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Top Five CEOs who Never Went to College

College is viewed as the threshold to a person’s career. It is the interface that molds the intellect of individuals by self exploration, experimentation and investigation. But is it really indispensable?! Here are the top five multi-millionaire CEOs who did not have this formal education of college and yet are among the most influential people in the world.

Bill Gates: Bill Gates, CEO and founder of Microsoft, is the richest man in the world. According to the special report by Forbes, Mr. Gates is ranked consistently one of the world’s wealthiest people and the wealthiest overall as of 2009.

Born in Seattle in 1955, Mr. Gates was a gifted student and scored well in a Scholastic Aptitude Test at Harvard but dropped out of Harvard pretty soon after enrolling. While a student at Harvard he did not have a definite study plan but spent a lot of time using the school’s computers. He met his business partner Steve Ballmer in Harvard. Christos Papadimitriou and Paul Allen joined him later and Mr. Gates has the credit of founding Microsoft in 1975.

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Steve Paul Jobs: Steve Jobs, now deceased, is the co-founder and CEO of Apple Inc. He is also the former CEO of Pixar Animation Studios. Mr. Jobs along with Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak created one of the first commercially successful personal computers in the late 1970s. Mr. Jobs also founded NeXT, a computer platform development company in 1985. Steve Jobs was listed as Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Businessman of 2007.

Born in San Francisco in 1955, Mr. Jobs had schooling at Homestead High School in Cupertino, California. In 1972, Jobs graduated from high school and enrolled in Reed College in Portland, Oregon but dropped out after only one semester. Mr. Jobs then traveled to India with a Reed College friend, Daniel Kottke, in search of spiritual enlightenment. He experimented with Buddhism and when he came back founded Apple Inc with Steve Wozniak.

Henry Ford: Henry Ford was the founder of the Ford Motor Company and father of the modern assembly line operations and mass production system. He was the inventor of the Model T automobile that revolutionized the transportation industry in America.

Born in 1863 in a rural town west of Detroit, Michigan, Mr. Ford grew up on a farm but ultimately left the country after his mother died. He never had a formal education or schooling. At just 16, he left home to work as an apprentice machinist in the city of Detroit and returned home after gaining some experience. After ten years, Ford turned to engineering and began experimenting with his own vehicles and gas engines. He founded the Ford Motor Company in 1903. He died in 1947 of a cerebral hemorrhage at age 83 in Detroit.

Walt Disney: Walt Disney founder, Walter Elias Disney, was a very famous film producer and director during the twentieth century. He co-founded Walt Disney Productions, now known as The Walt Disney Company, with his brother Roy O. Disney. Disney became one of the best-known motion picture producers in the world.

Born in 1901 Mr. Disney had schooling in McKinley High School and the Chicago Art Institute in Chicago. He dropped out of school, however, to join the Red Cross for which he drove an ambulance in France during the First World War. After the war, Disney designed ads for movie houses, newspapers and magazines, and formed his first company, Iwerks-Disney Commercial Artists, in 1920 and finally founded Walt Disney in 1923. He has a number of awards including twenty-six Oscars. He died in 1966.

John D. Rockefeller: John Davison Rockefeller was the founder of the Standard Oil Company and was the one who revolutionized the petroleum industry. He became the world’s richest man and first American billionaire. He is often regarded as the richest person in history.

Born in 1839 in Richford, New York, his family moved to Cleveland when he was a teenager. He did not have any formal education and began working as an assistant bookkeeper when he was just 16. During the mid to late 1800s, Rockefeller entered into and then began to dominate the oil business. Later he founded Standard Oil along with his brother William Rockefeller in 1870. It was Mr. Rockefeller who defined the structure of modern philanthropy. He died in 1937.

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