Are billionaires born or made? What are the common attributes among the uber-wealthy? Are there any true secrets of the self-made?
Forbes Magazine gets these questions a lot, and decided it was time to go beyond the broad answers of smarts, ambition and luck by sorting through their database of wealthy individuals in search of bona fide trends. They analyzed everything from the billionaires’ parents’ professions to where they went to school, their track records in the early stages of their careers and other experiences that may have put them on the path to extreme wealth.
Check out why working for Goldman Sachs, joining Skull & Bones and…dropping out of college are three of the most prominant traits of American billionaires.