Top 10 Wealthiest Americans with and without College Degrees
(rankings from Forbes Top 400, Sep. 2013)


Top 10 Wealthiest Americans
WITH College Degrees WITHOUT College Degrees
warren buffett 1. bill gates
MS in Economics from Columbia Business School

Worth $58.5 billion via Berkshire Hathaway

Forbes Top 400 Rank (Sep. 2013): 2


Dropped out of Harvard University

Worth $72 billion via Microsoft

Forbes Top 400 Rank (Sep. 2013): 1
charles koch 2. larry ellison
MS in mechanical engineering & MS in
chemical engineering from Massachusetts Institute
of Technology

Worth $36 billion via Koch Industries

Forbes Top 400 Rank (Sep. 2013): 4


Dropped out of University of Chicago & University
of Illinois at Urbana

Worth $41 billion via Oracle

Forbes Top 400 Rank (Sep. 2013): 3
david koch 3. christy walton
MS in chemical engineering from Massachusetts
Institute of Technology

Worth $36 billion via Koch Industries

Forbes Top 400 Rank (Sep. 2013): 5


No college

Worth $35.4 billion via Wal-Mart inheritance

Forbes Top 400 Rank (Sep. 2013): 6
jim walton 4. sheldon adelson
BA in Science from University of Arkansas

Worth $33.8 billion via Wal-Mart inheritance

Forbes Top 400 Rank (Sep. 2013): 7


Dropped out of City College of New York

Worth $28.5 billion via casinos

Forbes Top 400 Rank (Sep. 2013): 11
alice walton 5. mark zuckerberg
BA in Science from Trinity University

Worth $33.5 billion via Wal-Mart inheritance

Forbes Top 400 Rank (Sep. 2013): 8


Dropped out of Harvard University

Worth $19 billion via Facebook

Forbes Top 400 Rank (Sep. 2013): 20
rob walton 6. michael dell
JD from Columbia University

Worth $33.3 billion via Wal-Mart inheritance

Forbes Top 400 Rank (Sep. 2013): 9


Dropped out of University of Texas at Austin

Worth $15.9 billion via Dell

Forbes Top 400 Rank (Sep 2013): 25
michael bloomberg 7. paul allen
MBA from Harvard Business School

Worth $31 billion via Bloomberg LP

Forbes Top 400 Rank (Sep. 2013): 10


Dropped out of Washington State University

Worth $15.8 billion via Microsoft

Forbes Top 400 Rank (Sep. 2013): 26
jeff bezos 8. harold hamm
BA in Science from Princeton University

Worth $27.2 billion via Amazon.com

Forbes Top 400 Rank (Sep. 2013): 12


No college

Worth $12.4 billion via oil & gas investments

Forbes Top 400 Rank (Sep. 2013): 33
larry page 9. jack taylor
MS in Computer Science from Stanford

Worth $24.9 billion from Google

Forbes Top 400 Rank (Sep. 2013): 13


Dropped out of Washington University of St. Louis

Worth $11.4 billion via Enterprise Rent-a-Car

Forbes Top 400 Rank (Sep. 2013): 37
sergey brin 10. andrew beal
MS in Computer Science from Stanford

Worth $24.4 billion from Google

Forbes Top 400 Rank (Sep. 2013): 14


Dropped out of Baylor University

Worth $9.8 billion via banks & real estate

Forbes Top 400 Rank (Sep. 2013): 42
Cumulative Wealth of Top 10 Wealthiest
Americans WITH College Degrees:


$338.6 billion

Cumulative Wealth of Top 10 Wealthiest
Americans WITHOUT College Degrees:

$261.2 billion
There is a 29.6% difference in the cumulative earnings.

On average, a college graduate with a bachelor's degree earned $30,000 more per year than a high school graduate, or about $500,000 more over a lifetime, as of Apr. 2013. Please note, however, that many of the billionaires listed here have one or more graduate degrees that would further increase their earnings potential.