The infamous Napster developer Shawn Fanning is a college dropout that went on to make billions. Fanning left Northeastern University at age 19 and went on to create Napster in 1999. Napster revolutionized the world, becoming the first peer-to-peer file-sharing platform in history.
Even though the program took a while to be perfected and deal with the infinite amount of copyright lawsuits that came, Fanning managed to get out of the mud, keep programming and go on to fund several tech companies. The man is worth over $70 million nowadays.
Jay-Z is truly an admirable example of what can be achieved with hard work. Growing up in one of Brooklyn’s roughest neighborhoods, Jay-Z focused on his music and never looked back. He dropped out of high school at a young age and started recording hip-hop.
Nowadays, he is a billionaire recording artist, Grammy Award winner, businessman, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and family man. Not to mention he married Queen Beyonce and has a beautiful family with her.
The magical Julie Andrews has had an incredible career in the entertainment industry, spanning over 60 years. She is the daughter of two vaudeville performers, so a formal education wasn’t really possible since they were constantly moving around. Andrews left school at 15 years old, and even though she’s said she regrets not completing her education, at least she’s had a prolific career.
Andrews discovered her incredible vocal range during voice lessons with her dad. By the time she was 19, she was on Broadway. She went on to act in box-office classics like "Mary Poppins," "The Sound of Music," "The Princess Diaries," and more.
David H. Murdock
The owner and CEO of Dole Foods is not only a self-made billionaire, but he’s also a health nut and a plant-based diet advocate. David H. Murdock was born in 1923, and after dropping out of high school at the young age of 14, he went to work at a local gas station. At the age of 20, he was drafted into the Army.
Murdock came back to the U.S. and bought a diner in Detroit, selling it for profit some months later. That continued for decades until he founded the Dole Foods Company, which earned him a net worth of over $2.9 billion.
The Australian beauty and brilliant actress Nicole Kidman is one of the world’s most famous female celebrities. But before she became rich and famous, Kidman was forced to drop out of school at age 17 when her mother got sick with cancer. She needed to help with her family’s economic situation, so she left school and started working as a massage therapist.
Thankfully, her mother recovered, and Kidman went to college and then theater School, cementing the base of what would be a long and prosperous acting career.