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The World’s Richest School Drop Out Billionaires

Discussion in 'Biashara, Uchumi na Ujasiriamali' started by CHASHA FARMING, Jul 19, 2012.


    CHASHA FARMING Verified User

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    Today, I will be sharing with you a brief compilation of the entrepreneurial success stories of self made men and women; who took the bull by the horn by building a business, without being held back by the lack of a college degree. These men and women found their entrepreneurial spirit, surmounted business challenges, completed the entrepreneurial process and became successful entrepreneurs.
    "I have been within the four walls of school and I have been on the street. I can confidently tell you that the street is tougher, challenging, daring, exciting and more rewarding. In school; you play alone. But on the street, you play with the big boys." – Ajaero Tony Martins

    Warren Buffett, Mo Ibrahim, Mike Adenuga, Oprah Winfrey, George Soros, John D. Rockefeller, Sam Walton, Jerry Yang and David Filo, Anita Roddick, Sergey Brin and Larry Page, Jeff Bezos, Pierre Omidyar, Martha Stewart, Henry Ross Perot and Aliko Dangote; the richest black man in the world did not make the list because they possessed college degrees. Without wasting much of your time, below is a comprehensive list of some of the world's richest school drop out billionaires.
    "Behind every adversity is an opportunity. If you lament over the adversity, you will miss the opportunity." – Ajaero Tony Martins

    The World's Richest School Drop Out Billionaires

    1. Bill Gates: He is the billionaire co-founder of Microsoft Corporation, the world largest software company. Dropped out of Harvard to focus on building Microsoft. According to Forbes magazine, Bill Gates has held the position of the world richest man for thirteen consecutive years and he not showing a sign of letting go that position.
    "To win big, you sometimes have to take big risks." – Bill Gates
    "We were young, but we had good advice good ideas and lots of enthusiasm." – Bill Gates

    2. Thomas Edison: Thomas Edison was labeled dumb and scatterbrain by his school teachers but he went on to become one of the world's greatest inventors and founded General Electric; one of the most powerful companies in the world.
    "Many of life's failures are people who did not realize how close they were to success when they gave up." – Thomas Edison

    3. Orji Uzor Kalu: He is one of the richest men on the soil of Africa. This young billionaire was rusticated from college for his participation in a student's protest. Instead of lamenting over his predicament; he started trading on palm oil and from that humble beginning, he grew his business into a conglomerate "Slok Group." Though he was later pardoned by the school authorities, he rejected the amnesty offer thereby refusing to return to school.
    "A good businessman must have nose for business the same way a journalist has nose for news. Once your eyes, ears, nose, heart and brain are trained on business, you sniff business opportunities everywhere." – Orji Uzor Kalu

    4. Li Ka Shing: Billionaire owner of Hutchinson Whampoa; one of the largest conglomerates in Hong Kong, with operations that span over fifty countries and more than 220,000 staff worldwide. Dropped out of school at the age of 15 and started out by selling watch bands.
    "The first year, I didn't have much capital so I did everything myself. I had to keep my overhead low by learning everything about running a business, from accounting to fixing the gears of my equipment. I really started from scratch." – Li Ka Shing

    5. Richard Branson: Best known for his adventurous spirit and outrageous business tactics. He dropped out of school at the age of 16 to start his first successful business venture; Student Magazine, bought his own 79-acre Caribbean island when he was just 24 and he was knighted in 1999. He is the billionaire founder of the Virgin brand and its 360 companies. His companies include the famous Virgin Atlantic Airways.
    "I wanted to be an editor or journalist. I wasn't really interested in becoming an entrepreneur, but I soon found I had to become an entrepreneur in order to keep my magazine going." – Richard Branson

    6. Lawrence J. Ellison: Larry Ellison dropped out of college twice and was told by his adoptive father that he would never amount to anything but he went on to become a billionaire by building Oracle, the world's second largest software company.
    "I have had all the disadvantages required for success." – Larry Ellison

    7. Michael Dell: He dropped out of college at the age of 19 to start PC's Limited; later renamed Dell Computers Inc. Dell became the most profitable PC manufacturer in the world making Michael Dell a billionaire.
    "I had to give it a full go and see what happened." – Michael Dell

