21 College Dropouts Who Made It Against All Odds

The usual story we usually get from our parents as little children are go to school, get good grades and get a high paying job. This is true to an extent but that does not have to be the case because education does not guarantee success in life. We have seen highly educated people who are barely struggling to live a life that they truly deserve.

Also, we have seen people who have not seen the four walls of any school and became very successful, well known and made differences in their world. Thomas Edison only went to school for just 3 months but he became very successful with no schooling.

In this post, you’ll discover some of the world’s most successful men and women who dropped out of college yet became very successful in their chosen field of occupation.

Some of these folks have gone ahead to achieve the following:

  • 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.

 

21 College Dropouts Who Made It Against all Odds

#1. Henry Ford (Ford Motors Owner)

Net Worth $200 Billion – Dropped out when he was 16.

At one point in time in this guy’s life, he was working on a major project and his engineers told him that the project would be impossible to accomplish but he told them it was possible, he didn’t give up. After so many trials and errors they finally got a way out to accomplish the project, his persistence paid off. This was a guy with no schooling but made a great difference in his world.

 

#2. Bill Gates (Founder, Microsoft Corporation)

Net Worth $96.4 Billion – Dropped out when he was 19.

Bill Gates attended Harvard University in the fall of 1973 and dropped out two years after. After leaving Harvard University Gates went ahead a pursue his career in software along side his childhood friend Paul Allen. After many years, he gave a speech at Harvard University to some graduating students and he said to them that he is not a good example because he dropped out. 🙂

 

#3. Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook, Owner)

Net Worth $62.3 Billion – Dropped out when he was 19.

When Mark newly started Facebook, I mean when the site was not yet popular as it is today, he decided to discuss his business idea with 5 millionaire to join him in his business, only 2 of them showed up and today those two people are billionaires alongside Mark. As at the time I’m writing this blog post, Facebook is the 3 most popular website in the world. And it was created by this college dropout.

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#4. Amancio Ortega (Zara, Owner)

Net Worth $66.7 Billion – Dropped out at 14.

When he was 27 years of age, he founded a garment producing company. In 1975 he opened his first retail store with his wife Rosalia Mera.

Today Ortega is one of the richest men in Spain.

 

#5. Larry Ellison (Oracle)

Net Worth $61.8 Billion – He dropped out when he was 20.

Lawrence Joseph Ellison is an American businessman, entrepreneur, and philanthropist who is a co-founder and the executive chairman and chief technology officer of Oracle Corporation.

 

#6. Larry Page (Google)

Net Worth $29.1 Billion – Dropped out at 21.

Lawrence Edward Page is an American computer scientist and Internet entrepreneur who co-founded Google with Sergey Brin. Page is the chief executive officer of Alphabet Inc. After stepping aside as Google CEO in August 2001, in favor of Eric Schmidt, he re-assumed the role in April 2011.

 

#7. Li Ka Shing (Cheung Kong Holdings)

Net Worth $37.7 Billion – He dropped out when he was 15.

Sir Li Ka-shing GBM KBE JP is a Hong Kong business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. He was born in Chao’an, Chaozhou. As of January 2018, Li is one of the richest person in the world, with an estimated net worth of US$37.7 billion.

 

#8. Sheldon Adelson (Las Vegas Sands)

Net Worth $33.3 Billion – Dropped out at 19.

Sheldon Gary Adelson is an American business magnate, investor, and philanthropist. He is the founder, chairman and chief executive officer of Las Vegas Sands Corporation.

#9. Michael Dell (Dell)

Net Worth $28.6 Billion – Dropped out at 19.

With a net worth of US$ 28.6 billion as of September 2018. In 2011, his 243.35 million shares of Dell Inc. stock were worth $3.5 billion, giving him 12% ownership of the company.

 

#10. Azim Premji (Wipro)

Net Worth $22.8 Billion – Dropped out at 22.

Azim Hashim Premji is an Indian business tycoon, investor, and philanthropist, who is the chairman of Wipro Limited. He is informally known as the Czar of the Indian IT Industry.

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#11. Paul Allen (Microsoft)

Net Worth $21.7 Billion – Dropped out at 20.

