Would you be surprised to read that one in four billionaires either dropped out of university or didn’t receive any higher education at all?
Although it’s pretty common knowledge that Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates were university drop-outs, what isn’t so well known is just how many more there are out there, reports the Mirror.
French billionaire, Gérard Mulliez, got terrible grades while at school and failed his exams before joining his dad’s company and working his way to the top.
Gautam Adani dropped out of uni in his second year and moved to Mumbai with next to nothing to start a job in the diamond industry. Forbes now estimate he has almost $4 billion (£2.85bn).
The man known as the ‘corporate raider’, Carl Icahn, dropped out of medicine school to join the U.S. Army. He’s now worth over $18 billion (£12.8bn).
Perhaps less surprising is that billionaires are statistically far more likely to be married than the average American. We can’t imagine why…
Although, unlucky for some, just one in 20 billionaires come from the UK.
Also, there have never been more than 13 female billionaires. But, good news, that number is growing.
So, there you go. Proof that hard work does pay off – for some people, anyway!
Joseph Loftus is a Gold Standard NCTJ journalist with four years experience working for international and regional press.
As well as working for UNILAD and LADbible, Joseph has worked as Liverpool Correspondent for Unsigned & Independent Magazine, as well as stints with the Liverpool Echo and Warrington Guardian.