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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.

Albert Ueltschi, billionaire founder of FlightSafety International pilot training schools. He dropped out of the University of Kentucky to follow his passion, flying planes. After flying for PanAm for ten years, he founded FlightSafety.

Donald Eugene Ulrich, aka Don Rich, country music guitarist and fiddler. He quit college to join The Buckaroos. The band had 19 #1 country hits during the 1960s.

Al Unser, Sr., race car driver. He never attended college. He won the Indianapolis 500 four times and won the National Championship three times.

Kate Upton, model, equestrian, actress, fashion designer. She has not attended college.

Kate Upton on Career Goals: I always had career goals. And I figured out a path I wanted to take to accomplish those goals. If that meant calling the best modeling agency in the world, that's what it meant.

Edmund Urick, See Ed Ames.

Leon Uris, bestselling novelist. He dropped out of high school at the age of 17 to join the U.S. Marines.

Usher Raymond IV, multimillionaire singer, songwriter, actor, businessman. His first record sold over a half a million records before he had graduated from high school. He hasn’t attended college.

Dan Ushman, co-founder of SingleHop, a web hosting company. He dropped out of college during the first year to work on his first web hosting company, MidPhase.

Peter Ustinov, Oscar-winning actor. He dropped out of high school.

The College Dropouts Hall of Fame includes Albert Ueltschi, Don Rich, Kate Upton, Leon Uris, Dan Ushman, Peter Ustinov, and others Share on X

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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