Mark Twain once said, "I have never let my schooling interfere with my education." For most of us, formal education is critical to achieving success, but the following ten incredibly successful entrepreneurs heeded Twain's words and abandoned the schoolbooks to seize their opportunity for incredible fortune.
Age: 79 Net
Worth: $71,5 Billion
The founder of Inditex, a fashion empire that includes brands Zara and Massimo Dutti, was born in abject poverty to a railroad worker and a housemaid.
He ditched the school at the age of 12 and started working for a shirtmaker as a delivery boy in La Coruna, and has made his first steps in the art of apparel making. Ortega never attended higher education and continued to work in the textile field into the early 1960s. After becoming manager of a local clothing shop, he discovered that only wealthy individuals could afford to purchase fine clothing and became even more determined to make quality clothes accessible to everyone. In 1963, at the age of 27, Amancio Ortega founded his own company called Confecciones Goa that made and sold fine bathrobes. In 1975 he launched fashion label Zara.
Today, Zara has 6,200 stores spread in 70 different countries. And the net worth of Amancio Ortega is about $71,5 Billion.