There are many roads traveled on the path to success, most people assume wealth can’t be achieved without a college education or mentor or some kind. These 15 celebrities who dropped out of high school are now worth millions of dollars and living a very good life.

   15. Simon Cowell $550 Million Dollars Net Worth

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The American Idol and X Factor judge left school at 16 to work in a recording company mail room and eventually used his experience there to create his own label.

14. Mark Wahlberg $200 Million Dollars Net Worth

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From Calvin Klein model to big screen movie star Mark Wahlberg dropped out of high school at the age of 14. Today he spends the majority of his time on blockbuster hits like Ted and The Fighter. Mark did however graduate high school at the ripe age of 42.

13. Keanu Reeves 350 Millions New Worth

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Best known for his break out role in The Matrix movies Keanu Reeves was expelled from high school at the age of 16 and since then has been making hit after hit in classics like Speed, Point Break. Reeves is also well known for his philanthropic efforts with organizations like PETA and various cancer organizations.

12. Drew Barrymore 125 Million Net Worth 

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From the young age of 7 Drew Barrymore has been involved in show biz. The Charlie’s Angel star has been featured in over 50 different films and despite some early struggles with alcohol and drug abuse Drew has grown past that and is now happily married to Will Kopelman, the son of former Chanel CEO, Arie Kopelman

11. Jessica Simpson 150 Million Net Worth

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With the help and support of her father and manager Joe Simpson, Jessica landed a record deal at the age of 16 and quickly rose through the Billboard charts and later fashion world launching her own brand of women’s wear now grossing over a billion dollars in sales.

10. Quentin Tarantino 100 Million Dollars Net Worth

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Known best for his movies like Django, Reservoir Dogs, and Kill Bill Quentin Tarantino worked in a video rental store before becoming the world famous director he is today. His movies grossing well over a billion dollars Quentin has been nominated and won multiple Golden Globe and Cannes Film Awards through his career.

9. Katy Perry 200 Million Net Worth

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The former choir singer first pursued a career in her teens at the age of 15. She soon became a national icon playing some of the largest shows and venues including the Super Bowl.

8. Johnny Depp $400 Million Net Worth

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The famous Captain Jack Sparrow and Donnie Brasco – Johnny Depp originally was a musician focused on a career in vocals, guitar, and drums. With the encouragement of his high school principal he dropped out and eventually began a prosperous career as a Hollywood actor.

7. Jim Carrey $150 Million Net Worth

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Jim Carrey at the age of 15 dropped out of high school and became a janitor and later with the encouragement of his father started to do stand up comedy in Toronto. Carrey later moved to Hollywood and through the help of Rodney Dangerfield obtained break out roles in movies like, The Mask, Cable Guy and Dumb & Dumber.

6. Cameron Diaz $120 Million Net Worth

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Over her career Cameron Diaz films have grossed over 7 billion dollars worldwide and she was named the highest paid actress over 40 in 2014. At the age of 16 she began her modeling career and then was cast in the break out role of her career at the age of 21 The Mask with Jim Carrey.

5. Ryan Gosling 30 Million Net Worth

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Ryan Gosling the Canadian actor and musician dropped out of high school at 17 and worked on Disney Channels Mickey Mouse Club until later landing acting roles in movies like The Notebook and Crazy, Stupid, Love.

4. Richard Branson $5.1 Billion Dollar Net Worth

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Sir Richard Branson best known for his founding of the Virgin Group dropped out of school at the age of 16 and began as a publisher of a student magazine. Virgin Group is now comprised of more than 400 companies and generates revenues in the billions of dollars yearly. Branson is a well known philanthropist and thrill seeker attempting to break many world records.

3. Tom Cruise $350 Million Net Worth

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The NY born actor Tom Cruise has long been a fixture on the Hollywood scene starring in classics like Top Gun and Risky Business. Cruise dropped out of school to pursue his dreams of becoming an actor and starred in several small roles before hitting it big in the movie All The Right Moves and Risky Business which later helped him garner sex symbol status. Today Cruise focuses much of his time on acting and producing movies like Mission Impossible.


2. Chris Rock $70 Million Net Worth

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Chris Rock began his career in stand up comedy and is one of the highest paid celebrities to host the Oscar’s. Chris supported his dreams by working in fast food chains to make ends meet until hitting it big and landing more prominent roles in tv shows like Saturday Night Live and movies like Rush Hour

1. Charlie Sheen 150 Million Net Worth


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Despite being just a few short weeks away from graduating Charlie Sheen was expelled from high school and never eventually finished before pursuing his career in acting. The son of Martin Sheen, Charlie had long been plagued with drug and alcohol dependency problems but despite that has amassed a fortune in the hundreds of millions of dollars with tv show hits like Two and a Half Men and movies like Platoon and Wall Street.