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How to earn billions... study engineering!

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How to earn billions... study engineering!

Engineering is the most common degree among the world's top billionaires, researchers say.


More than a fifth of the 100 wealthiest people studied the subject, which accounts for twice as many billionaires' university courses as the next most popular choice – business.


Engineering graduates are also the richest among their prosperous peers.


They have an average wealth of £17.3 billion, compared with a net worth of £16.1 billion for those without a degree and £15.1 billion for those who studied finance.


The findings will add weight to calls for more youngsters to consider studying engineering, which has traditionally been seen as less popular than arts subjects.


Last year, education charity Sutton Trust found those taking engineering can earn 55 per cent – or £8,000 – more than design and creative arts graduates six months after leaving university.


Yesterday's results will also bolster calls for more children to study science and maths A-levels – which are typically needed to take an engineering degree.


Recent figures show only 19 per cent of girls who scored an A* in GCSE physics chose the subject as one of their A-levels. For boys, the figure was just under half.


Last year, Education Secretary Nicky Morgan called on schools and parents to encourage more children to choose maths, science and technology.


She said too many young people were making subject choices aged 15 that were 'holding them back for the rest of their lives'.


The latest findings, by business-to-business buying platform Approved Index, found business degrees were the second most popular among the world's wealthiest.

最新的调查结果由企业对企业交易平台Approved Index网站研究得出.结果显示,世界上最富有的人攻读的第二普遍专业是商务专业.

Just 9 per cent read an arts subject at university, 8 per cent studied economics and 3 per cent opted for finance.


The university wher the degree is studied can also have an impact on earnings. An Oxbridge education bumps up a starting salary by £7,600, according to the Sutton Trust. A separate study found a degree from the London Business School is the most lucrative for British alumni.


There are 2,325 billionaires in the world with a combined net worth of $7.29 trillion (£4.89 trillion).


The latest research analysed their education by examining Forbes magazine's list of the richest 100 people in the world.


However, the report suggests multi-millionaires in the making might be better off starting out straight from school, as almost a third of those on the list do not have degrees.


Microsoft founder Bill Gates, the wealthiest person in the world, with a fortune of around £53billion, dropped out of his studies at Harvard University.

微软创始人比尔·盖茨(Bill Gates)是世界上最富有的人,财富达530亿英镑,而他就是从哈佛大学辍学的.

Mark Zuckerberg, creator of Facebook, also left the university before finishing his degree. He is now worth £22.4 billion.

马克·扎克伯格(Mark Zuckerberg)是Facebook的创建者,也在没有完成学业就离开了大学校园.现在,他的财富有224亿英镑.

Amy Catlow, director of Approved Index, said: 'These findings add a new dimension to the debate about the relevance and value of a degree today and suggest that in order to have a thriving and diverse economy, we need to encourage a varied range of specialisms.'

Approved Index网站总监艾米·卡罗(Amy Catlow)表示,"此次研究为权衡学历的价值供给了新的标准,为了让经济蓬勃发展且具有多样性,我们该当激励人们的个性化发展".

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