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Friday, September 22, 2006

The Top Ten Richest So-And-So's in America

I don’t know if I want to editorialize here, but I just read the Forbes 400 richest men list…

Ok, whom am I kidding? Here’s the editorial: The first year after I graduated college (4-year degree), I made 18.5K. A friend, whose father owned a sanitation company in a major American city paid his non-graduate sanitation workers a helluvalot more than I made…

Here are those of the top ten richest people in America who either didn’t finish their college degrees or never went:

1) Bill Gates (Microsoft) – Education: Harvard dropout – Worth: 53 billion

3) Sheldon Adelson (owner of the Sands Casinos – rumor has it that this man purchased the sidewalk outside of his Las Vegas casino so that the union couldn’t picket out front.) Education: City College of New York dropout. Worth: 20 billion

4) Lawrence Joseph Ellison (Oracle Software Corp) Education: University of Illinois dropout – Worth: 19.5 billion

5) Pall Gardner Allen (Microsoft software) – Education: Washington State University dropout – Worth: 16 billion

6) Jim Walton (Wal-Mart heir) – Education: high school – Worth: 15.7 billion

7) Christy Walton & Family (Wal-Mart heir) – Education: high school – Worth: 15.6 billion

9) Michael Dell (Dell Computers) – Education: University of Texas Austin dropout – Worth: 15.5 billion

Now, here are those who went to school:

2) Warren Buffet (Berkshire Hathaway & Investments) – Education: University of Nebraska, with a masters from Columbia – Worth: 46 billion

Tied at 7) Robson Walton (Wal-Mart) – Education: University of Arkansas with a doctorate from Columbia – Worth: 15.6 billion

Tied at 9) Alice Walton (Wal-Mart) – Education: Trinity University of San Antonio – Worth: 15.5 billion.

There you have it. It seems to that to make any money on this planet, I would have needed to be born or married into a rich family, procured a graduate degree at Columbia - or simply dropped out. I think I did it all wrong! (I'm not bitter - honest. This list just struck me as highly ... telling. What does this say about the education situation in America vs. our wills/our initiatives/or dumb luck?)



  • At 8:15 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said…

    Having heard Paul Allen talk I can say that he didn't fit into the education mold--even at the college level. He just thought differently. Bill Gates is the same way. For the most part, computer people, especially the innovators, don't do well in classroom environments. I suspect that is why those people dropped out of college.

    And, isn't it weird today to think of Bill Gates as an innovator?

  • At 10:00 AM, Blogger Trixie said…

    Loved this post. I totally agree that the most amazing minds often become frustrated with our educational system. Boredom. Sometimes a lack of desire to follow rules which seem to not apply to them.

    The point is that they all finish high school. So many of the kids aren't.


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