Top 10 Famous University Dropouts

The Top Ten
1 Mark Zuckerberg Mark Elliot Zuckerberg is an American technology entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is known for co-founding and leading Facebook as its chairman and chief executive officer.

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

He just left. Hilarious!

2 Bill Gates William Henry Gates III (born October 28, 1955) is an American business magnate, software developer, investor, author, and philanthropist. He is a co-founder of Microsoft, along with his late childhood friend Paul Allen. During his career at Microsoft, Gates held the positions of chairman, chief executive officer (CEO), president and chief software architect, while also being the largest individual... read more

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.

3 Ted Turner

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

4 Brad Pitt William Bradley "Brad" Pitt (born December 18, 1963) is an American actor and producer. He has received a Golden Globe Award, a Screen Actors Guild Award, and three Academy Award nominations in acting categories and received three further Academy Award nominations, winning one, as producer under his own company Plan B Entertainment. ...read more.

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

I mean, he never did anything to demonstrate his intelligence

5 Ellen DeGeneres Ellen Lee DeGeneres is an American comedian, television host, actress, writer, producer, and LGBT activist. DeGeneres starred in the popular sitcom Ellen from 1994 to 1998 and has hosted her syndicated TV talk show, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, since 2003.

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

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

She dropped out of Tennessee State University.

Wow! I should have known that

7 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.

Didn't he come out ahead in the end!

8 Russell Simmons

Didn't know this

9 Steve Jobs

I knew this one

10 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.

Well she's a singer but does she have many brains?

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.

12 Woody Allen Heywood "Woody" Allen (born Allan Stewart Konigsberg; November 30, 1935) is an American film director, writer, actor, and comedian whose career spans more than six decades and multiple Academy Award-winning films. He began his career writing material for television in the 1950s, mainly Your Show of Shows (1950–1954) working alongside Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner, Larry Gelbart, and Neil Simon. He also published several books featuring short stories and wrote humor pieces for The New Yorker. In the early 1960s, he performed as a stand-up comedian in Greenwich Village alongside Lenny Bruce, Elaine May, Mike Nichols, and Joan Rivers. There he developed a monologue style (rather than traditional jokes) ...read more.

He was thrown out of New York University after one semester for poor grades. He also dropped out of City College of New York. As he admitted, "I was thrown out of college for cheating on the metaphysics final. I looked within the soul of the boy sitting next to me."

13 Ben Affleck Benjamin Geza Affleck-Boldt is an American actor and filmmaker. His accolades include two Academy Awards, three Golden Globe Awards, two BAFTA Awards, and two Screen Actors Guild Awards.

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

14 Tom Hanks Thomas Jeffrey "Tom" Hanks (born July 9, 1956) 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. Banks.
15 Dan Aykroyd

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

16 Lady Gaga Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta, known professionally as Lady Gaga, is an American singer, songwriter, and actress.

On the start of her career, she performed at an event called the Lollapalooza Festival during 2007 whereby a record label company Interscope found her due to her performance being “amusing” to watch. Since Interscope found her, she was a mastermind behind her songs with a team of producers namely Rob Fusari and RedOne. Most of her songs were deep unreleased cuts, due to her having more than 30 songs and 17 were picked. ...read more.
17 Giorgio Armani

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

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.

19 Lauren Southern

She is a shining star that is maturing magnificently. She understands the plan and tries to counter the agenda. Keep it going, girl.

20 Elon Musk Elon Reeve Musk (born June 28, 1971) is a technology entrepreneur, investor, and engineer who is best known for being the CEO of companies such as Tesla, SpaceX, PayPal, and X (formerly known as Twitter).

Finally a billionaire that cares. Rock on.

21 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.

22 Matt Damon Matthew Paige "Matt" Damon is an American actor, film producer and screenwriter. He is ranked among Forbes magazine's most bankable stars and is one of the highest-grossing actors of all time.
23 John Mayer John Clayton Mayer is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Mayer attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, but disenrolled and moved to Atlanta in 1997 with Clay Cook. Together, they formed a short-lived two-man band called Lo-Fi Masters.
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