These billionaires are self-made and have created standards for professionals in their respective fields. Let us look at the top 10.
1. Bill Gates
Bill Gates is one of the two founders of Microsoft and was the richest man in the world at one point. His fortunes have been estimated at $50 billion, making him the most famous individual in the world who dropped out of college. Microsoft was immensely successful when Bill Gates held the reigns. His charitable foundation, the “Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation” is the second largest in the world.
2. Steve Jobs
When one thinks of Apple, one is always reminded of Steve Jobs, the entrepreneur who started the company, lost it and then regained the initial glory and magnified it. In the past, he created hacking devices and is known for his infamous prank calls to the Pope. This self-made billionaire is worth 4.4 billion dollars and counting.
3. Michael Dell
Michael Dell started taking apart computers and rebuilding them as an experiment. He got enrolled in a university in Texas where he started to sell the computers he built on his own. Once he realized how successful his business was becoming, he dropped out and started working full-time. He is among the top 10 richest men in the United States and is worth over $15.5 billion.
4. Ralph Lauren
Ralph Lauren was born Ralph Lifschitz. He changed his last name at 16 as he felt that it would be more appropriate when he became successful. This ambitious young man dropped out of a college in New York and after working as a salesman for a few years, he launched his label, “Polo”. Ralph Lauren is worth over $3.6 billion.
5. Marc Zuckerberg
Marc Zuckerberg is the founder of everybody’s favorite social networking website- Facebook. He started the website along with his roommates in Harvard after he realized that he loved creating computer programs. This 23 year old was voted the youngest billionaire by Forbes magazine and is worth over 1.5 billion dollars.
6. Xiaofend Peng
Once Peng understood the immense potential that renewable energy had, he established a trading company 5 years back. Within a short period of time, this company grew in size and came to be known as the best and most reliable supplier of solar wafers. He has big plans for his company and is worth over 1.6 billion dollars at present.
7. John Arnold
After completing his graduation, John Arnold got a job with Enron where he worked as an oil trader. When the company collapsed a year later, he decided to start his own company, “Centaurus Energy Advisors, LLC” which deals with hedge funds. His fortunes have been estimated at $2.5 billion.
8. Sameer Gehlaut
Sameer Gehlaut graduated from IIT, Delhi in the year 1995. He started India Bulls with a small office which had a false roof and two computers. By 2005, this shack had transformed into a building that sat on plot which stretched across 4,000 acres of land. Today, it is known for its real-estate and financial services in India. At age 34, he is worth 1.2 billion dollars.
9. Larry Page
Larry Page founded Google- the largest and most popular search engine on the web. He launched the website along with a classmate in a tiny garage and went on to make the most successful web technology in the world, before graduating from Stanford University in 1998. Page is worth over $18.6 billion.
10. Kostyantin Zhevago
This self-made billionaire was initially a finance director of a bank in Ukraine. Eventually, he managed to become a major part of the company and owns a majority of the shares. He is worth 3.4 billion dollars.