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6 World’s Most Successful College Dropouts

Have you ever thought of dropping out of college? People often think that it would lead to disaster, such as unemployment, poverty, and social doom. In general, just the story of the bad little boy. Yet it's not necessarily true. Higher education goes with a number of problems too: high tuition costs, student debt, or a simple lack of determination in students.

So does everyone really need education? Can one become successful without graduating from a college? Here’s a list of top 6 university dropouts who have nailed it without getting a degree first.

  • Bill Gates

In 1975, Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard University, after just two years of studying there. In the same year he founded Microsoft together with his friend Paul Allen. Needless to say how the company has evolved since then.

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Bill Gates was named the richest man in the world by Forbes 16 times in a row. Right now his personal wealth is estimated at $79.2 billion. What’s funny, in 2007, his alma mater gave him a university degree.

  • Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg was a programming prodigy at Harvard University, from which he dropped out in 2004 at the age of 20, to be able to fully concentrate on his company, Facebook. He relocated to Palo Alto, California, because he believed that he would be able to work better from that location. He did.

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Right now, Facebook is the first thing that comes to mind when someone thinks of a social network, and its founder was the youngest person to ever become a millionaire. In 2015, Forbes magazine named Mark Zuckerberg #16 richest person in the world with the overall wealth of $33.4 billion.

  • Michael Dell

Michael Dell studied medicine at Texas University in Austin until he dropped out in 1984 (aged 19). Despite his parents’ disappointment, Dell realized that computers were his true passion. While he was in high school, he earned more than his teachers by selling computer upgrade kits for small businesses.

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In 1984, the Dell company was founded. Its CEO, Michael Dell, is listed as number 47 richest person in the world, according to the 2015 rating by the Forbes magazine. His personal wealth is now around $19.2 billion.

  • Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs was a dropout from Portland-based Reed College in 1972 at the age of 18. He attended it for only half a year and had to withdraw because the tuition was too costly for his adoptive parents.

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After dropping out, he worked at Atari and travelled across India, before he founded Apple in 1976. Years later, Jobs confessed that he used some knowledge from a calligraphy class at Reed College when they designed the first Macintosh computer.

  • Brad Pitt 

In 1982 Brad Pitt enrolled into the University of Missouri where he studied journalism and advertising. Pitt chose to leave college several weeks before the graduation. He moved to Los Angeles to pursue his acting career. Although he struggled in the beginning, he earned some money doing random jobs, so that he could attend acting classes.

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Right now, Brad Pitt is one of the most attractive men in the world and one of the most influential people in the industry. He has an impressive acting portfolio and a beautiful wife Angelina Jolie.

  • Lady Gaga

Stefani Joanne Angelina Germanotta (her real name) dropped out of New York University’s Tisch School of the Arts after her first school year, at the age of 19. Despite the fact that she was a successful student, she left her education for the sake of her music career.

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She struggled really hard to pursue her dreams until was signed by Interscope Records when she was 20. Lady Gaga released her unbelievably successful 2008 LP, The Fame, when she was 22. The album was among the top 5 the best-selling recordings in 2009, with over 15 million copies sold by today.

Usually, education helps us achieve higher goals in our lives, but it doesn’t work for all. The stories of the famous people in this list can teach us a lot about how to follow our dreams. If you are determined and know for sure what you need to do in life, you can choose it instead of education. If your case is more laziness than determination, you should think twice before giving up on studies. College degree can be of a great help in your life.


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