10 Most Successful School Drop Outs

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There are a number of influential people around the world who never acquired academic education. They learnt new ideas through reading. 

  1. Malcom X

Malcom X was a civil rights activist. He read, read and read many books. 

Malcom X read on a variety of topics. He was a keen student of history, philosophy, religion and genetics. 

He believed that reading opens to you a completely new world to you. After he left Elijah Mohammed‘s organization, he formed his own where he acted as a teacher to the world. 

Malcom X is remembered as a great orator. 

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Malcom X as depicted in this picture by Latuff. Credit: wikimedia commons

2. Elijah Poole Mohammad 

He was the leader of Nation of Islam. He dropped out of third grade to work in the industries.   He converted to Islam after listening to a speech by Wallace D. Fard in Chicago. 

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Elijah Poole Mohammed was the leader of the Nation of Islam. credit: screen grab from Pinterest.

Elijah Mohammad was most concerned about class and race issues. Elijah Poole spent most of his time reading 104 books suggest to him by Wallace Fard. Most of his time was spent at the Library of Congress acquiring knowledge required for him to perform his duties. 

3. Thomas Alva Edison 

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Thomas Alva Edison, a great scientist who educated himself. credit: wikimedia commons

He was considered by his teachers to be too stupid to be in school. At the beginning he was taught at home by his mother. He ended up becoming a great scientist with over 1,000 patents under his name. 

He invented the electric light as we know it today. 

4. Bill Gates 

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Bill Gates of Microsoft Corp. He was once the richest man in the world for more than a decade in a low. credit: wikimedia commons

Bill Gates dropped out of college to run his company Microsoft. He thought himself most of the skills and knowledge required to manage a technology company. 

He is the richest man in the world. For one of the most successful school drop outs he has achieved a lot in the area of technology. 

5. Richard Branson

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Sir Richard Branson in Morocco during the British Polo day. credit: wikimedia commons.

Richard Branson is a British tycoon who owns numerous businesses including Virgin Atlantic. 

Branson is very flamboyant in his approach to life. 

He chose business over college education. 

6. Michael Dell

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Michael Dell founder of Dell computer manufacturing company. He dropped out of college to pursue his business career. Credit: wikimedia commons

Michael Dell dropped out of college to assemble Dell Computers. 

Currently, he is the richest person in Texas. He started his company from the college hostel where he assembled his first computers. 

7. Charles Dickens 

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Charles Dickens dropped out of school at the age of 15 but he is considered the greatest English novelist of all time. Credit: wikimedia commons

Charles Dickens is considered to be the greatest English novelist of all time. He dropped out of school at the age of 15 to work at a factory to support his family. He learnt most of his English while he worked as a journalist and court clerk. He has published many works for which he is known all over the work. He is one of the most successful school drop outs globally. 

8. Philip Ochieng 

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Philip Ochieng an eccentric Kenyan journalist who studied in American and French universities but did not wait to graduate.

Philip Ochieng is an eccentric and legendary Kenyan journalist. He studied in American and French universities but never graduated. He is one of the most successful school drop outs in Kenya. 

He first worked as untrained teacher in Homa Bay and later started working for the Nation Newspaper in 1996.

He has authored great books such as The Kenyatta Succession  and I Accuse the Press among others. He is most remembered for his contributions to the Kenya Times at the time owned by Kenya National Union (KANU) the then ruling party. 

9. Sir Arthur C. Clarke 

Sir Arthur Clarke is a great inventor, explorer and fiction writer who popularized science. credit: wikimedia commons
Sir Arthur Clarke is a great inventor, explorer and fiction writer who popularized science. credit: wikimedia commons

Sir Arthur Clarke was a TV series Host, an inventor, science fiction writer and under sea explorer.

He authored many books and essays on various topics. He received awards for popularizing science through his great work. 

His works was read by a large number of people around the world. 

10. Andrew Carnegie 

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Andrew Carnegie the great industrialist and philanthropist. He is credited for expanding US steel industry. Credit: wikimedia commons

Andrew Carnegie was born in Scotland but later emigrated to United States of America accompanied by his parents. 

Andrew Carnegie was once the richest man in the world. 

He is credited for helping in the expansion of American steel industry. 

He started his career as a telegrapher. 

He built the Carnegie Steel Company which was later bought by J.P. Morgan at a cost of USD $480 million in 1901. 

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Geoffrey Kerosi is a prolific Kenyan writer based in Nairobi City. He holds a Bachelors in Economics and Statistics and is currently pursuing Masters in Public Policy and Administration (MPPA) from Kenyatta University. Email: info@kerosi.com. Whatsapp: +254713 639 776 YouTube: Kerosi TV

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