12 School Drop Outs Who Became Successful Entrepreneur And Billionaire

Succeeding as an entrepreneur takes hard work and persistence because, unfortunately, there is no business-startup fairy who magically bestows success on small businesses and their owners.

Do you see your lack of formal university education as a limitation to achieving your dreams? Or are you in the group that thinks education is the ultimate tool for success? If you answered YES to any of the above then, spare me 10 minutes of your time and read on.

Sometimes we feel frustrated or dejected because we don’t have a university degree. But do you know that quite a number of the richest people on earth are university drop outs? Now don’t get me wrong I’m not saying formal education isn’t IMPORTANT but I’m saying YOU DON’T NEED TO DEPEND ON A UNIVERSITY DEGREE TO BE SUCCESSFUL  IN LIFE. IF YOU THINK OTHERWISE ASK A FEW PROFESSORS HOW WEALTHY THEY ARE..

I don’t want to bore you with long details but rather to show you a few people who never went on to finish school but ended up billionaires and I’ll give you a few who also went on to finish who became billionaires but guess what they never got wealthy doing what they learnt in school

“Behind every adversity is an opportunity. If you lament over the adversity, you will miss the opportunity.” – Ajaero Tony Martins


12 School Drop Outs Who Became Successful Entrepreneurs And Billionaires:

1. BILL GATES: He is the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft Corporation, the world largest software company. Dropped out of Harvard to focus on building Microsoft. According to Forbes magazine, Bill Gates has held the position of the world richest man for thirteen consecutive years and he’s not showing a sign of letting go that position.

“To win big, you sometimes have to take big risks.” – Bill Gates
“We were young, but we had good advice good ideas and lots of enthusiasm.” – Bill Gates

2. RICHARD BRANSON: Best known for his adventurous spirit and outrageous business tactics. He dropped out of school at the age of 16 to start his first successful business venture; Student Magazine, bought his own 79-acre Caribbean island when he was just 24 and he was knighted in 1999. He is the billionaire founder of the Virgin brand and its 360 companies. His companies include the famous Virgin Atlantic Airways.

“I wanted to be an editor or journalist. I wasn’t really interested in becoming an entrepreneur, but I soon found I had to become an entrepreneur in order to keep my magazine going.” – Richard Branson

3. STEVE JOBS: Steve Jobs was an American information technology entrepreneur and inventor. The Billionaire co-founder of Apple Inc and Pixar; dropped out of Reed College to start Apple.

4. THOMAS EDISON: Thomas Edison was labeled dumb and scatterbrain by his school teachers but he went on to become one of the world’s greatest inventors and founded General Electric; one of the most powerful companies in the world.

“Many of life’s failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up.” – Thomas Edison

5. MICHEAL DELL: He dropped out of college at the age of 19 to start PC’s Limited; later renamed Dell Computers Inc. Dell became the most profitable PC manufacturer in the world making Michael Dell a billionaire.

“I had to give it a full go and see what happened.” – Michael Dell

6. HENRY FORD: This automobile billionaire was born in abject poverty. He never saw the four walls of school but he went on to build Ford Motor Company and become one of the richest men that ever lived.

“Thinking is the hardest work to do, that’s why so few people are engaged in it.” – Henry Ford

7. WALT DISNEY: Walt, regarded as the most influential animator because of his creativity with cartoons. He dropped out of high school at 16 and founded Walt Disney; a company which now has an annual revenue of about $30billion.

“If you can dream it, you can do it.” – Walt Disney

8. RAY KROC: Billionaire Ray Kroc never saw the four walls of school and spent most of his life working as a salesman. He bought McDonald’s in 1961 for $2.7m and grew it into a multi billion dollar company.

“Press on. Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent.” – Ray Kroc

9. COSMAS MADUKA: A Nigerian Elementary school drop out and billionaire founder of the Coscharis Group. Cosmas Maduka started Coscharis from scratch and built it into a conglomerate. It has been rocky road for Cosmas Maduka, who started out fixing cars and now makes millions selling them.

10. MARK ZUCKERBERG: Zuckerberg launched Facebook from his Harvard dormitory room on February 4, 2004. The youngest billionaire in the world definitely had to make the list, dropped out of Harvard to promote his social networking platform; Facebook. His net worth has grown to US$51.2 billion as at June 2016. He also owns WhatsApp and Instagram.

11. TED TURNER: The Billionaire media mogul and philanthropist is also a drop out. As a businessman, he is known as founder of the Cable News Network (CNN), the first 24-hour cable news channel; pledged a billion dollars to the United Nation.

“All my life, people have said that I wasn’t going to make it.” – Ted Turner
“Over a three year period, I gave away half of what I had. To be honest, my hands shook as I signed it away. I knew I was taking myself out of the race to be the richest man in the world.” – Ted Turner

12. GIORGIO ARMANI: Billionaire founder of the fashion brand; Giorgio Armani S.P.A. dropped out of medical school at the University of Bologna because he couldn’t stand the sight of blood.

“Remain true to yourself and your philosophy.” – Giorgio Armani

Others who finished their college (University) degrees are Aliko Dangote; yes against all rumours he went to school, Warren Buffett, Mike Adenuga, Oprah Winfrey, George Soros, John D. Rockefeller, Sergey Brin and Larry Page of Google, Jeff Bezos, Pierre Omidyar.

But remember they made wealth not looking for jobs but rather creating jobs.

So the question is what is limiting you? Take that step of faith and be ready to face challenges, take calculated risks and be proud to live for something.


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