Came across an interesting short article:
Philip Glass, the world’s greatest living classical composer, drove a cab for five years. He graduated from Juilliard, a school even more selective than Harvard, MIT, Princeton, Stanford, or Yale.
Douglas Prasher, co-discoverer of the green fluorescent protein, drives a shuttle bus after failing to find a job in science. All three Nobel prize winners in Chemistry last year thanked him in their acceptance speeches. One of them went to the extent of saying that the prize could equally well have gone to Prasher.
In Japan, people with Stanford Ph.D. become Prime Ministers. In Singapore, they become taxi drivers.