Harvard Produces Most Fortune 500 CEOs

Tata Hall, the newest addition to the Harvard Business School campus, is slated for completion later this year.
Tata Hall, the newest addition to the Harvard Business School campus, is slated for completion later this year.

Harvard has graduated more students who went on to become Fortune 500 CEOs than any other university, beating out other top schools including Stanford and MIT. Cue the renewed snark towards Stanford followed by an ego-boost.

According to Money Magazine, which analyzed CEO alma maters using the S&P Global Market Intelligence database, ten current Fortune 500 CEOs graduated from Harvard College, more than any other undergraduate college.

Lloyd C. Blankfein ’75, CEO of Goldman Sachs, earned an A.B. in history from Harvard College and later a J.D. from Harvard Law School. This just goes to show if you are a confused history major struggling to find what you are going to do once you leave college, don’t rule out becoming a Fortune 500 CEO just yet.

Unfortunately, this number doesn't count Mark Zuckerberg, who founded Facebook in his Harvard dorm room but dropped out to work on his little startup.

By Connie Yan

Even more impressive, Harvard Business School educated 28 of the current Fortune 500 CEOs—nearly three time as the next highest graduate business programs, Wharton School at the University of Pennsylvania and Stanford Graduate School of Business. The likes of Jeffrey R. Immelt of General Electric and Jamie Dimon of J.P. Morgan Chase prepared to become business titans at HBS.

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