Cruising about the blogosphere I noticed 'leaving academia' (let's not read too much into that... just thinking about some upcoming blog posts) has a list of people who left academica and did alright. I found this gem:
1. Miuccia Prada. This is the academic-leaver that can make us all proud. As the head of the Prada fashion house, Dr. Prada has a Ph.D. in political science.
-- Second Suitor