They say education is the key to a good life. Well, that is not always the case considering some of the wealthiest and influential people in the world dropped out of college. While education is very important, it does not always guarantee life riches.
Below are some of the people who dropped out of college and struck gold on pursuing their dreams
Bill Gates is arguably one of the biggest success stories as a college dropout. Estimated to be worth more than $100 billion, Gates left college in 1975 to start Microsoft. The company went on to become the biggest software company in the world, powering almost all computers in the world.
Apple founder Steve Jobs, dropped out of college after just one semester at the age of 19 because it was too much of a financial burden. In partnership with fellow college dropout Steve Wozniak, he went on to found Apple from his parent’s garage in 1976. Apple has grown to become the most valuable company in the world. When he passed away, Jobs was worth more than $11 billion.
Larry Ellison attended the University of Illinois and the University of Chicago but struggled to fulfil his adoptive parent’s dream of becoming a doctor. He would, later on, drop out of college to pursue his dream as a software developer. As an entrepreneur, he would, later on, found Oracle, a company from which he accrues more than $50 billion of his net worth.
Mark Zuckerberg is another famous college dropout sending shockwaves in the tech world. Zuckerberg dropped out of Harvard to pursue his dream, which was developing a social networking platform in the name of Facebook. The move ultimately paid off as he is worth more than $50 billion.
Jack Dorsey has made a mark in the social networking space as a Twitter co-founder and in the financial sector as Square Founder. Dorsey dropped out of the New York University in 1999 a move that seems to have paid off as he is estimated to be worth more than $4 billion.
Michael Dell also appears to have followed in the footsteps of Steve Jobs having dropped out of the University of Texas as a freshman at the age of 19. He went on to found Dell, one of the biggest computer technology company in the world. He is currently estimated to be worth more than $30 billion.
Jan Koum dropped out of San Jose University where he was studying math and computer science. He, later on, landed a job at Yahoo where he worked for nine years before quitting to start WhatsApp. His net worth has risen to more than $10 billion following the sale of WhatsApp to Facebook.
Evan Williams attended the University of Nebraska for just three semesters before dropping out. He went on to work as a freelance software programmer at HP and Intel before landing a job at Google. He would, later on, quit his job to build Twitter, which would end up becoming one of the biggest networking platforms in the world. He is estimated to be worth more than $1 billion.
While at UCLA, Travis Kalanick started an online file exchange sharing service dubbed Scour. He would quit college in 1998 to run his business full time. While scour did file for bankruptcy in 2000, Travis went on to found Uber, ride-sharing services, which is taking the world by storm. He is valued at more than $2 billion.
John Mackey dropped out of the University of Texas where he was studying religion and philosophy. Upon borrowing $45,000, he started health food store SaferWay in Austin. The business grew to become a behemoth in the name of Wholefoods.