The Most Successful College Dropouts In History
- Successful Entrepreneurs Who Dropped Out of School
- Top 30 College Drop Outs Who Made It Big in Business
- #1. Henry Ford (Ford)
- Net Worth $199 Billion – Dropped out at 16.
- #2. Bill Gates (Microsoft)
- Net Worth $95.8 Billion – Dropped out at 19.
- #3. Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook)
- Net Worth $73.7 Billion – Dropped out at 19.
- #4. Amancio Ortega (Zara)
- Net Worth $70.2 Billion – Dropped out at 14.
- #4. Larry Ellison (Oracle)
- Net Worth $66.6 Billion – Dropped out at 20.
- #6. Li Ka Shing (Cheung Kong Holdings)
- Net Worth $33.5 Billion – Dropped out at 15.
- #7. Sheldon Adelson (Las Vegas Sands)
- Net Worth $30.2 Billion – Dropped out at 19.
- #8. Larry Page (Google)
- Net Worth $29.1 Billion – Dropped out at 21.
- #9. Michael Dell (Dell)
- Net Worth $21.8 Billion – Dropped out at 19.
- #10. Paul Allen (Microsoft)
- Net Worth $17 Billion – Dropped out at 20.
- #11. Azim Premji (Wipro)
- Net Worth $16.4 Billion – Dropped out at 22.
- #12. Kirk Kerkorian (Tracinda)
- Net Worth $10 Billion – Dropped out at 12.
- #13. Steve Jobs (Apple)
- Net Worth $8.3 Billion – Dropped out at 21.
- #14. Dustin Moskovitz (Facebook)
- Net Worth $8.2 Billion – Dropped out at 21.
- #15. Lex Wexner (L Brands)
- Net Worth $7.7 Billion – Dropped out at 22.
- #16. Jan Koum (WhatsApp)
- Net Worth $7.2 Billion – Dropped out at 20.
- #17. Ralph Lauren (Ralph Lauren)
- Net Worth $7.1 Billion – Dropped out at 20.
- #18. David Geffen (Geffen Records)
- Net Worth $6.9 Billion – Dropped out at 19.
- #19. Walt Disney (Disney)
- Net Worth $5 billion (2015) – Dropped out at 16.
- #20. David Green (Hobby Lobby)
- Net Worth $4.7 Billion – Dropped out at 18.
- #21. Richard Branson (Virgin)
- Net Worth $4.7 Billion – Dropped out at 16.
- #22. Subhash Chandra Goel (Zee Tv)
- Net Worth $4 Billion – Dropped out at 12.
- #23. Haim Saban (Saban Capital)
- Net Worth $3.3 Billion – Dropped out at 13.
- #24. Sean Parker (Facebook)
- Net Worth $3 Billion – Dropped out at 14.
- #25. Evan Williams (Twitter)
- Net Worth $2.9 Billion – Dropped out at 19.
- #26. Jack Dorsey (Twitter)
- Net Worth $5.1 Billion – Dropped out at 20.
- #27. Hiroshi Yamauchi (Nintendo)
- Net Worth $2.1 Billion – Dropped out at 22.
- #28. Gabe Newell (Valve)
- Net Worth $1.3 Billion – Dropped out at 20.
- #29. Orji Uzor Kalu (Slok)
- Net Worth $1 Billion – Dropped out at 20.
- We Can’t Gauge Our Success Based on Grades
- Don’t Rush to Quit School
- And the Most Notable Young Entrepreneurs Of Recent Times?
- This post is dedicated to Chad
Successful Entrepreneurs Who Dropped Out of School
Several years ago (2009) we published a blog post about the most successful college dropouts in history. There are many young entrepreneur dropouts, and I’m one of them. To celebrate us dropouts I compiled a list updated for 2015 with the top entrepreneurs who dropped out of college and still managed to crush it in business.
Here are some notable takeaways from our dropouts:
- Over 1.5 million employees.
- Over $600 billion net worth.
- Over $40 billion donated to charity.
- 14 names made their billions in the tech space.
- 10 names made their billions in the last 10 years.
