Names like Elon Musk, Mark Zuckerberg and Bill Gates are references for many young entrepreneurs. However, few know the academic background of these brilliant CEOs and founders of technology companies that are among the largest in the world.
Certainly, many people are curious to know what degrees these icons have on the wall of the office, as well as what courses they abandoned to invest in their own businesses. Then, below, get to know the academic career of some of them.
Elon Musk (cofounder and CEO of Tesla and SpaceX)
Musk has a BS in Physics and Economics from the University of Pennsylvania. Later, he joined the doctoral program at Stanford University. However, he abandoned his studies to become an entrepreneur during the “dot com” business boom.
Tim Cook (Apple CEO)
Current Apple CEO, Cook graduated in Industrial Engineering from Auburn University. As an academic complement, he holds a Master of Business Administration (MBA) diploma from Duke University.
Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook co-founder and CEO)
Zuckerberg initiated psychology and computer science degrees at Harvard. However, he never completed the courses and chose to dedicate himself, full time, to Facebook.
Jeff Bezos (co-founder and CEO of Amazon)
Graduated in Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Bezos was an exemplary student at Princeton University. During graduation, he was the leader of the group of Students for Exploration and Development in Space.
Reed Hastings (Netflix co-founder and CEO)
Before starting math school at Bowdoin College, Hastings spent a year working as a door-to-door salesman for vacuum cleaners. He later became a Master of Computer Science at Stanford.
Larry Page (co-founder of Google)
Page has a degree in Computer Engineering from the University of Michigan. One of his jobs was to hack a PalmPilot device and got top marks for the feat. Later, he became a Master of Computer Science at Stanford.
Sergey Brin (Google co-founder)
Graduated in Mathematics and Computer Science from the University of Maryland, Brin met Larry Page during his master’s program at Stanford. At that time, they developed PageRank, the search algorithm that gave rise to Google.
Susan Wojcicki (YouTube CEO)
Graduated in History and Literature at Harvard, Susan fulfilled her dream of becoming a doctor in Economics from the University of Santa Cruz. Passionate about technology, she was the 16th employee hired by Google and got better positions when completing her MBA from the University of California.
Enrique Lores (CEO of Hewlett-Packard)
HP CEO, Lores started at the company as an Engineering intern, over 30 years ago, in Spain. The executive studied Electrical Engineering at the Polytechnic University of Valencia and has an MBA from the ESADE Business School of Barcelona.
Bill Gates (Microsoft co-founder and CEO)
Gates started studying law at HaRvard, but took an official leave of absence. He comments that he made that decision, as he could return to college if things had not worked out. Anyway, he never completed the course.