Education Trends: Why Most Billionaires Are High School And College Dropouts?

By Dianne Franc, Parent Herald April 06, 04:30 am

From Microsoft's Bill Gates to Facebook's Mark Zuckerberg, these famous billionaires have one thing in common—they are both college dropouts. But believe it or not, some of the richest people in the world don't even have a high school diploma.

A photo posted by Bill Gates (@billgates19) on Dec 31, 2014 at 2:09am PST

Case in point, we have Zara's founder, Amancio Ortega. He is hailed not just a billionaire but also dubbed as the richest man in Spain for building his fashion empire. According to, Ortega's net worth is $74 billion and yes, he doesn't have a college degree because he stopped studying at the age of 14.

There are 63 billionaires out of Forbes' 400 that didn't even finish high school. People may start wondering: How was this possible? Here are some of the facts affecting these people's success without the need for a college diploma.

The Educational System Could Be The One To Blame shared that one of the factors why most billionaires didn't finish school is because of the educational system. These now-successful people found the system a waste of time. Only 2.5 million in the U.S. were able to achieve their PhDs, but more than ten million people are college dropouts. It goes to show that there could be a flaw in the educational system.

However, statistics still show that most of those who didn't finish college have actually struggled financially. These known billionaires were just the exemptions since they have extraordinary skills and abilities, not to mention a determination that is also out of this world.

Vision and Focus

One of the common things that billionaires share is having a clear vision of what they want and being 100 percent focused on making it happen. Most, if not all of these billionaires have a specific product or line of business that they want to go for. In short, they know what they want and they go for it. Since their determination and gift in pursuing their passion is so strong, they end up getting what they want before they could even finish school.

It is safe to say that these people have made it to the top not because they quit school, but there are also personal matters that affected their success. What is your opinion about it?

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