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.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: American President.
Birthdate: February 12, 1809
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Hodgenville, Kentucky, United States
Died: April 15, 1865
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)

 2 Christopher Columbus

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

 3 Walt Disney

Walt Disney.
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Birthdate: December 5, 1901
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: December 15, 1966

 4 Benjamin Franklin

Benjamin Franklin.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Founding Father of the United States
Birthdate: January 17, 1706
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Milk Street, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: April 17, 1790
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
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 5 Thomas Edison

Thomas Edison.
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Famous As: Inventor, Businessman
Birthdate: February 11, 1847
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Milan, Ohio, United States
Died: October 18, 1931

 6 William the Conqueror

William the Conqueror.
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Famous As: King of England
Birthdate: 1028 AD
Birthplace: Falaise, France
Died: September 9, 1087
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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 7 Steve Wozniak

Steve Wozniak.
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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)
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 8 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)

 9 Srinivasa Ramanujan

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

 10 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)

 11 Coco Chanel

Coco Chanel.
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Fashion Designer
Birthdate: August 19, 1883
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Saumur, France
Died: January 10, 1971

 12 Andrew Jackson

Andrew Jackson.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: 7th President of the United States
Birthdate: March 15, 1767
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Waxhaws
Died: June 8, 1845

 13 Richard Branson

Richard Branson.
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Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: July 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Blackheath London
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 14 Henry Ford

Henry Ford.
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Listed In: Engineers
Famous As: Industrialist
Birthdate: July 30, 1863
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Greenfield Township, Michigan, United States
Died: April 7, 1947

 15 Rush Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh.
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Famous As: Radio Host, Political Commentator, Author, Former Television Host
Birthdate: January 12, 1951
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cape Girardeau, Missouri, U.S
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 16 Rachael Ray

Rachael Ray.
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Listed In: Food Experts
Famous As: TV Personality, Celebrity Cook, Author
Birthdate: August 25, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Glens Falls, New York, United States
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)

 17 Larry Ellison

Larry Ellison.
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Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Founder of Oracle
Birthdate: August 17, 1944
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)

 18 Russell Simmons

Russell Simmons.
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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)
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 19 Dustin Moskovitz

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

 20 Wolfgang Puck

Wolfgang Puck.
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Listed In: Food Experts
Famous As: Chef, Restaurateur
Birthdate: July 8, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sankt Veit an der Glan, Austria
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 21 J. M. Coetzee

J. M. Coetzee.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist, Author, Essayist
Birthdate: February 9, 1940
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cape Town, South Africa
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 22 David Geffen

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

 23 Ingvar Kamprad

Ingvar Kamprad.
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Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Business magnate
Birthdate: March 30, 1926
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Agunnaryd

 24 Dave Thomas

Dave Thomas.
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Listed In: Business People
Famous As: American businessman
Birthdate: July 2, 1932
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Atlantic City, New Jersey, USA
Died: January 8, 2002

 25 Mark Brandon Read

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

 26 George Eastman

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

 27 Vidal Sassoon

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

 28 Shawn Fanning

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

 29 Roy Bean

Roy Bean.
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: Justice of the Peace & Saloonkeeper
Birthdate: 1825 AD
Birthplace: Mason County
Died: March 16, 1903

 30 David Ogilvy

David Ogilvy.
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Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: June 23, 1911
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: West Horsley, Surrey, England
Died: July 21, 1999

 31 Henry J. Kaiser

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

 32 Kemmons Wilson

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

 33 W. Clement Stone

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

 34 Bram Cohen

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

 35 Julian Eltinge

Julian Eltinge
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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)

 36 Daniel Drew

Daniel Drew
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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

 37 Shen Congwen

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

 38 Phil May

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