McCaw, Abramovich and co in list of 24 billionaires without uni degrees

Jun 06, 2016 at 6:52pm

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Ideally, it’s expected that the higher one climbs up the educational ladder, the more knowledge and therefore the more ideas one gets to run a business and make more wealth. Often we are told that education is key to success and therefore higher education means higher success. However, some known individuals in the world have managed to defy the status quo to rewrite the book of philosophy and have become filthy rich. Notable among them which you would least expect not have tasted the stress of acquiring a university degree are Roman Abramovich and Richard Branson.

Ourblurbonline have managed to chance on profiles of some 24 billionaires around the world who made a chunk of their wealth without a university degree. The irony of it, is their wealth extends into the ownership of luxurious assets like private jets,ranches and 200 foot yachts and their mansion walls don’t feature artworks by college diploma holders:

1. Ralph Lauren
Est. Net Worth: $8 billion
Source of Fortune: Ralph Lauren Corporation (Apparel)
Education: Graduated DeWitt Clinton High School in The Bronx
Interesting Fact: He has a collection of rare automobiles worth millions that have been displayed in museum exhibits all over the world.

Ralph Lauren- Ralph Lauren Corporation
2. Mark Zuckerberg
Est. Net Worth: $51 billion
Source of Fortune: Facebook
Education: Dropped out of Harvard
Interesting Fact: Zuckerberg has pledged to give away 99% of his Facebook shares to charitable causes.

Mark Zuckerberg- Owner of Facebook
3. Bill Gates
Est. Net Worth: Over $80 billion
Source of Fortune: Microsoft
Education: Dropped out of Harvard
Interesting Fact: Donated over $25 billion of his own money to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, that works to eradicate disease throughout the world.

Bill Gates- Owner of Microsoft
4. Larry Ellison
Est. Net Worth: $56 billion
Source of Fortune: Oracle Corporation
Education: Dropped out of University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Interesting Fact: His last name comes from his adoptive father (who raised him), who changed his own last name to name himself after Ellis Island.

Larry Ellison- Owner of Oracle Corporation
5. Sheldon Adelson
Est. Net Worth: $28 billion
Source of Fortune: Hotels and Casinos (Venetian Hotel, Sands Hotel)
Education: Dropped out of City College of New York
Interesting Fact: Is one of the largest political donors (to Republicans) in the country. Owns newspapers in Las Vegas and Israel.

David Geffen- Owner of Geffen Records, Dreamworks
6. Harold Hamm
Est. Net Worth: $9.3 billion
Source of Fortune: Oil (Shale Oil)
Education: Graduated high school
Interesting Fact: Hamm worked his way up from pumping gas to becoming CEO of his own oil company.

Paul Allen- Microsoft
7. Paul Allen
Est. Net Worth: $19 billion
Source of Fortune: Microsoft
Education: Dropped out of Washington State University
Interesting Fact: Owns two sports teams – the Seattle Seahawks and the Portland Trailblazers.

Harold Hamm- Owner of Shale Oil
8. David Geffen
Est. Net Worth: $6 billion
Source of Fortune: Media & Entertainment – Geffen Records, Dreamworks
Education: Dropped out of Brooklyn College
Interesting Fact: Geffen barely graduated high school, with a 66 average. He contributes his low grades to his dyslexia.

Sheldon Adelson- Owner of Venetian Hotel, Sands Hotel

9. John Paul DeJoria
Est. Net Worth: $3.1 billion
Source of Fortune: Paul Mitchell Hair Products
Education: Graduated high school
Interesting Fact: Prior to earning his fortune, he was so poor that he was homeless for a time.

John Paul DeJoria- Owner of Paul Mitchell Hair Products
10. David Green
Est. Net Worth: $5.8 billion
Source of Fortune: Hobby Lobby Stores
Education: Graduated high school
Interesting Fact: Is deeply religious and sued the federal government to avoid having to offer his employees health insurance plans that covered birth control.

David Green- Owner of Hobby Lobby Stores
11. Barry Diller
Est. Net Worth: $2.6 billion
Source of Fortune: Digital Media (IAC Corporation)
Education: Graduated high school
Interesting Fact: Is married to famous fashion designer Diane Von Furstenburg.