Top 30 College Drop Outs Who Made It Big in Business
#1. Henry Ford (Ford)
Net Worth $199 Billion – Dropped out at 16.
Henry Ford dropped out at 16 and later founded Ford Motor Company in 1903. By 1908 he dropped the famous Model T and the assembly line, which has affected all of our lives, literally shaping the world. If he was still alive today, he’d be worth $199 Billion.
#2. Bill Gates (Microsoft)
Net Worth $95.8 Billion – Dropped out at 19.
Gates attended Harvard in the fall of 1973, only to drop out two years later to found Microsoft with childhood buddy Paul Allen. In 2007, he ended up receiving an honorary degree from Harvard.
#3. Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook)
Net Worth $73.7 Billion – Dropped out at 19.
Surely you’ve heard of Mark Zuckerberg. If not, he’s the guy who founded the second highest traffic website in the world, Facebook. Remember the hoodie he wore to all of his press conferences and public events?
#4. Amancio Ortega (Zara)
Net Worth $70.2 Billion – Dropped out at 14.
At 27, Ortega founded his own company, producing quality yet affordable garments, and in 1975, he opened his first retail store, Zara. Ortega is now the richest man in Spain.
#4. Larry Ellison (Oracle)
Net Worth $66.6 Billion – Dropped out at 20.
Larry Ellison is a serial entrepreneur, programmer and philanthropist who made a good chunk of his billions via the multinational tech corp, Oracle. Oh yea, he also own an island in Hawaii named, “Larry Ellison Island.”
#6. Li Ka Shing (Cheung Kong Holdings)
Net Worth $33.5 Billion – Dropped out at 15.
Li Ka Shing said “deuces” to school at age 15 and started selling watch bands. Today he’s the world’s largest operator of container terminals, world’s largest health and beauty retailer, Chinese energy supplier and real estate developer.
#7. Sheldon Adelson (Las Vegas Sands)
Net Worth $30.2 Billion – Dropped out at 19.
While you may not know his face, you may have partied at one of his Vegas establishments for your 21st. Aside from Sheldon Adelson being a casino tycoon, he also owns the Israeli Daily newspaper and dabbles in politics.
#8. Larry Page (Google)
Net Worth $29.1 Billion – Dropped out at 21.
Larry page is known for co-founding a little site called Google. He technically graduated from University of Michigan but later dropped out of his PhD. program which why he’s on the list.
#9. Michael Dell (Dell)
Net Worth $21.8 Billion – Dropped out at 19.
Michael Dell truly caught the entrepreneurial bug in college. Selling upgrade mods for personal computers from his dorm, ultimately led to him getting a license from the State of Texas to bid on (large) contracts. The rest is history.
#10. Paul Allen (Microsoft)
Net Worth $17 Billion – Dropped out at 20.
This Microsoft co-founder is a sports fanatic, owning the Seattle Seahawks, and the NBA’s Portland Trailblazer’s. He’s known for having fun with his cash thanks to ridiculous toys ranging from submarines to 400ft yachts.
#11. Azim Premji (Wipro)
Net Worth $16.4 Billion – Dropped out at 22.
Mr. Premji has been at the helm of Wipro Limited for four decades. In that time he’s grown them into one of the Indian leaders in the software industry.
#12. Kirk Kerkorian (Tracinda)
Net Worth $10 Billion – Dropped out at 12.
Kirk Kerkorian is known as the “father of the megaresort” and has helped develop, shape and grow Las Vegas. An 8th grade dropout, Kirk is a former boxer, WWII fighter pilot and CEO of the successful investment firm Tracinda.
#13. Steve Jobs (Apple)
Net Worth $8.3 Billion – Dropped out at 21.
Jobs dropped out of college after one semester and recycled cans and bottles to make ends meet. A vegetarian Buddhist who frequently experimented with LSD, Jobs has been hailed as the Ford and Edison of our Time.
#14. Dustin Moskovitz (Facebook)
Net Worth $8.2 Billion – Dropped out at 21.
