MILLIONAIRES WHO NEVER GRADUATED

The Mark Zuckerbergs and Bill Gates of the world might seem like an impossibly rare species, but there are a surprisingly high number of billionaires who have made it without earning a college degree.

About three out of 10 billionaires—29.9%—around the world did not have at least a bachelors degree in 2015, according to a billionaire census by Wealth-X. That’s 739 out of the total 2,473 billionaires. The percent of billionaires with a university degree, though, has fallen since 2014, when roughly 35% of billionaires had no degree.






College may be a great place to hang out for four years, but by no means does it guarantee you’ll earn a seven figure salary. Here are some non-graduates who are making seven figures plus, without owing a dime.

1. Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs may have attended college, but he never finished. After only attending one semester, he went on to work for Atari before eventually starting the multi-billion dollar empire that is Apple.*


2. Richard Branson

Not only did high achiever Richard Branson not attend college, but he also dropped out of high school at the age of 16 to start his first successful business venture, Student Magazine. The multi-billionaire is now most famous for The Virgin brand, which includes everything from music to spaceships.

3. Frank Lloyd Wright

You may be able to study architecture in school, but when you truly have a gift, a degree is just a piece of paper. School was not his strong suit, as Frank Lloyd Wright never even attended to high school.
You may be able to study architecture in school, but when you truly have a gift, a degree is just a piece of paper. School was not his strong suit, as Frank Lloyd Wright never even attended to high school.


4. Rachael Ray

Rachael Ray has no formal training in culinary arts, so her introduction to television by Oprah Winfrey was like winning the lottery.
Rachael Ray has no formal training in culinary arts, so her introduction to television by Oprah Winfrey was like winning the lottery.

5. Michael Dell

With a vision and desire to succeed, Michael Dell dropped out of college at the age of 19 to start the company PC’s Limited, now known as Dell, Inc. We all know how this one turned out.
With a vision and desire to succeed, Michael Dell dropped out of college at the age of 19 to start the company PC’s Limited, now known as Dell, Inc. We all know how this one turned out.

6. Walt Disney

Walt Disney is without a doubt the most famous member of the 16 club. Dropping out of high school, Walt followed his dreams and created what would become one of the most successful companies in history.
Walt Disney is without a doubt the most famous member of the 16 club. Dropping out of high school, Walt followed his dreams and created what would become one of the most successful companies in history.


7. Milton Hershey

The next time you crave a Hershey bar, think of Milton. With only a fourth grade education, this chocolate king started the Hershey empire, the first chocolate to be marketed nationally.
The next time you crave a Hershey bar, think of Milton. With only a fourth grade education, this chocolate king started the Hershey empire, the first chocolate to be marketed nationally.

8. Bill Gates

You probably can’t think of computers without the name Bill Gates coming to mind. This software genius and self-made multi-billionaire is just another example of how college isn’t for everyone.
You probably can’t think of computers without the name Bill Gates coming to mind. This software genius and self-made multi-billionaire is just another example of how college isn’t for everyone.



9. Ralph Lauren

It’s safe to say that Ralph Lauren was born with a natural entrepreneurial instinct. While in high school, he was famous for selling neckties to his fellow classmates. Although Lauren did attend two years of college, he never graduated.
It’s safe to say that Ralph Lauren was born with a natural entrepreneurial instinct. While in high school, he was famous for selling neckties to his fellow classmates. Although Lauren did attend two years of college, he never graduated.



10. Mark Zuckerberg

Last but not least, this face is now a household name. He impacts your life everyday, and guess what? He may have attended Harvard, but he never graduated.
Last but not least, this face is now a household name. He impacts your life everyday, and guess what? He may have attended Harvard, but he never graduated.

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