13 Celebrity High School Dropouts Who Are Now Millionaires

13 Celebrity High School Dropouts Who Are Now Millionaires

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Jim Carrey – $150 Million Net Worth

One of the biggest comedian actors in the world, Jim Carrey had to drop out of high school at age 15 to work as a janitor and help his sick mother. His first television breakthrough happened in the 90’s television show “In Living Color”. But most people remember him from his hit movies like “Liar, Liar”, “Dumb and Dumber” and “Ace Ventura: Pet Detective”. Even today he’s still making movies with his recent release of “Dumb and Dumberer”.

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Drew Barrymore – $125 Million Net Worth

Drew Barrymore has been acting in movies since age 7 in “E.T the Extra-Terrestrial.” Unfortunately, like many other child stars, Barrymore ended up in rehab but at the shockingly early age of 13. She was even emancipated from her parents at age 15. Now she continues to act in movies and is also a producer and director. She’s well known for her roles in “Blended”, “Charlie’s Angels”, and “He’s Just Not That Into You”.

Katy Perry – $200 Million Net Worth

You’d never guess it, but Katy Perry dropped out of high school at the age of 15 to pursue her music career as a Christian Music singer. She then went on to become the pop superstar she is today, having even performed for the half time event at the 2014 Superbowl.

Although, even being as successful she has been, she still regrets having dropped out of high school – so she went back to get her GED.

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Johnny Depp – $400 Million Net Worth

Everyone knows Johnny Depp is worth a lot of money, but very few realize that he dropped out of high school to pursue a music career… but two weeks later he went back and told the dean that he made a mistake and that he wanted to try again. Luckily for him the Dean told him that he didn’t think that was such a good idea, and he actually encouraged Johnny Depp to go and pursue his music career. Nevertheless, his music career didn’t take off but he landed a role on “21 Jump Street” and then went on to make hit movies like “Pirate Of The Caribbean” and “What’s Eating Gilbert Grape.”

Mark Wahlberg

Not only did Mark Wahlberg drop out of school around the age of 13-14 but he also did a short stint in prison for assault. He then went on to turn his life around and started his entertainment career as a hip hop rapper known as Marky Mark. After that he acted in several blockbuster movies like, “The Perfect Storm”, and “The Departed”. He’s also the producer of “Entourage” and “Boardwalk Empire”.

He completed high school at the ripe old age of 42, showing you that it’s never too late to finish something important.

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Cameron Diaz – $120 Million Net Worth

Cameron Diaz started out as a model and ended up dropping out of high school at age 17. Apparently, she didn’t enjoy high school too much saying that she used to get in fights with boys more than girls. We’re not quite sure why any boys would want to fight this drop dead gorgeous actress though. Who can forget her first role in “The Mask”?

Ryan Gosling – $30 Million Net Worth

Ryan Gosling always wanted to make it to the big screen, so he dropped out of high school at age 17. He then began his career in the 90’s revival of “The Mickey Mouse Club” alongside Christina Aguilera, but he continued to grow into adult roles for movies like “The Notebook” and “Crazy, Stupid, Love.”

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Keanu Reeves – $350 Million Net Worth

Keanu Reeves didn’t have much of a choice but to pursue his acting career full-time because he was expelled from high school at age 16. Everyone knows his biggest movies include, “The Matrix” trilogy and “Speed”.

In terms of why he ended up getting kicked out of high school, he says he was always a kid who asked too many questions about everything, and because of that he always ended up in trouble… It looks like it worked out for him in the end.

Jessica Simpson – $150 Million Net Worth

Jessica Simpson already had a deal lined up with Columbia Records at age 16 and that led to her dropping out of high school. She went on to earn her GED though, and has also acted in several movies.

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Tom Cruise – $470 Million Net Worth

Tom Cruise seems to have always been interested in the Spiritual side of life as he wanted to be a priest while growing up. Now, he’s a key figure in the Church Of Scientology. He took acting classes as a child, and then dropped out of high school to pursue his acting career. He’s known for his role in, “Mission Impossible”, “Jerry Maguire” and “Rain Man”.

Robert Downey Jr. – $180 Million Net Worth

At age 17 Robert Downey Jr. decided to drop out of high school and pursue his acting career. He landed a role on “Saturday Night Live” at age 20. He’s acted in blockbuster films like the “Iron Man” and the “Avengers”.

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Hilary Swank – $40 Million Net Worth

Hilary Swank didn’t have time for school, being a performer and athlete at a young age. She dropped out of high school at age 16 and she’s gone on to win Oscar’s for he role in “Million Dollar Baby” and “Boy’s Don’t Cry”.

Nicolas Cage – $25 Million Net Worth

After making his acting debut in 1981 and starring in movies like “Raising Arizona”, and “Gone in 60 Seconds”, it’s safe to say that Nicolas probably made the right choice dropping out of high school at age 16.

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