5 Famous Billionaire Dropouts

college dropout billionairesBy Jane Lee and Helen A. Coster from Forbes.com

Be cool -- stay in school, the saying goes. Recent reports show that a rising number of college graduates are topping off their resumes with $135,000 law degrees in hopes of getting ahead in the post-recession economy. But one look at this Forbes list of billionaires who never graduated from high school will make you wonder: If you want to be rich, should you ditch?


1. Richard Branson

A dropout at 16, he founded a mail-order record retailer which became the Virgin Records stores and music label. Today, his empire includes 200 companies -- airlines, music festivals, mobile phones -- in 30 countries. His estimated net worth: $6.8 billion.


2. Carl Lindner, Jr.

This billionaire dropped out of high school to deliver milk for his family's dairy. In 1984, Lindner bought Chiquita Brands International (formerly United Fruit Company and United Brands Company) and ran it until 2001. Lindner's estimated net worth: $1.7 billion.


3. François Pinault

It's hard to believe that the third-richest man in France -- with holdings like Gucci, Christie's auctioneers, Samsonite and Puma -- quit high school in 1947 to work at his father's lumber mill. Pinault has amassed an $8.7 billion fortune.


4. Kirk Kerkorian

This mega-resort tycoon, who dropped out to pursue amateur boxing in the eighth grade, is now worth $3.1 billion.


5. Amancio Ortega

The founder of Inditex, a fashion empire that includes brands Zara and Massimo Dutti, ditched school at age 14 to run errands for mom-and-pop shirt stores. Ortega, now the richest man in Spain, is worth $31 billion.

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lnette59

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June 19 2012 at 10:57 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
hella

How much do you want to bet that all 5 of these Billionaires have their children completing privat school and graduate from top rated Universities.
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January 15 2012 at 4:34 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Girlie Mazon

Wow! I can't believe on the article that I'm reading right now. I was really amazed how these people became Billionaires despite of these facts. Oh well, it only proves that truly, experience is still the best teacher. They sure had their experiences as their greatest edge in being on the field that they are up to. Anyway, I'm still not encouraging everyone to drop out since it's still good to learn theories in school to be able to apply it in the future.

January 05 2012 at 4:39 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jennifer

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January 04 2012 at 2:13 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Jennifer

My best Frie'nd ,She just has announced her Wedding with a RICH young man Ronald who is the CEO of a MNC ! They met via Rich,-------S.u.c.c.e.s.s.f.u.l.m.i.n.g.l.e . ℃ ⊙ M--- is The Largest and Best club for Wealthy people and their admirers to chat online. …you don’t have to be rich there ,but you may meet One ,maybe you wanna check it out or tell your friends !
He is so freaken amazing looking- geez louise!!!!!!!!!!!!! Gosh I'm gushing-lol

January 04 2012 at 2:10 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
13Krieger

How much do you want to bet that all 5 of these Billionaires have their children completing privat school and graduate from top rated Universities.

January 01 2012 at 11:38 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Mbaluku

What are the chances man?????if u hav the chance,jus stay in skul nd finish.atleast ull hav smthng to fall back too..

December 15 2011 at 10:56 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Genius_Kevin

50 Richest & Most Succesful School dropouts in the world. From NO degree to totally NO education!

http://afrinerds.wordpress.com/2011/12/06/50-richest-most-succesful-school-dropouts-in-the-world-from-no-degree-to-totally-no-education/

December 06 2011 at 9:50 AM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply
Miko De Castro

Inspiring but I don't want to drop the college yet.

November 13 2011 at 9:09 PM Report abuse rate up rate down Reply

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