Where the CEOs Go: The Five Universities That Produce the Most CEOs

Sloane | October 8, 2013

It goes without saying that in order to make it into the top tax bracket it helps to have a college degree. Of course there are a few college dropouts who made it to the big time (i.e. Richard Branson, Steve Jobs, and Bill Gates) but the majority of CEOs and millionaire businessmen and women have illustrious collegiate careers behind them. And the top one percent didn’t just go to the community college down the street. No, these men and women graduated at the top of their class from the best universities in the world. Based on the alma maters of Fortune Global 500 CEOs the Times Higher Education (TME) just released a list of the universities around the world that produce the most CEOs. TME determined the university rankings using: “the total number of degrees awarded to CEOs; the total number of CEO alumni; [and] the total revenue of the alumni CEOs’ companies.” No matter what job you’re applying for, having one of the following five universities on your CV will certainly push you to the top of the pile:


#5) Cornell University


Pictured: Cornell University

Undergrad Tuition Price: $45,130.00/ year

Number of CEOs: 6

Total Revenue of CEOs: $375.3 billion

CEO Alumni: Citigroup CEO Sanford Weill , Kraft Foods CEO Irene Rosenfeld , Aetna CEO Mark Bertolini, S.C. Johnson & Son CEO Fisk Johnson, Sprint Nextel CEO Dan Hesse, Verizon CEO Lowell McAdam, Mastercard CEO Robert Selander, Coors Brewing Company CEO Adolph Coors


4) Massachusetts Institute of Technology


Pictured: Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Undergrad Tuition Price: $59,020/ year

Number of CEOs: 7

Total Revenue of CEOs: $428.5 billion

CEO Alumni: Drew Houston- CEO of Dropbox, Carly Fiorina- former CEO of Hewlett-Packard, Alan Mulally- CEO of Ford Motor Company


3) University of Pennsylvania 


Pictured: University of Pennsylvania

Undergrad Tuition Price: $61,800/ year

Number of CEOs: 8

Total Revenue of CEOs: $405.4 billion

CEO Alumni: David Montgomery- CEO of the Philadelphia Phillies, Laura J. Alber- CEO of Williams-Sonoma, Matt Blank- CEO of Showtime, Warren Buffett- CEO of Berkshire Hathaway


2) Stanford University 



Pictured: Stanford University

Undergrad Tuition Price: $56,920/ year

Number of CEOs: 11

Total Revenue of CEOs: $492.5 billion

CEO Alumni: Craig Barrett- former CEO of Intel, Richard Fairbank- CEO of Capital One, Phil Knight- CEO of Nike, Henry McKinnell- CEO of Pfizer


1) Harvard University


Pictured: Harvard University

Undergrad Tuition Price: $65,150/ year

Number of CEOs: 25

Total Revenue of CEOs: $1,548.3 billion

CEO Alumni: Tony Hsieh- CEO of Zappos.com, Steve Ballmer- CEO of Microsoft, Lloyd Blankfein- CEO of Goldman Sachs, Jamie Dimon- CEO of JPMorgan Chase, Jeffrey R. Immelt- CEO of General Electric



About the Author

Written by Sloane

Before joining PlentyofCheddar.com, Sloane worked as a freelance writer and illustrator for a variety of clients. She attended University of Missouri where she majored in English. Her work has been published in literary magazines, newspapers, and textbooks. She currently resides in Miami, Florida. You can learn more about me on Google +

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