Starting a business isn’t as easy as it may appear; it takes careful planning, investment, and motivation. What made the most successful entrepreneurs who were initially college dropouts this successful?
1) Steve Jobs
Steve Jobs was an eminent business tycoon, industrial architect, and a developer from the United States. Apple Computers, Inc. was founded on April 1, 1976, and has been being worked on since then, alongside Apple, Steve co-founded Pixar Animation Studios. Steve was raised in Cupertino, California. After dropping out of Reed College, Jobs worked as a video game designer at Atari, where he met Steve Wozniak, with whom he created Apple.
2) Bill Gates
The co-founder of Microsoft is a multimillionaire American business mastermind, author, investor, and philanthropist with an approximate wealth of USD 105.7 billion. During his occupation at Microsoft, Gates held the positions of CEO, Chairman, President, and Chief Software Architect, while also being the largest individual shareholder until May 2014.
The inventors of Google met at Standford University while studying for Ph. D’s in Computer Science and, in 1998, launched Google together. Later the two friends developed Google’s Pagerank Algorithm, and in 2015 they designed Alphabet, which includes Nest, Google, Calisco, and other institutions. Both co-CEOs have been generous with their donations - donating millions globally for scientific research, socio-environmental conflict, and education purposes.
4) Elon Musk
Out of everything Musk has established, he is internationally known for leading SpaceX as its CEO and head designer.
Other than co-funding and running SpaceX, Musk's résumé also includes co-funding and leading Tesla Inc. as CEO and product manager, co-funding and leading Paypal as co-CEO, and co-founding and leading Neuralink as CEO. As a consequence of these achievements, Elon was named ”Person Of The Year” by Time magazine in the year 2021. Musk is also the founder of The Boring Company - a company that seeks to redefine infrastructure and transportation systems via the use of tunnels.
5) Jeff Bezos
The founder of Amazon, an entrepreneur, media proprietor, investor, and commercial astronaut with a wealth of $150 billion making him the third-wealthiest person in the world, was born in January 1964 in Albuquerque, New Mexico. According to both Bloomberg's Billionaires Index and Forbes Bezos was the wealthiest from 2017 to 2021. Bezos is also well known for his charitable donations to various reasons like research centers, schools, and hospitals.