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10 celebrities who left their jobs for family

Published: Friday, Aug. 8 2014 12:00 p.m. MDT

Working can be really beneficial. But it seems a lot of people — including celebs and others in the public eye — wouldn't mind leaving their work for a bit more family time.

Associated Press

Max Schireson was at the top of a startup company he loved — until this week when he quit his position as CEO.

In a blog post, Schireson, CEO of document-oriented database company, MongoDB, announced that he was going to be resigning from his position to spend more time with his wife and kids.

“I love her, I am forever in her debt for finding a way to keep the family working despite my crazy travel. I should not continue abusing that patience,” he said of his wife.

But Schireson is far from the first person to leave his or her job because of family. In fact, it’s something that many dads seem to be interested in. A 2007 study by Career Builder found that 37 percent of working dads would quit their jobs to spend more time at home. And, it's a similar situation for working moms.

A Time magazine report found that the percentage of women in the workforce dropped between 1997 and 2000 as an increasing amount of women leave work to spend time with family. More recently, women have dropped out of the workforce for similar reasons, according to a Labor Department study.

Here are 10 other successful people who stepped down or changed jobs just to be closer to the ones they love:

LeBron James

Many will remember the time LeBron James decided to head back home to Cleveland and leave Miami behind, which happened earlier this summer. What was the reason for his decision? It was family, he said.

“I started thinking about what it would be like to raise my family in my hometown,” he wrote in a letter that announced his return. “I looked at other teams, but I wasn’t going to leave Miami for anywhere except Cleveland. The more time passed, the more it felt right. This is what makes me happy.”

Rick Moranis

He’s probably most known for shrinking his kids in the movies. But Rick Moranis — star of "Ghostbusters" and "Honey! I Shrunk the Kids" — decided to leave acting so that he could focus more on his family and become a stay-at-home dad (something not too uncommon these days), according to UPROXX.

“When my kids came home, there was music, and there were lights on, and there were great smells coming out of the kitchen,” he said, according to UPROXX. “And it was just a joyful place to be, and that’s what I wanted.”

Lily Allen

Allen puts family before all, according to Music News. The singer of the summer hit "Hard Out There" left the music around 2011 to take care of her family, putting her priorities as a mother ahead of everything else, she told Music News.

"She's a mother first and foremost, and is fully aware of how lucky she is to have Ethel back to full health and Marnie so well. She's only just able to talk about it — it took some time for her to get her head around what was the worst tie of her life," an inside source said, according to Music News.

Cary Grant

Cary Grant was a big star in the 1950s, but he left his career to take care of his daughter. NPR reported on Grant’s daughter, who reflected on her dad’s life and how he would care for her in so many ways while he was on the road.

"He wanted me to have accurate records of my life growing up with him because his own records were burned in the bombings of Bristol in World War II," she said to NPR. "So he made all of these tapes and Super 8 films, and took slides and photographs. And every note I wrote him, every note he wrote me — and letter — he saved in boxes. And he put them in a fireproof vault in our house to ensure the safety of these archives for me."

Lauryn Hill

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