Monday, January 28, 2013

035 Think Big Radio: Dropouts—The Best Entrepreneurs in History

The most important aspect to becoming a successful entrepreneur is not educational credentials, but rather, ambition and the desire to be great. We have conducted a list of the top entrepreneurs who did not earn a college diploma. Others didn't even finish high school.  Some didn’t even finish 4th grade!


In this episode of Think Big Radio, Derek and Allison sit down to discuss some of the most inspirational entrepreneurs of all time...all of whom are dropouts!  Our top 10 list includes entrepreneurial superstars like:

Henry Ford (dropped out at age 16)
Bill Gates (dropped out at age 19)
Michael Dell (dropped out at age 19)
Paul Allen (dropped out at age 20)
Steve Jobs (dropped out at age 18)
Mark Zuckerberg (dropped out at age 19)
David Geffen (dropped out at age 21)
Larry Ellison (dropped out at age 20)
Sheldon Adelson (dropped out at age 19)
Richard Branson (dropped out at age 16)

Plus famous high school dropouts that include:

•             Anne Beiler (Auntie Ann's Pretzels)
•             Walt Disney (The Walt Disney Company)
•             Mary Kay Ash (Mary Kay Inc.)
•             Dov Charney (American Apparel)
•             Charles Culpeper (Coca Cola)
•             George Eastman (Kodak)
•             Joyce C. Hall (Hallmark)
•             Richard Schulze (Best Buy)
•             Wally Amos (Famous Amos)
•             Hyman Golden (Snapple)
•             Rachel Ray (Food Network Star) never even went to culinary school
•             Kemmons Wilson (Holiday Inn)
•             Coco Chanel (Chanel)
•             Carl Lindner (United Dairy Farmers)
•             Jimmy Dean (Jimmy Dean Foods)

Listen to Episode 35 of Think Big Radio to learn more!

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