15 college dropouts who made it big!
You don’t need a college degree to be wealthy. This is a list of some inspiring billionaire college dropouts.
Bill Gates is an American businessman, investor, inventor and philanthropist. He is one of the best known entrepreneurs of the personal computer revolution. Gates is the former chief executive and current chairman of Microsoft. Apart from being criticized for his business tactics, he consistently ranked among the world’s wealthiest people.
Steve Jobs is best known as the co-founder, chairman and CEO of Apple Inc and sometimes referred to as ‘master of innovation’. Jobs was responsible for the development and success of iMac, iTunes, iPod, iPhone and iPad among other products and services offered by Apple. Jobs propelled Apple to become one of the most valuable companies internationally. Apart from attracting a lot of wealth, jobs received a number of honors and public recognition for his influence in the technology and music industries.
Mark Zukerberg is a popular internet entrepreneur who co-founded the social networking site, Facebook. He is the chairman and chief executive of Facebook Inc. Also, the founding of Facebook was made into a major Hollywood movie, The Social Network. This self made billionaire is named among the wealthiest and most influential people in the world.
Lawrence Ellison is popularly known as Larry Ellison is an American business magnate, cofounder and chief executive of one of the world’s leading enterprise software companies, Oracle Corporation. He left the University of Illinois after his second year and is now ranked among one of the wealthy people in the world.
Michael Dell is the founder and chief executive of Dell Inc., one of the world’s leading sellers of personal computers. He is ranked among the world’s richest people in the Forbes Billionaire list. On January 5, 2013 it was announced that Michael Dell had bid to take Dell Inc. private for $24.4 billion in the biggest leveraged buyout since the Great Recession.
Gautam Adani is an Indian entrepreneur and a self made billionaire. He is the chairman of Adani Group, a company whose core businesses are commodities trading, edible oil manufacturing, Mundra port operations and distribution of natural gas. He is recognized among the 100 most influential businessmen worldwide in shipping trade and developing shipping related infrastructure.
Vinod Goenka is an Indian billionaire real estate developer and co-founder of DB Realty. He has over 26 years of industry experience in the construction and real estate industry. Under his leadership, DB Realty was listed on both the National Stock Exchange and Bombay Stock Exchange in 2010. He is considered to be one of worlds richest and also featured in Forbes magazine for his net worth.
Shahid Balwa is an entrepreneur based in Mumbai, India. He is one of the promoters of Mumbai-based DB Group, one of India’s largest real estate developers. Balwa dropped out of college and entered the family’s hotel business before he partnered with billionaire real estate developer Vinod Goenka to form DB Group. Balwa is known amongst the 10 youngest billionaires in the world.
Subhash Chandra is referred to as the Media Moghul of India after he revolutionized the television industry by launching the country’s first satellite television channel Zee TV in 1992. Credited with tremendous business astuteness, he is one of the few who made a fortune after dropping out of college.
Puthan Neduvakkatt Chenthamaraksha Menon popularly known as PNC Menon is an Oman-based businessman hailing from Palakkad, Kerala. He is the founder and Chairman Emeritus of Bangalore-based construction company Sobha Developers Limited. Menon is also ranked in Forbes world billionaire list.
Roman Abramovich is a Russian business tycoon and the main owner of the private investment company Millhouse LLC. Outside Russia he is known as the owner of Chelsea Football Club, an English Premier League football team. He is regularly featured in the Forbes richest list. Also, in February 2013, Abramovich docked his $1.5 billion yacht Eclipse, the world’s largest, in New York City.
Ralph Lauren is an American fashion designer and business executive, best known for his Polo Ralph Lauren clothing brand. He is a college dropout who heads a highly successful, international corporation producing billions in revenues. As of September 2012, Forbes estimates his wealth at $6.5 billion dollars.
Stanley Ho is a Hong Kong and Macanese businessperson who has earned the nickname ‘The King of Gambling’. He owns many properties in both Hong Kong and Macau and has taken part in many kinds of business including entertainment, tourism, shipping, real estate, banking, and air transport. He is also Macau’s wealthiest person and amongst the wealthiest in Asia.
Eike Batista is a Brazilian businessperson who made a fortune in mining and oil and gas exploration. He is currently the chairman of Brazilian conglomerate EBX Group. He is considered to be the richest person in Brazil and one of the wealthiest people in the world.
Sheldon Adelson is the chairman and chief executive officer of Las Vegas Sands Corporation. He also owns the Israeli daily newspaper Israel HaYom. As of October 2012, Adelson is listed as the 24th richest person in the world with an estimated net worth of 21.8 billion.
These successful people din’t wait for the degrees to give them the credentials. Their PEAK PERFORMANCE happened because they caused it for themselves. So its all about being intentional about what you want and CAUSING it. One more thing common between these guys is that they “wanted to make a difference out there!”.
I am proud to be born in this century to witness such great human beings and their greatest inventions and creations!
So what are you going to create? (Same question for me as well)