    8. Steve Jobs: Billionaire co-founder of Apple Inc and Pixar; dropped out of Reed College to start Apple.

    9. Henry Ford:This automobile billionaire was born in abject poverty. He never saw the four walls of school but he went on to build Ford Motor Company and become one of the richest men that ever lived.
    "Thinking is the hardest work to do, that's why so few people are engaged in it." – Henry Ford

    10. Walt Disney: Walt, regarded as the most influential animator because of his creativity with cartoons. He dropped out of high school at 16 and founded Walt Disney; a company which now has an annual revenue of about $30billion.
    "If you can dream it, you can do it." – Walt Disney

    11. Ray Kroc: Billionaire Ray Kroc never saw the four walls of school and spent most of his life working as a salesman. He bought McDonald's in 1961 for $2.7m and grew it into a multi billion dollar company.
    "Press on. Nothing in the world can take the place of persistence. Talent will not; nothing is more common than unsuccessful men with talent. Genius will not; the world is full of educated derelicts. Persistence and determination alone are omnipotent." – Ray Kroc

    12. Debbi Fields: A 20 year old housewife with no education and business experience started Mrs. Fields Chocolate Chippery and became the most successful cookie company owner. She later renamed, franchised, and then sold Mrs. Field's Cookies.
    "You don't have to be superhuman to do what you believe in." – Debbi Fields

    13. Cosmos Maduka: Nigerian Elementary school drop out and billionaire founder of the Coscharis Group.

    14. Ingvar Kamprad: Billionaire founder of IKEA. He dropped out of high school at the age of 17 to start IKEA; now the top home furniture retailer in the world, with over 90,000 employees working in its 200-plus stores, and annual revenues in excess of $10 billion.
    "I'm not afraid of turning 80 and I have lots of things to do. I don't have time for dying." – Ingvar Kamprad

    15. Carl Lindner: Billionaire investor and founder of United Dairy Farmers. He dropped out of high school at the age of 14 to deliver milk for his family diary.

    16. Simon Cowell: Famous for his involvement in American Idols, he dropped out of school at age 16 and started his own record label "Fanfare" at the age of 23.
    "Good is not enough; you've got to be great." – Simon Cowell

    17. Mary Kay Ash: Founder of Mary Kay Inc and best known as the most outstanding business woman in the 20th century. Mary never saw the four walls of school.
    "When you reach an obstacle, turn it into an opportunity. You have the choice. You can overcome and be a winner, or you can allow it to overcome you and be a loser. The choice is yours and yours alone. Refuse to throw in the towel. Go that extra mile that failures refuse to travel. It is far better to be exhausted from success than to be rested from failure." – Mary Kay Ash

    18. Coco Chanel: Fashion magnate and founder of the Coco Chanel brand, she never saw the four walls of school.

    19. Wayne Huizenga: Wayne is the only person in history to build three Fortune 1000 companies practically from scratch: Waste Management Inc, Blockbuster Entertainment and AutoNation. He is the only person to have developed six NYSE-listed companies.

    He also owns the Miami Dolphins and is previous owner of the Florida Marlins baseball team and the Panthers hockey team, making him the only person ever to own three pro teams in a single market, two of which won national championships.He dropped out of college to join a friend in a garbage collection business.

    20. Barry Diller: This billionaire media magnate dropped out of college to start Fox Broadcasting Company. He is chairman of Expedia, and was once the CEO of IAC/InterActiveCorp which includes Home Shopping Network and Ticketmaster.
    "There's a world in which reasons are made up because reality is too painful." – Barry Diller

    21. Andrew Carnegie: Founder of Carnegie Steel Company and one of the richest men that ever lived. Born in abject poverty, Andrew never saw the four walls of school.
    "I shall argue that strong men conversely know when to compromise and that all principles can be compromised to serve a greater purpose." – Andrew Carnegie

    22. Sir Philip Green: Billionaire retail mogul and owner of the Arcadia brand, he dropped out of school at the age of 16. After four business failures, Philip Green made his first million at the age of 33.
    "If you've got a natural talent, I think it's fantastic. If I wasn't in retail, being a singer or a tennis player would be a better idea." – Sir Philip Green

    23. Madame C. J. Walker: She was born into the family of ex-slaves and farmers. Despite being widowed at the age of 20 and faced with extreme hardship, she started a cosmetics business and went on to become the first American self made female millionaire.
    "I had to make my own living and my own opportunity! But I made it! Don't sit down and wait for the opportunities to come. Get up and make them" – Madam C.J. Walker

    24. Mark Zuckerberg: The youngest billionaire in the world, dropped out of Harvard to promote his social networking platform; Facebook. As at 2010, he was 23 years and worth $4billion.

