There are many wealthy and successful people who never graduated from college, but this does not mean that college is a waste of time. With the help of books and teachers, we can learn countless valuable things and, without a doubt, having a university degree will open hundreds of doors for the future. It just shows that there are also other alternative ways for a successful future.
10 Successful Tech Company Owners Who Dropped Out Of College Prematurely
1. Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook
Who thought that a university project would be the reason to motivate him to leave university and dedicate himself to the most used social networks in the world: Facebook. But still it has to be said that today he has a career and a fortune of 114 billion dollars.
2. Jack Dorsey: Twitter
Jack Dorsey, the co-founder of Twitter, has studied at more than one university, but never graduated from any. Dorsey decided to drop out of college and began developing a platform that later became Twitter, and today his net worth is 12 billion dollars.
3. Steve Jobs: Apple
When it comes to dropouts, one of the first people that always comes to mind is Steve Jobs. The Apple co-founder dropped out of college at age 19 due to financial difficulties in his family. The obstacles along the way did not prevent him from achieving a great fortune in any way (an estimated 11 billion dollars when he passed away).
4. Jan Koum: WhatsApp
The founder of WhatsApp, one of the most popular instant messaging platforms in the world. He eventually dropped out of college and tried to get a job on Facebook and Twitter, being rejected both times. Today his fortune is 10 billion dollars.
5. Michael Dell: Dell
Michael Dell was never a fan of studies, but his parents encouraged him to enroll in the University of Texas, hoping that one day he would become a doctor. However, he eventually left it and founded Dell, reaching a net worth of 50 billion dollars.
6. Bill Gates: Microsoft
Bill Gates’s future was promising from the beginning. Apparently the teachers had already predicted that he would be a millionaire before 30, Gates had exceeded their expectations: he not only became a millionaire, but also a billionaire. The question is, would he have achieved a current fortune of 126 billion dollars if he had waited to found Microsoft after finishing college?
7. Larry Ellison: Oracle Corporation
Today, the Oracle founder is worth 102 billion dollars, but things weren’t always easy for Ellison. He started at the University of Illinois, but had to drop out for reasons beyond his control: his mother had passed away. Then he went to the University of Chicago, where he took a semester and then left again. And it was definitely not a wrong decision.
8. Elon Musk: SpaceX, Tesla, Neuralink, OpenAI
Whether or not Elon Musk should be included on this list is debatable. As CEO of successful companies like Tesla and SpaceX, he should have had a degree in physics and a degree in economics. But still he is a most famous billionaire, who today has a net worth of 144 billion dollars.
9. Richard Branson: Virgin Records
Richard Branson always had problems in school due to his dyslexia, and at the age of 16 he dropped out. But still he has a net worth of 4.4 billion dollars due to Virgin Records.
10. Elizabeth Holmes: Theranos
Elizabeth Holmes became the world’s youngest self-made billionaire woman in 2017 with a net worth of 4.5 billion dollars. At the time Holmes was also one of the billionaires to drop out of college prematurely, abandoning her career at Stanford to found Theranos.