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Monday, May 2, 2011

Top 20 Most Influential High School Dropouts - Wow, Maybe I Shouldn't Have Studied So Hard After All!

Okay, so I'm not recommending our young students to start dropping out of high school (or middle school or elementary school for that matter!) in droves just because things start to get tough and grades begin to slip, but check out these 20 who never got to walk to the podium and accept their diplomas for various reasons.  More power to them!

20.  Enzo Ferrari, founder of the Scuderia Ferrari Grand Prix motor racing team and later the Ferrari car manufacturer.  Grew up with little formal education.

19.  Philip Green, Topshop billionaire retail mogul.  Dropped out of high school.

18.  Amadeo Peter Giannini, multimillionaire founder of Bank of America.  High school dropout.


17.  Colonel Harlan Sanders, founder of Kentucky Fried Chicken (KFC).  Dropped out of elementary school, later earned law degree by correspondence.

16.  Dave Thomas, billionaire founder of Wendy’s.  Dropped out of high school at age 15.


15. Frank Lloyd Wright, the most influential architect of the twentieth century.  Never attended high school.

14.  Frederick Henry Royce, auto designer, multimillionaire co-founder of Rolls Royce.  Dropped out of elementary school.

13.  George Eastman, multimillionaire inventor, Kodak founder.  Dropped out of high school.

12.  Kirk Kerkorian, billionaire investor, owner of Mandalay Bay
and Mirage Resorts, and MGM movie studio.  Dropped out of eighth-grade.

11.  Richard Branson, billionaire founder of Virgin Records, Virgin Atlantic Airways, etc.  Dropped out of high school at 16.
10.  Milton Hershey, founder of Hershey’s Milk Chocolate.  4th grade education.

9.  Ray Kroc, founder of McDonald’s.  Dropped out of high school.

8.  John D. Rockefeller Sr., billionaire founder of Standard Oil.  Dropped out of high school just two months before graduating, though later took some courses at a local business school.


7.  Walt Disney, founder of the Walt Disney Company.  Dropped out of high school at 16.

6.  Henry Ford, billionaire founder of Ford Motor Company.  Dropped out of high school at 15.


5.  Thomas Edison, inventor of the light bulb, phonograph, and more.  Primarily home-schooled, then joined the railroad when he was only 12.

4.  Christopher Columbus, explorer, discoverer of new lands.  Primarily home-schooled.
3.  Benjamin Franklin, inventor, scientist, author, entrepreneur.  Primarily home-schooled.

2.  Andrew Carnegie, industrialist and philanthropist, and one of the first mega-billionaires in the US.  Elementary school dropout.

1.  Abraham Lincoln, lawyer, U.S. president.  Finished one year of formal schooling, self-taught himself trigonometry, and read Blackstone on his own to become a lawyer.


25 comments:

what about obama? oh wait, nevermind. it was a bunch of dropouts that voted for obama that made him influential. my mind gets confused with the question sometimes...

It would be great to include the percentage these 20 represent in comparison to those that drop out. Student reading this would at least see that it is a unique gamble with not-so-good odds:)

As a student, I believe that it’s not about how long it will take you up to finish but it is how the lessons are being discussed. However, the teachers can be more productive in giving their lessons to the students. And in this k12 will be fully developed it can pave way in our society, it can also help in molding good students and Filipinos will get stable jobs.

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