: October 9, 2013

 16 Julian Eltinge

Julian Eltinge
0
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 14, 1881
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Newtonville, Newton, Massachusetts, United States
Died: March 7, 1941
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 17 Daniel Drew

Daniel Drew
0
Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: July 29, 1797
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Carmel Hamlet, New York, United States
Died: September 18, 1879

 18 Shen Congwen

Shen Congwen
0
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: December 28, 1902
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Fenghuang, China
Died: May 10, 1988

 19 Phil May

Phil May
0
Famous As: British caricaturist
Birthdate: April 22, 1864
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Wortley, England
Died: August 5, 1903