7 Most Famous Entrepreneurs Who Succeeded Without A College Degree

Education is essential for the mental growth of an Individual. Education is very necessary to survive and live a happy and balanced life. But today, education has become the game of numbers, and parents put too much pressure on their children to get the highest marks in the class or top rank in an entrance paper. Some of the students can’t tolerate this pressure, and they commit suicide.

This article will tell you about the most successful and wealthiest people who dropped their colleges and schools and followed their passion by learning from their efforts and experiences. As a result, they became the most successful businessmen even without getting a college degree.

1. Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Is the founder and CEO of the world’s most popular social media network “Facebook”. During the invention of Facebook, Mark was studying at Harvard University, but he dropped out to give full time to Facebook. Mark is a genius man with an IQ (Intelligent Quotient) of approximately 152. He is a young internet entrepreneur and computer programmer.

Mark was born on May 14, 1984, in New York. Zuckerberg began his classes at Harvard in 2002. There Mark has launched a program called “facemash”, where students can select the best-looking person among the choices of photos. He has programmed it just for fun.

In January 2004, he started to do programming for his new project, and on February 4, 2004, he launched another website “Facebook” initially located as “thefacebook.com. Unfortunately, after a few days of launch, three students from Harward accused him of stealing their idea of the social network “Harvardconnection.com”.

After Investigation, a settlement of 1.2 million Facebook shares was done between Mark and these Harvard students. In the same year, Mark dropped out of Harvard to complete this facebook project. Mark Zuckerberg’s Net worth is 117.8 billion US dollars as of May 2021.

2. Steve Jobs

Steven Paul Jobs popularly known as Steve Jobs was born on February 5, 1955, in San Francisco, California. He was an American business magnate and a successful entrepreneur. He was the co-founder and CEO of Apple Inc. He is generally known and recognized for the personal computer revolution in the ’70s and ’80s along with his business partner and Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak.

Steve was born in California but put up for adoption and raised in San Francisco, Bay Area. In 1972, Steve Attended Reed college and dropped out in the same year. Then in 1974, He came to India to travel around for enlightenment and studying Zen Buddhism.

Both Steve and Wozniak co-founded Apple in 1976 and started selling Apple I personal computers. After a year, they came up with Apple II personal computer, and it was a breakthrough. Apple II was the first successful microcomputer produced in bulk quantity. In 1983, they came up with the development of the unsuccessful Apple Lisa, but in 1984, they launched their new personal computer “Macintosh”, which was the first mass-produced computer with a graphical user interface.

Jobs became the CEO of Apple in 1997, and his responsibility was to revive Apple because Apple was too close to Bankruptcy. Then he worked closely with the designers and launched new Apple products like iMac, iTunes, Apple Store, iPod, iPhone, etc. Unfortunately, jobs were diagnosed with a Neuroendocrine pancreatic tumor in 2003 and passed away due to respiratory arrest related to cancer on October 5, 2011.

Steve Jobs was also the co-founder of Next and Pixar and a board member at Walt Disney company. Steve Jobs Net worth was 7 billion US Dollars by September 2011. 

3. Bill Gates

William Henry Gates III was born on October 28, 1955, in Seattle, Washington. He is an author, philanthropist, software developer, successful entrepreneur, and a famous American business magnate. He is known as Microsoft Corporation’s founder worldwide and the world’s richest man consistently from 1995-2017 except from 2010 to 2013.

Gates enrolled in Harward college in 1973 and took a pre-law major but chose mathematics and other computer science graduate-level courses. Then, in 1975, Gate decided to drop out of college and start their own software company along with his business partner Paul Allen.

Gates enrolled in Harward college in 1973 and took a pre-law major but chose mathematics and other computer science graduate-level courses. Then, in 1975, Gates decided to drop out of college and start their own software company along with his business partner Paul Allen.

The net worth of Bill Gates is approximately 144 billion US Dollars as of May 15, 2021. In 2014, He stepped down from the chairman position and assumed a new post for himself as a Technology Advisor to support new CEO Satya Nadella. Since 2008, Bill has been working full time with Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, a private charitable foundation established in 2000.

4. Henry Ford

Henry Ford is known as the founder of Ford Motor Company. He was a famous American business personality and a successful businessman. Henry Ford was born on July 30, 1863, in Michigan, US. He went to school until he turned fifteen. He had some interest in going to school, but he was a poor student. Instead, he decided to work with mechanical objects like watches. When he was thirteen years old, he repaired his first watch.

He never learned to read properly and spellings as well. He was able to write a few simple sentences only. He never completed a college degree, but he has taken a few business-related courses later on in his life. He had learned all his skills of trading and manufacturing from his apprenticeships.

Henry Ford was an automobile manufacturer who designed and created the Model T in 1908. The first universal car “The Model T” was manufactured by Ford motor company on their moving assembly lines in mass production. Model T production has revolutionized the whole automotive Industry.

By 1932, Ford Motor Company was the leading manufacturer of automobiles and was manufacturing one-third of the total automobiles of the world. The net worth of Ford Motor company is estimated at around 290 billion US Dollars as of 2021.

5. Evan Williams

Evan Clark Williams is known as the co-founder of Twitter, a microblogging service. He is a successful American technology entrepreneur and a very popular business personality.

Evan attended the University of Nebraska, Lincoln for one and a half years, and then he dropped out of college to pursue his career and worked with many technology companies and startups.

Twitter was launched in July 2006. It’s a microblogging and social networking platform. It was founded by four business partners Jack Dorsey, Noah Glass, Biz Stone, and Evan Williams. By 2012, there were 100 million users of Twitter and more than 340 million tweets posted daily.

Evan Williams has also founded “Blogger” and “Medium”. Blogger was launched on August 23, 1999. It is a website for users to create their own unique and beautiful blogs. Medium is also a blogging website. It is used to read articles on the internet. This is one of the best platforms for readers and writers.

The Net worth of Evan Williams is approximately 3 billion US Dollars as of January 2021.

6. Walt Disney

Walter Elias Disney, popularly known as Walt Disney. He was a very famous American entrepreneur, animator, voice actor, writer, and film producer. He was born on December 5, 1901, in Chicago, Illinois. He was a legend in the Animation Industry and introduced many new things to animation.

Disney enrolled in Mckinley High school, Chicago, and took Drawing and photography classes there. He also joined art classes at night. At the age of 16, He decided to quit school to join the Army., But he was rejected because of his age. Then he worked in the Red Cross as an ambulance driver for one year. Then he came back to the US in 1919.

He was the creator of the Mickey Mouse characters and the founder of Disneyland. Disney was a chain smoker, and he died on December 15, 1966, due to lung cancer. The total worth of the Walt Disney company assets is around 201 billion US Dollars as of 2020.

7. Matt Mullenweg

Mathew Charles Mullenweg is the full name of WordPress founder Matt Mullenweg. He is a successful American entrepreneur and web developer. He is widely known for developing WordPress, a free and open-source content management system.

Matt was born on January 5, 1984, in Houston, Texas. He has enrolled at the University of Houston to pursue a political science course. But in 2004, He dropped out of the university and started a job in CNET Networks. He worked there for 2 years. Then, in August 2005, He founded “Automatic” a global distributor company.

WordPress was initially released on May 27, 2003, as a blog posting system. WordPress is like a web page production factory. It stores the content and enables its users to create and publish web pages on their websites. The net worth of Mullenweg is around 400 million US dollars as of 2021.

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