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10 College Dropouts Who Changed The World.

Dropping out of college? Are you one of these SUCCESSFUL entrepreneurs?
To be successful we need to adhere to the following process - school, college, degree and job, is it?
Well, not necessarily. To be an entrepreneur, it is all about coming up with a great unique idea
and implementing it. It is all about aligning the right thing in right place and at the right time.
A brilliant idea does not require a degree as a prerequisite. It requires passion and dedication.
Awaken your inner entrepreneur by reading about these successful people:
1.BILL GATES
Also called " The King of Software", Bill Gates, the co-founder of Microsoft, is the most
successful college drop-out in the world. Gates left Harvard in 1975. He received an honorary
degree from Harvard in 2007. Bill developed an early interest in computer science and began
studying computers in the seventh grade. By the age of twelve, he was involved with various
computer-programming projects thought high school.Today his current net worth is a whopping
US$91.1 Billion!
2.STEVE JOBS
After just one semester at Reed College in Oregon, Jobs dropped out of school.  In 1976, Steve Jobs and his
fellow college-dropout built the Apple in his garage. He is the co-creator of Macintosh, iPod, iPhone, iPad
and Apple’s first store products. When Jobs passed away in 2011, his net worth was $11 billion.
3.MARK ZUCKERBERG
Mark Zuckerberg, the co-founder of Facebook, was a college dropout! Yes, you heard it right. In the fall
of 2005,Mark Zuckerberg told the Harvard Crimson “I’m not coming back.’’ His current Net Worth is a
brilliant US$62.1 billion!
4. KUNAL SHAH
Kunal Shah, an Indian entrepreneur and the Founder and ex-CEO of the very popular online recharge
platform FreeCharge, is a college drop-out. Shah dropped out of SVKM's NMIMS while pursuing MBA.
FreeCharge has been so successful that it was acquired by Snapdeal for an estimated amount of $400
million!
5. RITESH AGARWAL
This 17 year old dropout turns out to be a 22 year old millionaire. Founder of OYO (on your own) rooms
himself lived in budget hotels and managed roles like housekeeper, call center guy, and now a startup
founder. Ritesh believes the Thiel fellowship for under-20 entrepreneurs, started by PayPal founder,  as
the best thing that happened in his life. Networking helped him to reach where he is today.
6. LARRY ELLISON
Larry Ellison also dropped out of two colleges, the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, then the
University of Chicago, before relocating to California. In 1977, he founded Software Development
Laboratories (SDL) which later became Oracle. His current net worth is US$ 62.4 billion! He was listed
in Forbes as one of the richest man in the world.
7.JACK DORSEY
The co-founder and CEO of Twitter and Square was a college drop out. These are one of the greatest
start-ups in the world which created a huge buzz. Jack Dorsey dropped out of New York University in
1999. His net worth being US$4 billion!
8.RUSSELL SIMMONS
Simmons left City College of New York in order to promote local musicians like Kurtis Blow and Run-
D.M.C. In 1984, Simmons and Rick Rubin founded Def Jam Recordings, which was just the beginning of
his hip-hop empire. Since then, Simmons and his Rush Communications Firm have launched “Phat Farm
clothing company, television shows, a management company, a magazine, and an advertising agency.”
9.TRAVIS KALANICK
Travis Kalanick left UCLA in 1988 to work at Scout full time. He is the co-founder of Red Swoosh and
Uber. His net worth being US$ 4.8 billion!
10.VARUN SHOOR
A self-taught programmer at 13 and web designer, he took a natural interest in the development of web
applications.Varun established Kayako in 2001. After dropping out of college, he started the company in
2001 when he was just 17 with its first office in Jalandhar.



These brilliant examples show us that success is not all about earning a degree, but also about pursuing
your belief and passion.
Do you think dropping out of college, under the right circumstances, is the right thing to do?

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