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Top 10 Richest People In The World and What Do They Study?

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According to the Forbes list 2018, Jeff Bezos the founder of Amazon is officially the richest man in the world overtaking Microsoft founder Bill Gates with a net worth of $130.5 Billion and $92.2 Billion respectively. We tend to look up to the world richest person and tried to learn from each and every one of them. While in this article, we will look into the educational background of the top 10 richest people in the world.

1) Jeff Bezos (Net Worth: $112 Billion)

Jeff Bezos is the founder of Amazon. It is one of the biggest and most popular online retailing companies in the world. Jeff Bezos became one of the richest men in 2018 after a whopping $40 billion were added to his net worth last year. He was the first person to ever reach the $100 billion mark.

Education background: Jeff Bezos obtained a degree in Electrical Engineering and computer science in 1986.

Recommended Universities for Electrical Engineering program in Malaysia

UniversitiesCourseDurationCourse fee per year (2018/2019) 
Asia Pacific University (APU)Diploma in Electrical Engineering2 YearsRM 14,600
BA (Hons) Electrical Engineering4 YearsRM 22,800
UCSI UniversityDiploma in Electrical Engineering2 YearsRM 10,667
BA (Hons) Electrical Engineering4 YearsRM 18,843
SEGI UniversityBA (Hons) Electrical Engineering4 YearsRM 19,803
TAYLOR UniversityBA (Hons) Electrical Engineering4 YearsRM 33,300
MONASH UniversityBA (Hons) Electrical Engineering4 YearsRM 45,700

The program listed are provided as a general guide only, the course fees were captured base on the publicly available information on the internet. Please consult with our education advisor for further assessment.

2) Bill Gates (Net Worth: $90 Billion)

Bill Gates founded Microsoft alongside with Paul Allen in 1975, which became the world’s largest PC software company. He was the richest man in the world for several years. However, Bill Gates was overtaken by Jeff Bezos in 2018, ending his 4-consecutive year for being the world richest man.

Education background: Bill Gates was a Harvard dropout, where he studied mathematics and computer science.

Recommended Universities for Information Technology/Computer Science program in Malaysia

UniversitiesCourseDurationCourse fee per year (2018/2019) 
Asia Pacific University (APU)  Diploma in Information & Communications Technology2 YearsRM 21,600
BA (Hons) Computer Science3 YearsRM 27,733
SUNWAY University    Diploma in Information Technology2 YearsRM 14,150
BA (Hons) Information Technology3 YearsRM 19,100
BA (Hons) Computer Science3 YearsRM 19,100
SEGI University  Diploma in Computer Science2 ½ YearsRM 11,833
BA (Hons) Information Technology3 YearsRM 19,033

The program listed are provided as a general guide only, the course fees were captured base on the publicly available information on the internet. Please consult with our education advisor for further assessment.

3) Warren Buffet (Net Worth: $84 Billion)

Warren Buffet is regarded as the most successful investor in the world with a net worth of $84 billion, which made him the 3rd richest man in the world. Traders around the globe looked up to him due to his success in investing. He is an American entrepreneur and investor, and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway.

Education background: Warren Buffet graduated with a Science Degree from the University of Nebraska, Lincoln and further went to obtain a Master of Science in Economics at Columbia Business School.

Recommended Universities for Economics program in Malaysia

UniversitiesCourseDurationCourse fee per year (2018/2019) 
Taylor UniversityBA (Hons) Business Finance & Economics3 YearsRM 33,143
Nottingham University  BSc (Hons) Business Economics and Management3 YearsRM 36,800
BSc (Hons) Business Economics & Finance3 YearsRM 36,800
UCSI UniversityBA (Hons) Financial Economics3 YearsRM 17,780

The program listed are provided as a general guide only, the course fees were captured base on the publicly available information on the internet. Please consult with our education advisor for further assessment.

4) Bernard Arnault (Net Worth $72 Billion)

Bernard Arnault is the CEO of LVMH (Louis Vuitton Moet Hennessy). LVMH is a merging of two business, comprised of the successful luxury fashion brand, Louis Vuitton and Moet Hennessy, the merged champagne and cognac manufacturers. Bernard has made a significant movement up on the world richest man list where he jumped 10 places from 14th at the beginning of 2017 to 4th in 2018.

