The Billionaire College Dropouts


4. Paul Allen – worth over $17.9 billion

Paul Gardner Allen was born 1953 and is an American philanthropist, investor, singer, and innovator, best known as the co-founder of Microsoft alongside Bill Gates. As of July 2015, he was estimated to be the 51st richest person in the world, with an estimated wealth of $17.5 billion. Allen went to Washington State University, where he joined Phi Kappa Theta fraternity, but dropped out after two years in order to work as a programmer for Honeywell in Boston, placing him near his old friend again. Allen later convinced Gates to drop out of Harvard University in order to create Microsoft.