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