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From siblings that made it big, like Charles and David Koch and the children of Walmart founder Sam Walton, to tech innovators such as Bill Gates and Larry Ellison, here’s where 21 of the richest Americans went to college.
Jeff Bezos: Princeton University in Princeton, New Jersey John Phelan/Wikimedia Commons
Estimated net worth: $112 billion
Amazon CEO and founder Jeff Bezos — the richest person in the world, according to Forbes’ 2018 “World’s Billionaires” list — attended Princeton University. He graduated in 1986 with a degree in electrical engineering and computer science.
“When you are 80 years old, and in a quiet moment of reflection narrating only for yourself the most personal version of your life story, the telling that will be the most compact and meaningful will be a series of choices you have made,” Bezos told Princeton students in 2010 during the university’s Baccalaureate ceremony.
Bill Gates: Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts Jannis Tobias Werner/Shutterstock
Estimated net worth: $90 billion
During a Q&A with Harvard students in April, Gates said if he could go back to school, he would choose to study artificial intelligence.
“Today, I would go into software, which today that means going into artificial intelligence,” he said, as quoted by CNBC. “Computers still can’t read. They cannot take a book of information and, say, pass an AP test on that book. And that’s a solvable problem.”
Warren Buffett: University of Nebraska in Lincoln, Nebraska Hanyou23/Wikimedia Commons
Estimated net worth: $84 billion
Nicknamed the “Oracle of Omaha,” investor Warren Buffett attended the University of Nebraska — Lincoln as an undergraduate in the 1940s before pursuing a Master of Science in economics at Columbia University’s business school. He transferred to Nebraska from the University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School, where he had matriculated at age 16.
Buffett is the CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, which owns numerous companies ranging from Geico to Duracell. According to Forbes, he got an early start in investing, buying his first stock when he was just 11 years old.
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