    25. Ted Turner: Billionaire drop out media mogul and founder of CNN; pledged a billion dollars to the United Nation.
    "All my life, people have said that I wasn't going to make it." – Ted Turner
    "Over a three year period, I gave away half of what I had. To be honest, my hands shook as I signed it away. I knew I was taking myself out of the race to be the richest man in the world." – Ted Turner

    26. Cornelius Vanderbilt: Dropped out of school at the age of 11, began operating his own boat at the age of 16 and became one of the richest men in history.
    "If I had learned education, I would not have had time to learn anything else." - Cornelius Vanderbilt

    27. Mayer Amschel Rothschild: was born in a ghetto; started business as a money lender and built the largest private fortune in history. He never saw the four walls of school.
    "Give me control over a nation's money supply and I don't care who make the laws." – Mayer Amschel Rothschild

    28. Ty Warner: Billionaire real estate investor, hotel owner, sole owner, CEO, and Chairman of Ty, Inc. Ty Warner is a savvy, yet private business man. Ty, Inc; made $700 million in a single year with the Beanie Babies craze without spending money on advertising. He has since expanded to include Ty Girlz dolls, directly competing with Bratz dolls.

    29. Howard Hughes: Dropped out of California Institute of Technology and Rice University; founded Hughes Aircrafts and Co and went on to become a billionaire.
    "I intend to be, the richest man in the world." Howard Hughes

    30. Giorgio Armani: Billionaire founder of the fashion brand; Giorgio Armani S.P.A. Dropped out of medical school at the University of Bologna because he couldn't stand the sight of blood.
    "Remain true to yourself and your philosophy." – Giorgio Armani

    Wakuu list ni ndefu ila nimeamua kuishia hapa, na nazani inatosha kabisa, kutupa mwanga fulani
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    Ntemi Kazwile JF-Expert Member

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    My favorite include:
    • Chris Gardner - semi educated, dicriminated because of his colour, no place to call home, abandoned by his girlfied, jailed and released on the day he landed his break, went on to become one of the most successful African American Entrepreneur .... Homeless but not Hopeless. You can see his true story on the movie the Pursuit of Happyness starred by Will Smith
    • George Foreman - school drop out at age 14, entered the streets and caused chaos and mugged people, almost became a criminal before turning the corners to become one of the most respected boxers and entrepreneurs.

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    Very nice
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    Interesting luvd the thread
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    But what make the successful is not a drop out manake kibongo bongo drop outs ni millions, all of them they have traits/attributes/behavior that made them to billionaires.

    Bongo ukikacha skonga unaenda kula ndumu lakini hawa jamaa wako na entrepreneurial mindset from the beginning.
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    iga ufe
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    Interesting thread...But it does not mean every dropout has made it big in life
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    Very intersting, huku kwetu watu wanaupata utajiri kwa wizi kama ridhiwani...
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    Na wewe acha shule uone cha mtema kuni teh teh
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    This list mixes those who drop and those who didnt at attend school like carnegie....

    those who did drop school are the ones apart from being really extraordinary in terms of intelligence and perseverance,really itelligent to the extent that they saw there is no more of the interest in schooling where it doesnt quench a thirsty of knowledge of what u want to pursue in life...(majority of us want to be employed until we get pension,so we will keep on schooling till super-phd if it exists)
    apart from intelligence,majority of those big men of the likes of gates were in position to have something called 10,000hrs golden rule of practice before they emerge on surface...
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    fear is what makes us poor !
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    Once said, a man who follows the crowd will usually get no further than the crowd, the one who walks alone is likely to find himself in places no one has ever been.
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    katika hao wote wamefanikiwa kutokana na mambo mengi tu sio only dropout ndio mafanikio.
    kwanza angalia wamezungukwa na mazingira gani, kwa USA ukishakuwa na wazo au mtaji wakufanya kitu ni rahisi kusucceed sio kama hapa kwetu kwani mazingira ya vijijini sio rahisi kwa kiwango cha pato la mtanzania.

