We have listed the top 22 Dyslexic Billionaires in order of Richest. Find out who makes it on to our list! Are there any you did not even know about?
No. 1 – Henry Ford
Net Worth: $199 billion (estimated today’s worth)
Dyslexic Billionaires Source of wealth: Ford Motor Company
Ford used his dyslexia to his advantage. He would repeat certain actions over and over and used rote learning to remember things. From this experience, he transformed industry around the world by introducing the idea of the assembly line!
“Don’t find fault, find a remedy.” – Henry Ford
No. 2 – Bill Gates
Net Worth: $79.2 billion
Dyslexic Billionaires Source of wealth: Microsoft
Gates was branded a dunce (a person considered incapable of learning) at school and it seemed that his dyslexia felled him at every step. Computers took the hurdle away with a single click of the mouse – launch of the spell-check application.
“I failed in some subjects in exam, but my friend passed in all. Now he is an engineer in Microsoft and I am the owner of Microsoft.” – Bill Gates
No. 3 – Carlos Slim
Net Worth: $72.9 billion
Dyslexic Billionaires Source of wealth: Telecom
“There are people who are good for letters, and there are others that are good for numbers.” – Carlos Slim
No. 4 – Warren Buffett
Net Worth: $72.7 billion
Dyslexic Billionaires Source of wealth: The most successful investor in the world.
For Buffett, school was a problem. He was so bored in class and so eager to pursue his business ideas. The only teacher who got through to him was the school golf coach.
He enjoyed his newspaper routes as a paper boy. He had so many routes that his annual income was greater than that of his teachers. – Washington Post
Buffett’s grades improved only because his father threatened to end his newspaper delivery business if he did not shape up.
“Someone is sitting in the shade today because someone planted a tree a long time ago.” – Warren Buffett
No. 5 – Nelson Rockefeller
Net Worth: $72.7 billion (estimated today’s worth)
Businessman, Philanthropist, Public Servant, and Politician
‘For I was one of the “puzzle children” myself—a dyslexic, or “reverse reader”—and I still have a hard time reading today.
But after coping with this problem for more than 60 years, I have a message of encouragement for children with learning disabilities—and their parents.
Based on my own experience, my message to dyslexic children is this:’
“DON’T ACCEPT ANYONE’S VERDICT THAT YOU ARE LAZY, STUPID, OR RETATDED” – Nelson Rockefeller
No. 6 – Steve Jobs
Net Worth: $19 billion (estimated today’s worth)
Dyslexic Billionaires Source of wealth: Apple
Steve Jobs struggled in school. From his early days in elementary school, where he grew frustrated with formal schooling to college, where he dropped out after just one semester, Jobs did not like school because he didn’t believe it had practical application in his life.
“Here’s to the crazy ones. The misfits. The rebels. The troublemakers. The round pegs in the square holes. The ones who see things differently. They’re not fond of rules. And they have no respect for the status quo. You can quote them, disagree with them, glorify or vilify them. About the only thing you can’t do is ignore them. Because they change things. They push the human race forward. And while some may see them as the crazy ones, we see genius. Because the people who are crazy enough to think they can change the world, are the ones who do” – Steve Jobs
No. 7 – Richard C. Strauss
Net Worth: $18.5 billion
Dyslexic Billionaires Source of wealth: Real Estate Developer
Strauss was diagnosed as having dyslexia in high school and eventually dropped out of college after a year and a half to pursue his real estate career, “avoiding reading and writing, which I’m not good at.” He said that at school he was always “right at the bottom of the class.” and that he “failed a number of classes every year,”…”I thought I was pretty dumb.
“It causes a lot of people to do what I did – get attention in other ways by being a disciplinary problem.”
No. 8 – Bill Hewlett
Net Worth: $9 billion (estimated today’s worth)
Dyslexic Billionaires Source of wealth: Hewlett-Packard Company (HP)
Described at school as not academically noteworthy, his incessant ‘tinkering’ and curiosity to understand how things worked lead him to co-found a company worth $55 billion.
His diagnosed dyslexia during his schooling gave him difficulty with written material and writing assignments, but led him to develop exceptional memorization and logical skills.
“The greatest success goes to the person who is not afraid to fail in front of even the largest audience.” – Bill Hewlett
No. 9 – Charles Schwab
Net Worth: $6.9 billion
Dyslexic Billionaires Source of wealth: Charles Schwab Corporation (brokerage and banking)
Schwab had extreme difficulty taking notes in class and failed English two times. He also struggling in foreign language classes but never had a name for his disability. It was only when his son was diagnosed with dyslexia that he realized that he had it. Schwab saw both sides of the struggle with dyslexia, as a parent of a struggling dyslexic child and as a dyslexic himself.
“It’s painful. People decide you aren’t working hard enough or are slow. I didn’t quit, because I was really good in other things, terrific in math and science and anything that didn’t deal with words. I was good in sports. I had good skills in dealing with people.” – Charles Schwab
No. 10 – Sir Richard Branson
Net Worth: $5.1 billion
Dyslexic Billionaires Source of wealth: Virgin Group
When he was in school, many of his teachers considered him stupid and lazy.
