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Thursday, 11 May 2017
10 ultra-successful millionaire and billionaire college dropouts
Some of the wealthiest and most influential entrepreneurs in the world dropped out of college.
Steve Jobs, Bill Gates and Mark Zuckerberg all left college before they could collect their diplomas. Peter Thiel even encourages talented students to drop out of college by funding a
that awards recipients with $100,000 if they quit.
This infographic, created by Funders and Founders designer
, pinpoints the moments when some of the most successful millionaire and billionaire college dropouts decided higher ed wasn't for them.
While staying in school as long as possible is proven to
increase your wealth and future job prospects
, these 10 accomplished entrepreneurs bucked convention and still achieved success.
Michael Dell dropped out of University of Texas at Austin his freshman year at the age of 19. He would go on to found Dell Technologies and is now worth
The founder of Apple left Reed College when he was just 19, reportedly because it was too much of a financial burden for his family. Despite his short tenure at Reed, Jobs still found his time there valuable. In a
2005 commencement speech at Stanford
, he credited a Reed calligraphy course for providing the inspiration for the typography he used on the first Mac.
Before he was a controversial computer hacker,
studied mathematics at the University of Melbourne. The Aussie WikiLeaks founder showed early indications of his anti-establishment ideals when he dropped out at the age of 19 over objections to the practice of students working on computer projects for the Australian military.
Bill Gates attended Harvard for two years before leaving to build what would become Microsoft. The Harvard Crimson describes him as "Harvard's most successful dropout," and today he is the
wealthiest person on the planet
grew up in Clarks, Nebraska, where his family ran a farm. He attended the University of Nebraska at Lincoln for three semesters before dropping out.
Williams was a freelance software programmer for Hewlett-Packard and Intel before landing a gig at Google. He later quit his job at Google to build Twitter, and became a
Mark Zuckerberg dropped out of Harvard, founded Facebook and became the 5
wealthiest man alive. According to the book "The Facebook Effect," it took him just five minutes to make the decision to quit college.
is known as a software billionaire and founder of Oracle. When he was growing up, however, his adoptive parents encouraged him to be a doctor.
He attended the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of Chicago, but struggled with his medical courses and dropped out. Today he is worth
over $55 billion
Immigrant entrepreneur Jan Koum worked his way through college only to quit before graduating. He would go on to work for Yahoo, and then to invent the incredibly popular messaging application WhatsApp.
Before becoming the CEO and founder of Uber,
studied computer engineering at UCLA. Kalanick decided to quit college just months before graduating to work for now-defunct peer-to-peer search engine Scour.
John Mackey studied religion and philosophy at the University of Texas before dropping out, borrowing $45,000, and starting a health food store called
in downtown Austin. Mackey grew his business into what is now organic grocery behemoth Whole Foods.
Thursday, May 11, 2017
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