Probably not – every Bill Gates is balanced by a James Franco and those who genuinely look the part in their younger years may very well grow out of it.
And at times, they may not look the part at all.The pantheon of successful nerds – however disputed – certainly adds weight to this observation and listed here are some who may not pass as your typical nerd.
The poster boy of everything nerd, Gates devoured the pages of Fortune magazine when he was 13.
Fueled by dreams of starting his own company, Gates spent most of his free time hunched over an ASR-33 Teletype model, an early computer by General Electric, to hone his programming mastery.
Never quite fitting in with the tennis and golfing communities at Lakeside High School in Washington, the United States (US), Bill Gates met Paul Allen – another nerd – and the duo went on to found Microsoft, revolutionising the computing world with Windows. One of the world’s wealthiest men, Gates is also a business magnate and a philanthropist
Famous for glossing the covers of fashion magazines from Cosmopolitan to Vogue – and her inability to age – Crawford could have glossed the pages of a Chemistry textbook if fate would have it any other way.
Something of a math whiz when she was young, Crawford scored straight-A’s, recorded a perfect score for her college calculus exams and earned the honour of being her school’s valedictorian.
Her feats were rewarded with a scholarship to study chemical engineering at Northwestern University, the US.
However, Crawford dropped out after a quarter to pursue modelling, going on to be one of the first supermodels.
The face of Gucci’s line of male fragrances and Spiderman confidant, Franco is seen by many to be Hollywood’s biggest nerd.
In 2006, Franco enrolled at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and took 62 course credits a quarter – 19 is the normal limit – while continuing his acting career.
He obtained a CGPA of 3.5 and simultaneously enrolled at New York University, Columbia University and Brooklyn College for graduate courses in writing and filmmaking.
Currently a PhD student in English at Yale University, Franco opted against watching the 2011 Academy Award nominations in favour of attending class.
The duo first met in March 1995 during a spring orientation for new computer PhD candidates at Stanford University in the US.
Brin – already in the programme for two years – showed Page and some other newbies around campus.
Despite disagreeing on quite a few issues, the duo became close friends and applied their respective strengths – and suspended their studies – to start up Google in a rented garage. As you know, the rest is history and you probably used their search engine a few minutes ago.
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