5 Richest Men with a Graduate Degree

5 Richest Men with a Graduate Degree

Out of the countries top 10 richest men according to Forbes, only five have a graduate degree. This is not the norm for most success stories, so before you decide to skip that college education, remember that a higher education is the foundation for success. The tools you learn in college and in graduate school prepare you to have the know-how to be at the top of your chosen field. Here are 5 of the richest men in the United States with graduate education.

1. Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett is known as one of the most successful investors in the world. He is the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. With a net worth of $51 billion, he is one of the richest men in the world. He went to Wharton Business School for two years, and finished his Bachelor of Arts and Science degree at the University of Nebraska. For graduate school, he attended Columbia Business School, and received a master's degree in economics in 1951.

2. Robson Walton

Son of Wal-Mart founder, Sam Walton, Robson Walton is the current Chairman of the company. He attended College of Wooster, but transferred after two years to the University of Arkansas where he earned a Bachelor of Science degree in business administration. He went on to attend Columbia Law School in New York where he earned a Juris Doctor in Law.

3. Michael Bloomberg

The founder of financial data and news supplier Bloomberg LLP, and current Mayor of New York City is the 10th richest person in the United States. Through his Bloomberg Family Foundation, he donated and/or pledged $205 million in 2007, making him the seventh largest individual contributor to philanthropy in the United States for 2007. Michael Bloomberg earned a Bachelor of Science degree in engineering from Johns Hopkins University. He later earned his M.B.A. from Harvard University.

4. Charles Koch

Charles Koch and brother David are owners of conglomerate Koch Industries. The company owns business lines in energy, chemical technology, fertilizer, fibers and polymers, among others. Charles Koch's academic career started and finished at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. In 1957 he received a bachelors degree in engineering, and in the next year got his masters in mechanical engineering. By 1960 he had his master's degree in chemical engineering

5. David Koch

David Koch is a co-owner (with older brother Charles) and an executive vice president of Koch Industries. Not only is he a business man, he is a philanthropist and political activist. In 2010, he was ranked as New York City's 2nd wealthiest resident. Like his brother the younger Koch also attended Massachusetts Institute of Technology where he earned both a bachelors degree and master's degree in chemical engineering.