I’ve heard and seen so many upcoming entrepreneurs despise going to school; claiming it is not important. Agreed, there’s no one way to achieving success. But before you dash out of schooling, consider this: several top-shot business men and women went to school obtaining bachelor’s degrees, master’s degree and even Ph.D.! According to the insurance company GoCompare who examined the education of people appearing in the top 100 billionaire rich list by Forbes magazine over the past 20 years. It shows that 76% of these billionaires have a degree! With the remaining not entering the university or dropped out. This breaks down to 47% having a bachelor’s degree, 23% a master’s degree and 6% a doctorate.
So, before you decide against going to school, remember school is not so anti-entrepreneurship: you can still be a successful entrepreneur after going to school. See our list of 15 below – this includes the second richest man on earth!
CEO and Founder, Amazon.com
Net worth: $80.3 Billion
Jeff attended Princeton University where he bagged a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering and computer science
CEO of Berkshire Hathaway
Net worth: $74.7 Billion
In 1947, at age 16, Buffett enrolled at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania as a business major. After two years he transferred to the University of Nebraska–Lincoln where at age 20 he graduated with a Bachelor of Science in business administration. He then earned a Master of Science in economics at Columbia Business School.
CARLOS SLIM HELU
Chairman & CEO of Telmex, América Móvil and Grupo Carso
Net worth: $63.1 Billion
Mexican business magnate, Slim Helu, studied civil engineering at the National Autonomous University of Mexico School of Engineering, where he also taught Algebra and Linear Programming at the same time.
CEO of Bloomberg
Net worth: $48.9 Billion
Financial media mogul, Bloomberg, graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 1964 with a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering, and in 1966 he received his Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.
CHARLES AND DAVID KOCH
Founders, Koch Industries
Net worth: $48.3 Billion
They both studied chemical engineering and then began a company, Koch Industries.
CEO of Google
Net worth: $44.8 Billion
Search King, Page, earned a Bachelor of Science, with honors, in computer engineering from the University of Michigan, and a Master of Science in computer science from Stanford University. He was enrolled in the PhD program at Stanford where he met fellow PhD candidate and future partner Sergey Brin, and the rest is internet history.
Net worth: $43.1 billion
In 1990, Brin enrolled in the University of Maryland where he received a Bachelor of Science degree with honors in computer science and mathematics. He later received fellowship from the National Science Foundation to begin his graduate study at Stanford University, California. In 1995, he met Larry Page during an orientation for new student.
Investor, and Heiress to Mars, Inc.
Net worth: $26.5 billion
She graduated from Bryn Mawr College in 1961 with a degree in anthropology.
Chairman & CEO of ArcelorMittal and co-owner QPR F.C.
Net worth: $ 14.6 billion
Mittal graduated from St. Xavier’s College, Calcutta, with B.com degree in first class from the University of Calcutta.
Chairman & CEO of Dangote Group
Net worth: $ 12.5 billion
He has a bachelor degree in business studies from Al-Azhar University, Cairo.
Founder of Globacom, Chairman Conoil
Net worth: $ 5.8 billion
He graduated from Northwestern Oklahoma state University and Pace University, New York with degrees in business Administration.
CEO, SOHO China
Net worth: $3.3 billion (Zhang Xin & family)
She studied economics at the University of Sussex. In 1992, she graduated with a master’s degree in development economics from Cambridge University. In 2013, Zhang Xin received a honorary Doctor of Laws from her Alma Mater, University of Sussex
CEO Hewlett Packard
Net worth: $2.5 Billion
Meg enrolled in Princeton University where she earned a Bachelor of Science degree in economics. She then took on the MBA program at Harvard Business School, graduating in 1979.
Vice chair, Famfa oil
Net worth: $1.66 billion
She studied secretarial studies at Pitman’s Central College, London. She also studied fashion design at the American College, London and the Central School of Fashion
COO of Facebook
Net worth: $ 1.38 Billion
In 1987 she enrolled in Harvard College. She graduated in 1991 with a bachelor’s degree in economics and was awarded the John H. Williams prize for the top graduating student in economics. In 1993 she enrolled at Harvard business school and in 1995 she earned her MBA with highest distinction.