    pili angalia aina ya elimu yao kwa mfano Bill Gate alidropout baada ya kuwa na ujuzi wa kuanzisha microsoft ila hapa kwetu tunatumia mfumo wetu wa elimu haufundishi ujuzi bali wanafunzi wanasomea mitihani. na pia angalia aina ya wakufunzi au waalimu tulio nao utapata wachache wanaoweza kukufundisha mpaka ukafikia level ya kufanya kitu chako mwenyewe.

    tatu angalia historia ya koo za hao watu hasa kwa america kwani wengi wao wana either asili ya jewish au british ambao kuna secret behind katika biashara kwa maana nyingine jewish wana advantage ya wao kuhodhi mifumo ya kibenki duniani soma historia za akina Rockefeller na naomba usome historia ya Rothschilds family hizo ndio hasa familia za mafanikio ya jewish duniani na ndio zinaendesha maisha yetu ya mifumo ya kifedha duniani.

    nne hao wote wanaodropout wanakuwa wameshajua nini cha kufanya ndio hasa sababu ya wao kuacha shule lakini si kwamba wameamua tu.

    tano ukiangalia mfumo kibiashara kwa US ni mfumo wenye mwongozo kwa hiyo kwa mtu mwenye mwelekeo wa kufanya biashara ni rahisi kuanza kwani kuna mwongozo ila hapa kwetu hakuna mwongozo wowote wa kibiashara ndio maana unaona machinga wanahangaika.

    mwisho kwangu mimi naona kitu cha kujiuliza je sisi tunatakiwa tufanye nini ili na watu wetu wafike hapo. cha muhimu ni kuwa na mfumo mzuri wa kifedha, pili kuwe na mfumo unaoruhusu na kulinda ubunifu wa mtu, tatu tuangalie mfumo wetu wa elimu. tuwe na vyuo vingi vya kati vya ufundi kama veta sio kun'gan'gania vyuo vikuu tu, tano tuwe na mifumo rahisi ya kupata masoko kwa ubunifu wetu.

    kwa leo mkuu naishia hapo hayo ndio mawazo yangu
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    School and money making are like day and night. Remember!

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    What do you mean by Drop Out ? ? ? Some people drop out from college while in Final year of a Degree program or taking a master degree ? Can you say that is not educated or is not knowledgable ? ? ? HAJASOMA NA KUELIMIKA ? ? ? Kama mtu yeyote na kwa wakati wowote amepata Best salable Idea na akatafuta Knowledge ya ku- Implement na kufaulu at any stage of his/her life atakuwa ame graduate what was looking for ? regardless college schedules ,,,,,,, And that is the education, education is not certificate and graduation ceremony and gowns, fuatilia Mr HONDA aliyebishana na professor wake akidai ame graduate kile kilichompeleka chuoni na anahaki ya kupata certificate yake na hakuwa na muda wa kupoteza zaidi...

    Huko vyuoni watu wana malengo tofauti tofauti, mfn kuajiliwa, kujiajiri, wasifu kwenye jamii, siasa n.k.
    njiani akiendelea kutafuta malengo yake, mbali na taratibu za vyuo au shule akiridhika kuwa lengo lake limekamilika huko ndio kuelimika ! ! ! lakini kwa wale wanaotaka kusoma badala ya kuelimika wao wana subiri vyeti na wasipate elimu...

    Vijana wasijeshawishika waache kusoma na kuzulula mitaani kutafuta utajiri bila idea yeyote, wala strategy yeyote.... NI HATARI SANA NOT ALL PEOPLE ARE OR CAN BE ENTREPRENEURS BE CAREFUL..

