30 Of The Most Successful College Dropouts In History

Highschool or College Dropouts who made BIG business

 

I found this article on Retire at 21.com and thought I’d share it with you. It proves that being successful in business isn’t something you can learn at school, it isn’t dependent on having a degree, or a masters in business. It has absolutely nothing to do with having a private education or going to a top university.

Making it big in business and becoming successful is all about passion, drive, motivation and being remarkable.You must have the patience to make it through hard times because it takes time and hard work, commitment and passion, determination and a certain element of luck to turn your dreams into reality.

You’ll find that most successful businessmen and businesswomen have a vision when they set out. Not necessarily a vision for their Company, but a vision of where they  they are going, where they want to be and what they want to achieve. Do you have this vision? Do your kids have this vision?

While getting an education and developing your skills through learning is very important, there is a huge gap between study and success for Entrepreneurs. I’m not recommending dropping out for everyone. My kids will go to college and at the point in their life when they know where they want to be and what they want to achieve in life, we’ll discuss whether that choice involves continuing into higher education or not. Some kids will choose a career in which success depends entirely on completing further education. It just depends on where they want to go in life. Further education can be taken at anytime in life. If you have a young driven teenager on your hands, it may be a good idea to let them explore their vision, start a business and, if it doesn’t work out, they can continue where they left off and take a degree later!

What I am recommending though is that we all think hard about stamping out our kids visions and dreams and try to think outside the box when it comes to the traditional ‘go to school, do well, get good grades, study further, get a job, work hard, make some money’ scenario. I am a strong believer in educating yourself, but in saying that, it doesn’t always mean University.

The image below lists some of the most successful businessmen of whom most were completely dropped out of college when they were yet teenagers.But one of the most common thing in their lives is : their motivation and drive. They knew that they wanted to achieve something ; something that meant so much to them that nothing was going to stop them.

1
Henry Ford Ford Motor Company
16
Dead
$188 Billion (in 2009 dollars)
2
Bill Gates Microsoft
19
53
$59 Billion
3
Larry Ellison Oracle
20
64
$27 Billion
4
Sheldon Adelson  Las Vegas Sands Corp.
19
77 $26 Billion
5
Larry Page Google
Graduated University of Michigan
35
$18.5 Billion
6
Kirk Kerkorian Tracinda
12
91
$18 Billion
7
Michael Dell Dell
19
43
$17.3 Billion
8
Paul Allen Microsoft
20
56
$16.0 Billion
9
David Geffen Geffen Records
21
65
$6.5 Billion
10
Steve Jobs Apple
18
53
$5.4 Billion
11
Richard Branson  Virgin
16
58
$4.4 Billion
12
Takafumi Horie Livedoor
22
35
$3.6 Billion
13
Ralph Lauren Ralph Lauren
20
69
$3.6 Billion
14
Subhash Chandra Goel Zee TV
12
58
$2.3 Billion
15
Jerry Yang Yahoo
Graduated Stanford
40
$1.9 Billion
16
Mark Zuckerberg Facebook
19
23
$700 Million
17
Russell Simmons DefJam
19
52
$340 Million
18
Matt Mullenweg WordPress
18
25
$200 Million
19
Mahesh Murthy Pinstorm & SeedFund
19
43
$200 Million
20
Jawed Karim YouTube
21
30
$64 Million
21
Kevin Rose Digg
21
31
$60 Million
22
Jared Isaacman United Bank Card
17
26
$50 Million
23
Kevin Sproles Volusion
18
26
$17 Million
24
Shawn Fanning Napster
19
28
$7.5 Million
25
Scott Wainner ResellerRatings
20
26
$7 Million
26
Rob Benwell Blogging To The Bank
18
23
$5 Million
27
Graham Langdon Entrecard
19
21
$3.2 Million
28
Kristopher Tate Zooomr
17
20
$3 Million
29
Aaron Levie Box.Net
20
23
$3 Million
30
Reed Caldwell ServInt
19
32
$2.5 Million

Source: The Most Successful College Dropouts In History.

Inspiring? You bet! Success based on true grit and determination? Undoubtedly!

 

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About the Author:

Caroline Baxter is a serial Entrepreneur, Business Start Up Coach, and recent bestselling author on Amazon. Having started her first business aged 24, she now has multiple businesses in property, the motor trade and online and offline business consultancy. Caroline is now starting a series of live training events to support entrepreneurs looking to plan launch and grow their business

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  1. Wasi says:

    That’s really a great and inspiring post!

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