There are plenty of examples of people who have made their millions without ever attending university, but research into the wealthiest people in the world has found that the majority hold at least a bachelor’s degree.
In fact, according to the Wealth-X and UBS Billionaire Census 2014, just 35 per cent of the world’s billionaires have no higher education qualification. Of those that do, 21 per cent have gone on to get an MBA, and 11 per cent hold a PhD.
So with this in mind, which universities are top of the list when it comes to producing billionaires? Most of the top 20 (16, in fact) are in the US. This is not simply because the US has more billionaires resident than any other country - more than a quarter of the billionaire graduates who obtained their bachelor’s degrees from these top US institutions born outside of the United States. The UK boasts just one university in the top 20.
Without further ado, here are the top 20 universities in the world for producing billionaires (and, where applicable, a link to the most relevant Times Higher Education World University Rankings page).
Top 20 universities for producing billionaires
|Rank||Institution||Country||Billionaire Undergraduate Alumni|
|1||University of Pennsylvania||United States||25|
|2||Harvard University||United States||22|
|3||Yale University||United States||20|
|4||University of Southern California||United States||16|
|5||Princeton University||United States||14|
|6||Cornell University||United States||14|
|7||Stanford University||United States||14|
|8||University of California, Berkeley||United States||12|
|9||University Of Mumbai||India||12|
|10||London School of Economics and Political Science||United Kingdom||11|
|11||Lomonosov Moscow State University||Russia||11|
|12||University of Texas||United States||10|
|13||Dartmouth College||United States||10|
|14||University of Michigan||United States||10|
|15||New York University||United States||9|
|16||Duke University||United States||9|
|17||Columbia University||United States||8|
|18||Brown University||United States||8|
|19||Massachusetts Institute of Technology||United States||7|