Top 10 World-Famous Millionaires with Doctorate Degrees

Now, we have created this list of the top 10 world famous millionaires with doctorate degrees to demonstrate that getting a PhD is the surest way to becoming millionaire. You know, we’re not trying to nudge you into getting online PhD programs and be one of the famous PhDs just so you can become filthy rich.

(Though it does sound like a good idea).

The truth is that most of the millionaires on this list completed degrees that had little to do with their actual jobs. It was their desire to become more rounded as humans, and by expanding their interests, they showed that just because someone is a millionaire, it doesn’t mean they’ve lost that thirst for knowledge. Here is the list of list of famous millionaires for you.

№1 Bill Cosby

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Bill Cosby is widely known for his work on the American sitcom The Cosby Show. Over the years, he has played countless stand-up comedy gigs, and it was recently rumoured that his sitcom would be making a return to our screens.

Bill Cosby PhD degree in Education was handed when he was 39, and he still says that it was one of the proudest moments of his life. At a mammoth 242 pages, his dissertation was as thick as a brick and was titled ‘An Integration of the Visual Media via Fat Albert and the Cosby Kids Into the Elementary School Curriculum as a Teaching Aid and Vehicle to Achieve Increased Learning.

№2 Michael Bloomberg

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Michael Bloomberg is most famous for being the mayor of New York and founding Bloomberg L.P. A politician, as well as a business magnet and philanthropist, Bloomberg describes himself as socially liberal and is the 10th richest person in America.

Bloomberg completed his education in Electrical Engineering at the John Hopkins University, and his gratitude to the University was demonstrated by his recent donation of $350 million, the largest in its history.

№3 Miuccia Prada

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Miuccia Prada’s surname has become synonymous with the very best in fashion. They even made a movie where the devil wore her. Yes, Miuccia Prada is the Prada. Though she didn’t found Prada, she has been pretty much been running it since 1978. What she doesn’t know about dresses isn’t worth knowing.

But Prada also knows a thing or two about political science, for this is the subject in which she has a PhD. Formerly a member of the Communist Party, Prada was once way more interested in politics than she was fashion. Eventually, though she ‘found’ that her skills lay with fashion.

№4 Daniel Grimaldi

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Daniel Grimaldi is famous with TV audiences for playing all the twins Philly and Patsy Parisi (all the twins? We can tell you don’t have a doctorate – ed) in popular show The Sopranos. A talented actor, his roles in the show mainly centred on him sorting out the mob’s finances.

Aside from his acting, Grimaldi is also incredibly educated, with a PhD in data processing that he completed at the City University of New York. This sits next to his masters degree in operations research, as well as his BA in mathematics. Now he teaches maths and computer science, proving that the mob believes firmly in educating the young.

№5 Condoleezza Rice

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Republican politician Condoleezza Rice once served in government as secretary of state for the Bush administration. Before that, her career veered from teaching at Stanford University, to working as national security advisor for the government.

Rice is well known for being the first African American to work at Stanford as a provost. But she’s always been a pace-setter who started as a kindergarten piano prodigy, and earned her PhD in political science from the University of Denver when she was just 26. Indeed, she finished her first year at University the same year she finished her last year of high school.

№6 Hunter S Thompson

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Hunter S Thompson was one of America’s most influential writers and journalists, achieving fame for a number of novels and reportage pieces, among them Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which was later turned into a movie starring Johnny Depp, and Hell’s Angels, a journalistic piece that exposed the hedonistic, brutal culture of Californian motorcycle gangs.

Thompson gained a PhD in journalism from Columbia University, before going onto having an illustrious career in writing that turned him into a millionaire. It didn’t start well – after gaining his doctorate, he went to work for a newspaper in dangerous Puerto Rico, where he was almost killed.

№7 Dexter Holland

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Dexter Holland has made his millions singing for popular pop-punk outfit The Offspring, where hits such as Why Don’t You Get A Job? have consistently topped charts around the world.

But as well as dedicating himself to catchy music, Holland also has a doctorate in molecular biology, which he completed at the University of Souther California. A paper he authored is entitled ‘Identification of Human MicroRNA-Like Sequences Embedded within the Protein-Encoding Genes of the Human Immunodeficiency Virus’. Doesn’t quite have the same ring to it as I Want You Bad.

№8 Angela Merkel

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German politician Angela Merkel is a former research scientist who entered politics just as the Berlin Wall fell. Since then, her career has risen and risen, and currently she is the German chancellor who is seen by many as being the most influential politician in the euro-zone.

Merkel’s interests have not always been with politics. Before her fame, Merkel gained a doctorate degree in physical chemistry from the University of Leipzig in 1978, before forging a career in physics. She continued her work as a chemist before going onto joining the Christian Democratic Union in 1990.

№9 James Franco

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James Franco is an American actor, director, writer, producer and teacher who is perhaps most famous for his work in the Spider Man movie franchise. What is more, he is one the most famous actors with doctorate degrees.  Despite his tender age – 36 – he’s amassed an exhaustive list of films and in 2010 he held his first solo exhibition.

Franco is known for his immense workload, and despite his huge schedule he found time to complete a PhD in English at Yale University, missing class just once. His teachers were so impressed that they pondered why more Hollywood stars don’t take on PhDs whilst shooting blockbusters.

№10 Natalie Portman

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Natalie Portman is an American actress who first found fame in Leon, where she played a young girl who finds herself under the wing of a hit man. Since then she has gone onto an Academy Award for best actress, and remains one of the world’s most popular movie stars.

Like Franco, Portman found time to balance her life between Hollywood and Harvard, where she completed a degree in psychology. During her tenure at University, Portman found the time to co-write two scientific studies, and affirms that psychology is one of her first loves. During her time at Harvard, she was noted for her hard work.

3 thoughts on “Top 10 World-Famous Millionaires with Doctorate Degrees”

  1. Was quite impressed to know about Bill Cosby PhD degree, I’m huge fan of his show. It’s so good to know that people we see in our favourite shows, are so high academically. Maybe getting PhD is the way to be this big, anyway it couldn’t be for bad.

  2. I actually heard before that Natalie Portman is one of the famous PhDs. Sometimes I’m shocked, how these beautiful ladies like her can be this smart, stereotypes I know. But yeah she’s a good example of a successful woman of our time.

  3. Was so interesting to go through this list of famous millionaires with PhDs. Going into politics after physical chemistry – good job Angela Merkel! It really gives me a hope that education doesn’t define you, and I can do everything I want after my boring studies.

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