Monday, July 19, 2010

The world's most successful dropouts

Bill Gates - dropped out of Harvard University in 1975, he was the founder of Microsoft and he is currently the Chairman of Microsoft.

Larry Ellison - is a two-time dropout. He went to both the University of Illinois and the University of Chicago. But he never got a degree. He is now the CEO of Oracle corporation.

James Cameron - He studied physics in Fullerton College not for a long time. He dropout to become a film director and he created some of the late 20th-Century's most stunning and expensive science-fiction movies like Aliens, Titanic, Avatar.

Steve Jobs - In 1972, he dropped out of Reed College in Portland, Oregon. He's the founder and CEO of Apple Inc.

Henry Ford - he was a dropout at the age of 16, who later became the founder of Ford Motor Company.

Steven Spielberg - Spielberg attended California State University, where he majored in English; however, he left school in 1968. He's the director of legendary films like E.T.-The Extra-Terrestrial and Jurassic Park.

Mark Zuckerberg - dropped out of Harvard University. He is an American entrepreneur best known for Co-founding the popular social networking site Facebook.

Michael Dell - He dropped out of the University of Texas, Austin to become the CEO and Founder of Dell Inc. In 1992 at the age of 27, Dell became the youngest CEO to have his company ranked in Fortune Magazine’s list of the top 500 corporations.

Dhirubhai Ambhani - dropped out of school to become a business tycoon in India, Founder of Reliance Industries.

Subhash Chandra Goel - is an Indian who dropped out after twelfth grade, is the Chairman of Essel Group. His pioneering channel is Zee TV.

Wai-wai-wai-wai-Wait a second. Is this post misleading? I have no intention of encouraging any people to drop out either from school or from college. My underlying statement is, although millions quit completing studies before completing them, very few of them go on to become rich. What the above list of the super-rich dropouts signifies is that in business, a top degree is not as important as having the right aptitude, attitude, determination and vision.

This certainly proves that skill, good ideas and passion are sometimes more important than a university degree.


  1. ho nooooooooooooooooooo u forget me in dis list

  2. Will definitely add yours one day. You can work for it, from now on.