What did the wealthiest people in the world study in college?

  1. Bill Gates- Pre-Law
  2. Warren Buffett- Business Administration, Economics
  3. Mark Zuckerberg- Psychology, Computer Science
  4. Larry Ellison- Science
  5. Carlos Slim Helu- Civil Engineering


We live in a society where everybody seems to be obsessed with the rich and famous. Often, people try to study their habits, follow their strategies for building wealth and seek their advice. The richest of the rich, however, have more than just an early morning routine and the attitude of a risk-taker.

A study recently done reveals that people with assets that exceed $30 million, or in other words, the richest people in the world, all went to college! So, if you are having trouble deciding what you want to study in an international college in the Philippines, why not take an inspiration from the richest people in the world? Here’s what the wealthiest people studied in college:

Bill Gates

Source: inc.com

Bill Gates

 Net worth: $82.1 billion

Major: Pre-law, dropped out

Founder of Microsoft and famed philanthropist Bill Gates is probably considered as the richest college dropout in the United States of America. In fact, the student newspaper of his alma mater, Harvard University, describes him as the most successful college dropout as well.

Bill Gates left the Ivy League school in 1975 to co-found Microsoft. But even after giving away $28 billion of his wealth to charity, including a sizeable donation to the educational interests of his own Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, he still tops the various wealthiest lists.

According to Gates, he apparently loved college because it was so exciting for him to have a lot of conversations with really smart people his age as well as learning from great professors. For him, dropping out was a hard decision and he knew that his parents would have their concerns. And while he would never encourage anyone to drop out of their colleges, it turned out to be the right choice for him.


Warren Buffett

 Net worth: $70.4 billion

Major: Business administration, Economics

The CEO of Berkshire Hathaway holds a Bachelor of Arts/Science in Business Administration from the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and a Master of Science in Economics from Columbia Business School. The famed philanthropist and investor, however, has made no secret of how he feels about secondary education despite his accomplishments in academics.

Buffett believes that the best education a person can get is investing in themselves and for him, this might not always mean college or university. Buffett has two degrees but he doesn’t hang them on his wall; in fact, he doesn’t even know where they are. The only diploma he has on display is the one he got from Dale Carnegie’s Public Speaking Course – which only cost him $100!

 Mark Zuckerberg

Source: worldnews.easybranches.com

Mark Zuckerberg

Net worth: $33.3 billion

Major: Psychology, computer science, dropped out

Probably the most familiar name in this list, social media entrepreneur Mark Zuckerberg studied psychology and computer science at Harvard during the early 2000’s. It was there that he first developed “Thefacebook” which would later become Facebook. He eventually dropped out to focus on Facebook and now basically dominates the world of social media at a relatively young age.

The birth of Facebook has not only changed the landscape of social media forever, it has also made Zuckerberg one of the richest people in the world. After the company went public, their stock only continued to rise higher and left Zuckerberg with a staggering net worth.


Larry Ellison

Net worth: $50.3 billion

Major: Science, dropped out

For Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, dropping out of just one university is not enough. He left the University of Illinois at Urbana after his adoptive mother passed away from cancer. He then later dropped out of the University of Chicago as well.

However, his educational endeavor is not for all for nothing because he taught himself programming as a part of his course in Physics. This has helped him build the foundation of the skills that he would need to build Oracle.

Carlos Slim Helu 

Source: famous-entrepreneurs.com

Carlos Slim Helu

Net worth: $ 79.9 billion

Major: Civil engineering

Carlos Slim has always known that he wanted to go into business, already having started a few business ventures of his own at a very young age. He decided to take up engineering at the National Autonomous University of Mexico School of Engineering. He later explains that the mathematical ability he adopted and honed during his studies gave him an advantage in all of his business endeavors later on in life.


Key Takeaway


Getting an education at an international college in the Philippines is closely related to the likelihood of a person making it big and getting rich. In fact, a majority of the wealthiest people in the world have had a college or university education.

Regardless of the kind of educational opportunities one might be able to attain, the most important thing to consider is that becoming familiar with business processes in the early parts of your career can give you a massive advantage.