These 16 insanely successful college dropouts prove you don't need a degree
As a new crop of high-school grads prepare for adulthood, they are faced with a life-changing decision: when, where, and whether to go to college.
Despite increasing tuition rates and growing student loan debt, college grads still make 60% more than high-schools grads on average.
But that doesn't mean college is the only path to success.
In addition to tech icon Bill Gates and media mogul Oprah Winfrey, several notable people dropped out of college. While they may be outliers, they prove you don't need a degree to make it in business.
Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard to focus on Microsoft.
Microsoft cofounder Paul Allen ditched Washington State University to join forces with Gates.
Oprah Winfrey left Tennessee State University to pursue a career in media.
Michael Dell started Dell from his University of Texas dorm room and left to see it through.
Whole Foods founder John Mackey dropped out of college multiple times.
Steve Jobs dropped out of Reed College after a semester.
Beanie Babies billionaire Ty Warner left Kalamazoo College to become an actor.
Elizabeth Holmes dropped out of Stanford to build her company Theranos.
Matt Mullenweg left the University of Houston to start WordPress.
Mark Zuckerberg dropped out of Harvard to focus on Facebook full time.
Oracle billionaire Larry Ellison dropped out of two colleges.
Enterprise Rent-A-Car founder Jack Taylor dropped out of Washington University to enlist in the Navy.
Daniel Ek dropped out of a university in Sweden and later cofounded Spotify.
Sophia Amoruso dropped out of community college before starting Nasty Gal.
JetBlue Airways founder David Neeleman dropped out of the University of Utah a year before graduation.
Arash Ferdowsi dropped out of MIT and cofounded DropBox.