Over 1 million American students each year drop out of school, these people are often faced with a difficult life, searching for ways to support themselves and their family and trying to nail down a solid job despite their lack of qualifications. Many of these people end up in the crime and the welfare system but this can not be said for all of them. In fact, across the World there are many incredibly successful people who in fact never made it through school and today we are going to shine a light on these examples of school drop outs who hit the big time.
Aged just 15, a young Englishman named Richard Branson felt that school was no longer serving his purposes or successfully preparing him or life so he decided to quit. Branson went on to form many small and successful businesses until at aged 21 he invested in his very own record label. The music business was a successes and this catapulted Branson to becoming a business mogul who counted to buy businesses and create his Virgin brand. As it stands, Branson has a fortune of almost $5 billion and his Virgin label appears on between 200 and 300 companies, guess he made the right decision as a young 15 year old.
World-famous pastor and failed to even make it to his second year of high school and instead dedicated his time to god. The boy that his friends called ‘small pastor’ worked on a chicken farm for income and would regularly hold local Bible study groups. The young man of God received a heavenly intervention which told him that he should build a church and the Nigerian set about constructing the Synagogue Church of All Nations or SCOAN for short. Throughout the years the congregation has grown at an alarming rate and it currently has over 15,000 members and is responsible for the largest amount of Nigerian tourism. Thanks to the pastor’s many successful prophecies, he has also gained fame for his YouTube presence and his channel has received over 660 million views since its inception.
Far beyond his multi-million dollar movie empire and his status as one of the greatest movie directors that has ever lived, Quentin Tarantino was a high school drop out. The young Tarantino had his mind set on the film industry from a young age and when he was just 15 he dropped out of high school to work full time in a movie theater and attend acting classes. Tarantino’s gamble paid off and after completing his first film, Reservoir Dogs, which gained immediate success, the director went on to create some o the World’s most iconic and highest grossing films of all time including Kill Bill, Pulp Fiction and Django Unchained. His success has seen him win many awards and such is his directing style that you don’t have to watch a film for very long to work out if it is a Tarantino production, not bad for a school drop out.