Top 20 universities for producing billionaires

Want to get rich? Well, you should consult this list of universities which have produced the most super-rich graduates

November 20, 2014

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

RankInstitutionCountryBillionaire Undergraduate Alumni
1University of PennsylvaniaUnited States25
2Harvard UniversityUnited States22
3Yale UniversityUnited States20
4University of Southern CaliforniaUnited States16
5Princeton UniversityUnited States14
6Cornell UniversityUnited States14
7Stanford UniversityUnited States14
8University of California, BerkeleyUnited States12
9University Of MumbaiIndia12
10London School of Economics and Political ScienceUnited Kingdom11
11Lomonosov Moscow State UniversityRussia11
12University of TexasUnited States10
13Dartmouth CollegeUnited States10
14University of MichiganUnited States10
15New York UniversityUnited States9
16Duke UniversityUnited States9
17Columbia UniversityUnited States8
18Brown UniversityUnited States8
19Massachusetts Institute of TechnologyUnited States7
20ETH ZürichSwitzerland6


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