What the World’s Billionaires Studied at University

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Looking at the Forbes list that has the world’s richest people listed, you wonder where they started, what was the foundation of their success and did they actually study to achieve this much or was it luck, inheritance or a bit of both. Billionaires who made this prestigious list, if they studied what was their majors? With researching the names on the list, here are the facts about the riches people and their education.

Bill Gates is the founder of Microsoft, CEO of Cascade Investment and Co-Chaim of the Melinda & Bill Gates Foundation. His net worth in 2014 was estimated at $82.1 billion. The billionaire enrolled in 1973 and the now programmer turned business tycoon went to Harvard as a pre-law major. While at Harvard he shifted focus and did the university’s most rigorous graduate level computer science and mathematics courses, then he dropped out and founded Microsoft. His quotes include that success can be a lousy teacher that seduces people into thinking that they can’t lose and that the next century leaders will be the ones that empower others.

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Carlos Slim Helu is the CEO and Chairman of Telmex, Grupo Carso, and America Movil. His net worth was about $79.9 billion in 2014. This Mexican business magnate studied at the National Autonomous University of Mexico School of Engineering and he studied civil engineering. Helo taught, the Linear Programme, Algebra, at the same time & was known as “Warren Buffett of Mexico”. His fortunes came from his interest in real estate, communications, media, airlines, finance and retailing.

Warren Buffett is the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway and worth about $70.4 billion. Buffett or as he is called generally The Oracle of Omaha enrolled in 1947 at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania, his major was business and after two years he changed to the University of Nebraska and at the age of 20 he graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration and then went to Columbia Business School and earned a Master of Science degree in economics.

Larry Ellison is the Founder and CEO of the Oracle Corporation and is worth $50.3 billion. Ellison attended the University of Illinois in 1960, was set to become a medical doctor, named as the science student of the year. He left after two years and enrolled at the University of Chicago to pursue a degree in physics and mathematics but dropped out after one semester and in 1966 he started Oracle.

Other billionaires on the list include Michael Bloomberg the CEO of Bloomberg, worth $39.9 billion who graduated from Johns Hopkins University in 1964 with a Bachelor’s degree in Science in electrical engineering and in 1966 he received his Master of Business Administration from Harvard Business School.

Larry Page is the CEO of Google, worth over $30 billion, studied at the University of Michigan and earned a Bachelor of Science degree with honours in computer engineering, from Stanford University he got his Master of Science in computer science degree and when he enrolled in the Ph.D. program at Stanford met Sergey Brin and together they changed the internet’s history.