Conventional wisdom is that a good education, including a college degree, is key to becoming successful. And for most people, this is good advice. However, some people have defied conventional wisdom and managed to become enormously successful and wealthy. We’ve profiled 30 multi-billionaires who’ve built some of America’s and the world’s great fortunes; who have private jets and 200 foot yachts and whose mansion walls feature artwork by Picasso, Rembrandt and Van Gogh, but conspicuously don’t feature college diplomas.
Est. Net Worth: $8 billion
Source of Fortune: Ralph Lauren Corporation (Apparel)
Education: Graduated DeWitt Clinton High School in The Bronx
Interesting Fact: He has a collection of rare automobiles worth millions that have been displayed in museum exhibits all over the world.
Personal Biography: Ralph Lauren is an American fashion designer, philanthropist and business executive best known for founding the Ralph Lauren Corporation. He stepped down as CEO of his company in September 2015 but remains Executive Chairman. He is the 155th richest person in the world.