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Billionaire college dropouts

Billionaire college dropouts

Speaking to NDTV, Bill Gates talked about how Mark Zuckerberg and he have a few things in common. "We both dropped out of Harvard.", Mr. Gates said. "I actually even gave a lecture at Harvard that said, if you have a great idea, don't worry about dropping out and he attended that lecture. So it is a funny connection there."

Here's a look at 8 very successful dropouts.

Steve Jobs

Steve Jobs

A businessman, designer and inventor. Steve Jobs is best known as the co-founder, chairman and CEO of Apple.

Net worth at the time of his death: $8.3 billion

Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg wrote a program called Facemash in his dorm room at Harvard, that went on to be known as Facebook, the world's largest and most popular social networking site today. Zuckerberg dropped out of Harvard University and moved to Palo Alto with Dustin Moskovitz to officially start Facebook.

Net Worth: $17.5 billion

Dustin Moskovitz

Dustin Moskovitz

Ranked as the world's youngest self-made billionaire, Moskovitz attended Harvard University as an economics major for two years and dropped out to work full time on Facebook with Mark Zuckerberg.

Net worth: $3.5 billion

Michael Dell

Michael Dell

Chairman and CEO of Dell, Michael Dell became the youngest CEO at the age of 27 to have his company ranked in the Fortune 500 list.

Net worth: $15.9 billion

Larry Ellison

Larry Ellison

Larry Ellison dropped out of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign due to the demise of his adoptive mother. He is the co-founder and CEO of Oracle.

Net worth: $36 billion

Azim Premji

Azim Premji

Azim Premji was voted among the twenty most powerful men in the world by Asiaweek. Forbes lists him as the third richest Indian and the 41st richest in the world.

Net worth: $15.9 billion

Bill Gates

Bill Gates

A business tycoon, computer programmer and philanthropist, Bill Gates is the Chairman of Microsoft and was ranked as the wealthiest man in 2011. He dropped out of Harvard to join Paul Allen at Honeywell in 1974.

Net worth: $61 billion

Paul Allen

Paul Allen

Paul Allen is best known as the co-founder of Microsoft. He also owns two professional sports teams; one of the National Football League and the other of the National Basketball Association. Paul dropped out of Washington State University to work as a programmer for Honeywell in Boston.

Net worth: $14.2 billion

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