William Shakespeare grew up in a small country town, and got married at 18. He had a boy and two girls, and spent most of his 20's doing unremarkable work of which there is no record. He didn't go to college.
By 28, he moved to London to work in show business, as an actor and writer, leaving his wife and children back home. He spent part of each year in London, and part at home, which was 100 miles awaytwo days travel. His plays quickly made him a financial and popular success, and at 30 he became a part owner of the company for which he continued to write and act.
At 33, with enough money to live wherever and however he wanted, Shakespeare bought the second largest estate in his home town (ten fireplaces), and continued to split his time between home and city.
Shakespeare retired at 49, and moved back home permanently until his death, which was three years later. He is buried in the church where he was baptized.