Most people get their first big paycheck only after they finish college. However, some of the richest people on the planet actually never got their college degree, but managed to make big bucks regardless. Here are 10 insanely rich people who never finished college.
With a net worth of $30.2 billion, Li Ka-shing is the richest person in Hong Kong and the second richest in Asia. Not only does Li lack a college degree, but he lacks a high school diploma one as well. After his father’s death, he had to drop out of school and work 16 hours a day in a plastics trading company. Although he was only 15 years old at the time, he had no other choice. Now he’s the chairman of the board for CK Hutchison Holdings.
Here’s another billionaire from Hong Kong. Lee Shau-kee made his fortune by being a real estate tycoon and majority owner of Hengerson Land Development. Even though he donated a lot of scholarships for different colleges, he never got his degree. He’s currently worth $23.6 billion.
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Leonardo earned his fortune by creating the Luxottica Group – the largest producer and seller of lenses and glasses on the planet. Even though his education stopped after he got his high school degree, Leonardo still managed to make $17.7 billion.
With a net worth of $4.7 billion, Savitri is the richest woman in India. She inherited this fortune after her husband, who used to be a chairperson of the Jindal Group, died in a helicopter crash. After his death, she took over the company, and since then, the company’s revenue quadrupled.
Paul Allen is best known for being the co-founder of Microsoft. That company is exactly the reason why Paul is currently worth $19.1 billion. After finishing high school, he enrolled in Washington State University, but ultimately dropped out to start the company with Bill Gates.
According to Forbes, Liliane is the richest woman on the planet and the richest person in France, with a net worth of $36 billion. She is known for being one of the principal shareholders of L’Oréal.
Mark is one of the most famous Internet entrepreneurs of all time. He is best known for being one of the co-founders of Facebook. Although Mark got into Harvard University, he decided to drop out during his sophomore year, in order to focus on creating Facebook. He is currently the 6th richest man in the world, with a net worth of $49.6 billion.
Michael became interested in computers as soon as he got his first one, at the age of 15. Just four years later, he established his company, Dell, with a budget of only $1,000. Now, he’s worth $20.5 billion.
Amancio is the founder of the Inditex fashion group, mostly known for its chain of Zara stores. Because of Zara, Ortega managed to become the 2nd richest person in the world, with a net worth of $73.2 billion.
Performing well at school was never a problem for Bill. However, he knew that he had to drop out during his studies in order to have the time to establish Microsoft. He is now the richest man on the planet, with a net worth of $82.9 billion.