In March 2018, he was estimated to be the 44th-wealthiest person in the world, with an estimated net worth of $21.7 billion, revised at the time of his death to $20.3 billion.

 

 

#12. Dustin Moskovitz (Facebook)

Net Worth $10.9 Billion – Dropped out at 21.

Dustin Aaron Moskovitz is an American Internet entrepreneur who co-founded Facebook with Mark Zuckerberg, Eduardo Saverin, Andrew McCollum and Chris Hughes. In 2008, he left Facebook to co-found Asana with Justin Rosenstein.

#13. Steve Jobs (Apple)

Net Worth $10.2 Billion – Dropped out at 21.

From his early days at Apple, Jobs had been rich. He had a net worth of more than a million dollars by 1978, when he was 23 years old. That net worth had grown to $10 million by the next year and more than $250 million by the age of 25, according to many estimates. At the time of his death in 2011, Steve Jobs’ net worth was estimated at $10.2 billion.

#15. Jan Koum (WhatsApp)

Net Worth $9.6 Billion – Dropped out at 20.

Jan Koum is a Ukrainian American entrepreneur and computer programmer. He is the co-founder and was the CEO of WhatsApp, a mobile messaging application which was acquired by Facebook Inc. in February 2014 for US$19.3 billion.

 

#16. David Geffen (Geffen Records)

Net Worth $7.9 Billion – Dropped out at 19.

David Lawrence Geffen is an American business magnate, producer, film studio executive, and philanthropist. Geffen created or co-created Asylum Records in 1970, Geffen Records in 1980, DGC Records in 1990, and DreamWorks SKG in 1994.

#17. Ralph Lauren (Ralph Lauren)

Net Worth $6.9 Billion – Dropped out at 20.

Ralph Lauren, KBE is an American fashion designer, philanthropist, and business executive, best known for the Ralph Lauren Corporation, a global multibillion-dollar enterprise. He has also become well known for his collection of rare automobiles, some of which have been displayed in museum exhibits.

#18. David Green (Hobby Lobby)

Net Worth $6.4 Billion – Dropped out at 18.

David Green is an American businessman and the founder of Hobby Lobby, a chain of arts and crafts stores.

 

 

#19. Lex Wexner (L Brands)

Net Worth $4.7 Billion – Dropped out at 22.

Leslie H. Wexner is an American businessman. He is chairman and CEO of the L Brands corporation. He is a billionaire and has been a philanthropist to diverse charities and a significant donor to political campaigns.

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#20. Richard Branson (Virgin)

Net Worth $4.1 Billion – Dropped out at 16.

Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson is an English business magnate, investor, author and philanthropist. He founded the Virgin Group, which controls more than 400 companies. Branson expressed his desire to become an entrepreneur at a young age.

 

 

#21. Subhash Chandra Goel (Zee Tv)

Net Worth $2.7 Billion – Dropped out at 12.

Subhash Chandra is the richest media baron in the country with a net worth of $ 2.7 billion. Chandra — the chairman of Essel Group that owns Zee Entertainment Limited and Zee News Limited among other interests — has been ranked 19th on the list of the 100 richest people in India.

 

DON’T BE AFRAID TO FOLLOW YOUR HEART

If we feel something in our heart and we fail to act on it, we are only doing ourselves an injustice. This men followed their hearts without looking back and they made it against all odds. I’m not saying quitting school is a good idea, no. But our hearts know what’s best for us, not influence from other people, our heart is our best roadmap.

A lot of people in the world today have been blessed with ideas to act on that could change their lives and peoples lives for good but most of them are scared to act on those ideas. They are not only cheating themselves but they are cheating people that would have benefited from their ideas as well.

THE WORST THING IN THE WORD

Is to test the depth of a river with both legs because you may sink but you might be lucky not to sink if the river isn’t too deep. 🙂

What am trying to say is that don’t be in a rush to quit school, make careful and thoughtful decisions for yourself.

THE PURPOSE OF THIS BLOG POST

Is to inspire and motivate someone to follow their heart and not to encourage anyone to dropout of school as that might be the craziest thing you may do to yourself but here’s the point – if these college dropouts could do it, you can too.

Who else do you know who dropped out of college and did well in his/her chosen field of occupation? Leave a comment below let’s discuss.

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