Top 10 College dropouts to Billionaire

Top 10 College dropouts to Billionaire

The people who drop out of college and become billionaires have something about them that drives them to become successful and rich. So, this blog of Terminal Stack lists out the names of the top 10 billionaires who once dropped out of their college.

Top 10 College dropouts to Billionaire

Elon Musk

Elon Reeve Musk FRS is an entrepreneur, business magnate, and investor.

  • He is the founder, CEO, and chief engineer at SpaceX.
  • He is the CEO and product architect of Tesla.
  • Founder of Boring Company.
  • Co-founder of Neuralink and OpenAI.

Born on: 28 June 1971

Elon Musk dropped out of Stanford University in two days to start his first company known as Zip2.

Net Worth: 297 Billion USD

Bill Gates

William Henry Gates III is an American business magnate, software developer, investor, author, and philanthropist. He is the co-founder of Microsoft.

Born on: 28 October 1955

In the year 1975, he dropped out after attending Harvard University for two years. He dropped out of Harvard to build Microsoft, through which he became a Millionaire at the age of 26. From the year 1995 to 2017, Bill Gates held the Forbes title of the richest person in the world, except from 2010 to 2013.

Net Worth: 136.50 Billion USD

Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Elliot Zuckerberg is an American media magnate, internet entrepreneur, and philanthropist. He is the Co-founder of Meta Platform (formerly known as Facebook).

Born on: 14 May 1984

Zuckerberg dropped out of Harvard University in his Sophomore year,i.e, second year. And then he focused on building Facebook, turning out to be the World’s youngest self-made billionaire at the age of 23.

Net Worth: 116.1 Billion USD

 Mukesh Ambani

Mukesh Dhirubhai Ambani is an Indian Businessman. He is the Chairman, Managing director, and the largest shareholder of Reliance Industries Ltd.

Born on: 19 April 1957

Mukesh Ambani is a dropout of Stanford University and joined his family business of Reliance. The reason was that his father felt that real-life experience teaches more than what a classroom can teach.

Net Worth: 92.6 Billion USD

Gautam Adani

Gautam Shantilal Adani is an Indian Businessman. He is the Chairman and founder of the Adani Group. Also, he is the president of the Adani Foundation.

Born on: 24 June 1962

Gautam Adani dropped out of Gujrat University in the second year of his Bachelor’s Degree in Commerce. He had the option of joining the family business of textile. But, instead, he chose to move to Mumbai and work as a diamond sorter.

Net Worth: 77 Billion USD

Michael Dell

Michael Saul Dell is an American businessman and philanthropist. He is the founder, chairman, and CEO of Dell Technologies.

Born on: 23 February 1965

Michael Dell dropped the University of Texas in Austin while he was in his first year. The Founder of Dell Computer Corp. Michael Dell reformed the world of computers with his innovative ideas and vision.

Net Worth: 57.8 Billion USD

Jack Dorsey

Jack Patrick Dorsey is an American technology entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is the Co-founder and former CEO of Twitter. Also, he is the founder and CEO of Square, Inc.

Born on: 19 November 1976

Dorsey dropped out of college twice, first from the University of Missouri-Rolla and later from New York University.

Net Worth: 11.5 Billion USD

Azim Premji

Azim Hashim Premji is an Indian Businessman, investor, engineer, and philanthropist. He is the Founder Chairman of Wipro Limited and is also known as Czar of the Indian IT Industry.

Born on: 24 July 1945

Azim Premji dropped out of Stanford University at the age of 21 to join a family business. But he completed his engineering degree, 30 years after dropping out.

Net Worth: 10.8 Billion USD

Jan Koum

Jan Koum is a Ukrainian American Businessman and Computer programmer. He is the co-founder and was the CEO of WhatsApp.

Born on: 24 February 1976

Jan Koum is a dropout of San Jose State University. And he worked at Yahoo before founding WhatsApp along with Brian Acton (Co-founder of WhatsApp).

Net Worth: 10.6 Billion USD

Steve Jobs

Steven Paul Jobs was an American business magnate, industrial designer, and media proprietor. He was the Chairman, CEO, and Co-founder of Apple Inc.

Born on: 24 February 1955

Died on: 5 October 2011

Steve Jobs dropped after one semester from Reed College in Portland, Oregon. And Steve Wozniak (drop out of the University of California, joined forces, and founded Apple computer in 1976.

Net Worth: 10.2 Billion USD

According to the survey of Forbes 400, or the 400 Richest people in the U.S., all of them are billionaires; 362 billionaires whose education records were available, 44 were college dropouts. In other words, only 12.2 percent of billionaires dropped out of school. Similarly, a 2017 analysis found that only 16 percent of billionaires didn’t have a Bachelor’s degree. In other words, 84 percent of the country’s Richest people had a complete college education.

Hence, after reading this blog you can differentiate getting a degree from getting Educated.  But this does not mean that every dropout turns into a Billionaire.

Reference: https://www.entrepreneur.com/article/345934

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