Forbes reported Moskovitz to be the youngest self-made billionaire in history. Zuckerberg’s roommate at Harvard and Facebook’s third employee, Dustin left Facebook in 2008 to start hist software firm Asana.
#15. Lex Wexner (L Brands)
Net Worth $7.7 Billion – Dropped out at 22.
Over the years Lex has built up some of the most famous brands in the world, including Abercrombie & Fitch, Lane Bryant, Limited Too and Express. Btw, he’s the shot caller aka current owner of Victoria Secret.
#16. Jan Koum (WhatsApp)
Net Worth $7.2 Billion – Dropped out at 20.
Koum made $6.8 billion when Facebook acquired his mobile messaging startup WhatsApp for $19 billion. He had originally dropped out of school to Yahoo, where he oversaw security and infrastructure for the internet giant.
#17. Ralph Lauren (Ralph Lauren)
Net Worth $7.1 Billion – Dropped out at 20.
This billionaire fashion mogul studied business for 2 years before dropping out. In 1967, after leaving his clerk position at Brooks Brothers, Lauren sold $500,000 worth of ties. He started Polo the next year.
#18. David Geffen (Geffen Records)
Net Worth $6.9 Billion – Dropped out at 19.
This guy founded Asylum Records and Geffen Records and co-founded DreamWorks. He also founded Hobby Lobby, a popular American chain of arts and crafts stores.
#19. Walt Disney (Disney)
Net Worth $5 billion (2015) – Dropped out at 16.
Walt Disney dropped out of at 16 and founded Walt Disney; a company which now has an annual revenue of about $30 billion. He’s regarded as the most influential animator ever.
#20. David Green (Hobby Lobby)
Net Worth $4.7 Billion – Dropped out at 18.
Billionaire founder of Hobby Lobby, religious philanthropist. Did not attend college. Started the Hobby Lobby chain with a $600 loan.
#21. Richard Branson (Virgin)
Net Worth $4.7 Billion – Dropped out at 16.
ironically he dropped out to start a youth magazine called “Student.” After he moved to London in the 60s, he developed a “mail-order” record company to fund his magazine, named Virgin. Branson’s empire includes an airline, drinks manufacturer and over 400 other ventures.
#22. Subhash Chandra Goel (Zee Tv)
Net Worth $4 Billion – Dropped out at 12.
Dr Chandra who is referred to as the Media Moghul of India, changed the television industry by launching the country’s first satellite Hindi channel in 1992. The Zee Network now has over 500 million viewers in 167 countries.
#23. Haim Saban (Saban Capital)
Net Worth $3.3 Billion – Dropped out at 13.
Saban made it big as the producer of the Mighty Morphin Power Rangers TV show in the early 90s. And later sold Fox Family to Disney for $5 Billion and made $1.7 Billion on the deal.
#24. Sean Parker (Facebook)
Net Worth $3 Billion – Dropped out at 14.
He’s the co-founder of the infamous music sharing service Napster, which changed the music industry forever. He later served as Facebook’s first president owning 28.2% of B shares.
#25. Evan Williams (Twitter)
Net Worth $2.9 Billion – Dropped out at 19.
Williams is one of the co-founders of Twitter and the founder of Square, and before each of the aforementioned companies he co-founded the successful podcasting company Odeo.
#26. Jack Dorsey (Twitter)
Net Worth $5.1 Billion – Dropped out at 20.
Dorsey, who is now on the board of Disney, is one of the founding members of Twitter, and founder and CEO of Square. He’s often referred to as the “cool” guy in tech.
#27. Hiroshi Yamauchi (Nintendo)
Net Worth $2.1 Billion – Dropped out at 22.
Yamauchi dropped out to take over the company his grandfather started in 1889, maintaining his role as the third president of Nintendo for 55 years, taking them from small card company to video game powerhouse.
#28. Gabe Newell (Valve)
Net Worth $1.3 Billion – Dropped out at 20.
Newell co-founded Valve Corporation, a company famous for the sci-fi video game, Half Life. Newell claims to be “producer of the first three releases of Windows.” Like Zuckerberg and Gates, he was also a Harvard dropout.