Barry Diller- Owner of IAC Corporation
12. David Karp
Est. Net Worth: $1.1 billion
Source of Fortune: Tumblr (Sold to Yahoo)
Education: Dropped out of high school (Bronx High School of Science)
Interesting Fact: He was named to the MIT Technology Review as one of the top 35 innovators in the world under the age of 35.

David Karp- Former owner of Tumblr
13. Phillip Green
Est. Net Worth: $5.2 billion
Source of Fortune: Retail (U.K. Corporation Arcadia Group)
Education: Dropped out of boarding school at age 15
Interesting Fact: Was knighted by Queen Elizabeth II and is referred to as Sir Phillip Green.

Phillip Green- Owner of U.K. Corporation Arcadia Group
14. Richard Branson
Est. Net Worth: $5 billion
Source of Fortune: Virgin Group (Virgin Records, Virgin Airways)
Education: Graduated high school
Interesting Fact: Branson did poorly in school due to his dyslexia. His headmaster said he would either end up in prison or become a millionaire (he was right).

Richard Branson- Owner of Virgin Group (Virgin Records, Virgin Airways)
15. Roman Abramovich
Est. Net Worth: $7.8 billion
Source of Fortune: Oil and Mining, Investments
Education: Didn’t complete high school (joined Russian army)
Interesting Fact: Owns several of the largest yachts in the world, collectively worth over $1 billion.

Roman Abramovich- Owner of Oil and Mining, Investments & Chelsea football club
16. Amancio Ortega Gaona
Est. Net Worth: $78.6 billion
Source of Fortune: Apparel (Zara, Inditex)
Education: Didn’t graduate high school
Interesting Fact: He is an extremely private person and there are very few photos of him publicly available.

Micky Arison- Owner of Carnival Cruise Lines
17. Francois Pinault
Est. Net Worth: $13.7 billion
Source of Fortune: Luxury Products and Services – Vail Ski Resort, Christie’s Auction House, Formerly owned Gucci
Education: Completed Secondary School
Interesting Fact: Is owner of the largest privately held contemporary art collection in the world.

Jack Taylor- Owner of Enterprise Rent-A-Car
18. Jack Taylor
Est. Net Worth: $8.6 billion
Source of Fortune: Enterprise Rent-A-Car
Education: Dropped out of Washington University in St. Louis
Interesting Fact: Named the company after the USS Enterprise aircraft carrier, on which he served during World War II.

Francois Pinault- Vail Ski Resort, Christie’s Auction House
19. Micky Arison
Est. Net Worth: $7.2 billion
Source of Fortune: Carnival Cruise Lines
Education: Dropped out of University of Miami
Interesting Fact: He owns the Miami Heat basketball team.

Amancio Ortega Gaona- Owner of Zara, Inditex
20. Les Wexner
Est. Net Worth: $7.2 billion
Source of Fortune: Apparel – The Limited Stores
Education: Dropped out of Ohio State University
Interesting Fact: Wexner is the longest-serving CEO of a publicly traded company.

Les Wexner- Owner of The Limited Stores
21. Haim Saban
Est. Net Worth: $3 billion
Source of Fortune: Saban Entertainment
Education: Expelled from high school
Interesting Fact: Saban was born in Egypt but as a young boy emigrated to Israel, where he was raised.

Haim Saban- Owner of Saban Entertainment
22. Ingvar Kamprad
Est. Net Worth: $43.2 billion
Source of Fortune: Founder of IKEA Furniture
Education: Graduated secondary school
Interesting Fact: When he was young, he was an active member of the Swedish Fascist Party.

Ingvar Kamprad- Owner of IKEA Furniture
23. Ted Turner
Est. Net Worth: $2.2 billion
Source of Fortune: Turner Broadcasting, CNN
Education: Expelled from Brown University (for having a female student in his dorm room)
Interesting Fact: Is America’s largest private land owner – over 2 million acres. This is larger than the area of Rhode Island and Delaware combined.

Ted Turner- Owner of Turner Broadcasting, CNN
24. Craig McCaw
Est. Net Worth: $1.9 billion
Source of Fortune: Wireless Communications
Education: Dropped out of Stanford
Interesting Fact: Was a founder of the Free Willy Foundation to help free Keiko the Killer Whale.

Craig McCaw- Owner of Wireless Communications



Source: Ghana/Ourblurbonline.com/Patrick Teye Dasinor



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