Some dropped out to focus on their companies, like Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, while others made their fortunes long after leaving school, like Uber cofounder Travis Kalanick. These billionaires dropped out of a wide variety of schools, from Harvard to UCLA to The City College of New York.
Approximately 1 in 8 billionaires on the 2018 Forbes 400 ranking of the wealthiest people in America was a college dropout, Business Insider’s Rachel Premack previously reported.
Keep reading to meet 13 billionaires who also happen to be college dropouts.
Fashion designer Ralph Lauren dropped out of Baruch College at The City College of New York.
The 79-year-old designer founded his eponymous fashion company by selling ties out of his desk drawer while working in an office in the Empire State Building, according to the company’s website.