1. Mark Zuckerberg
Great success: Co-founder and chairman of Facebook.
Dropped out of: Harvard University
2. Anna Wintour
Great success: Editor-in-chief of Vogue and creative director of Condé Nast.
Dropped out of: North London Collegiate
3. Edward Albee
Great success: Pulitzer and Tony-winning playwright. Most well-known works include The Sandbox and Who’s Afraid of Virginia Woolf?.
Dropped out of: Trinity College, where he was expelled (also expelled from two high schools)
4. Woody Allen
Great success: Prolific writer, director, and comedian.
Dropped out of: New York University (and flunked out of City College)
5. Dame Julie Andrews
Great success: Singer and actress who has received one or more Academy Awards, Emmy Awards, Golden Globe Awards, Grammy Awards, BAFTAs, People’s Choice Awards, Theatre World Awards, Kennedy Center Honors, and Screen Actors Guild Awards. Also she’s Mary Poppins.
Dropped out of: High school
6. George Carlin
Great success: An incredibly well-respected comic whose routine “Seven Dirty Words” heavily influenced a 1978 Supreme Court decision that upheld the government’s right to censor indecent material on public air.
Dropped out of: Catholic high school
7. Carla Bruni-Sarkozy
Great success: Singer, songwriter, model, and former First Lady of France.
Dropped out of: University of Paris
8. F. Scott Fitzgerald
Great success: Author of The Great Gatsby, coiner of the term “Jazz Age.”
Dropped out of: Princeton University
9. Warren Beatty
Great success: Writer, director, and actor. Two times, he was nominated for Academy Awards as producer, director, writer, and actor all on the same film: once for Reds, and once more for Heaven Can Wait.
Dropped out of: Northwestern University
Great success: She’s Madonna.
Dropped out of: University of Michigan
11. Sir Richard Branson
Great success: Founder and chairman of Virgin Group (which includes Virgin Air and Virgin Records), eccentric billionaire.
Dropped out of: Boarding school
12. Ralph Lauren
Great success: Founder of fashion and lifestyle brand Polo Ralph Lauren.
Dropped out of: Baruch College
13. Colonel Harlan Sanders
Great success: Founder of KFC.
Dropped out of: Elementary school
14. Bill Gates
Great success: Co-founder, chairman, and one time CEO of Microsoft.
Dropped out of: Harvard
15. Steve Jobs
Great success: Co-founder and CEO of Apple Inc., co-founder of Pixar.
Dropped out of: Reed College