10 World’s Most Successful College Dropouts

In our society, receiving regular college education seems a necessary way to get succeed in life. But there are few people in the world who rather like to do THINGS DIFFERENTLY. Some extraordinary talents dared to break off the shackle of traditional perspectives. Now they have climbed up to the peak in various fields. They proved that intelligence and skill cannot be simply judged by educational credits or degrees. That doesn’t mean dropping out or giving a pause to your regular studies is a good idea. It is not necessary that you will also end up with a great achievement. They have faced an infinite number of failures before getting a single success. Let’s have a look at the list of 10 Most Successful College Dropouts, this may give you some inspiration.

10. Richard Branson

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Richard Branson is a British businessman, investor, Founder and Chairman of Virgin Group. He opened a chain of record stores, virgin records, Virgin Atlantic Airways and hundreds of other companies. Branson left school at the age of 16 and now he is the 4th richest man in the United Kingdom with a net worth of $4.6 Billion.

9. Madonna


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Madonna is one of the most searched women on the internet. She is an American singer, director, author and philanthropist who have sold more than 300 million records worldwide and known as the best-selling female recording female artist ever. She dropped college (University of Michigan in 1978) to start her career as a dancer. Madonna’s net worth has crossed over one Billion US dollar.

8. David Karp

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David Karp is an American web developer and programmer. He is best known as CEO of blog hosting and social network company Tumblr which has been valued at $800 Million. Karp dropped out of the elite Bronx High School of Science at the age of 15. He was selected in MIT Technology Review as one of the top 35 innovators in the world under 35.

7. James Cameron

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James Cameron is a Hollywood film director, producer and editor. He is recognized as the most successful director in the world. The top 2 highest grossing movies ever have been directed by James Cameron. He dropped out of Fullerton College and married a waitress and later became the bus driver of local school district. Now he has achieved the Academy award for best Best picture, film editing and best director plus $900 Million of net worth.

6. Paul Allen

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Paul Allen is a business magnate, Cofounder of Microsoft (with Bill Gates) and Chairman of Vulcan Inc. He dropped out Washington State University in 1974. He is currently 53rd richest person in the world with an estimated wealth of $15 Billion. Paul owns a numerous professional sports teams, endless tracks of real estate and stakes in more than 10 technology and media companies including Dreamworks Studios.

5. Michael Dell

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Michael Dell is an American businessman, investor, philanthropist, Founder and CEO of Dell Inc. (World’s leading seller of PCs). He started a computer company called PCs Limited while attending the University of Texas, Austin and dropped out to operate the same. The company later renamed as Dell Inc. which has total revenue of over $55 Billion.

4. Mark Zuckerberg

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Mark Zuckerberg is a computer programmer, Founder and CEO of most popular social networking site Facebook. He dropped out of Harvard University in his sophomore year to move Silicon Valley in order to develop Facebook. Time magazine named him Person of the Year in 2010. Zuckerberg has total revenue of over $16 Billion and also known as a youngest richest person in the world.

3. Larry Ellison

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Larry Ellison is Cofounder and CEO of Oracle Corporation. He is two time drop out of the University of Illinois and the University of Chicago. Larry put up $2000 (in 1977) to start relational database what would become an Oracle Corporation, the second largest software company in the world. He is a 5th wealthiest man in the world with a net worth of $43 Billion.

2. Steve Jobs

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Jobs was an entrepreneur, inventor and Cofounder of Apple Inc. He dropped out of Reed College after 6 months due to the excessive financial burden. He left Apple in 1985 and later founded NeXT (computer platform development company) and Pixar animation Studio. He practically changed the world with his creative ideas and revolutionized the computer industry.

1. Bill Gates

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Bill Gates is an American inventor, programmer, philanthropist, best known as a cofounder of software giant company Microsoft.  He dropped out of Harvard to start Microsoft along with friend Paul Allen. Harvard Crimson called Gates Harvard’s most successful dropout, while the rest of the world preferred to name him the world’s richest man for more than a decade. It is estimated that he had donated over $28 Billion thorough Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

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