Look at Forbes’ list of billionaires and you’ll find a lot of very rich people with very impressive credentials: MBA from Harvard Business School, bachelor of science from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, bachelor of arts from Brown. But some of the world’s most wildly successful people never finished school at all. In fact, quite a few of them dropped out of local institutions. Here are some of them, with one extra drop-out from outside the area who has been making their millions recently. Next
Net worth: $13.3 billion
Zuckerberg, who launched social networking giant Facebook out of his Harvard dorm room, dropped out to focus on his new site full-time. Nearly 10 years later, Facebook operates out of Palo Alto, Calif. The company’s stock price has seen a lot of twists and turns since going public in May 2012.
Net worth: $200 million
One of the newest members of the ultra-wealthy club, Karp recently sold his start-up, Tumblr, to Yahoo! for a cool $1.1 billion. He also has found a new mentor in Yahoo!’s chief executive, Marrissa Mayer, who herself was an instrumental early employee at Google.
Karp dropped out of Bronx High School of Science at the age of 14. Next
Net worth: $2 billion
The media mogul was expelled from Brown University after he was caught with a female student in his dorm room. He returned to campus in 1989 as the keynote speaker at the National Association of College Broadcasters conference, where he was rewarded an honorary BA. (Pictured: Turner with ex-wife Jane Fonda).
Net worth: $67 billion
Harvard dropout Gates cofounded Microsoft in 1975, but today, most of his fortune is spread across private equity, stocks, and bonds. It’s those investments – not Microsoft – that are responsible for the $61 billion jump in his fortune over the past year. Regarded as one of the world’s most generous people, Gates is committed to using his influence to make the world a better place. The Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, which Gates founded with his wife, has donated billions of dollars worldwide towards improving global health and development.
Net worth: $1.1 billion
Newell, who dropped out of Harvard, is a former Microsoft programmer. He and coworker Mike Harrington left the tech giant together in 1996 and founded Valve, a video game developer and digital distribution innovator, with the small fortunes they had amassed while with Microsoft. Valve is responsible for the Half-Life video games, as well as Steam software.
Net worth: $26.5 billion
Adelson, who dropped out of the City College of New York, owns a number of casinos and hotels. He is the chief executive officer and chairman of the Las Vegas Sands Corp.; a branch of this company operates Vegas’ Venetian Resort Hotel Casino and the Sands Expo and Convention Center. He also owns Israel YaHom, a daily Hebrew-language newspaper in Israel.
Net worth: $3.8 billion
Like Zuckerberg, Moskovitz is a Harvard dropout who helped found Facebook. He left the social networking giant in 2008 to found Web app Asana, intended to improve team communication. Forbes ranked him the world’s youngest self-made billionaire because of his 7.6 percent share in Facebook. Next
Net worth: $310 million (estimated)
The acclaimed musician, who produced Michael Jackson’s “Thriller” album, was on scholarship to the Schillinger House (now Berklee College of Music), when he dropped out. He went on to earn 79 Grammy Award nominations and 27 awards, including a 1991 Grammy Legend Award.
Net worth: $40 million (estimated)
Native New Englander John Mayer was a student at Berklee College of Music until he moved to Atlanta to refine his skills. Today, he is an internationally known rock star with a huge fan base – not to mention he’s dated the likes of Katy Perry and Jennifer Aniston.
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