Even though a college degree will definitely improve the chances of you getting a good job, it doesn’t always mean that you’ll be successful. Today, we have prepared a list of ten very influential billionaires who don’t have a college degree.

Ralph Lauren


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Thanks to his incredibly popular products, Ralph Lauren has become a man that everyone knows. The 75-year-old fashion designer got his start in the fashion industry in 1966, when he started designing neckties for Beau Brummel. However, he quit the job later that year, and started his own company named Polo on a shoestring budget. Even though he is really educated in terms of fashion and always knows what people want, he never managed to finish college. He attended Baruch College for two years, before eventually dropping out and joining the army in 1962.

Ted Turner

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Ted Turner is a 76-year-old media mogul who currently has a net worth of $2.2 billion dollars. He wasn’t very interested in going to college, but was nevertheless a student at Brown University. He dropped out because he wanted to work at his father’s firm – Turner Advertising. After his father died, Ted managed to transform the company into the famous Time Warner Inc, which later merged with AOL Inc.

Michael Dell

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Michael Dell is the founder and CEO of Dell Inc, one of the leading sellers of personal computers in the world, and is currently worth $18.7 billion. Michael had a passion for computers ever since he was a kid, and would often take apart and rebuild them. During his high school years, he would even make some money thanks to his knowledge about technology. He was a student at the University of Texas at Austin, but eventually dropped out because he got a great idea for a company, which eventually became Dell.

Sheldon Adelson

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Sheldon Adelson is a famous 81-year-old investor and business magnate who currently has a net worth of $31.4 billion. He is the CEO and Chairman of the Las Vegas Sands casino empire, which also owns the famous Marina Bay Sands hotel in Singapore. Ever since he was 12 years old, he was really interested in how big business work, and would often start his own small businesses while he was a kid. He attended the City College of New York, but dropped out to join the army just two years later.

Mark Zuckerberg

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Everybody knows who Mark Zuckerberg is. This Internet entrepreneur and computer programmer who is best recognized for being one of the five co-founders of Facebook, as well as being the chairman of the company. Although he is only 31 years old, he has a net worth of $35.1 billion. He attended Harvard University, where he started to popular website with four other fellow students in their dormitory rooms. He dropped out of college to pursue to work on Facebook full-time.

Larry Ellison

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Larry Ellison is a 70-year-old businessman, computer programmer, and Internet entrepreneur, best known for being the CEO of the Oracle Corporation from 1977 to 2014. He currently has a net worth of $53.9 billion, which makes him the 5th richest person in the world. He was a student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, but dropped out after two years because of the death of his adoptive mother. After one summer, he enrolled at the University of Chicago, but left the school after one term.

Bill Gates

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Even the richest person in the whole world (he currently has a net worth of $79.1 billion) is a college dropout. Bill Gates is a famous inventor, computer programmer, and business magnate, known for being the co-founder of the largest PC software company on the planet – Microsoft. Bill Gates was an excellent student throughout high school, and was extremely fascinated by computers ever since he was a kid. He enrolled at Harvard University, where he would spend a huge amount of time using the school’s computers. He got the idea of starting a software company when he was a sophomore, which forced him to drop out of college.

Paul Allen

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Paul Allen is the other co-founder of Microsoft, who was also a very close high school friend of Bill Gates. Paul attended Washington State University, and was interested in computers since he was a child. He dropped out of college after two years, because he wanted to work as a programmer for the company Honeywell. Paul was actually the person who managed to convince Gates to drop out of Harvard, so they can start a software company. Paul Allen currently has a net worth of $17.6 billion.

Evan Williams

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Evan Williams is a famous Internet entrepreneur and computer programmer, who is known for starting several companies. He is also a co-founder of Twitter, and previously served as a Chairman and CEO of the company. He was a student at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln for a year-and-a-half, but eventually dropped out so that he can pursue a career in programming. He is currently worth $3 billion.

Jan Koum

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Jan Koum is a 39-year-old computer engineer and Internet entrepreneur best known for being the co-founder and CEO of WhatsApp, which is a mobile messaging application that was acquired by Facebook for $19 billion last year. He was a student at the San Jose State University, but eventually dropped out to work as an infrastructure engineer at Yahoo.

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