Already running a business, but thinking about going back to uni? From Bill Gates to Steve Jobs, here are five reasons why higher education isn't always necessary.
While degrees can certainly offer a helping hand in the professional world – Google's new CEO Sundar Pichai has three – many of the world's technology pioneers have no degrees to their name. From the founders of Microsoft to the CEO of biggest social network in the world, these five figures didn't need an MA or a BSc to become tech pioneers.
- Steve Jobs
One of the most important figures in the technology world, Steve Jobs was responsible for the success of Apple, and its instrumental role in the development of the PC. After briefly studying physics, literature, and poetry at Reed College in 1972, Steve Jobs went on to found Apple Computer Inc four years later, and launched the Apple Lisa in 1983. Forced out of his own company in 1985, Jobs spent the next few years establishing the high-end NeXT computer company, as well as founding the Pixar movie studio. In 1997 he returned to Apple, and guided the company to its most successful period yet. Worth at time of death: $11 billion
- Paul Allen
- Michael Dell
One of the most famous dropouts in history, Bill Gates stopped studying law and mathematics at Harvard to found Microsoft with Paul Allen. What followed changed the course of technology as we know it, and produced one of the most popular operating systems of all time. Currently worth a cool $79 billion, Gates now funds a number of philanthropic projects through the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. This year alone, the foundation has spent $22.9 million on HIV research, $12 million on Polio treatment and $868,090 on vaccine delivery. Now worth: $79.3 billion
- Mark Zuckerberg