Education background: Arnault graduated with a Degree in Engineering from Ecole Polytechnique

Recommended Universities for Civil Engineering program in Malaysia

UniversitiesCourseDurationCourse fee per year (2018/2019) 
INTI International University  Diploma in Civil Engineering2 YearsRM 17,175
BA (Hons) Civil Engineering4 yearsRM 20,000
Curtin UniversityBA (Hons) Civil Engineering4 yearsRM 29,696
SEGI UniversityBA (Hons) Civil Engineering4 yearsRM 20,538
UCSI UniversityBA (Hons) Civil Engineering4 yearsRM 17,803
MONASH UniversityBA (Hons) Civil Engineering4 yearsRM 45,700

The program listed are provided as a general guide only, the course fees were captured base on the publicly available information on the internet. Please consult with our education advisor for further assessment.

5) Mark Zuckerberg (Net Worth: $71 Billion)

Mark Zuckerberg is a social media entrepreneur. He is known for co-founding Facebook and leading the social-networking website to become the most popular and most valuable social media company in the world. Mark Zuckerberg is currently the 5th richest man in the world and it is expected that he will continue moving up on the list, considering how young he is as compared to others on the list, it’s not out of his reach.

Education background: Zuckerberg studied psychology and computer science at Harvard. However, he then dropped out to focus on the project of developing Facebook. Mark Zuckerberg eventually went back to Harvard to receive his honorary Doctor of Laws after 12 years after dropping out from the university.

Recommended Universities for Information Technology/Computer Science program in Malaysia

UniversitiesCourseDurationCourse fee per year (2018/2019) 
Asia Pacific University (APU)  Diploma in Information & Communications Technology2 YearsRM 21,600
BSc (Hons) Computer Science3 YearsRM 27,733
SUNWAY University    Diploma in Information Technology2 YearsRM 14,150
BSc (Hons) Information Technology3 YearsRM 19,100
BSc (Hons) Computer Science3 YearsRM 19,100
SEGI University  Diploma in Information Technology2 ½ YearsRM 11,833
BSc (Hons) Information Technology3 YearsRM 19,033

The program listed are provided as a general guide only, the course fees were captured base on the publicly available information on the internet. Please consult with our education advisor for further assessment.

6) Amancio Ortega (Net Worth: $70 Billion)

Amancio Ortega is a Spanish entrepreneur and founder of the Inditex fashion group. Inditex owns one of the most popular clothing chains worldwide, Zara. He has dropped down to the 6th richest man in the world after other players on the list making some serious gains on their net worth.

Education background: Ortega did not pursue a higher education. He started off working in his hometown of La Coruna as a shop hand for a shirt maker. He then started business selling bathrobes before opening his first Zara store in 1975.

Recommended Universities for Information Technology/Computer Science program in Malaysia

UniversitiesCourseDurationCourse fee per year (2018/2019) 
Curtin UniversityBCc (Hons) Accounting & Entrepreneurship3 YearsRM 21,912
BCc (Hons) Marketing & Entrepreneurship3 YearsRM 21,912

The program listed are provided as a general guide only, the course fees were captured base on the publicly available information on the internet. Please consult with our education advisor for further assessment.

7) Carlos Slim Helu (Net Worth: $67.1 Billion)

Carlos Slim Helu is an investor, Mexican Businessman and owner of the conglomerate ‘Grupo Carso’. The conglomerate’s portfolio consists extensive of brands in many different industries such as energy, real estate, healthcare, retail and media.

Education background: Carlos graduates as a civil engineering major at the National Autonomous University. He studied civil engineering due to his fascination towards numbers and interest in economics.

Recommended Universities for Civil Engineering program in Malaysia

UniversitiesCourseDurationCourse fee per year (2018/2019) 
INTI International University  Diploma in Civil Engineering2 YearsRM 17,175
BA (Hons) Civil Engineering4 yearsRM 20,000
Curtin UniversityBA (Hons) Civil Engineering4 yearsRM 29,696
SEGI UniversityBA (Hons) Civil Engineering4 yearsRM 20,538
UCSI UniversityBA (Hons) Civil Engineering4 yearsRM 17,803
MONASH UniversityBA (Hons) Civil Engineering4 yearsRM 45,700

The program listed are provided as a general guide only, the course fees were captured base on the publicly available information on the internet. Please consult with our education advisor for further assessment.

