21 Self Made Billionaires Who Are College Dropouts


Formal education has its perks. Millions of people churn in and out of educational institutions all over the world to acquire degrees that are expected to make life a lot easier for them. However many haven’t exactly fancied the idea; had the privilege or simply could not tow this line. That notwithstanding, they have soared high in innovation and in pursuit of their dreams. Being a “dropout” or tagged as one has not fared well for a lot of people, some others just had the guts to genuinely beat the stereotype. In recent times it has been proven that entrepreneurial skills can as well improve your state of living and those of your community, the world has recorded a mind spinning list of school “dropout” billionaires who have done exceedingly well for themselves, their jaw dropping achievements and innovations have impeccably filled relevant social gaps in the world. Let’s take a look at some of them;

21. Ty Warner

Net Worth: $2.4 Billion

Industry: Assorted Business


Ty Warner is a plush toy manufacturer, a hotelier, former actor and sole owner of Ty Inc.. He is particularly respected for his philanthropic activities towards children. The 70-year-old Entrepreneur dropped out of the Kalamazoo College in Michigan, his venture into several businesses however, fared well and has fetched him commendable recognition.

20. Kirk Kerkorian

Net Worth: 4.2 Billion

Industry: Assorted Business


Kerkorian is a business mogul and a philanthropist who dropped out of 8th grade and decided to venture into several businesses that became profitable. He was a high-ranking board member of the entertainment enterprise, MGM before he stepped down in 2011, though he remains the company’s largest shareholder with a 19% stake, he also partnered with the American automobile industry. The 97-year-old Armenian American has donated over $1 Billion to Charities in Armenia.

19. David Murdock

Net Worth: $3.3 Billion

Industry: Food


David Murdock suffered Dyslexia, as a result he dropped out of school in 9th grade. He founded Dole Food Company, Castle and Cooke, and Pacific Clay. He is also the founder of California Health and Longevity Institute (CHLI). Owing to his wife’s death, the billionaire philanthropist dedicated his line of business to nutrition, good health and disease prevention. He supervised the production of the Encyclopedia of Foods, A guide to healthy Nutrition  and supports the search for the cure of Cancer.