The 5 Richest College Dropouts

By on January 4, 2012 in ArticlesEntertainment

College isn't for everyone. And in the case of these five individuals, dropping out of college may have been one of the best decisions they ever made. Study up: These are the world's most successful college dropouts.

5. Microsoft co-founder Paul Allen

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Net worth: $19 billion

After attending Washington State University for two years, Allen dropped out to work as a software programmer for Honeywell in Boston.

4. American businessman Sheldon Adelson

Net worth: $35 billion

The owner of the world's largest casino operator left the City College of New York to pursue his entrepreneurial dreams.

3. Oracle CEO Larry Ellison

Net worth: $58 billion

Ellison studied at the University of Chicago and the University of Illinois prior to taking a computer programming job in Berkeley.

2. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Net worth: $82 billion

With the help of venture capitalist funding, Zuckerberg notoriously dropped out of Harvard to move to Silicon Valley and launch the company he started in his dorm.

1. Microsoft co-founder Bill Gates

Net worth: $90 billion

It was Paul Allen who persuaded Gates to take hiatus from Harvard in order assist him with a computer operating system. That leave of absence eventually became permanent.

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