#29. Orji Uzor Kalu (Slok)
Net Worth $1 Billion – Dropped out at 20.
The Nigerian born billionaire and war survivor, made his billions in television and media after being expelled from University for leading student riots and taking a $35 loan from his mother.
We Can’t Gauge Our Success Based on Grades
Not having a college degree will be a hindrance to some avenues of success, but not all. It does tend to make it harder to get a job with big companies (in particular) or with companies that are founded by individuals who place great value on academic degrees. These types of people are increasingly less common, especially in tech, as you’ll notice from this list, but there’s still a lot of them.
Of the 30 names on this list, 25 are self made. And of the 25 that are self made, 10 made their billions in the last 10 years in the tech space. What’s also interesting, is that the combined total of employees that these dropouts employ is well over 1 million. And of this number of employees, a vast number of them have college degrees. Ironic, no?
Don’t Rush to Quit School
Interesting and inspiring selection I think you will agree. Not all are complete dropouts – some actually have pretty impressive academic achievements to their name but alas the call of their Entrepreneurial Ventures took them to leave those studies and instead go on to create considerable wealth plus businesses that in some case have touched Billions of people.
One entrepreneur who in particular impressed me was Michael Dell – who started a computer company called PCs Limited while attending the University of Texas in Austin. It became so successful that Dell dropped out of school to operate it, and the company eventually became Dell, Inc, with revenues of $56.94 billion in 2013. In 2006, Dell and his wife gave a $50 million grant to the University which he attended but never graduated from.
One remarkable fact I noted when compiling this list, was the number of businesses that started of in a garage. Take for example the HP corporation which started life in a tiny 12×18 foot garage. And then there is also Google and Apple who started life in a garage.
And the Most Notable Young Entrepreneurs Of Recent Times?
Well it is Mark Zuckerberg of course.
Facebook Founder, Mark Zuckerberg has an estimated net worth of nearly $34 billion and believed by some to be the wealthiest man younger than 35 in the USA. Mark Zuckerberg, like Bill Gates, is a Harvard dropout.
After launching Facebook school-wide from his dorm room at Harvard in February 2004, Zuckerberg began devoting more and more time to his program, gradually spreading it to other schools. By that summer, Zuckerberg and his roommate Dustin Moskovitz had released Facebook to nearly 30 schools, and the website was growing too popular to be run part-time.
This post is dedicated to Chad
We recently received an email from a mother concerned not only with the happiness and motivation of her son, but the type of ‘formal’ education he was receiving. She felt her child needed to be inspired and found a similar retireat21.com article to be just that.
Even if this list makes a difference to one life, it’s worth doing.
Very interesting post Michael, love your site!
It’s important to note that most of these people didn’t quit school until they were already successful. The truth is that the vast majority of college students (i.e. 99.999%) will never reach this level of success. Finishing college gives you something to fall back on later in life if things don’t go your way.
It’s also worth noting that many of these people are Harvard or Stanford dropouts… and their families were worth considerable amounts of money before they ever went into business.
It almost sounds like this post is encouraging college students to drop out by showing all the successful entrepreneurs who have “made it,” when the vast majority of new businesses fail.
My dear friend, now education and medicine are industries, businesses just like any other businesses.
That’s what 99.999% are not reaching that success after years of hard studies and spending thousands.
I know it, why I without any money and with little education with my raw sweat, tears and hard work, I started
a small business about ten years ago and built it up to three world class factories employing over 700 workers
among them many are college graduates. This sums up present day college education, the bold and brave
always conquer the world, come what may, with or with out education – its always the rock hard will and determination to achieve some thing for them and the society push them to this heights which the college graduates lack, most of them simply think the college degree would bring every thing.
Great post, by the way Graham is 23, not 21!
Wow. Bill Gates is a dropout?!
Well said. And if I may add, you sometimes hear of remarkable stories of people who quit whatever they were doing to pursue something like music, acting or sports careers. And entrepreneurship is the same but different. Yes, you should fully pursue your passion, but I think Seth Godin says it best when he says that ‘You don’t know what people will take to.’ So just because Mark Zuckerberg created Facebook doesn’t mean if you decide to go out and build a better, cooler version that people will jump to that. You just never know what will excite people.
