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Billionaire College Dropouts

Updated August 14, 2020 169.1k views37 items

The richest college dropouts - billionaires who never graduated college - are all listed here, with photos. If money is an indicator of success, it's safe to say that these are the most successful college dropouts in history. Plenty of athletes become millionaire college dropouts when they go pro, though their lack of an education doesn't always serve them well afterwards. Obviously the experiences of rich people like Steve Jobs, Bill Gates, and recently, Mark Zuckerberg, show us that sometimes you just have to leave school to pursue your dreams.

Who are some billionaires who didn't finsih college? This list proves that a college degree isn't always the best indicator of future success.
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    Lawrence Ellison

    Photo: Oracle Corporate Communications / Wikimedia Commons / CC BY 2.0
    The death of his adoptive mother prompted Larry Ellison, the founder of Oracle, to drop out of his second year at University of Illinois. He then spent a single term at University of Chicago before dropping out again and moving to California in 1964. Ellison is the 5th richest person in the world and has amassed a fortune of $39.5 billion.
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      Eike Batista

      Eike Fuhrken Batista is a Brazilian business magnate who made a fortune in mining and oil and gas exploration. Batista dropped out of an engineering program, left Germany for Brazil and started as a gold trader at 23 and constructed the Amazon's first mechanized alluvial gold mine. He made his first million from gold trading before he was 24 years old.
      • When Michael Dell, founder and CEO of Dell Inc., was in college at the University of Texas, he started building and selling computers for people he knew at college. Soon, he had accounts outside of school and it wasn't long before Dell dropped out and focused all his efforts on his business.
        • Age: 56
        • Birthplace: Houston, Texas
      • Photo: Metaweb / CC-BY
        The late Marc Rich was an international commodities trader and hedge fund manager. He was best known for founding the commodities company Glencore and for being indicted in the United States on federal charges of tax evasion and illegally making oil deals with Iran during the Iran hostage crisis.He dropped out of NYU and went to work in the mail room of trading firm Philipp Brothers in 1954 where he launched his career.
        • Age: Dec. at 78 (1934-2013)
        • Birthplace: Antwerp, Belgium