August 13th, 2008

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The Forbes current list of the 20 richest humans on earth.

4 of the top 10 are Indians, including the feuding Ambani brothers. One of the Ambani brothers is the richest man in all of Asia. Another Indian in the top ten, steel king Lakshmi Mittal in London, is the richest man in all of Europe.

Only one in the top 20 is a woman (Lilane Bettencourt of the L'Oreal empire).

At least 1 out of them are high school dropouts. 4 are college or university dropouts, including Microsoft's Bill Gates and Oracle's Lawrence Ellison.
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Notable college dropouts who became tech CEOs, and then billionaires.

The computer industry is filled with a surprising number of billionaire CEOs who are in fact college dropouts, many of whom are among the richest people in the world:

Bill Gates of Microsoft needs no introduction. After scoring 1590 out of 1600 on his SATs, he joined Harvard but dropped out after roughly two years to start up Microsoft with friends he made at Harvard, who included Steve Ballmer. He's currently the third richest person on earth with a net worth of US$ 58 billion.

The CEO of Oracle, Larry Ellison, is the 14th richest man on the planet with a net worth of US $ 25 billion. His success story inspired a satirical oft-forwarded commencement speech he supposedly gave to Yale's Class of 2000 where he told the graduates they were all idiots and should have dropped out two years ago, like all the most successful tech CEOs have, including himself. (The Snopes article.) He dropped out of the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign at the end of his second year because his adoptive mother had just died. He later attended the University of Chicago for just one term and dropped out when he discovered computer programming, and you can guess what happened next.

Larry Page, co-founder of Google, may be on this list as he is officially still "on leave" from the PhD program at Stanford University. His net worth is US$18.6 billion.

Michael Dell started selling computers out of his parents' basement at the age of 19 after dropping out of the University of Texas at Austin. In 2004, Dell was the most profitable computer manufacturer in the world. Michael Dell's net worth is US$ 16.4 billion.

Steve Jobs, co-founder and CEO of Apple, dropped out of Reed College in Portland, OR after only one semester. He currently has a net worth of US$ 5.4 billion.

Mark Zuckerberg created a little website called Facebook out of his dorm room on February 15, 2004. By that summer Facebook had exploded and he moved out and never resumed his classes at Harvard. Forbes recently dubbed him "the world's youngest self-made billionaire" at just 24. He says he still lives in a one bedroom apartment and sleeps on a mattress on the floor, even though he does travel in an Audi A8. His net worth is US$1.5 billion. And he's only 24. Must not kill self must not kill self....

And of course, the famous and beloved Steve Wozniak, the "other" co-founding Steve of Apple, dropped out of the University of California, Berkeley, although he did later return to finish his B.S. degree in E.E.C.S. He's not technically a billionaire, but still notable enough to be on this slapped-together list.

I'm sure there's many more examples, but I'm hungry and want breakfast now.
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For some reason LiveJournal thinks I'm in Russia. I get the notably different Russian LiveJournal page before I log in, and all the ads are all in Russian.

Maybe it's coz I've started using Tor at home? Bizarro.

No, wait, it's not that, coz it happens at work too, and I'm not using Tor there. WTF.