Also, most people who tend to want to support you in your endeavors (financial or otherwise) focus more on what you have done vs. what you will do. So it helps to have some track record of your success. What you think is cool is relative. People basically will take you more seriously if they see that you have produced something and are showing slow and steady sales growth.
And lastly, the people who are most successful also realize that everything around them is a tool to their success, not an obstacle. Your school is a resource. Your community is a resource. Your parents and your friends parents are resources. Remember how Facebook got started—within the university with the primary target audience being college students. So in some respects Mark Zueckerberg was still managing the resources that he had alloted to him at that time. So folks, bottom line, choose to run to something not from something in your entrepreneurial pursuit.
And best wishes to all of you emerging entrepreneurs regardless of your personal or professional endeavors.
What a powerful list, Michael! You’ve set the bar higher for [email protected].
It’s definitely worthy of Digg or Stumble.
PS: Coincidentally, I dropped out of college too so hopefully I could get into the list soon.
Good post, $59 billion for Bill Gates :O
I like the fact that all these people have been so successful and did not complete college. I like that the majority still make money online today with their big venture or side shifted slightly to another area. It shows that it is possible for anyone to make money and progress to something exceptional
Do you think that Larry Page and Jerry Yang where drop outs when they found their company ? I don’t think so, They must be Graduates then.
@Yan: Just give it time, it’ll come. Keep up the good work as you’ve been doing and it’s bound to happen.
Best of luck to everyone. Nice post.
always looking for something interesting subject
and always think.
thanks and great job
Wow, impressive list.
Although dropouts, they certainly didn’t lack in the brainpower category. Or, the work ethic….
i like it keep it up but where is the info the black entrepreneurs like myself i need more info on like how and where to get funding.
Outstanding posting, keep your great work Michael.
great post mic.
Great post! Really interesting and inspiring selection.
Yea, to reiterate what Brandon said, don’t take this has motivation TO drop out of school. I believe a statistic said that 90% of small business owner creators had a college degree. If you’re able to find success, then run with it, but don’t believe the road to success is dropping out.
It’s a nice list but how do people who graduated qualify for a college dropout list?
Nice post. But how could you miss out the legendary Dhirubhai Ambani?
James, I was thinking that they probably got their degrees AFTER their business became hugely successful from dropping out.
This list just reinforces the power of the technology industry. So many big tech companies were created by people who just had a dream and a desire to pursue it.
The thing is with some of these guys is that they had money in the background of their life already, so none of this success really mattered to them.
It’s worth noting that Hotmail.com co-founder Jack Smith didn’t just drop out of college, he flunked out. 12 years later he sold Hotmail to Microsoft for $400,000,000.
There is hope for non-conformists, it seems! My favourites amongst these are Matt Mullenweg (I really love WordPress and its success is only but a taste of things to come!) and Jawed Karim.
With a bit of luck, some of these guys will become professors at a University of Real Life.
This is very much impressive! It’s very surprising that those people behind the most successful names in I.T. are college dropouts back then.
For Brandon Eley above: Brandon…as Scott Wainner’s Father, I can promise you, that Scott did not come from a WEALTHY FAMILY…Scott
is a total self-made man. Got his 1st computer at the young age of 6 and he was hooked! He developed 2 successful websites while he was in High School. You might also be interested to learn that Scott earned his pilot’s license in a Cessna aircraft at the age of 15…he’s just a very bright young man. But, I think the thing that makes my Son so successful is that he is very “grounded” and keeps his success in “perspective”. He is now 31 and has 4 very successful websites…along with a very successful book he
co-authored about “over-clocking computers”…can you tell his Father is very proud of his Son?! *smile*
How about the women?
Very good post. I hope to see my face up there someday.
I am looking for exactly the information on this post for my winners bible… the bit with the heroes and mentors in it… I did not steal the photo’s, I am just looking for inspiration.
It made me laugh knowing that the hottest site of today (Facebook) was created by a college dropout.
