Zillionaires With Only High School Degrees

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We were all raised to believe that an education was vital to our success.  Our parents wanted us to grow up and be lawyers, doctors, engineers, all things that require an incredible amount of education.  But what would you say if we told you that some of the world’s wealthiest people never graduated from college?  Below is a list of 32 individuals who are billionaires, and did it without a college degree.

Bill Gates

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Bill Gates is a huge philanthropist, a man who spends most of his incredible fortune doing what he can to help others.  Often this is through donations of computers, he has also set up water relief funds and scholarships.  He dropped out of Harvard to pursue his dream of a computing company, a company that is now worth over $80 billion dollars and is known as Microsoft.

Mark Zuckerberg

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One simple idea became arguably the most recognizable social media site on the internet.  That’s right, the face above is the man who developed Facebook, a company now worth well over $51 billion dollars.  Like Bill, he has pledged to donate a significant portion of his wealth to charities.

Walt Disney

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If you think Bill Gates was astounding, take a look at Walt Disney.  He didn’t even finish High School before embarking on his world-changing career.  Walt Disney is known all over the world, and Disney is now worth over $30 Billion dollars.

Larry Ellison

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The Oracle Corporation is one of the largest software companies in the world, coming in second only to Microsoft.  Larry overcame some incredible odds to build this business, being told by his adoptive father that he wasn’t worth anything and would never amount to much.  $56 billion dollars later you can only imagine that man is eating crow.

Ralph Lauren

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If you’re a follower of fashion, you know the name, Ralph Lauren.  His company may only be worth $8 billion dollars, but he did it all without a High School education.

Sheldon Adelson

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Sheldon dropped out of New York’s City College, and went on to build the Venetian Hotel and Sands Casino, now worth over $28 billion.  His bold decision helped him hit the jackpot.  Given his wealth, it’s unsurprising that he donates massive sums of money to the Republican party.

Simon Cowell

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That’s right, everyone’s favorite jerk is a college dropout.  While he has a gruff on-stage persona (worth $500 million dollars) he’s a very dedicated philanthropist and is regarded as one of the most influential people in the world.

Giorgio Armani

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Another visitor from the fashion industry, Giorgio Armani dropped out of medical school to become a fashion designer.  The fact that he had a terrible fear of blood played a significant role in that as well.  Now he’s worth over $5 billion dollars.

Thomas Edison

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Thomas Edison was the founder of one of the most influential and important electrical companies in the world, General Electric.  Not only did he never attend college, he never attended school at all. Thomas Edison was entirely self-educated and was worth $12 million.  That would be $170 million in today’s money.

Harold Hamm

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Harold Hamm is easily one of the finest examples of the American Dream in action.  Harold started his career pumping gas, and years later is now the owner of Continental Resources, an oil company worth $9.3 billion dollars.  He never went to college, but he did manage to graduate High School.

Michael Dell

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Everyone remembers the commercials that held that iconic line “Dude, you’re getting a Dell,” but how many of us know that Michael Dell, the founder, was worth a cool $54.9 billion dollars?  He dropped out of college at the age of 19 and started Dell with only $1000 to his name.

Henry Ford

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The Ford Motor Company can be held responsible for bringing the age of the automobile to the world.  At the age of 16, Henry left his family farm and became one of the most famous and wealthy people in the world.  How wealthy?  The Ford Motor Company is now worth $200 billion dollars.

Paul Allen

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Paul Allen is one of the major players in Microsoft, and like its founder, he dropped out of college to pursue his business.  Now he’s worth $19 billion dollars!  How’s that for a college dropout?  Like most of those who made it rich this way, he’s a huge philanthropist.

Mary Kay Ash

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Most of us have encountered Mary Kay at some point in our lives, but what few of us know is that Mary Kay was an actual person.  She worked hard out of school selling books door to door, and finally decided to start her cosmetics company focused on empowering women. Mary Kay Inc is now a $3.7 billion business.

David Geffen

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You’ve heard of Dreamworks, one of the biggest film companies to come out of the industry since Disney? What you probably haven’t heard is that David Geffen barely graduated high school and dropped out of Brooklyn College due to his struggles with dyslexia. His $6 billion company now donates regularly to schools to aid in education.

Ty Warner

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You’ve heard of Beanie Babies, right?  Of course, you have.  It was all started by an actor who recognized he wasn’t very good and rather than torturing us with his continued attempts at fame, started making toys.  $2.4 billion later Ty Inc.’s toys are some of the most sought after items. All of this on just a High School Education.

John Paul DeJoria

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John Paul DeJoria, not a name familiar to most of us.  He’s part of the incredible Paul Mitchell Hair Products company, and he rose from being homeless to being worth over $3.1 billion dollars with little more than a high school education.

Coco Chanel

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How much was the founder of Chanel worth?  $5.2 billion dollars.  Not bad for someone who became an orphan, and learned how to sew from a nun, right?

Asa Candler

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Coca-Cola is a fantastic drink and has played an important role both culturally, as well as philanthropically all over the world.  Would you be surprised to learn it was started by a man who dropped out of school at the age of 10 and is a company now worth $146 billion dollars?

Rachael Ray

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Oh, Rachael Ray, you’ve always been a delight to watch, and a pioneer for celebrity relationships (her relationship with her husband is an open one, in case you didn’t know).  She graduated high school, and went on from there to be worth $75 million dollars with no formal training.

David Green

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He graduated high school and went on to build a fortune worth $5.8 billion.  David green is a deeply religious person who donates a large portion of his fortune to church causes.

David Karp

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Philip Green

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You may not have heard of Philip Green or his company, the UK Based Arcadia Group, but he’s worth $5.2 billion dollars and dropped out of school at the tender age of 15.  He’s a philanthropist, and a bit of an extravagant fellow as well, his son’s Bar Mitzvah cost over $4 million.

Debbi Fields

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If you’re like us, you can’t get enough of those rich, flavorful, soft cookies produces by Mrs. Fields Cookie Company.  What you may not have known is that there’s a real Mrs. Fields, and her name is Debbi.  She dropped out of Foothill College in California and went on to build a company that would be worth $100 million at the age of 20.

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