What did the richest people in the world study?

Jeff Bezos, Princeton alumnus
Elon Musk: bullied, going from school to school
Bernard Arnault, star of '69
Bill Gates did not finish his degree
Mark Zuckerberg also left Harvard
Warren Buffet, a man from a good business school
Larry Ellison, another university student who did not finish his studies
Larry Page, the computer expert who invented Google
Sergey Brin, another Stanford alumnus
Mukesh Ambani, from Bombay to Stanford
Amancio Ortega, a millionaire who could not study
Jack Ma, four attempts to get into college
Francoise Bettencourt Meyers, owner of the L'Oréal empire
Zhong Shanshan, the millionaire who dropped out at 12
Steve Ballmer, the other man from Microsoft
Ma Huateng, computer expert and great Chinese millionaire
Carlos Slim, an engineer who got rich
Alice Walton, Bachelor of Business and Global Millionaire
Michael Bloomberg: Johns Hopkins and Harvard
Jim Walton, another heir with business studies
Jeff Bezos, Princeton alumnus

The richest person in the world studied at the very elitist Princeton University. Princeton is in the Ivy League, along with Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth College, Harvard, Pennsylvania and Yale. He studied Computer Science and Electrical Engineering and graduated in 1986. After working on Wall Street and in a fiber optic company, he founded the online bookstore cadabra.com with his then-wife Mackenize in their garage in Seattle, which would later become Amazon.

Elon Musk: bullied, going from school to school

Elon Musk was born in South Africa in a family environment tainted by violence and, in high school, he had to suffer episodes of bullying. He started programming video games, a job that began when he was 9 years old. His mother, when she divorced his father, ended up moving to Canada, where Elon Musk began his studies. But his main training was at the University of Pennsylvania. There he studied Economics and Physics on a scholarship. Later he began a master's degree at Stanford University but did not finish it. He then created his first company and began his brilliant career as an entrepreneur.

Bernard Arnault, star of '69

The owner of the French luxury empire, Bernard Arnault (owner of LVMH -Louis Vuitton and other brands), is from the 1969 class of the École Polytechnique, a very prestigious and elitist French training centre.

Bill Gates did not finish his degree

Bill Gates belongs to this category of geniuses who dropped out of higher education before graduating. In his case, he left Harvard University in 1975 to found Microsoft. His parents were very upset with that decision, but their dismay was surely lessened when they saw him become, at just 26 years old, a millionaire and a leading figure in twentieth-century technology. Interestingly, Bill Gates studied law and did not study any science degree.

Mark Zuckerberg also left Harvard

Another gifted Harvard student who dropped out of school in 2005. He was barely a year in class and when he created Facebook, he dropped out of college. Of course, some time later (as happened with Bill Gates) Harvard awarded him his degree.

Warren Buffet, a man from a good business school

Warren Buffet, the world's best investor, was educated at the Wharton School of Business at the University of Pennsylvania. He expanded his studies at the University of Nebraska and also at Columbia.

Larry Ellison, another university student who did not finish his studies

The founder of Oracle, the world's leading digital solutions group, had a very modest childhood, born in the New York borough of the Bronx but soon moved to Chicago. He studied at the University of Illinois for two years, though his studies were interrupted due to the death of his adoptive mother, and then enrolled at the University of Chicago. He did not get to finish his degree as he immediately made the leap to technology and entrepreneurship.

Larry Page, the computer expert who invented Google

Larry Page studied Computer Systems Engineering at the University of Michigan and Computer Science at Stanford. At the latter university he met Sergei (or Sergey) Brin, with whom he would invent Google.

Sergey Brin, another Stanford alumnus

The father of the co-founder of Google was a mathematics professor who left the Soviet Union and went with his wife to the United States. So, he trained his son scientifically and Sergey Brin studied mathematics and computers at the University of Maryland. But it would be at Stanford (where he went on a scholarship) where he would find the person with whom he would build the Google empire.

Mukesh Ambani, from Bombay to Stanford

The main shareholder of Reliance Industries (petrochemical, textile, telecommunications…) and the main billionaire from India, he was trained at the University of Bombay and expanded his business knowldege in the United States, specifically at Stanford.

Amancio Ortega, a millionaire who could not study

Amancio Ortega is the story of an entrepreneur who began working as a child and who could not afford university studies. At the age of 14, he was working in a clothing store in A Coruña and in 1965 he created his own company to manufacture bathrobes. Contrary to prevailing business theories, he decided that his company would combine sales, manufacturing and distribution efforts. And he won, turning Zara into a global empire.

Jack Ma, four attempts to get into college

The founder of Alibaba insisted on learning English since he was a child because he saw in that language a key to prosper in life. He would cycle to a hotel every day to talk to foreigners and improve his command of the English language. When it was time to enter university, he had difficulties: he had to take the entrance exams four times to be a student at the Hangzhou Teacher's Institute (Hangzhou Normal University).

Francoise Bettencourt Meyers, owner of the L'Oréal empire

She inherited the L'Oréal empire from her mother, the charismatic Liliane Bettencourt, and, in fact, little is known about this woman who shields her privacy and does not frequent parties or red carpets. She is a student of religions and was educated at the elite Marymount International School in Neully-sur-Seine.

Zhong Shanshan, the millionaire who dropped out at 12

One of China's great fortune makers, a bottled water magnate, had to drop out of school at the age of 12 when the so-called Cultural Revolution broke out, leading the country into chaos during the last years of Mao's rule. Zhong Shanshan's parents were victims of this revolutionary period and he had to learn how to earn a living. A self-made man.

Steve Ballmer, the other man from Microsoft

The other great business director that Microsoft has had, and Ballmer has one of the largest fortunes in the world. He studied Economics and Mathematics at Harvard and did a graduate degree in Business at Stanford.

Ma Huateng, computer expert and great Chinese millionaire

Ma Huateng is the founder of Tencent Inc, the great Chinese Internet company. This millionaire studied Computer Science at Shenzhen University.

Carlos Slim, an engineer who got rich

The millionaire Carlos Slim graduated in Civil Engineering from the Autonomous University of Mexico. But his field was always business. During his university stage he was already making investments and successful purchases.

Alice Walton, Bachelor of Business and Global Millionaire

Heir to the Walmart empire, she studied Business and Finance at Trinity University in San Antonio, Texas.

Michael Bloomberg: Johns Hopkins and Harvard

The American tycoon and politician studied at Johns Hopkins University with a degree in Electrical Engineering but later became a true entrepreneur at Harvard Business School.

Jim Walton, another heir with business studies

Jim Walton also belongs to the Walmart Empire and is studying Business Administration at the University of Arkansas.

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