What to Study to Become a Billionaire?

You may be studying abroad in order meet pretty girls (or attractive guys), travel the world, or just get away from nagging parents. But for some students, the lure of leaving China and going out west is about making a few million (or even billion) dollars. Even though China has its own growth and booming industries, many locals feel that it is hard to create wealth of make money without having experience or a large base of capital to start.

On the other hand, students often here stories about people in North America striking it rich with just a shovel or more recently a laptop. The gold rush in the 1800′s gave way to the dot.com boom of the 1990′s and 2000′s.  While much of the noise around entrepreneurship and engineering came from the United States, there are a wide variety of several successful startups here in Canada as well.

No matter what type of startup you’re thinking about joining (or starting), the one similar thing about all of them is the need for an engineering degree and a technical background.

The below infographic features some of the most successful (and wealthy) entrepreneurs of the last decade – and the one thing they have in common is that they all work for or started tech companies.

The best way to develop the skillset needed to land a job at one of these fast-growing businesses is to study engineering.
Canada features some of the top engineering universities in the world, including Waterloo University, University of Toronto, University of British Columbia, and the University of Alberta.

If you’re lucky enough to be studying at one of these schools (and are interested in making the big bucks), you’d be well advised to pick up a technical degree like electrical engineering, computer science, information systems, or even applied mathematics or physics.
The next best option here seems to be studying finance or business.  Many of the top earners on the below list have undergraduate or masters degrees in business administration.
Well, you’re in luck here also – because Canada also features some of the world’s best business schools including the Queen’s School of Business, the Schulich School of Business, and The Richard Ivey School of Business at The University of Western Ontario.

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