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Ten High school dropouts who made billions


Never give up, if you are school drop out or best graduate person.It is all about your ideas to be a billionaire and make your idea into real. When you are going to make your idea into real never think too much about it, just do it and do hard work.

1) Amancio Ortega Gaona (1936 -     )

Business tycoon Amancio Ortega Gaona grew up in a poor household, sometimes unable to afford even basic items. At age 14 he dropped out of school but found work as an assistant for a local shirt maker. During his employment, Ortega learned to make clothes by hand. As an adult, Ortega used these skills to build a company selling quilted bathrobes, before founding fashion empire Inditex, which includes international clothes brand, Zara. Today, Ortega’s fashion empire has expanded to over 6,000 stores and more than 92,000 employees, making him the second richest person in the world, with a fortune of $73.1 billion.

Source: Forbes, Telegraph

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2) Francois Pinault  (1936 -     )

Business person Francois Pinault is one of the richest men in France, with a net worth of $15 billion. Bullied by his school peers for being poor, Pinault dropped out of school aged 16 to work at his father’s lumber mill.As an adult Pinault began to acquire undervalued timber firms, turning them into profitable businesses.He had a talent for snapping up companies and soon branched out of the wood industry. He is now known as he majority shareholder of fashion corporation PPR, owning high-end fashion houses including Gucci, Stella McCartney, Alexander McQueen, and Yves Saint Laurent.

Source: Forbes, The Guardian

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3) Carl Lindner, Jr. (1919 - 2011)

Carl Lindner, Jr. was a self-made billionaire who dropped out of school aged 14 to work as a milk delivery boy for his family’s dairy.Together with his brothers, Lindner opened an ice cream shop and slowly built a chain of convenience stores. The stores, known as the United Dairy Farmers chain, allowed the family to sell their dairy products directly to customers. With more than 200 dairy stores, Linder diversified into the insurance industry, becoming one of the largest insurers in America. By the time of his death in 2011, Lindner was worth an estimated $1.7 billion.

Source: Forbes
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4) Kirk Kerkorian (1917 - 2015)


Kirk Kerkorian was in the 8th grade when he dropped out of school to become an amateur boxer. After working as a pilot during WW2, Kerkorian made his first visit to Las Vegas where he bought Trans International Airlines for $60,000. He sold the airline just two decades later for $104 million. With his growing fortunes, Kerkorian built up Las Vegas. He built the biggest hotel-casino on the Strip three times and made a fortune selling businesses in the casino, auto, and movie industries.His ability to spot lucrative investment opportunities led to him becoming one of the richest people in the world in 2008, with a net worth of $16 billion.

Source: LA Times, Forbes
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5) Alan Sugar  (1947 -     )


A famous rags-to-riches tale, the British entrepreneur, and TV personality Alan Sugar grew up in one of the poorest areas in London. He dropped out of school aged 16 and began his career by selling electrical appliances out Of the back of his van. He later launched Amstrad, a technology company selling electrical goods including cigarette, Lighters, aerials, car radios, and hi-fi systems. Within a few decades, Amstrad was among the market leaders in consumer electronics. But despite his reputation as a tech entrepreneur, most of Sugar’s fortune has been accumulated through smart property investments, bringing his estimated worth to more than $2 billion.

Source: Telegraph
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6) John D. Rockefeller (1839 - 1937)


The richest person in US history, oil magnate John D. Rockefeller, left school aged 16 to work as an assistant bookkeeper. With a natural talent for accounting and nose for business, Rockefeller raised funds to build an oil refinery; this was while the industry was still in its infancy.As the importance of kerosene and gasoline grew, so did Rockefeller’s wealth, and in 1916, he became the first American to be worth more than a billion dollars.

Source: PBS
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7) James H. Clark (1944 -      )


Considered the first internet billionaire, Clark dropped out of school aged 16 after getting suspended. He went to join the Navy, and it was during these four years. In the time of Navy, he was introduced to electronics. After his period in the Navy, Clark returned to education, eventually earning a Ph.D. in computer science. After working as a professor at Stanford University, Clark went on to found several Silicon Valley technology companies. These included 3D computer graphics company Silicon Graphics Incorporated, web browser Netscape, and online health forum WebMD. As well as his successful business ventures, Clark made a series of timely investments in companies including Apple, Facebook, and Twitter. He is now worth an estimated $1 billion.

Source: Forbes, Biography
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8) Richard Branson (1950 -     )


Having suffered from dyslexia and poor academic performance, Branson was reportedly told by his headmaster that he ‘would either end up in prison or become a millionaire. At age 16, Branson dropped out of school to start his own business, a magazine named Student, which eventually led to his own music label, Virgin Records. Expanding the Virgin Empire, Branson also launched Virgin Atlantic Airways, Virgin Trains, Virgin, and even a soda called Virgin Cola. His latest venture is set to be the first space tourism company, Virgin Galactic. In 2015, Forbes listed Branson's estimated net worth at $5.2 billion.

Source: Business Insider, Forbes
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9) David Karp (1986 -      )


David Karp was 14 years old when he dropped out of high school due to advice from his mom.Although Karp’s mom was herself a schoolteacher, seeing that Karp was quickly bored at school, she encouraged her son to leave so he could focus on his passion for computers.With Karp’s extra free time he developed websites for companies and set up a software consulting company from his bedroom. At age 21 Karp launched microblogging website Tumblr, which as of 2016 hosts over 287.6 Million blogs. In 2013 Yahoo bought Tumblr for $1.1 billion, keeping Karp as the website’s CEO.

Source: Business Insider, Media Shift, Forbes

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10) Walt Disney (1901 - 1966)


At the age of 16, Walt Disney dropped out of high school to enlist for WW1. However, his application was rejected due to his young age. After a brief stint as an ambulance driver for the Red Cross in France, Disney returned to America, and he pursues a career in art and animation. In 1923, Walt Disney and his brother Roy moved to Hollywood and started an animation studio.There he wrote, produced, voiced, and directed groundbreaking animations, including the first full-length animated film, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs. As of 2015 the Walt Disney Company held assets worth a total of $74.9 billion.

Source: Time, Biography
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