Top 10 College Dropouts Who Became Billionaires

To be successful, it is not necessary to have High degree and qualifications. What is necessary is a focused mind to fulfill the dreams. What accompanies us throughout our journey of success is the skills and talent we possess. It is a common belief that that education is a prerequisite of success. Yes, it is; but having a professional degree or higher level qualification is not. What one needs is to be literate not highly educated to be on top. Dedication and desire to achieve something is more crucial then going to the top most colleges and having a degree. Here we have a list of TOP 10 self made successful personalities who nailed it without a college degree. Lets started Top 10 College Dropouts Who Became Billionaires.

10 Richard Branson

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Struggling from dyslexia, Richard Branson dropped out his high school at the age of 16. He was born on July 18th, 1950, in Surrey England. He started a Youth Culture Magazine, soon after he left school. It was a publication run by the students, for the students which sold $8,000 worth advertisement in 1966. Later he set up his mail-order record company to fund his magazine, which resulted in a huge success leading him to open a new recording studio. Presently Richard Branson is owner of virgin group and his net worth is around $5 billion. At present, He also owns two private Caribbean islands.

9 Tiger Woods

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Being the best in the whole world is not an easy task to execute. But this guy, Eldrick Tont Woods, famously known as Tiger Woods had dreams to accomplish. He is the world’s best golf player. He got admitted in Stanford University on Golf scholarship to study Economics but dropped out at the age of 20 after 2 years of joining, in order to turn professional. Perhaps, it was from economics term Opportunity Cost that taught him to pursue what he was good at. According to Forbes magazine, he has been highest paid professional Athlete from 2001 to 2012 earning more than $100 million annually.

8 Madonna

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Singer, dancer, songwriter, record producer, business woman Madonna Louise Cicconne had it all in her. Also referred to as “Queen of Pop”, she got admitted in Michigan University through a dance scholarship. But dropped out 2 years later to pursue dance and acting professionally. After years of struggle, Madonna got her first single “Everybody” that put her on the top. She is a Guinness world record holder for being the first female to achieve 300 million record sales.

7 Lady Gaga

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Born on March, 28th 1986, in New York, Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta better known as Lady gaga is an American singer, actress, songwriter and dancer. She started performing at open mike nights in club and bars, when she was only 14. She got admitted at New York University’s Tisch School of the arts, at 17 and withdrew from the school to pursue a career in Music. She started a band that gained local attention. She was first discovered by R&B singer Akon during one of her performance and signed herto his label under the Interscope umbrella. In 2008, she released her debut album “THE FAME” that earned noticeable fans to her.

6 Tom Hanks

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Dropped out of Sacramento State to work as a full time intern at Lakes Theatre Festival, Tom Hanks is an Oscar winning actor, a producer, director and writer. He won two back to back best actor award at Oscar for his movie Philadelphia (1993) and Forrest Gump (1994). The TIME named him as an American Chronicle in chief.  He is one of the most prolific actor in Hollywood who played various diverse roles in number of Hollywood movies.

5  James Cameron

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Being the director of world’s first two, top most earning movies, James Cameron dropped out of Fullerton College, where he studied Physics. He married a waitress and worked as a truck driver for the local School district at California. He is among those few film makers who won three Oscars in a single evening. His most famous movie till now isTITANIC”released in 1997, which was the first movie to earn an astonishing $1 billion. His movie “AVATAR” ishighest earning film till time in the world history followed by Titanic at second position.

4 Frank Lloyd Wright

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The designer and architect of most famous Fallingwater in America did not had a collegiate degree, is hard to believe but true fact. Frank Lloyd Wright known as “The Greatest American Architect” of all time was more curious of building colleges rather than attending one. He dropped out of University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1887. After leaving college, he worked as a Trainee under Louis Sullivan, “The Father of Modernism”. His designs include more than 1,000 structures and completed 532 works.

3 Mark Zuckerberg

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The founder and CEO of FACEBOOK, Inc, Mark Zuckerberg founded Facebook in his dorm of Harvard University. It was initially meant to connect the students of Harvard University. But as the popularity of the social networking site exploded, Mark left the College in the year 2004 to work on Facebook full time. It is the most popular social networking site with over a billion monthly active users. Mark Zuckerberg is the youngest billionaire in the world according to the Forbes Magazine, with a net worth of $4 billion in 2010.  He was also named as the “Person of the Year” By TIME in the same year.  He earned multi billionaire status in his mid twenties, with a present net worth of $16.8 billion.

2 Steve Jobs

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Steve Jobs is the sole pioneer behind the personal computer revolution. He dropped out of Reed College, just after six months of enrollment due to financial crisis faced by his parents. According to him, the high tuition fees created financial burden on his parents, as they spent their life’s savings on him. Later, he co-founded the Apple which made Steve most successful entrepreneur. He was forced to leave Apple in the year 1985 by his colleagues and which led to the foundation of NeXT, Inc. almost a decade later, when Apple was on a verge of bankruptcy, Jobs again got an opportunity to return to Apple and brought it to profitability by 1998. Since, then apple never spent a day without Jobs until He died due to tumor in the year 2011.

1 Bill Gates

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At the first position of our list in none other than, Bill Gates the world’s wealthiest man and the co-founder of Microsoft. He is also one of the Harvard Dropout, who abandoned Harvard after two years. With his childhood friend, Paul Allen, he founded a software company, Microsoft. He has been the world’s wealthiest for over a decade, according to the Forbes Magazine, with a net worth of $72 billion. He and his wife have created Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, which is largest charitable foundation in the world. More than 30 yrs after he left Harvard, he got an honorary doctorate degree from Harvard. The Harvard Crimson stated him as “Harvard’s most successful dropout”.

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Ankita Dokania

It is said that "Books are your best Friends" and the saying has stood the test of time for me...and that is something that has made me a reading Freak and makes me write down everything I go through in my day to day life, and that is the reason even after being a finance graduate, I love to do blogging. I am passionate Dancer and love to Cook for my Kith and Kins. I am a Go-getter who believes in Simple Living and High dreaming. Follow me on Google +

  • Ravish Mani

    Very true Ankita. If you look at Entrepreneurs of India too, great founders are all drop outs whether Ambani, Subhash Chandra, Azim Premji…….

  • Gowthama Rajavelu

    Nice post Ankita. Highly motivating!

    Most of the greatest achievers have very bad past, both in terms of studies or personal life.

    • Thanks Gowthama, struggle in life teach you more than your study