Tech Billionaire University Dropouts

By on 31/05/2014

University drop outs are often seen hearing insults like lazy or quitter among many others. But our list here proves, dropping out of university is not always due to lack of energy, determination, ambition or talent. The technology arena is one in which a formal education is not always the most important. This has been proved by the Tech Billionaire University Dropouts mentioned in the article.


Yes, our list contains names of 6 of the richest tech billionaires who are college drop outs and have still managed to gain success without a degree. They are known for leading high-tech inventions that have fashioned the approach with which we work, connect and do business in our daily lives.

Gabe Logan Newell

Gabe Logan Newell 

(Estimated Net Worth: $1.15 B)

Gabe Logan Newell is the co-founder and managing director of the online software distribution  and video game development company named Valve Corporation. The company gained popularity with the popularizing of games like Half Life 2, Counter Strike and Portal. Newell left Harvard University to work in the information technology industry. Inspired by Michael Abrash, after working for 13 years at Microsoft Corporation, Newell and another employee Mike Harrington left the company to find Valve, their own game development project.


Jack DorseyJack Dorsey

(Estimated Net Worth: $2.2 B)

Billionaire creator, co-founder and CEO of Twitter, an online messaging company and Square, a mobile payment company, Dorsey dropped out of University of Nebraska before receiving his degree. Dorsey was recognized as one of Time Magazine’s 100 most influential people and ‘Outstanding Innovator under the Age of 35’ by MIT’s Technology Review.




Steve JobsSteve Jobs

(Estimated Net Worth: $11 B)

Steve Jobs left Reed University six months after he joined it to find ways to make user friendly computers a reality. Jobs is the brainchild behind the iconic iPod, iPhone, iPad, iTunes and all the other Apple products that transcend the technology sphere. Jobs dropped out of Reed College, got fired from Apple and spent some time in India before returning back to Apple as the CEO, a position he held until his death due to pancreatic cancer in 2011.


marc zuckerbergMark Zuckerberg

(Estimated Net Worth: $13 B)

We are sure most of you reading this article, are registered on Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg dropped out of Harvard University after his sophomore year and since then has made a lot of money. In fact, months before he joint university he already achieved the reputation of a programming prodigy. Zuckerberg is the man behind this popular social media platform that is valued at $100 billion today. Little did he know that the exclusive Harvard online community he was trying to build will turn  out to be the number one social networking website that connects millions of people all around the world.


dellMichael Dell

(Estimated Net Worth: $15.9 B)

Founder and chief executive of Dell Inc., which is the world’s foremost supplier of personal computers. Dell has recently announced his interest in taking the corporate private for  $24.4 billion after displaying no signs of stock performance enhancement in the Wall Street for four years. Dell dropped out of university after 2 years of joining but was named the ‘Entrepreneur of the Year’ by Inc. Magazine at the age of 24. Dell was the man behind bringing personal computers to the masses and by 2001 was officially the world’s largest PC maker. Dell first sold computers from his dorm room at Harvard University, which quickly because a full time occupation and he had no choice but to leave university in order to expand the mushrooming company.


billgatesBill Gates

(Estimated Net Worth: $72 B)

Founder of Microsoft, Bill Gates dropped out in the third year of Harvard University because he had to dedicate more time to Microsoft, which currently is the leading software producer in the world. Gates is responsible for Windows and the Xbox and wrote his first computer program when he was 13. At the age of 20, he found Microsoft Corporation. In his lifetime, he has donated $36,854,000,000 to charity, which is around half of his overall worth.

Of course, just because these people made it to the top without attaining a university degree does not mean that most people can do so without one. If you have the opportunity of getting one, please do as you never know when you might need it.

One Comment

  1. silvester

    04/10/2016 at 07:58

    # need donor/philanthropic funding for my projects

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