Where Did The 20 Wealthiest Americans Go To School?

             
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Forbes Magazine recently came out with its 2014 list of the 400 wealthiest people in America. Due to the fact that education is often a great indicator of success in life, we thought you might wonder: where did these billionaires go to school? And what type and level of degree did they attain? To find the answers to these questions, check out the top 20 list below:

1. Bill Gates (Net worth: $81 Billion)

Degree: High School Diploma

School: 
Dropped out of Harvard 

2. Warren Buffett ($67 Billion)

Degree: M.S. in Economics

School: Columbia University 

3. Larry Ellison ($50 Billion)

Degree: High School Diploma

School: Dropped out of University of Illinois and University of Chicago

4. Charles Koch ($42 Billion)

Degree: M.S. in Mechanical Engineering and M.S. Chemical Engineering

School: Massachusetts Institute of Technology 

5. David Koch ($42 Billion)

Degree: Master’s Degree in Chemical Engineering

School: Massachusetts Institute of Technology 

6. Christy Walton ($38 Billion)

Degree: High School Diploma

School: Unknown (no college education)

7. Jim Walton ($36 Billion)

Degree: B.A. in Marketing

School: University of Arkansas – Fayetteville

8. Michael Bloomberg ($35 Billion)

Degree: M.B.A.

School: Harvard Business School 

9. Alice Walton ($34.9 Billion)

Degree: B.A. in Economics and Finance

School: Trinity University (San Antonio, TX)

10. S. Robson Walton ($34.8 Billion)

Degree: J.D. 


School: Columbia University School of Law

11. Mark Zuckerberg ($34 Billion)

Degree: High School Diploma

School: Dropped out of Harvard 

12. Sheldon Adelson ($32 Billion)

Degree: High School Diploma

School: Dropped out of City College (NY)

13. Larry Page ($31.5 Billion)

Degree: M.S. in Computer Science

School: Stanford University

14. Sergey Brin ($31 Billion)

Degree: M.S. in Computer Science

School: Stanford University

15. Jeff Bezos ($30.5 Billion)

Degree: B.S.E. in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science

School: Princeton University

16. Carl Icahn ($26 Billion)

Degree: B.A. in Philosophy

School: Princeton University

17. George Soros ($24 Billion)

Degree: Ph.D. in Philosophy

School: London School of Economics

18. Steve Ballmer ($22.5 Billion)

Degree: B.A. in Applied Mathematics and Economics

School: Harvard

19. Forrest Mars, Jr. ($22 Billion)

Degree: M.B.A.

School: New York University

20. Jacqueline Mars ($22 Billion)

Degree: B.A. in Anthropology

School: Bryn Mawr College

Some takeaways from this list:

- A quarter of these individuals don't have a college degree.


- Over half never attained more than a Bachelor's Degree.

- Their most common areas of study were mathematics and science.

Closing thought: Mark Zuckerberg is clearly America's up and coming billionaire. Did you know that he was classically educated and learnedLatin at the famed Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire? If we were to increase the rigor in today's schools, perhaps we wouldn't need to send so many students on to college to get the high school education they missed.

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