Successful Celebrities Who Never Finished High School

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Simon Cowell

The music executive and TV personality left school at age 16 but rose to fame as a judge on talent shows like American Idol and The X Factor.


Ellen DeGeneres

The popular talk show host and comedian left high school early and later earned her GED (General Educational Development) certificate.


Quentin Tarantino

The renowned filmmaker and screenwriter dropped out of high school at age 15 but went on to achieve critical acclaim for his movies.



The rapper and music mogul dropped out of high school but later achieved massive success in the music industry and various business ventures.


Richard Branson

The British business magnate and founder of the Virgin Group left school at age 16 to start his entrepreneurial ventures.


Bill Gates

The co-founder of Microsoft dropped out of Harvard University before completing his degree to pursue his entrepreneurial ambitions.


Mark Zuckerberg

The co-founder and CEO of Facebook also dropped out of Harvard University to focus on developing the social media platform.


Tom Cruise

The Hollywood actor left high school during his senior year to pursue his acting career and went on to become one of the most successful actors in the industry.

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