Going to college does not determine anything except that the student will spend countless hours in a classroom following someone else’s lesson plan (for better or for worse) and either spending a lot of money or securing plenty of scholarship for it.
Now comes the time of the autodidact. At the end of the day, who’s going to get commissioned for work? Who will have the knowledge and motivation? The “renaissance men” or the “formally educated” people? Whichever ones learn and apply out of a sense of wonder. The money and jobs are a byproduct of a deep curiosity in pure research that drives us on. Every dropout on this page, no matter his trade or business, is a scientist with a vision. Of course, life’s comforts can be obtained from other viewpoints, but the emptiness is felt despite any material aquisition.
And, yes, Mindie, how about the women? 😉
Great looking redesign. Love your content and this article.
This article and this topic has been baffling me the last few months because I work heavily in the school industry.
As an Academic Success Strategies who delivers speeches and develop resources for students to succeed in school (and a recipient of many college degrees myself) many students need to understand both the concepts of Education and HUSTLE!
Working smart, staying focused, and sticking to a plan is something that needs to be re-emphasized in our school systems over and over. The perception that having a college degree or getting and education is the Key to success is so NOT true. But its the application of the things you learn in school plus smart hustle with diligence is the key to amazing success.
Great article and thanks for all you do Michael.
** And yes where are the women?
nice list, but I do have a question… the list is about college drop outs, not people who graduated college (i.e. Larry Page, and Jerry Yang) they shouldn’t be in the list if you are talking about college drop outs… why put them in the list?
Wew, Matt Mullenweg and Kevin Rose I never though about them leaving college, btw great post michael
Awesome list man. I was too thinking of dropping out of my college but i didn’t. What are the chances of success for non dropouts. LOL
wow. i cant believe they’re all drop outs..inspirational! well, as they say, you only get to use 10% of your learning in the classroom in real life. i like your posts..really interesting. keep it up!
that Jared guy is my new business hero !
List was good, but if you see lot of those business are having a shaky ground, they will wipe out in next few years and even there wealth, there is lot of competition in the market to be success. You don’t need to drop out from any school to be success, what you need is a out of the box thinking brain.
Really great post …they are really heroes of the internet world ….
WOW, So many people didnt know these guys quit uni. So inspiring to know that you too can be one of these mega successes.
Always remember this, whats possible for one is possible for all
Thanks a billion for this site and these articles. I had to quit school due to financial reasons and plan on finishing but success doesn’t come from following someones curriculum, it comes from following your heart and being driven to succeed. I will be on this list sooner than later.
Another college dropout/entrepreneur/billionaire/genius is Rush Limbaugh. He’s estimated to be worth at or just over a billion dollars.
you should mention Gurbaksh Chahal too
He left school at 16 and sold his first company at 18 for 40 millions and his second company for 300 millions (bluelithium) to yahoo
very nice post, good to a lot of the high tech guys are drop out’s, but in my case nothing happen so far 🙂
Its hard to believe but I know some of the college dropouts who is very successful in their career now. Thanks for sharing this, I really like your blog and i really appreciate the excellent quality content you are posting here.
A very inspiring an informative post Michael 🙂
They rock the internet 🙂
Hey – for strong fantastic black entrepreneurs, I think Farrah Gray is a super person to model – read his books – adopt his winning ‘can do’, positively focused attitude – this is a common theme for every single person on this list as well. The amount or type of education is somewhat coincidental. It’s the attitude, drive, and positive focus that ends up creating the success.
No one ever accused Ford of having a ‘proper education’ – in fact many people who Did have the ‘proper education’ accused him of not ‘being smart enough’ to be so successful!
I tool I love that has really helped me ‘retrain my brain for success’ is regularly playing Robert Kiyosaki’s Rich Dad Poor Dad “Cashflow 101”- lots of fun and totally worth the time put in.
I am female and I have gone from a lifetime of negative cashflow and debt to just now (in this economy) starting to see positive cashflow and my pathway to spiral up to success. The key is not the external education, but how you push to learn for yourself and get into action, make your mistakes faster and learn to build and maintain feeling good and having a positive attitude regardless of what is externally “happening.” My world started shifting in a success direction once I accomplished these foundations inside myself.
