The 12 American Universities That Produce The Most CEOs

Harvard Business School graduationREUTERS/Brian SnyderStudents cheer at the Harvard Business School graduation ceremony

If you want to be the Chief Executive Officer of a major company, where you went to school matters, according to a new list from Times Higher Education.

THE recently compiled a list of the universities around the world that produce the most CEOs, based on the alma maters of Fortune Global 500 CEOs.

From the list and speaking with both academics and businesspeople, THE found that — regardless of your major — “the presence of the right institution on your CV reassures potential employers about your likely aptitude for the job.

According to THE’s methodology, university rankings were determined using “the total number of degrees awarded to CEOs; the total number of CEO alumni; [and] the total revenue of the alumni CEOs’ companies.

We’ve included all of this information for the top American schools, as well as the U.S. News and World Report’s rankings of undergraduate and graduate business programs. We have also included a few CEO alumni from every school on our list.

Harvard topped THE’s list — both for international and American universities. The school has 25 alumni CEOs currently, more than double the next American university on the list.

#12 New York University

Number of Degrees Awarded: 4

Number of CEOs: 4

Total Revenue of CEOs: $US327.1 Billion

U.S. News Rankings: #5 Undergraduate, #10 MBA

Notable Alumni: Robert Greifeld (NASDAQ), Chris Policinski (Land O'Lakes), Alan Weinberger (ASCII Group)

#10 Southern Methodist University

Number of Degrees Awarded: 5

Number of CEOs: 4

Total Revenue of CEOs: $US575.3 Billion

U.S. News Rankings: #40 Undergraduate, #52 MBA

Notable alumni: Aart J. de Geus (Synopsys), C. David Cush (Virgin America), Edward B. Rust Jr. (State Farm Insurance)

#9 Yale University

Number of Degrees Awarded: 6

Number of CEOs: 6

Total Revenue of CEOs: $US330.5 Billion

U.S. News Rankings: N/A Undergraduate, #13 MBA

Notable alumni: Ellis Jones (Wasserstein Perella & Co.), James McNerney (Boeing Company), Stephen A. Schwarzman (Blackstone Group)

#8 Columbia University

Number of Degrees Awarded: 6

Number of CEOs: 6

Total Revenue of CEOs: $US545.7 Billion

U.S. News Rankings: N/A Undergraduate, #8 MBA

Notable alumni: Ursula Burns (Xerox), Michael Gould (Bloomingdale's), César Alierta (Telefónica)

#6 University of Chicago

Number of Degrees Awarded: 7

Number of CEOs: 6

Total Revenue of CEOs: $US489.9 Billion

U.S. News Rankings: N/A Undergraduate, #6 MBA

Notable alumni: Brady Dougan (Crédit Suisse Group), J. Patrick Doyle (Domino's Pizza), Mark Hoplamazian (Hyatt Hotels Corporation)

#4 Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Number of Degrees Awarded: 9

Number of CEOs: 7

Total Revenue of CEOs: $US428.5 Billion

U.S. News Rankings: #2 Undergraduate, #4 MBA

Notable alumni: Charles Koch (Koch Industries), Drew Houston (Dropbox), Alan Mulally (Ford Motor Company)

#3 University of Pennsylvania

Number of Degrees Awarded: 9

Number of CEOs: 8

Total Revenue of CEOs: $US405.4 Billion

U.S. News Rankings: #1 Undergraduate, #3 MBA

Notable alumni: Jeff Weiner (LinkedIn), Harold McGraw III (McGraw Hill Financial), Steve Wynn (Wynn Resorts)

#2 Stanford University

Number of Degrees Awarded: 13

Number of CEOs: 11

Total Revenue of CEOs: $US492.5 Billion

U.S. News Rankings: N/A Undergraduate, #1 MBA

Notable alumni: Reed Hastings (Netflix), Rodney O'Neal (Delphi Automotive), Richard Fairbank (Capital One)

#1 Harvard University

Number of Degrees Awarded: 31

Number of CEOs: 25

Total Revenue of CEOs: $US1,548.3 Billion

U.S. News Rankings: N/A Undergraduate, #1 MBA

Notable alumni: Steve Ballmer (Microsoft), Lloyd Blankfein (Goldman Sachs), Jamie Dimon (JPMorgan Chase)

Now that you know where the CEOs went to school...

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