Success is not based on good grades, getting into college and graduating with flying colors. It is about an idea first and foremost. Then it is all about hard work, determination, vision and the drive to succeed. Below is a list of top entrepreneurs who achieved phenomenal success without a college degree:
The co-founder of Apple, Steve Jobs, is an inspiration for many budding entrepreneurs. Albeit he graduated from Homestead High School in 1972, he dropped out of Reed College because his parents couldn’t afford his education. However, as the founder of Apple computers, he managed to amass personal wealth of $11 billion at the time of his death in 2011. Jobs’ genius peer, Steve Wozniak whose net worth is estimated at about $100 million, didn’t get a college degree either.
The founder of the Virgin group that includes Virgin Atlantic, Virgin Mobile, Virgin Records, Department store and vast host of other Virgin sub-brands, Richard Branson never finished high school, and performed poorly academically because of dyslexia. But today his net worth is approximately $4.9 billion.
The founder of Hobby Lobby, David Green, never went to college, but managed to establish this incredible chain of arts and crafts stores. He is a respected philanthropist, who has donated nearly $500 million to various evangelical ministries. He ended his education after getting a high school diploma to start his own business with a loan of $600. His current net worth? A whopping $6 billion.
The founder of Dell Computers attended the University of Texas, only to drop out after two years. He worked on the foundations of the present-day Dell inc. in his college dormitory, after which he succeeded in packaging and selling personal computer upgrades and established a huge business. His worth is about $20 billion today and that places Michael Dell among the youngest billionaire CEOs on the Fortune 500 list.
This cooking show TV personality never attended college, but is now a well-known businesswoman and author. Her net worth? A good $60 million. To find out more, click on Rachel Ray.
The list of such successes is large. In my humble opinion though, no matter how good an idea is, it is always good to have a college degree. This, not only for the degree, but for the fact that college life in itself is something of an experience not found elsewhere. So I say go for it, experience it, make friends, go to those lectures, have those late nights yet still pursue your big ideas and dreams. Win-win!