I am training my 3 teenage daughters in this path also.
Michael, THANK YOU for your inspiring information and attitude. It really helps!
You’re missing Mike Lazaridis. Net worth $1.7 Billion. Dropped out of the University of Waterloo to start Research in Motion, the developer of the Blackberry
So dropping out means success doesn’t it? No, passion, hard work, research and originality means success.
Janus Friis, the co-founder of Skype was a high school dropout too.
You write on this page
that he is worth $1.3 Billion, so he takes a 16th place.
Thank you for a great website.
Loving all these lists!! woo!
Keep posting them 🙂
One missing is gurbaksh chahal he dropped out at 16 becuase he start a business and sold it for 40 million and then made another business and sold it for 300 million 🙂
Great post Micheal. Very inspiring!!
nice! so inspirational!
keep it up!
this site is cool! 🙂
i want to know if there is anyone out there that can help a church with a school and a security company.all non profit.to succeed in life and be well known thru out the world.please help.god bless
Great work……Michael…very motivating stuff!
great work mate, someday i hope to be in this list, though am a graduate never wish to be a drop out. school is good thats where you get the basic knowledge of how to start……
nice one mate, you are a great guy, but school is the basics to starting any bussiness…..
Impressive list. Thanks for making this post available on your blog. You are doing a great job.
Larry Page is not a dropout, he was a Phd candidate.
i didn’t know that larry page was also a dropout and he is just years old and CEO of Google
Hi this is so awesome.
i have dropped out of college, and started my own youtube show on youtube.
check it out http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ziv-G4NhsM
Helo Micheal,i realy enjoy your work,just keep it up,i thin k you have touched and changed many life through posting,i thank GOD for you guy,but i need a solution to my problem,i think the only software i can use is only joomla but i don’t realy know most of the extensions and there work,please can you just help me on the type of software i can use that will be more easy for me to get a profesional site like incomdiary or retire21
your blog is very informative. keep blogging.
that is such an inspirational article..hope we also get to be so great as we also start out….http://www.254joblink.blogspot.com
This is a catchy title, the term ” College Dropout ” seems to shock people as it gives message to people that he had hard times in life or he ruined his life but he survived! And he is now successful!
Great list Mike, Thanks for the inspiration.
It is not just drive that makes these people successful. Nor is it luck. It is hustle. It is a crazy concoction of skill, luck, and hustle.
My favorite of these entrepreneurs is Russell Simmons. It says something that he did not build a technology, but helped build a lifestyle.
I wish that Hollywood would make documentaries on each of these guys. I love the list. Thanks!
I must say great post and guess what I m too old and too late to see this.
Anyhow, In India we have many successful businessman with no education at all. They eventually learn the trick.I did a research and found surprisingly most dint do basic schooling.
Though they do not own billion dollars but they own millions at least. Some of them are in to heavy equipment manufacturing which to my surprise need basic education. However, it all comes down to who learns more to do great business and the above greats show education in college is not necessary, right attitude is!
Great post!! And yeah good to see Subash Chandra there.
You are right
This is inspiration. All it took was a billion dollar idea and hard work.
What’s most interesting to me is how quickly the decline of American industrialization came (Henry Ford) after the Gate’s era, and our prized GDP is Facebook. Just how far off course can we drift before a melt down. At some point folks will grow old of all this gadget tech and social media stuff. As for the education, well it’s a good thing, but once your able to read and comprehend there is little to stop anyone from expanding knowledge on your own. As for the recent economic decline, it’s at the hands of the wildly well educated and they have failed hugely. Raw materials into finished product, that’s how you build a nation, just ask Mr. Ford.
Wow no love for the females huh? 😉
Cannot believe Henry Ford would have been worth so much more than Bill Gates or anyone else on the list!
All are college expelled or droped out.. but I have been expelled from a company (I don’t want to mention the company), I am very impressed after seeing this list of great peoples… I think my name also will be jn this list from 5 years from now… Hmmm
cool this will help with my project thanks but i think you need to update steve jobs is dead…