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Folks like Bill Gates, Michael Dell, Steve Jobs, Mark Zuckerberg, Ted Turner all attended universities, and subsequently dropped out. So they don't count.


So the poster boy for "did not attend" would be Richard Branson who performed poorly in school (partially because of his dsylexia), and left at the age of 16.

His first business venture was a magazine called Student. In 1970, he set up an audio-record mail-order business. In 1972, he opened a chain of record stores, Virgin Records, later known as Virgin Megastores. Branson's Virgin brand grew rapidly during the 1980s, as he set up Virgin Atlantic Airways and expanded the Virgin Records music label.

His networth is estimated to be about US$4,600,000,000.


Li Ka-shing, the richest man in Asia, dropped out of school at 15 when his father passed away. He worked 16 hours a day in a plastics trading company. He saved up, set up his own plastics business, then moved into real estate.

He has a networth of about US$31,000,000,000.

Amancio Ortega Gaona is a Spanish fashion executive and founding chairman of the Inditex fashion group, best known for its chain of Zara clothing and accessories retail shops. His father was a railroad worker. At 14, became a shop hand for a local shirtmaker called Gala, which still sits on the same corner in downtown La Coruña.

Ortega keeps a very low profile. No photograph of Ortega had ever been published before 1999. He goes to the same coffee shop everyday and eats lunch with his employees in the company cafeteria. He refuses to wear a tie and typically wears a simple uniform of a blue blazer, white shirt and gray pants; none of which are Zara products.

In early 2013 he was ranked as the third richest person in the world by Forbes with a net worth of US$57,000,000,000.


Joaquín Archivaldo Guzmán Loera is a Mexican drug lord who heads the Sinaloa Cartel, a criminal organization. Known as "El Chapo Guzmán" ("Shorty Guzmán"), he became Mexico's top drug kingpin in 2003 after the arrest of his rival Osiel Cardenas of the Gulf Cartel, and is now considered "The most powerful drug trafficker in the world," by the US Department of the Treasury.

El Chapo was born to a poor cattle rancher family, and he sold oranges. His networth is at least US$1,000,000,000.

None of these men bothered with University, following in the footsteps of Henry Ford, Walt Disney, Ray Kroc, Debbie Fields, Coco Chanel, Mary Kay Ash, Andrew Carnegie, Cornelius Vanderbilt, Frank Lloyd Wright and Mayer Amschel Rothschild.