Top 10 Famous University Dropouts


The Top Ten

1 Bill Gates

Gates attended Harvard in the fall of 1973, only to drop out two years later to found Microsoft with childhood buddy Paul Allen. In 2007, he ended up receiving an honorary degree from Harvard. - Metal_Treasure

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2 Ted Turner

The CNN creator was expelled from Brown University after he was caught with a girl in his room. - Metal_Treasure

3 Mark Zuckerberg

He left Harvard to invent that site you spend way too much time on. - Metal_Treasure

4 Ellen DeGeneres Ellen DeGeneres

This funny lady dropped out of the University of New Orleans after just one semester. Maybe she got the last laugh after all. - Metal_Treasure

5 Brad Pitt

He was set to be a journalist when he dropped out of the University of Missouri, two weeks before graduation. - Metal_Treasure

6 Oprah Winfrey Oprah Winfrey Oprah Gail Winfrey is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist.

She dropped out of Tennessee State University. - Metal_Treasure

7 F. Scott Fitzgerald F. Scott Fitzgerald Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald was an American novelist and short story writer, whose works are the paradigmatic writings of the Jazz Age.

He left Princeton University because of poor grades. - Metal_Treasure

Didn't he come out ahead in the end! - PetSounds

8 Steve Jobs
9 Russell Simmons
10 Natasha Bedingfield Natasha Bedingfield Natasha Anne Bedingfield is an English singer and songwriter. Bedingfield released her debut album, Unwritten, in 2004, which contained primarily up-tempo pop songs and was influenced by R&B music.

The Contenders

11 Steve Wozniak

He withdrew from the University of California, Berkeley, only one year after enrolling.
He is an American pioneer of the personal computer revolution of the 1970s (along with Apple Computer co-founder, Steve Jobs). Wozniak is also an inventor, electronics engineer, and computer programmer who single-handedly developed the 1976 Apple I, the computer that launched Apple. - Metal_Treasure

12 Woody Allen Woody Allen Heywood "Woody" Allen is an American actor, comedian, filmmaker, playwright and musician, whose career spans more than six decades. V 1 Comment
13 Lady Gaga Lady Gaga Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, known professionally as Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress. She is the first female artist to ever since Cher to get nominated by the Grammys and Emmys . In 2013, during her era on Artpop, she was chosen to perform in a concert from iTunes . more.

She dropped out of NYU after her freshman year. - Metal_Treasure

14 Tom Hanks Tom Hanks Thomas Jeffrey "Tom" Hanks is an American actor and filmmaker. He is known for his roles in Splash, Big, Turner & Hooch, Philadelphia, Forrest Gump, Apollo 13, Saving Private Ryan, You've Got Mail, The Green Mile, the Toy Story Franchise, Cast Away, The Da Vinci Code, Captain Phillips, and Saving Mr. more.
15 Ben Affleck Ben Affleck

Left the University of Vermont after one semester. Then dropped out of Occidental College to pursue acting. - Metal_Treasure

16 Dan Aykroyd

The funny guy from The Blues Brothers dropped out of Carleton University in Ottawa, Canada. - Metal_Treasure

17 Giorgio Armani

Dropped out of medical school at the University of Bologna because he couldn't stand the sight of blood. - Metal_Treasure

18 Howard Hughes

Dropped out of 2 universities - California Institute of Technology and Rice University.
Then founded Hughes Aircrafts and Co and went on to become a billionaire. - Metal_Treasure

19 Frank Lloyd Wright

America's most celebrated architect spent more time designing colleges than attending them.
He left the University of Wisconsin-Madison after only one year. - Metal_Treasure

20 Matt Damon Matt Damon
21 John Mayer John Mayer
22 Lauren Southern
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1. Ellen DeGeneres
2. Mark Zuckerberg
3. Russell Simmons
1. Ted Turner
2. Bill Gates
3. F. Scott Fitzgerald
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2. Steve Jobs
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