11 billionaires who dropped out of college before making their fortunes
- You don't need an Ivy League degree to become a billionaire.
- Some of the wealthiest people in the world dropped out of college to focus on their companies, while others made their fortunes long after leaving school.
- Oracle founder Larry Ellison dropped out of college twice.
- Visit Business Insider's homepage for more stories.
You don't need an Ivy League degree to become a billionaire. Some billionaires don't have degrees at all, though not always for lack of trying.Some dropped out to focus on their companies, like Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, while others made their fortunes long after leaving school, like Uber cofounder Travis Kalanick. These billionaires dropped out of a wide variety of schools, from Harvard to UCLA to The City College of New York.Advertisement
Read more: 5 Hollywood celebrities who became billionaires and are vastly more rich than their peers
Keep reading to meet 11 billionaires who also happen to be college dropouts.
Fashion designer Ralph Lauren dropped out of Baruch College at The City College of New York.
WhatsApp cofounder and former CEO Jan Koum dropped out of San Jose State University.Advertisement
Mark Zuckerberg left Harvard after his sophomore year to focus on Facebook.
Las Vegas Sands CEO Sheldon Adelson dropped out of the City College of New York.Advertisement
CNN founder Ted Turner left Brown University before graduating ... but not by choice.
Ty Warner, the creator of Beanie Babies, dropped out of Kalamazoo College in 1962 because he couldn't afford it, according to the Chicago Tribune.Advertisement
DreamWorks Animation cofounder David Geffen once lied about having graduated from UCLA to keep a job in the mailroom of now-defunct talent agency William Morris.
Michael Dell dropped out of the University of Texas at Austin to sell computers.Advertisement
Oracle founder Larry Ellison dropped out of two different universities.
Bill Gates left Harvard after two years to found Microsoft.Advertisement
Uber cofounder and former CEO Travis Kalanick studied computer engineering at UCLA before dropping out to work on now-defunct search engine Scour.
- India's fiscal deficit shoots over its budgetary target by 109%
- Babri verdict to be challenged by Muslim Personal Law Board in High Court
- After Lakshmi Vilas Bank, Dhanlaxmi Bank CEO Sunil Gurbaxani voted out by shareholders
- India successfully test-fires its supersonic BrahMos cruise missile off the coast of Odisha
- dentsu Play and WATConsult's latest innovation for Tata Nexon helps the brand target premium, behind-the-paywall audience on OTT platforms