Teenager’s business gets him out of school


Last year the government raised the age limit for compulsory education from 16 to 18 years, but 16 year old Robbin Robijn probably could care less. He no longer has to go to school, because the government has just given him an exemption. Reason: the success of his company. Robijn, living in a village called De Kiel in Drenthe, turned 16 last month, and for the past year has been selling microcars of a type known as brommobiel—a car that’s legally a moped, and that’s not allowed to go faster than 45 kph.

The teenager discovered a market for microcars when he bought one off the internet last year, fixed it, and sold it for a handy profit. “Selling is in my blood,” he told Z24, “I’ve been doing it since I was ten. First chickens and rabbits, and now microcars.”

Photo: a Grecav Eke pick-up microcar, by FaceMePLS, some rights reserved.


  1. Neil says:

    It’s not equivalent but it’s telling, Bill Gates left Harvard after a year or two to start Microsoft. Some people are industrious enough to seek their own path without a more thorough education. Good for the government to have given him an exemption.

  2. Hah, BillG failed Harvard, haha! Even George Double-chimp Bush managed to finish Harvard!

    Or at least that’s what a Microsofthater person critical of Microsoft would say.

  3. Neil says:

    Good one Branko. I don’t know if Gates was getting bad grade, though but I do know Bush was getting C and B- grades at Yale.

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