There are some of the wealthiest and successful people on the planet. Between them, their personal wealth is greater than the domestic wealth of many countries. What do these men have in common?
Well, they had a desire and passion to succeed, willing to go against
Bill Gates is the founder of the world’s largest software company – Microsoft. With a personal net wealth of over 81 Billion dollars, Bill Gates dropped out of Harvard after two years. In 2007 he was awarded an honorary degree from his old college, as one might expect.
Since 1987 Bill Gates has continuously ranked in one of the
Michael Dell is the founder of the Dell Computer Corporation. He is one the youngest ever CEO’s of a Fortune 500 company and is worth an estimated 18, 8 billion dollars. Michael had always had an interest in gadgets from a young age and was a young entrepreneur at 12 years of age.
He washed dishes at a local Chinese restaurant to earn money for
The 2010 film The Social Network showed Mark Zuckerberg’s compelling journey from Harvard student to revolutionizing world communication in his establishment of Facebook. While a student he designed a program for Harvard students where they could vote on fellow student’s attractiveness. It was called FaceMash and was the seed of a platform that would change and revolutionize social interactions globally.
Steve Jobs was the founder of Apple. In this current high tech age the iPhones, iPad, Mac computers and all other Apple products are synonymous with the latest in cutting edge technology when it comes to digital devices. The late entrepreneur left Reed College to start a small company in his garage, along with partner Steve Wozniak.
The Apple brand was born and prospered from its early days making Apple Macintosh computers to becoming a leader in the communications industry. Notably, Steve Jobs’ ambitions never included seeking personal riches but to work towards increasing the greater good in society.
You may not have heard of Larry Ellison but there is a good chance that you have heard of a computer program called Oracle. Born in the Bronx, New York, to single parent Florence, Larry was shipped off to go and live with an aunt and uncle when he was a child.
Larry’s mother passed away when he was a student and he enrolled at the University of Chicago but dropped out after a semester. He went on to work from job to job before becoming a computer programmer and developing the Oracle software program. In 2014 Larry was listed as the 5th richest person in the world. His net worth is estimated to be over $50 billion.
Sean Parker founded the file-sharing program called Napster. It
He is in part genius, and in part, infamous for his cyber skills.
Perhaps you don’t know his name but there is a great chance that you have heard of Twitter. Jack in one of the founding members of Twitter and has a net worth of $2, 6 billion. Jack dropped out of NYU after transferring from the University of Science and Technology in Missouri.
Originally Twitter was ridiculed and criticized as being a platform
Paul Allen, along with Bill Gates, is the co-founder of Microsoft. Both Paul and Bill went to Lakeside school, but Paul went on to attend the University of Washington before dropping out to work as a programmer.
Paul was diagnosed with Hodgkin’s disease and resigned from the company in 1983. He passed away in 2018. His net worth was estimated at over $19 billion.
Known as ‘Ev,’ Evan Williams is one of the co-founders and directors of Twitter. Ev attended the University of Nebraska, Lincoln for eighteen months before dropping out and working for various Startups.
He went on to develop a successful podcast platform called Odeo, as well as a blogging platform called Medium. His net worth is around $1, 7 billion. Evan has come a long way from his humble beginnings growing up the family soybean farm.
Once again you may not know his name but you probably use his App on a daily basis. Millions of people around the world do. Jan founded WhatsApp. Jan dropped out of the San Jose University to go and work at Yahoo where he spent nine years. Jan’s net wealth is estimated to be around $9.6 billion.
The kind of wealth that meant that he donated $555 million of his Facebook shares to the Silicon Valley Community Foundation.