“I was dyslexic, I had no understanding of schoolwork whatsoever. I certainly would have failed IQ tests. And it as one of the reasons I left school when I was 15 years old. And if I – If I’m not interested in something, I don’t grasp it.” – Sir Richard Branson
No. 11 – Kerry Packer
Net Worth: $4.8 billion (estimated today’s worth)
Dyslexic Billionaires Source of wealth: Australian Media Tycoon
“A very wise old man who taught me about TV once told me if you can be right 60 percent of the time, you’ll own the world. “ – Kerry Packer
No. 12 – Reyn Guyer
Net Worth: $4.4 billion (estimated today’s worth)
Source of wealth: The creator of the NERF ball and TWISTER
Guyer’s struggled with basic reading problems and writing as a child. He didn’t find out about his diagnosis until one of his daughters was diagnosed in her teenage years. All of a sudden, while listening to the results of her educational assessment, he realised that the psychologist was describing his own difficulties.
No. 13 – David H. Murdock
Net Worth: $3.5 billion
Dyslexic Billionaires Source of wealth: American Businessman
Murdock had dyslexia, though no one initially realized it. He never managed grades better than D’s and dropped out of school at age 14.
“Everybody laughed at me, they thought I was an imbecile.” – David H. Murdock
No. 14 – Ingvar Kamprad
Net Worth: $3.4 billion
Dyslexic Billionaires Source of wealth: IKEA
This led to a situation when he had difficulties remembering the order numbers of his own products. This is actually not a business challenge but a personal disadvantage. However, Kamprad’s solution to his problem provides interesting insights into his personality as a leader. Instead of ignoring or delegating this issue he came up with a creative idea.
Normally products would be identified by some kind of code. The code would give indications about the nature and origin of the item but only to the educated user. However as Ingvar Kamprad had dyslexia, he would have difficulties with any sort of code. He decided to use names instead of code. Beds, wardrobes and hall furniture would be named after Norwegian places. Chairs and desks would get men’s names. Materials and curtains received women’s names and garden furniture would be identified by the names of Swedish islands.
“Only those who are asleep make no mistakes.” – Ingvar Kamprad
No. 15 – William Wrigley Jr
Net Worth: $2.6 billion
Dyslexic Billionaires Source of wealth: Chewing Gum
“Nothing great was ever achieved without enthusiasm.” – William Wrigley Jr
No. 16 – Ted Turner
Net Worth: $2.2 billion
Dyslexic Billionaires Source of wealth: Founder of Cable News Network (CNN)
Turner had difficulty in school and soon discovered that certain subjects were challenging for him, like math and reading, while others he grew to like. He demonstrated a natural talent for business.
“The mind is just another muscle.” – Ted Turner
No. 17 – Lord Alan Sugar
Net Worth: $2.01 billion
Dyslexic Billionaires Source of wealth: Amstrad
Lord Sugar left school early to pursue his business interests, starting a market stall in London’s East End. Dyslexia has been no barrier to success.
“Don’t tell me you’re just like me. You’re not like me. I’m unique.” – Lord Alan Sugar
No. 18 – Craig McCaw
Net Worth: $1.86 billion
Dyslexic Billionaires Source of wealth: McCaw Cellular and Clearwire Corporation – pioneer in the cellular phone industry
“Growing up, I had trouble fitting in,”…”As a dyslexic, I don’t think like other people, so I didn’t fit very well in a clique.”
McCaw credits his ability to see circumstances from unique perspectives—to see, for example, the potential of cellular communications, an insight that seems obvious now but that was uncommon in its day—to the challenges of growing up dyslexic. “Dyslexia forced me to be quite conceptual, because I’m not very good at details,”…”And because I’m not good at details, I tend to be rather spatial in my thinking-oriented to things in general terms, rather than the specific. That allows you to step back and take in the big picture. I feel blessed about that.” – Craig McCaw
No. 19 – David Neeleman
Net Worth: $1.6 billion
Dyslexic Billionaires Source of wealth: Founded four commercial airlines, Morris Air, Westjet, JetBlue Airways and Azul Brazilian Airlines
“I knew I had strengths that other people didn’t have, and my parents reminded me of them when my teachers didn’t see them…I can distill complicated facts and come up with simple solutions. I can look out on an industry with all kinds of problems and say, ‘How can I do this better?” – David Neeleman
No. 20 – O.D. McKee
Net Worth: $1.5 billion
Dyslexic Billionaires Source of wealth: McKee Foods Corporation
The founder of McKee Foods Corporation, O.D. never finished college because of his dyslexia. Still, that didn’t stop him from founding a small bakery with his wife, Ruth, that eventually turned into a hugely successful business.
No. 21 – Kerry Stokes
Net Worth: $1.15 billion
Dyslexic Billionaires Source of wealth: Australian Businessman
Young Stokes frequently felt the strap at school when he misspelt words and turned in poorly written work. His teachers could see that he was bright so assumed his disability, diagnosed decades later as dyslexia, was the product of laziness or disrespect. He left school at 14.
“It’s very hard work. Words are not my skill and because they’re not my skill, I have to work doubly hard.” – Kerry Stokes
No. 22 – John Chambers
Net Worth: $1 billion
Dyslexic Billionaires Source of wealth: CISCO
For a long time, the CEO of Cisco kept his dyslexia a secret, but over the past decade has worked to make his difficulty with reading more public. What’s more, he likes to emphasise how the disability has often been an asset to him.
“I can’t explain why, but I just approach problems differently” – John Chambers