A college degree isn’t required to become successful in life. So who are the most successful individuals who never graduated college? We made a list.
1. Bill Gates
Dropped out at 19 – Net Worth $86 billion
The founder of microsoft dropped out of Harvard after 2 short years to start Microsoft with childhood friend Paul Allen.
2. Amancio Ortega
Dropped out at 14 – Net Worth $71 billion
Amancio founded his own company producing quality yet affordable garments and opened his first retail store in 1975 and he quickly expanded his business from there.
3. Larry Ellison
Dropped out at 20 – Net Worth $54.5 billion
Larry Ellison made most of his money through Oracle. Oracle is a multionational technology corporation with multiple software products and over 100.000 employees worlwide. Larry also bought his own island in Hawaii and called it ‘Larry Ellison Island’.
4. Li Ka Shing
Dropped out at 15 – Net Worth $35.3 billion
Li Ka Shing dropped out at just 15 years old to start selling watch bands. The money he made from selling watch bands he invested in building a huge business empire in multiple industries.
5. Mark Zuckerberg
Dropped out at 19 – Net Worth $32.5 billion
You probably already know how Mark made so much money. If not, Mark is the founder of the most popular social network in the world: Facebook.
6. Michael Dell
Dropped out at 19 – Net Worth $18.7 billion
Michael started selling upgrades for pc’s from his dorm and eventually got a license to start bidding on (large) contracts.
7. Steve Jobs
Dropped out at 21 – Net Worth $10.2 billion
Steve Jobs revolutionized every industry he entered. Best known as co-founder of Apple Inc. he was also chief executive of Pixar Animation Studios.
8. Dustin Moskovitz
Dropped out at 21 – Net Worth $8.4 billion
Youngest self-made billionaire in history Dustin was Zuckerberg’s roommate in college and joined Facebook as the third employee. Dustin left Facebook in 2008 to start his own software firm called Asana.
9. Jan Koum
Dropped out at 20 – Net Worth $7 billion
Jan founded a mobile messaging platform called WhatsApp which he sold to Facebook for $19 billion. He got to keep a cool $6.8 billion himself.