8) Charles Koch (Net Worth: $60 Billion)

Charles Koch is an American businessman and philanthropist. He is the co-owner and CEO of Koch Industries, an America’s second largest private company with $100 billion in revenues from businesses including, chemical, pipelines, Stainmaster carpets, Dixie cups and Brawny paper towels.

Education background: Charles Koch is a (MIT) Massachusetts Institute of Technology, receiving Bachelor of Science in general engineering. He also earned a Master of Science in mechanical engineering, followed by a Master of Science in chemical engineering in 1960.

Recommended Universities for Chemical Engineering program in Malaysia

UniversitiesCourseDurationCourse fee per year (2018/2019) 
Monash UniversityBA (Hons) Chemical Engineering4 yearsRM 45,700
Curtin UniversityBA (Hons) Chemical Engineering4 yearsRM 29,696
SEGI UniversityBA (Hons) Chemical Engineering4 yearsRM 20,238
Taylor UniversityBA (Hons) Chemical Engineering4 yearsRM 33,300
UCSI UniversityBA (Hons) Chemical Engineering4 yearsRM 19,403

The program listed are provided as a general guide only, the course fees were captured base on the publicly available information on the internet. Please consult with our education advisor for further assessment.

9) David Koch (Net Worth: $60 Billion)

David Koch is the brother of Charles Koch, each of them owns 42% of the conglomerate, where Charles act as a chairman of Koch Industries while David acts as the company’s executive vice president.

Education background: Just like his brother Charles Koch, both of them graduated with a master’s degree in chemical engineering at the same institute Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Recommended Universities for Chemical Engineering program in Malaysia

UniversitiesCourseDurationCourse fee per year (2018/2019) 
Monash UniversityBA (Hons) Chemical Engineering4 yearsRM 45,700
Curtin UniversityBA (Hons) Chemical Engineering4 yearsRM 29,696
SEGI UniversityBA (Hons) Chemical Engineering4 yearsRM 20,238
Taylor UniversityBA (Hons) Chemical Engineering4 yearsRM 33,300
UCSI UniversityBA (Hons) Chemical Engineering4 yearsRM 19,403

The program listed are provided as a general guide only, the course fees were captured base on the publicly available information on the internet. Please consult with our education advisor for further assessment.

10) Larry Ellison (Net Worth: $58.5 Billion)

Larry Ellison is the co-founder of the Oracle Corporation. Oracle is a very successful tech company employing over 136,000 people

Education background: Larry excelled in math and science, winning himself a student of the year at the University of Illinois. However, Larry’s education life was unstable as he dropped out from college during his second year and later enrolled to study the principles of computer programming at the University of Chicago but quit his studies once again. He moved to California working various jobs as a technician and also building a database for Ampex Corporation.

Recommended Universities for Information Technology program in Malaysia

UniversitiesCourseDurationCourse fee per year (2018/2019) 
Asia Pacific University (APU)    Diploma in Information & Communications Technology with Specialism in Data Informatics2 YearsRM 21,600
Diploma in Information & Communications Technology2 YearsRM 21,600
BSc (Hons) Information Technology3 YearsRM 27,733
SUNWAY University  Diploma in Information Technology2 YearsRM 14,150
BSc (Hons) Information Technology3 YearsRM 19,100
SEGI University  Diploma in Information Technology2 ½ YearsRM 11,833
BSc (Hons) Information Technology3 YearsRM 19,033

The program listed are provided as a general guide only, the course fees were captured base on the publicly available information on the internet. Please consult with our education advisor for further assessment.

While these tycoons might not necessary utilise what they have studied from the university to their career but it is true to say that a dedicated education does change a person’d mindset which lead to a different path of success. 

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Glow Tham

Tham Jing An is a writer by day and a bedroom singer by night. He is still a full-time student pursuing his Bachelor (Honours) in Finance with the University of Hertfordshire, UK under INTI International College Kuala Lumpur campus

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