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Billion-Dollar BS Degrees

Look who's getting rich with engineering degrees, according to the Forbes list of the world's top 100 billionaires.

Can anyone ever get rich, and we mean really rich, with an engineering degree? We asked ourselves that question after Forbes published its most recent list of the top 100 billionaires in the world.

Sure there are plenty of the usual famous names and high-flying financiers on the list, but we also identified 15 billionaires with engineering degrees -- some well known, others not so much, and a few people we didn't even realize had engineering degrees.

Some of them inherited their wealth (numbers come from the Forbes list); others made it themselves. The engineering degrees they earned are diverse, as are the industries they work in.

Despite these differences, there are several key traits that many of these über-rich engineers appear to have in common:

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4/16/2014 | 2:41:04 PM
Finance versus Engineering
I think that finance obviously helps build very wealthy people, but engineering builds businesses. And businesses can create jobs for people.

Look at Silicon Valley. While there are a larger contingent of financial people coming to the area, there are a large incumbent population of engineers.

Engineers build things, while financial people help to fund ideas and allow global capital to flow.

Both are necessary, but I tend to think that it is the entrepreneurial engineer that can create jobs that has a lot more value to the economy. 
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