These inspirational famous faces didn't do too well at school, yet still became hugely successful
These inspirational famous faces didn't do too well at school, with some dropping out, failing them exams, or leaving with little or no qualifications, yet still became hugely successful. Here are 15 well-known celebrities who made something of themselves, despite not having a great history with academia.
Best known as the founder of Microsoft, Gates dropped out of Harvard University after just two years and is now worth an estimated 103.8 billion USD.
Weathering a turbulent childhood after appearing in film ET at the age of three, Barrymore entered rehab aged 13 and dropped out of school shortly after, before later becoming a successful actor-turned producer.
Eminem spent three years in the ninth grade due to truancy and poor grades, and later dropped out of school aged 17. He is now one of the most successful rappers of all time and is worth an estimated 210 million USD.
Amstrad founder and The Apprentice mogul left school at 16 with just one GCSE, but went on to set up his own business at 21 years old. He is now worth around 1.2 billion GBP.
She may now be worth in excess of 40 million GBP, and has been awarded three honorary degrees, but this businesswoman left school without completing her A-levels, instead opting to study business at college.
After dropping out of school aged 16, Branson went on to set up a student magazine which later led to the creation of Virgin Records. He now has a net worth of around 4.1 billion USD.
Cowell left school with just a couple of O-levels and began his career working in the mail room at his dad's company, EMI Music Publishing. He went on to become a talent scout and eventually made his name at BMG Records.
Rejected from every drama school she applied to and told to become a children's TV presenter instead to get more experience, Mulligan didn't let it deter her and is now an Oscar-nominated actress.
The Facebook co-founder launched the social media network from his dorm room at Harvard University before later dropping out to become chairman and chief executive of Facebook Inc.
The renowned filmmaker was rejected from the school of theatre, film and television at the University of Southern California three times, but went on to become one of the most famous directors in the world.
Despite gaining early admission to study at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts, Gaga dropped out at the age of 19 to focus on her music career. She now has more than 250 music awards to her name.
Informing worried students on social media that he achieved a C and two Us in his exams, Clarkson's results didn't stop him from becoming one of the most successful TV show hosts in the UK.
The successful actor dropped out of community college just half way through the first semester and ended up homeless after working as a discount ticket salesman and stripper.
The popular comedian told her fans on social media not to despair if A-level results day didn't bring the best of grades - she achieved a D and an E and is enjoying plenty of success.
He may have been expelled from high school for being a "rebel and a dunce", but the famous theoretical physicist is now renowned for changing the way we understand the world.