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10 Extremely Successful People Without Formal Education

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People who have partially or wholly self taught education are known by the name autodidacts. We are not telling you to quit education or not to get any degree because every person must be qualified to get a decent job. Nowadays education is very important, the more education you receive, more you gain knowledge, more you become successful. Today, most of the people who dropped out of education are spending their career at fast food corners. But there are many successful people across the world who got a partial education. Many examples are out there who have been able to prove themselves without college degrees or any formal education. Here are the ten exceptional cases of successful people without any formal education.

10. Christopher Columbus

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Christopher Columbus was an Italian explorer and navigator, born in the Republic of Genoa on 31st October 1450. He has taken to the sea at the age of 10. He holds valuable knowledge about the trade winds and known for the successful navigation of the Atlantic Ocean. But the idea that he was the first person to imagine a rounded earth is a misconception. At the age of 40, he discovered many European countries and American continents.

9. Indira Gandhi

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Indira Gandhi was the fourth Prime Minister of India who served from 1966 to 1977. She was taught at home by tutors until matriculation. She was good in studies and decided to complete her education at the University of Oxford. She was described as the greatest Indian Prime Minister and Woman of the Millennium. She was assassinated by her bodyguards on 31st October 1984 at the Prime Minister’s residence, New Delhi.

8. Rabindranath Tagore

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Rabindranath Tagore was born on 7th May 1861 and widely known as the first non-European person to win the Nobel Prize in literature. He was a poet, story writer, novelist, song composer and a painter. He detests formal education system and his education engaged in laborious efforts. He was widely commemorated for his work and regarded as the most creative artist of the modern India. Rabindranath Tagore wrote national anthem of India and Bangladesh.

7. George Washington

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George Washington was the first President of the United States, born on 22nd February 1932 in Virginia. After his father’s death, he did not go to school and received only an elementary education from various tutors. He was elected as the President in the election of 1789 and 1892. With his leadership styles, he built a great and powerful nation. He was sleet as the “Father of the Country”. Also he was described as an international icon for liberation and nationalism.

6. George Eastman

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George Eastman was an American businessman and entrepreneur, founded the Eastman Kodak Company. After his father’s death, he left school to support the family. He wanted to do something big in photography business. In 1884, he patented the first practicable roll film. Four years later, he invented the first camera which uses the roll film. He contributed a lot in the field of motion picture films. After death, his house is now operated as the International Museum of Photography and Films.

5. Henry Ford

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Henry Ford was the founder of the Ford motor company, born on 30th April 1863. At age of 15, he left school and gain popularity as a watch repairman. In 1893, he designed a gasoline engine and named the first car as “Ford Quadricycle” but the car was not succeeded. He founded the Ford Company on 30th November 1901 and developed the first automobile for the middle class Americans.

4. Dhirubhai Ambani

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Dhirubhai Ambani was one of the biggest Indian business tycoons, born on 28th December 1932. He did not study beyond school and came to Mumbai in 1958 to start his own business in spices. Later he founded Reliance Industries in 1966 and now the company has more than 85,000 employers and Reliance Industries is listed among the world’s biggest companies by revenue.

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3. Thomas Edison

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Thomas Edison was an American business, born on 11th February 1847 in Michigan. He was dropped out of school because he has some hearing problems and his teacher told him addled and muddled. He sold newspapers and candy in trains and studied in the extra time. Slowly and steady, he furnishes his talents as a businessman and founded 14 companies, including General Electric. He also invented the electric bulb and many other devices. He was considered as one of the greatest scientists holding more than 1093 US patents.

2. Walt Disney

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Walt Disney was an American cartoonist, producer, screenwriter and a philanthropist. He has formal education till 8th grade and when no one hired him, he decided to open his own commercial company. In 1920, he formed a company called Iwerks and Disney Commercial Artists. Three years later, he founded “The Walt Disney Company”. He is regarded as a national icon in the American animation industry. He won 22 Academy Awards and seven Emmy Awards. Now the company has one of the largest studios in Hollywood, having revenue of more than $45 billion in 2013.

1. William Shakespeare

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William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright and actor, born on 26th April 1564 in England. He has no formal education beyond grammar. He is widely regarded as the greatest and popular author of all time. His first few plays were about comedies and histories genre. Then he wrote tragedies plays including Hamlet, King Lear and Macbeth, which are considered the excellent work in English language. His work includes 38 plays, 154 sonnets and two long poems. All his plays have been translated into every major language and performed more than any other play.