20 Successful People Who Made It Without A College Degree

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Ever since we were kids, we have been told that we need to go to college to broaden our employment opportunities and make money. This might be the case for most of us, but there will always be a few exceptions to the rule. The successful people in this list made it to where they are right now, perched on top of the world, without earning a college degree. Learn more about how they did it without bearing a college diploma and their net worth as per Forbes’ estimates.

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Bill Gates

1. Bill Gates – $79.2 billion

Bill Gates is usually one of the first people that come to mind when it comes to people who are extremely rich even without a college degree. He scored 1590 out of 1600 in his SAT and enrolled at Harvard in 1973. He spent a lot of time using the college’s computers, until the release of the MITS Altair 8800, which revolutionized microcomputer usage. Gates and his friend, Paul Allen, decided that it was time to launch a software company. He dropped out of college in his second year and co-founded “Micro-soft.” A year later, they dropped the hyphen and developed a BASIC Interpreter for Altair. Their success started with the development of Microsoft BASIC, turning Microsoft into the largest PC software company.

2. Mark Zuckerberg – $45.6 billion

Mark Zuckerberg

According to Bloomberg, the Facebook founder is worth an estimated $45.6 billion as of March 2016. He is also one of the youngest billionaires in the world at just 31 years old. He founded Facebook as a student of computer science and psychology at Harvard, but dropped out at 20. Zuckerberg worked with his friends to develop a program called Facesmash, wherein people would pick the best looking people. He then went on to develop thefacebook.com exclusively for Harvard students at first, until it spilled to other college campuses in the US. Facebook was eventually made available to everyone, which was the start of Zuckerberg’s success. At 23, he already earned his first billion.

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