Successful people who failed school

’tis the time to take your A-Levels! The results may influence what you do next year in terms of education, but it does not necessarily dictate what you do with the rest of your life. So, to make you feel a bit better, here are six people who have dropped out of high school, failed their A-Levels or did not get accepted into university, yet are remarkably successful nevertheless.

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Wildly-successful entrepreneur, Sir Richard Branson, dropped out of school at 15. In 2017, Forbes estimated his net worth to be about $5 billion (USD).

Founder of Tumblr, David Karp, dropped out of high school at 15. He founded Tumblr in 2007 and sold the company to Yahoo for $1.1 billion (USD) in 2013.

Successful writer, actor and director, Quentin Tarantino, dropped out of high school at 15. At the age of 29, he released his first cult hit Reservoir Dogs which grossed $2.8 million (USD) in the United States alone.

I know him from the tender, low-fat chicken his branded grills produce, but you may know George Foreman better for his boxing success. He dropped out of high school at 15 as well, and at the age of 19 he won gold at the 1968 Mexico City Olympics in the boxing/heavyweight division.

English actress Carey Mulligan, now with a net worth of $15 million (USD), did not get into the three London drama schools she applied to at the age of 17. She talked her way into getting an audition for her first film Pride & Prejudice.

Harry Potter novelist, J.K. Rowling, took the entrance exams for Oxford University, but was not accepted. She did get into the University of Exeter, although one of her lecturers recalls how Rowling “…gave the appearance of doing what was necessary”. However, Rowling says she simply preferred to listen to The Smiths, and read.

Sometimes it just goes to show that if you really want something, you can do it no matter what your grade says. Sometimes it’s simply who you know, not what you know!

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