If you dream of someday putting the title of CEO onto your business card, then here are a list of schools you may want to look into. Each is proud to claim multiple CEOs, or Cheif Executive Officers, among their prestigious alumni. While they may run you $10,000- $50,000 a year in tuition fees, they provide an education that just might pay off in a big way.
5) Carleton College & Bowdoin College (Tie)
Carleton College and Bowdoin College may not be household names, but perhaps they should be, considering they’ve both produced two CEOs each. Carleton College is a private liberal arts college in Northfield, Minnesota, which is roughly 40 miles south of Minneapolis-Saint Paul. Bowdoin is also a private liberal arts college, which was founded in 1794 and is located in Brunswick, Maine.
4) University of Michigan-Ann Arbor & Imperial College (Tie)
The University of Michigan and Imperial College continue to run neck and neck for CEO graduates, currently boasting 3 apiece. Imperial College of London celebrates alumni such as Chew Choon Seng, the CEO of Singapore Airlines, and Ian Read, the CEO of Pfizer. U of M has produced such CEOS as Tom Wilson of Allstate Corporation and Timothy Sloan of Wells Fargo.
3) Texas A&M University & Cornell University (Tie)
If you’re looking to achieve CEO status, then Texas A&M and Cornell University are great places to hone your skills as well. Each of the schools have produced 4 CEOs, tying them for a place at number 3. Texas A&M has produced Fortune 500 CEOs such as Bruce D. Broussard of Humana, Greg C. Garland of Phillips 66, and Gregg M. Sherrill of Tenneco. Cornell has turned out CEO grads such as Carl Bass of Autodesk and Mark Bertolini of Aetna, as well as celebrities like Kurt Vonnegut, Bill Nye, and Jane Lynch.
2) University of Oxford & University of Cambridge (Tie)
Coming in at number two, we’ve got a tie between the UK’s oldest and most prestigious universities. Known for their notorious rivalry that dates back centuries, Oxford and Cambridge are none the less tied at the moment, having each produced five CEO alumni. Along with CEO’s, Oxford can boast 26 British Prime Ministers, 50 Nobel Prize leaders, and a variety of heads of state among its graduates. Cambridge has its own share of groundbreaking alumni including Stephen Hawking, Charles Darwin, Arianna Huffington, and Charles, Prince of Wales.
1) Harvard University
It may come as no surprise that if you want to be a CEO, graduating from Harvard is a pretty good place to start. With six CEO alumni, including Lloyd Blankfein of Goldman Sachs, Michael Corbat of Citigroup, and Kendall Powell of General Mills, Harvard ranks first in the CEO production race. Other notable graduates of Harvard include Michael Bloomberg, Barack & Michelle Obama, and former Facebook COO Sheryl Sandberg.