Harvard Tops the Fortune 500 CEOs by College List

Fortune 500 CEOs-by-College

What Schools Produce the Most CEOs

Let’s have an insight into what it takes to groom business leaders.

For business leaders, advanced degrees from school of business can be an advantage. Although, most CEO do not have an advanced degree even if it could be an advantage to them. In this article, we analyze how many CEOs have earned degrees and which schools made the most CEOs.

Kind of Degree CEOs Have

Research revealed that 25% of CEOs have Bachelor Degrees only. 3.2% dropped out of school while 3.8% never had college education. Over 65% had an MBA or other higher level of graduate education. Of these, 40% had a Masters in Business Administration, 28% have some other degree other than the MBA, and 10% of one tenth had a degree in Law. Law is the most common non-MBA program studied by CEOs.

The CEO Makers

Here is a list of the top 13 schools of Fortune 500 CEOs.

• Harvard University has produced 65 CEOs of Fortune 500 companies with Meg Whitman of HP as the most prominent Alumni.

• Stanford has produced 25 CEOs with Miles White of Abbott Laboratories as the most notable alumni.

• University of Pennsylvania has produced 24 CEOs with Steven Tamares of Bed Bath and Beyond as the most notable alumni.

• Columbia has produced 18 CEOs of Fortune 500 companies with Warren Buffet as the most notable Alumni.

• University of Michigan has produced 14 CEOs with John Faraci of International Paper as the most notable alumni.

• Norte Dame has produced 14 with James Rohr of PNC financial service group as the most notable alumni.

• University of Virginia has produced 14 CEOs with Thomas Farell II of Dominion Resources as the most notable alumni.

• Cornell has produced 13 CEOs with Irene Rosenfeld of Mondelez International as the most notable alumni.

• Dartmouth has produced 12 CEOs of Fortune 500 companies with John Donahoe of eBay as the most notable alumni.

• Indiana has produced 11 CEOs with Jeff Fettig of Whirlpool as the most notable alumni.

• North Western has produced 11 CEOs with Ginni Rometty of IBM as the most notable alumni.

• Rutgers has produced 11 CEOs with Sherilyn McCoy of Avon as the most notable alumni.

• MIT has produced 10 CEOs of Fortune 500 companies with Alan Mulally of Ford as the most prominent alumni.

Successful Drop Outs

Here are a few college drop outs who became successful without a college degree.

Ralph Lauren: He studied business for two years at Baruch College and started designing necklaces for men after he dropped out of school. He expanded the design of a full product line of men’s wear.

Sheldon Adelson: In less than two years, he dropped out of the City College of New York where he was studying corporate finance. He is the present billionaire CEO of Las Vegas Sands Corporation.

Michael Dell: In the room of his dormitory, Michael formed Dell Inc. at the University of Texas with $100 in 1984. In his first year of business, he dropped out of school after recording $6 million in sales. In 1992, Michael was recognized as the youngest CEO of a Fortune 500 company.

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