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14 TechStars Who Didn’t Need College To Become Millionaires

14 TechStars Who Didn’t Need College To Become Millionaires


Getting a college degree has been vastly overrated in today’s world, as many entrepreneurs in the tech world have revealed through their success. There are many entrepreneurs who go to top business schools to learn how to start a business while there are some who believe in their abilities and go for dropping out of their graduation college and start a business. Racking up billion dollar worth companies without even completing their college is a big deal. Not getting a degree could be risky and we leave the decision up to you, but here are some really inspiring stories of well-known entrepreneurs who started their own companies at a very young age without even graduating!

Bill Gates

Company:  Microsoft

Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard, after two years of joining college to establish Microsoft with his co-founder Paul Allen. He has a net worth of $ 81 billion currently. He is now serving as a technology advisor to the company’s CEO, Satya Nadella while mainly focussing on his charity work. Bill Gates received an honorary degree from Harvard in 2007.

Michael Dell

Company: Dell

Michael Dell decided to drop out of University of Texas at Austin in the first year itself. He was Biology major, but computers really got him excited at school. He founded Dell Computer Corp in 1984. Dell’s present net worth is $18.8 billion.

Mark Zuckerberg

Company: Facebook

Zuckerberg dropped out of Harvard in his sophomore year and established The Facebook which later became Facebook. The company’s net worth is now over $200 billion. Mark’s net worth today is $34 billion.

Steve Jobs

Company: Apple

Jobs left Reed College to start Apple with Steve Wozniak in his garage. Jobs revolutionised the idea of technology (the computer, the music player and smart phones). His net worth was $6.5 billion back in 2011.

Jack Dorsey

Company: Twitter, Square

Dorsey dropped out of Missouri University of Science and Technology to start Twitter. He now own 5 % of Twitter’s share and serves as its Chairman.

Paul Allen

Company: Microsoft

Allen dropped out of Washington State University and co-founded Microsoft with Bill Gates His current net worth is $16.3 billion. He’s currently the owner of the NFL’s Seattle Seahawks, NBA’s Portland Trailblazers, and part-owner of the MLS’ Seattle Sounders FC.

Larry Ellison

Company: Oracle

Ellison left University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign in his sophomore year to establish Software Development Labs which later became Oracle. His current net worth is $51.1 billion and is the only person to have served as Oracle’s CEO.

Sean Parker

Company: Plaxo, Napster, Airtime

Parker never went to any college, yet is one of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world. He co-founded Napster. He even served as the first president of Facebook.

Evan Williams

Company: Twitter

William co-founded Twitter after dropping out of University of Nebraska, Lincoln. His net worth is $3.3 billion currently and is now focussing on a new blogging platform.

Jan Koum

Company: WhatsApp

Jan Koum created the most popular app WhatsApp. He was a major at Maths and Computer Science at San Jose University from which he dropped out to work with Yahoo. His current net worth is $7.6 billion.

Dustin Moskovitz

Company: Facebook

Moskovitz dropped out of Harvard in his sophomore year and became the first employee at Facebook. His current net worth is $8.1 billion. 

Hiroshi Yamauchi

Company: Nintendo

Hiroshi dropped out of Waseda University and worked as the third president for Nintendo. He died in the year 2013 with a net worth of $2.1 billion.

Gave Newell

Company: Valve Corporation

Newell co-founded Valve Corporation, a video game company. He dropped out of Harvard and worked at Microsoft for 13 years.

Azim Premji

Company: Wipro

Premji dropped out of Stanford to run Wipro, IT outsourcing and services company. He was declared as India’s richest business tycoon by Forbes. His net worth is now $16.7 billion.

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