We can all agree that having a college degree is a nice thing, to say at least. It gives you some kind of certainty about the future. Typically the more fonamlly educated, the more qualified you are for particular jobs. However, that doesn’t mean that you cannot succeed without it. Here are 15 people who prove that if you set your mind to it, hard work and passion can take you anywhere.
1. Abraham Lincoln, 16th President of United States
Abraham Lincoln was born in 1809 in Hodgenville, Kentucky. He was largely self-educated and ended up as a Lawyer in Illinois. Taking interest in politics, he became a leader in building the new Republican Party and was elected president in 1860. Even though he tragically assassinated, he was one of the most influential people to this date.
2. Charles Culpeper, Owner, and CEO of Coca Cola
After many years on the market, Coca Cola is still one of the most popular drinks all around the world. You know what everyone says, it’s not Christmas season until you saw the Coca Cola commercial on TV. Yes, the owner of one of the most famous drink was a high school dropout. He was born in 1874 in Rome, Georgia. He began as a regular salesman for Coca Cola. In 1917 he bought Coca Cola with $160,000 of borrowed funds. The company kept growing and by the time of his death in 1940, he was a rich man.
3. Coco Chanel, founder of fashion brand Chanel
Coco Chanel doesn’t need a special introduction. Everyone’s heard of her and her brand Chanel. She is also the icon for the little black dress. Gabrielle Bonheur Chanel was born in 1883 in Maine-et-Loire, France. Her mother died when she was 12 and her father sent her to an orphanage. That’s where she learned how to sew. Opening her first shop on Paris’s Rue Cambon in 1910, Chanel started out selling hats. She later added stores in Deauville and Biarritz and began making clothes. The rest is history.
4. Ingvar Kamprad, founder of IKEA
IKEA is a place we all like to go to and buy furniture that we will later have to build ourselves. Ingvar Kamprad always had a business spirit. When he was just a boy, he would sell matches to his neighbors. He would get them in bulk because it was really cheap, and then sell individually. That made him realize he can make a pretty good profit that way. he acronym IKEA is made up of the initials of his name (Ingvar Kamprad) plus those of Elmtaryd, the family farm where he was born, and the nearby village Agunnaryd.
5. Jimmy Dean, multimillionaire founder of Jimmy Dean Foods
Hearing Jimmy Dean will probably trigger the thought of sausage in you. Yes, you are right. However, that’s not the only thing Jimmy Dean was known for. Born in Dean was born in 1928 Plainview in Hale County in West Texas. He was a country music singer, television host, actor and businessman at the end. All that despite the fact that he dropped out of high school at 16.
6. Kemmons Wilson, founder of Holiday Inn
Who wouldn’t want to go on holiday in Holiday Inn? And what if I tell you that its founder was a high school dropout? Kemmons Wilson was born in 1913 in Osceola, Arkansas. Kemmons got the idea when he went on a family trip. He thought that roadside hotels he visited were poor quality. He opened the first Holiday Inn motel in Memphis in 1952. After that point, the chain started to develop.
7. Mary Kay Ash, founder of Mary Kay Inc.
Many women are familiar with the Mary Kay cosmetics. She is a big name in the beauty world. Mary Kay Ash started that empire while never attending college. She was born in 1918 in Hot Wells, Harris County, Texas. She started off by selling books door-to-door. She got an idea to write a book about women and business and ended up building her own business. Pretty neat, right?
8. Michael Dell, billionaire founder of Dell Computers
In an ever-evolving technology world, Dell is a pretty big name. Everyone’s heard of their computers and other technological items that are on market. Michael Dell born in 1965 in Houston. He was a pre-med student at the University of Texas but never finished his studies. However, while a freshman, Dell started putting together and selling upgrade kits for personal computers. All that in his college dorm room!! What he did in that room has grown into Dell’s current empire.
9. Ray Kroc, founder of McDonald’s
Old McDonald had a farm, and old Ray Kroc had McDonald’s. And everyone’s lovin’ it. Ray Kroc was born in 1902 in Oak Park, Illinois. Young Ray wasn’t a fan of high school so he dropped out. However, that didn’t stop him from being successful. He started off as a milkshake mixer salesman. Visiting a lot of restaurants, Kroc visited the restaurant of McDonald brothers. He had a bigger vision for them and it turned out he was right. Kroc opened the first McDonald’s franchised under his partnership with the McDonald brothers in Des Plaines, Illinois. Now, this is one of the biggest food restaurant chains in the whole industry.
10. Simon Cowell, TV producer, music judge, American Idol, The X Factor, and Britain’s Got Talent
You can’t turn on TV or YouTube without seeing the face of this guy. He is everywhere. A talent show without Simon Cowell can’t even be called a talent show, right? Well, it turns out that Simon never finished high school. He was born in 1959 in Lambeth, London. Simon’s father was an executive at EMI Music Publishing and got him a job there. He left a job there and formed E&S Music with his former boss at EMI. It was merely a start for him. The E&S Music didn’t work out, but he kept trying and now his net worth is estimated to be around $550 million.
Here are some more examples of successful people without a degree: Oprah Winfrey, Bill Gates, Steve Jobs, Elizabeth Holmes, Mark Zuckerberg, Jack Taylor, and the list goes on and on.