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    Mkuu kwani Tanzania Mazingira ya kuanzisha Biashara hayaruhusu? Kumbuka wagunduzi wengi sana walifanya uvumbuzi wao katika mazingira magumu sana,

    Na ishu nyingine ni kwamba Hawa jamaa hawakuwa na intetion ya kufanya biashara ila kupitia uvumbuzi wao walijikuta wakiangukia katika DIMBWI LA UBILIONARE, wao walikuwa na lengo la kutatua tatizo fulani na matokeo ya kutatua hilo tatizo yakawafanya wawe matajiri sana

    Sasa rudi huku kwetu, TANZANIA KUNA WAGUNDUZI WENGI SANA, ila ukijaribu kuwauliza lengo la kuvumbua watakuambia wanatafuta pesa, kitu ambacho ni makosa makubwa sana, kuna siku nilitembelea Maonyesho ya Nanane arusha nikakutana na jamaa kagundua inkubeta yake, ila tangia avumbue hiyo inkubeta ilikuwa imeisha pita miezi miwil tu, lakini jamaa alikuwa ameanza kuziuza,

    So ugunduzi haungalii Mazingira yaliyopo, kumbuka hata wakati wa VITA KUU YA PILI YA DUNIA KUNA WAJASIRIAMALI WALI PANDA KIPINDI HICHO NA LEO HII NI MABILIOANARE

    Mjasiriamali wa kweli hasubiri mipango ya serikali ili anze biashara

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    Anaye Danganya watu ni na nani? Hii ni kama sehemu ya Hamasa na si kuhamasisha watu waache shule

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    Logically it doesn't make sense, because we do compare collage drop out TO WHAT ? ? It is better to compare them to Graduate Billionaires then the results will make sense for some one to make choice....

    Second how sure are you that after accomplish their dream they don,t continue with their study ? ? ? for sure most them about 70% they return college either by seminars for adding up new skills, management knowledge, new technology etc.

    Tatu; Kupata elimu sio lazima darasa la shule au vyuo, hata hao mnaosema hawa kwenda shule lazima ujue pana mahala amepata elimu hiyo hiyo au hata zaidi ya ile itolewayo shuleni,,,,, unaweza sema Jacob Zuma hana elimu ? ? ? kwa sababu hakuenda shule ? ? ?

    Forth;Siyo lazima kila entrepreneur lazima atajirike, Ujasiriamali ni mchanganiko wa tabia nyingi sana, GET's(General Enterprising Tendencies) sio rahisi saana mtu akapata exactly 100% ya all GETs kwa maana hiyo yawezekana kabisa wapo wajasiriamali wazuri tu wasiweze kutajirika/ kufaulu kwa kiasi kikubwa na vile vile wapo wasio wajasiliamali kabisa wafanya biashara wa kawaida wa kuchuuza na kuuza tu na ni matajiri saana, NOT ALL BILLIONAIRES ARE ENTREPRENEURS,,, sorry hii yaweza kuwa tofauti na mada husika lkn bora watu kufahamu hilo.....
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    niliposema mazingira si kuwa na maana ya sehemu bali uhalisia wa utamaduni, sera na jamii iliyotuzunguka.
    mfano US huwa watu wengi wanakuwa na ushindani wa uvumbuzi kwa sababu government au mashirika makubwa huwa yanatoa task kwa ajili ya kutafuta solution za kitu fulani.
    Bill Gates na wenzake waliweza kufanikisha programme ambayo mwananchi angeweza kutumia computer, hiyo ilikuwa task ya IBM ambao walitaka kuanza biashara ya computer katika jamii.

    miaka mitatu iliyopita Barrick walitoa task ya kuweza kutenganisha Dhahabu na shaba kirahisi kwa malipo US$10m. na kila mtu anayeweza kutoa solution alikaribishwa. hii ilikuwa ni task kwa wanasayansi bila kujali kiwango cha elimu na kama ingetokea ukabuni na haujamaliza chuo hata ukiacha chuo haina tabu kwani ubunifu wako ungekula wewe na vitukuu bila kuisha mpaka itokee solution nyingine.

    haya ndio mazingira ninayosema, lakini kwetu hapa kwanza hakuna system ya kuhifadhi na kulinda ubunifu wako. leo ukivumbua kesho unakuta kila mtu anatengeneza. huyu jamaa wa arusha amevumbua inkubeta ila unaweza kuta kila fundi arusha anatengeneza.

    nadhani utakuwa umenielewa sikuwa na maana ya sehemu bali nilitoa mifano ya sehemu ili niweze kueleweka

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    Just Read facts about millionaiers

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