5 College Dropouts Who Changed The World

By Daily Alert

December 22, 2013 Other 1 Comment

Higher education is one of the most effective ways to perk up your career and gain success in our professional life. Every year a large number of students enroll in the college degree. Those who failed to enroll in the college education due to lack of money or other issue get frustrated and loss their hope of life. Success in professional life does not depend on the educational qualification and skills. It would be wrong to think that skills and intelligence come in hand along with the educational credentials.

Dedication towards the work, commitment and hard work are the three major pillars that can lead you to your goal in the most effective manner. There is no relationship of these qualities with higher education. Every year a large number of students drop out from their college education due to distinct reasons and lead extremely ordinary life by losing their hope of gaining success. You would be surprised to know that several well-known persons do not even have a college degree. They rose to prominence by taking the risk of dropping out of college.

Below mentioned are the five successful college dropouts.

1. Bill Gates

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Young bill gates with earlier version of Windows PC.

Bill Gates is the first one to name in the list of most successful college dropouts. This dropout of Harvard is the richest man of the world for over a decade. Before joining his partner Paul Allen to open a software company namely, Microsoft, Bill Gates studied for two years in Harvard. Within few years, Microsoft has become the largest software company of the world. In 2007, the dropout of 1973 war rewarded with an honorary degree from the Harvard University. Bill Gates is also a leading philanthropist and a writer who authored few books. His excellent combative business strategy and technological innovation encourage help him to earn unbelievable revenue that is assumed to be nearly $72.7 billion, as of 2013.

2. Steve Jobs

Steve jobs with iphone

Unable to afford the high tuition fees, Steve jobs left studies without completing his college degrees. This dropout of Reed University became one of the most successful entrepreneurs of the modern world. Being the chairman, co-founder, and CEO of Apple Inc, Steve Jobs played a vital role to create the revolutionary change in the technological world. Apple Retail Stores, iPhone, iPad, iMac, iPod, iTunes, iTunes Store and the App Store are some of the few to name of his revolutionary invention as the CEO of the company. He amazed the world with his creative and innovative ideas and hence is titled as the “Father of Digital Revolution”.

3. Mark Zuckerberg

mark zuckerberg facebook founder

Mark Zuckerbergis the founder of Facebook, the most popular social networking site in the world. This Harvard dropout is the youngest billionaire of the globe. As of 2013, his net worth is $16.8 billion. With his innovative idea, Mark Zuckerberg has revolutionized the social media market of the world and connected people through a single platform in an incredible way. His invention, Facebook is the largest social media site with over a billion monthly active users. In 2010, Time magazine titled him as the “Person of the Year”.

4. Ted Turner

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Ted turner is a familiar name in the world of business. This college dropout of the Brown University is considered as one of the biggest landholder of the United States. He founded CNN which was the first 24 hours news channel of the globe. Cartoon Network, the most popular cartoon channel is another remarkable contribution of Ted turner. He is one of the leading philanthropists of the USA. To support United Nations causes, he donated almost $1 billion. In 2008, he published his autobiography known as,“Call Me Ted”.

5. Madonna

Madonna pop singer

Madonna, “The Queen of Pop”, is also a college drop out. She left the University of Michigan to start her career as a dancer and moved to New York. With her impressive voice, she occupied a place in the world of pop in a time when the male singers dominated the music world. She is regarded as the best selling female recording artist of the entire period and holds the Guinness World Record. Madonna also expressed her identity as a director, singer, actress, author, entrepreneur and philanthropist. She was entitled “Greatest Women in Music” award by VH1, in 2012.

Whether or not you have a college degree, you need to have dedication and commitment towards your work in order to achieve great success in your profession. This would enable you to gain success like the above mentioned college dropouts. But, do not avoid to gather knowledge because it is the power that will thrive you to success.

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