If you harbour ambitions to be a CEO at a FTSE 100 or Fortune 100 company, then heading to Harvard University would probably be your best bet.
According to data collected by The UK Domain, Harvard University produced six of the top CEOs in the US and the UK using the FTSE 100 and the Fortune 100 as the dataset.
Nine of the CEOs had also studied at Harvard Business School, making it the most successful business school at producing top CEOs.
The Wharton Business School at the University of Pennsylvania came in second, with six graduates, followed by the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University, with five chief executives.
The most popular degree choice for the top CEOs was economics, with 28 having chosen to study this social science. The second most popular subject was business administration, with 21 of the CEOs having studied this. Other popular subjects were accounting (eight), business (seven), electrical engineering (seven), engineering (seven), law (seven), finance (six), mathematics (six), chemistry (four) and history (four).
Which universities produce the most top CEOs?
|University||Number of graduates|
|University of Cambridge||5|
|University of Oxford||5|
|Texas A&M University||4|
|Imperial College London||3|
|University of Michigan||3|
Which business schools produce the most top CEOs?
|Business School||Number of graduates|
|Harvard Business School||9|
|Wharton School, University of Pennsylvania||6|
|Kellogg School of Management||5|
|Stanford Graduate School of Business||3|
|Booth School of Business, University of Chicago||2|
|Columbia Business School||2|
|London Business School||2|
|Rotterdam Business School||2|
What are the most popular degrees?
|Degree||Number of graduates|
The main source for each CEO’s degree and alma mater was their biography page on Bloomberg. This information was correct at the time of data collection in January 2018.