8 Incredibly Rich Celebrities With PhD Degrees

You might know them as comedians, actors, and performers who can make you look up at them as role models. However, many of the celebrities have also managed to accomplish more than just fame.

Not only did they pursue their studies, but they have also managed to earn the highest degree level in their subject areas. With the help of, you might even be inspired to base your next college essay on their journeys.

From Mayim Balik to Shaquille O’Neal, here are nine brilliant celebrities whom we all love.

  1. Mayim Bialik

The Big Bang Theory actor is as brilliant in real life as she is in the series. She has many things in common with the beloved Amy Farrah Fowler, starting with a Ph.D. in Neuroscience. Mayim Bialik completed her Bachelors in Neuroscience at UCLA and continued to earn her doctorate from the same college.

She had to step away from her Ph.D. to grow and develop in the acting area. Later, she came back to finish her thesis on Prader-Willi syndrome.

  1. Miuccia Prada

Though the brand has become synonymous with fashion, not many know the intelligent figure behind it. Owner of brands such as Prada and Miu Miu, the talented Miuccia Prada also has a long list of academic achievements.

She completed her studies in Milan and graduated with a Ph.D. in political science from the University of Milan. She was ranked 75th in the Forbes list of the most powerful women in the world in 2014, with a net worth of US$11.1 billion.

  1. Brian May

The lead guitarist who rocked the world with his music, Brian May, also managed to find time to finish his Ph.D. Before joining Queen, Brian received his Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from the Imperial College of London.

Later in 2007, he has received a Ph.D. in astrophysics from the same college for the research he started in 1971. It might have taken him 35 years; nevertheless, it is inspiring that he did not quit his education while successfully managing his music career.

  1. Ken Jeong

The funny and fantastic Ken Jeong, who is known for his role in Hollywood playing the angry gangster in the Hangover trilogy, is also a doctor. He completed his MD at the University of North Carolina in 1996.

His wife, who is also a physician, encouraged Jeong to explore his passion for acting. His medical knowledge is now an asset in his latest ABC comedy Dr.Ken, where he plays the role of a physician.

  1. James Franco

Technically, James Franco is still on his way to attain his Ph.D. in English from Yale University. However, he has always been a high achiever in academics and diverse subjects. He has a Master in Fine Arts from Columbia University, which he completed while pursuing a filmmaking degree at New York University. Meanwhile, he was also studying fiction writing at Brooklyn College at the same time.

He also got a design degree from the Rhode Island School of Design. Considering his love for studying, we might soon have a few other degrees to add to his list.

  1. Mikhail Youzhny

At the peak of his career, Mikhail Youzhny was among the top ten tennis players in the world. Apart from his tennis skills, he is also pretty smart. His Ph.D. from the University of Moscow can attest to that.

His thesis discussed an interesting topic related to his career, where he discussed how different tennis players approached the game.

  1. Brian Cox

Those who are familiar with his shows need no convincing that Brian Cox is indeed an expert in science. The English Physicist turned TV show presenter received his PhD program in high-energy particle physics from the University of Manchester.

These days, Cox works with BBC on various scientific documentaries and is also working as a professor of physics at the University of Manchester.

  1. Shaquille O’Neal

The former NBA star has more than his sports legacy to leave behind. Shaquille O’Neal is Well known and loved for being one of the greatest centers of all time. But that did not stop him from trying his hand at acting, rapping, and later on, academics as well.

O’Neal went back to school in Florida, where he earned his doctorate in educational and leadership studies. He completed his Ed.D. in Human Resource Development at Barry University in 2012. According to the star, he had madeĀ  a promise to his mother, and he was also motivated to work best with business executives.

Pursuing a PhD takes more than a whim. It takes dedication and commitment to thrive in a competitive academic environment. These celebrities prove that regardless of how demanding your life may be, if you have the passion, you can still find the time to achieve your goals.

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