Top 10 Wealthiest Americans with and without College Degrees
(rankings from Forbes Top 400, Oct. 17, 2017)


Top 10 Wealthiest Americans
WITH College Degrees WITHOUT College Degrees
jeff bezos 1. bill gates
BA in Science from Princeton University

Worth $81.5 billion via Amazon.com

Forbes Rank: 2


Dropped out of Harvard University

Worth $89 billion via Microsoft

Forbes Rank: 1
warren buffett 2. mark zuckerberg
MS in economics from Columbia Business School

Worth $78 billion via Berkshire Hathaway

Forbes Rank: 3


Dropped out of Harvard University

Worth $71 billion via Facebook

Forbes Rank: 4
charles koch 3. larry ellison
MS in mechanical engineering &
MS in chemical engineering from
Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Worth $48.5 billion via Koch Industries

Forbes Rank: 6


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


Worth $59 billion via Oracle

Forbes Rank: 5
david koch 4. sheldon adelson
MS in chemical engineering from
Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Worth $48.5 billion via Koch Industries

Forbes Rank: 6


Dropped out of City College of New York

Worth $35.4 billion via casinos

Forbes Rank: 14
michael bloomberg 5. michael dell
MBA from Harvard Business School

Worth $46.8 billion via Bloomberg LP

Forbes Rank: 8


Dropped out of University of Texas at Austin

Worth $23.2 billion via Dell

Forbes Rank: 19
larry page 6. paul allen
MS in Computer Science from Stanford

Worth $44.6 billion via Google

Forbes Rank: 9


Dropped out of Washington State University

Worth $20.6 billion via Microsoft

Forbes Rank: 22
sergey brin 7. thomas peterffy
MS in Computer Science from Stanford

Worth $43.4 billion via Google

Forbes Rank: 10


Dropped out of New York University

Worth $15.1 billion via digital trading

Forbes Rank: 31
jim walton 8. dustin moskovitz
BA in Science from University of Arkansas

Worth $38.4 billion via Walmart inheritance

Forbes Rank: 11


Dropped out of Harvard University

Worth $13.6 billion via Facebook

Forbes Rank: 32
s robson walton 9. donald newhouse
JD from Columbia University

Worth $38.3 billion via Walmart inheritance

Forbes Rank: 12


Dropped out of Syracuse University

Worth $12.3 billion via media

Forbes Rank: 38
alice walton 10. harold hamm
BA in Science from Trinity University

Worth $38.2 billion via Walmart Inheritance

Forbes Rank: 13


No college

Worth $11 billion via oil & gas investments

Forbes Rank: 43
Cumulative Wealth of Top 10 Wealthiest
Americans WITH College Degrees:


$506.2 billion

Cumulative Wealth of Top 10 Wealthiest
Americans WITHOUT College Degrees:

$350.2 billion
The cumulative wealth of the top 10 billionaires with college degrees is 44.5% more than the cumulative earnings of those without degrees.

On average, a college graduate with a bachelor's degree earned about $30,000 more per year than a high school graduate, or about $500,000 more over a lifetime, as of 2016. Please note, however, that many of the billionaires listed here have one or more graduate degrees that would further increase their earnings potential.

Also, see rankings for the Top 10 Wealthiest Americans with and without College Degrees for 2013 and 2016.