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Famous, Rich, and Successful People Who Were High School or College Dropouts

You don’t have to go to college to be a success. Even if you go for awhile, you don’t have to graduate to be a success. Here are just a few of the people who have become famous and/or successful without graduating from college and/or high school.

Marian Bayoff Ilitch, billionaire co-founder of Little Caesars Pizza, owner of MotorCity Casino, philanthropist, owner of Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers. She never attended college. With her husband Mike, she founded Little Caesars Pizza.

Mike Ilitch Sr., billionaire co-founder of Little Caesars Pizza, philanthropist, owner of Detroit Red Wings and Detroit Tigers. He graduated from Cooley High School in Detroit, Michigan, and went on to serve in the U.S. Marine Corps for four years. He never attended college. After playing semi-pro baseball for four years, he and his wife founded Little Caesars Pizza.

Don Imus, national radio host, bestselling book author. He dropped out of college after a week.

Famous, Rich, and Successful People Who Were Dropouts: Mike Illitch Sr, Don Imus, Julie Inouye, Kathy Ireland, Gregory Isaacs, Burl Ives, Brendan Iribe Click To Tweet

Julie Inouye, actress, singer, health care advocate. She dropped out of Chico State University after dancer Harold Lang told her that she should be in New York or Los Angeles (after he had heard her sing).

Kathy Ireland, model, actress, CEO of Kathy Ireland Worldwide, book author. She admits that she barely graduated from high school. She did not attend college, but now runs a multi-million dollar licensing and product creation business.

Kathy Ireland: But I look at failure as education. In that respect, I am so well-educated.

Brendan Iribe, co-founder and CEO of Oculus VR (virtual reality) which he then sold to Facebook for $2 billion. He dropped out of the University of Maryland.

Gregory Isaacs, reggae singer. He never attended college.

Burl Ives, Oscar-winning actor, folk music singer. He dropped out of Eastern Illinois State Teachers College (now Eastern Illinois University) during his junior year. As he was sitting in an English class listening to a lecture on Beowolf, he realized he was wasting his time and walked out of the class and out of college.

If you know of any other famous, successful, or rich people who did not graduate from high school and/or college, please comment below. Thanks!

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