Revealed: the universities to attend to become a top CEO
Want to become a high-powered chief executive with a six-figure salary? You’re best bet is to go to Harvard University, which has produced six CEOs of the current top 100 companies in the US and Britain, more than any other rival institution.
If Harvard’s entry requirements are unachievable, the universities of Cambridge, Oxford, Cornell, Michigan, Imperial College London and Texas A&M all have track records of creating bosses of FTSE 100 and Fortune 100 companies.
But students don’t necessarily need to attend one of the world’s most prestigious universities to increase their chances of becoming a top businessman or woman.
South Africa’s Natal University and San Diego State University, both ranked between 401 and 500 of the top 1,000 universities in the Times Higher Education 2018 world university rankings, have each produced two top company bosses.
The University of Bath, which comes ranks between 251 and 300 in the top universities list, has also produced two top chief executives, who earn an average of £3m, according to analysis by domain registry provider The UK Domain.
The company crunched background data on all of the current FTSE 100 and Fortune 100 chief executives to find out where they went to university, what they studied and how much they earn.
It found that chief executives from Yale University in Connecticut earn the highest salaries – around £9.1m on average.
The business schools that have produced the most top bosses are Harvard Business School (9), Wharton School (6), Kellogg School of Management (5) and Stanford Graduate School of Business (3).
The research also found that the majority (62pc) of top flight chief executives are white males aged between 50 and 59, have a Capricorn star sign, and are born in the US.
Separate research last year by recruitment agency Aaron Wallis, which looked into the backgrounds of the richest 100 people in the world, found that those who studied engineering or business at university were more likely than their peers to become billionaires.Out of the 75 richest people with a degree, 22 studied engineering – including Amazon’s Bezos and Google’s Larry Page – while 16 studied business and 11 read finance and economics.
Thirty billionaires in the top 100 list either inherited or worked for a family business, while 17 started their own companies.