When you’re in college you get a chance to learn a lot of important things. You learn how things work in the field you wish to get a career in. You get to meet a lot of brilliant professors that might inspire you to be really successful.
Still, some of the richest and most successful people in the world are actually college dropouts. Why? They simply never needed a college education in order to learn everything they wanted to know. The truth is that anybody can be successful without going to a university, as long as they are motivated enough to learn by themselves.
Now is the time of entrepreneurs and self-made millionaires, where no one has four years to waste on going to college. But, if you wish to follow in their footsteps, understand that the dropouts who become extremely successful were spending more than 12 hours a day working on their projects when they finally decided that college wasn’t for them. This is why formal education is very important for people who would have never done something with their lives if it wasn’t for studying for exams and looking up to their professors. Nevertheless, the number of college dropouts is constantly rising every year. This is mostly due to the fact that you can educate yourself in any subject you please just by Googling it.
When some people figure out that they have found a way to learn much more by themselves than by going to a college, they usually drop out. This is exactly what these ten people did, and now they’re doing what they love and enjoying life as much as they can.
10. Gabe Newell – Net Worth: $1.26 billion
Gabe Newell is known for being the co-founder of the popular video game development and digital distribution company Valve Corporation, which developed some of the most popular games of all time, including Half-Life. He was a student at Harvard University, but claimed that he hadn’t learned anything while he was there. He would instead hang around the offices of Microsoft, where his brother worked, and learned everything about developing software at the company. Eventually, he even got a job at Microsoft, and spent 13 years working there. In 1996, he left the company to found the company Valve. Now, Gabe Newell has a net worth of $1.26 billion.
9. Jack Dorsey – Net Worth: $2.5 billion
Jack Dorsey is among the best known programmers today, having co-founded the social networking website Twitter. Even as a kid, he was very interested in writing code, especially in the field of dispatch logistics. He began creating dispatch software at a very young age, which many taxi cab companies still use today. Upon finishing high school, Jack enrolled at the Missouri University of Science and Technology, but quickly transferred to New York University. While he was at NYU, he came up with an idea for a social networking website that later became Twitter. He dropped out of college to work on his idea, and it really paid off. Twitter is one of the most recognizable websites in the world, and Jack has a net worth of $2.5 billion.
8. Sean Parker – Net Worth: $2.7 billion
Sean Parker is an entrepreneur, best known for co-founding Napster, a file sharing Internet service. He is also notable for becoming the first president of Facebook. When Parker was a kid, he was very interested in programming and hacking. When he was 16, the F.B.I. managed to track him down and sentenced him to community service after Sean hacked into a Fortune 500 company. During his high school years, he was recruited by a number of companies, and was earning more than $80,000 a year. This convinced his parents to let him skip college and work on his business ventures. He learned a lot of things while working on Napster, which he considers to be the equivalent of a college education. Because of this, he often notes that he attended the Napster University. He is considered a genius by many, as well as one of the most successful serial entrepreneurs of our time. His current net worth is $2.7 billion.
7. Steven Spielberg – Net Worth: $3.6 billion
Steven Spielberg is one of the best and most popular filmmakers of all time. Some of his most notable work includes the movies Jaws, Schindler’s List, Jurassic Park, and E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial. Spielberg was interested in making movies ever since he was a kid. In his early teens, he would make a lot of amateur films with his friends. When he was 16, Steven made his first independent movie with a small amount of money his father gave him. The movie was called Firelight, and it was shown at a local cinema one evening, helping him earn the budget of the movie back. Upon graduating from high school, he applied to film school, but was rejected due to his low grade average. So, he enrolled at California State University. But while he was a student there, he was offered a seven-year contract with Universal Studios to be a professional film director. He immediately dropped out of college and decided to work for Universal. Spielberg currently has a net worth of $3.6 billion.
6. Ralph Lauren – Net Worth: $7.1 billion
Ralph Lauren is one of the most notable designers in the fashion world, best known for being the CEO of the Ralph Lauren Corporation. Ever since he was a kid, he was very ambitious and his main goal was to become a millionaire. He started earning money back in high school, when he was selling ties to other students in the school. After graduating from high school, he continued his education at Baruch College where he was studying business. However, he dropped out only two years later because he wanted to join the army, where he also spent two years. After that, he managed to get a job at a tie company, where he stayed only for a brief period of time. He left the company because they rejected a lot of his design ideas. A year later, he began designing neckties from rags, and eventually founded Polo with a budget of $50,000. He now has a net worth of $7.1 billion.
5. Michael Dell – Net Worth: $18.7 billion
Michael Dell is a very successful business magnate and investor. Even as a kid, he was very fascinated by the business world. So in his early teens, he would save up money he earned from working part-time jobs and invest it in precious metals and stocks. As soon as he got his first computer, at the age of 15, he became fascinated by these machines. Only four years later, he managed to establish the company known as Dell, with a modest budget of $1,000. At that time, he was a student at the University of Texas. However, his business was doing so well that he felt he needed to drop out in order to focus on it. That type of thinking certainly paid off, as he’s now worth $18.7 billion and is currently the 50th richest man in the world.
4. Sheldon Adelson – Net Worth: $28.7 billion
Sheldon Adelson is a very popular philanthropist and business magnate. He is best known for being the CEO of the Las Vegas Sands casino empire. He was born into poverty, so he felt the need to make money ever since he was a kid. He started his first entrepreneurial venture at the age of 12, by selling newspapers across Boston. When he finished high school, Adelson enrolled at the City College of New York. However, he only spent two years there, and joined the army afterwards. But, his knack for business hadn’t stopped there. He was discharged from the army to pursue his interests, eventually starting more than 50 different businesses during his career. He currently has a net worth of $28.7 billion.
3. Mark Zuckerberg – Net Worth: $34.8 billion
Mark Zuckerberg is one of the most notable Internet entrepreneurs of all time. He is the chairman of Facebook, and is also the most prominent co-founders of the social networking website. Even as a kid, Zuckerberg was very interested in writing software and creating computer games. In high school, Mark excelled in a number of subjects, and eventually enrolled at Harvard University. During his sophomore year, he started developing a social networking website now known as Facebook. Mark even dropped out of college at the time because he really wanted to finish the project. Now, it is the most popular social networking website in the world, and Zuckerberg has a net worth of $34.8 billion.
2. Larry Ellison – Net Worth: $54.9 billion
Larry Ellison is one of the most notable programmers and internet entrepreneurs of all time. In his teens, he excelled in subjects such as science and math. Upon graduating from high school, Larry enrolled at the University of Illinois, where he spent two years. He dropped out after his adoptive mother died. One year later, he decided to go to the University of Chicago, but spent only a semester there. Larry subsequently moved to California with little money in his possession, and he spent the following ten years working for numerous companies. In 1977, he co-founded the Oracle Corporation, which specializes in both computer hardware and enterprise software products. Larry is currently the 5th richest man in the world, with a net worth of $54.9 billion.
1. Bill Gates – Net Worth: $80.4 billion
Yes, even the richest man in the world is a college dropout. Bill Gates is a programmer, business magnate, inventor, and an extremely prominent philanthropist. Ever since he became a teenager, Gates was incredibly interested in programming, which he would practice on a computer at his school. At the time, he met a fellow student named Paul Allen who shared the same interests and enthusiasm about computers. They quickly became very good friends and would both spend a huge amount of time together programming. After graduating from high school, Paul enrolled at Washington State University, while Gates went to Harvard. However, they both quickly dropped out with a desire to start a software company, now known as Microsoft. Bill Gates has a net worth of $80.4 billion.
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