American fashion designer Ralph Lauren is one of the world’s most successful businessmen, with a net worth of $7 billion. Lauren dropped out of college after two years and never got his business degree. He has often joked about how he sold neckties to his mates in high school instead of focusing on schoolwork.
He knew he wanted to be a millionaire from a very early age, and so, after dropping out of Baruch College, he went to work for a tie manufacturer and convinced him to let him start his own line. At 28, Lauren was already selling ties under his own brand name.
Leandro Rizzuto was an American businessman that became a billionaire after co-founding the Conair Corporation. Conair became one of the world’s biggest sellers of health and beauty products for consumers and professionals, and it made Rizzuto a very wealthy man.
Rizzuto attended St. John’s University but dropped out after a short time to help his family set up a hair product business in their Brooklyn home. In 1959, he created Conair, with no more than $100 and a hot-air hair roller idea.
Famous Hollywood actress Hilary Swank dropped out of high school at 16 to study acting. In her 2007 role as a teacher in the film "Freedom Writers," she received a lot of criticism for portraying someone that encouraged their students to end their education.
Although Swank has said that she wishes she had finished high school, she did get her first acting debut at 18. She was cast as Kimberly in the 1992 film "Buffy the Vampire Slayer."
With a net worth of over $100 million, TV star Rachael Ray has made a business empire from her cooking. With her own show on Food Network, dozens of cookbooks, releasing her own magazine, and just being a savvy entrepreneur in the food industry, Rachael Ray is known country-wide.
Actually, Ray doesn’t have any formal culinary education. She never even went to college since she finished high school and went straight to work behind the candy counter at a Macy’s department store.
Where would we all be without Colonel Sanders’ spectacular fried chicken? Yes, a lot healthier, but not necessarily happier. After his father passed away when Colonel Harland Sanders was six years old, he became the default cook in the family since his mom spent her days working.
Sanders left school in 7th grade and worked as a salesman, a steamboat driver, a firefighter, and more. After some years, he earned a law degree and sharpened his business skills. This, combined with his life cooking experience, led him to found Kentucky Fried Chicken and amass a fortune during his life.