On average, high school graduates earn more money than dropouts; but every rule has exceptions. We’re not trying to encourage anyone to quit school, but an education wasn’t an absolute necessity for some people. What about Albert Einstein? He dropped out of school, but that didn't hold back his genius.
Some celebrities may not have revolutionized science, but they're not doing too poorly despite never earning their high school diploma, nor do they seem to want it. Well, probably because things are working out just fine for them. Here's a list of celebrities who never tossed their mortarboard into the air at high school graduation:
Canadian actor and comedian Jim Carrey dropped out of high school when he was 16 to help his family out financially. His father lost his job, and his mother suffered from severe chronic illness. Carrey was lucky enough to be born with natural comedic talent and got a full-time job as a janitor. He has won two Golden Globes, owns his own $25 million place and raked in more than $100 million as Hollywood's funny man.
Diaz attended Long Beach Polytechnic High School in California but left school at the age of 16 to pursue a career in modeling. At 22,
her modeling gigs brought her into the film world and in 2013, Diaz was named the highest-paid actress over 40 in Hollywood. Her breakout role was alongside Jim Carrey (see above) in The Mask.
Just like Harry Potter, Daniel Radcliffe dropped out of school at 17 (though not to save the world from the likes of Lord Voldemort) and hasn’t looked back since. Who would if they’re earning over $100 million at just 20 years old? In a bit of art-meets-life, Radcliffe's co-star Emma Watson, who played whip-smart Hermione Granger, graduated from an Ivy League college.
Hey girl, who needs high school when you have a famous meme? Gosling joined the Mickey Mouse Club when he was 12, and lived with fellow club member Justin Timberlake for awhile. When he was 17 he dropped out of Lester B. Pearson High School in Ontario. He then moved from Canada to Los Angeles to pursue more serious acting opportunities.
Marshall Bruce Mathers III, better known by his stage name Eminem, attended many schools but dropped out of high school at 17 after failing ninth grade three times due to his unexcused absences.