Top 10 Universities With The Richest Alumni

Tyler Durden's picture

As student loan bailouts rain down from Washington, we thought it may be useful to consider where the world's wealthiest University alumni are. As Private Wealth reports, following a survey of 70,000 millionaires around the world, eight of the top ten universities with the highest number of rich alumni are based in the U.S., with the U.K. home to the other two. Engineering degrees produced the most millionaires, although most engineering grads made money as entrepreneurs, the study revealed. MBAs, law, accounting, and finance degrees also led to financial success.


The universities with the richest alumni are as follows, with number one producing the most.

No. 10 - University of Pennsylvania

Billionaire Warren Buffett is an alumni of this university as is businessman and investor Ronald Perelman.


No. 9 - University of Cambridge

Famed physicist Stephen Hawking earned a degree here, as did journalist and entrepreneur Arianna Huffington.


No. 8 - New York University

Actor and director Woody Allen graduated from NYU, as did actor Billy Crystal and fashion designer Tom Ford.


No. 7 - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

MIT-educated astronauts have been included in more than a third of the nation's space flights, including Edwin "Buzz" Aldrin and Catherine Coleman. Alfred Sloan, former chairman of General Motors, earned his degree here in 1895.

No. 6 - University of Oxford

Twenty-six British prime ministers graduated from this institution. King Abdullah II of Jordan earned a degree here, as did 50 Nobel Prize winners.


No. 5 - Columbia University

Hollywood producer David O. Selznick and fashion designer Mary McFadden graduated from this New York City university.

No. 4 - University of California

Former chief justice of the U.S. Supreme Court Earl Warren and Tom Anderson, co-founder of Myspace, are among the notable graduates of the Berkeley, Calif., campus.


No. 3 - Stanford University

The founders of Internet search site Google -- Sergey Brin and Larry Page -- are alums of Stanford, as is actress Sigourney Weaver.


No. 2 - Harvard Business School

Michael Bloomberg, former New York City mayor and founder of Bloomberg LP, earned a degree here, as did David Rockefeller, who went on to become the CEO of Chase Manhattan Bank.


No. 1 - Harvard University

The oldest university in the country claims President Barack Obama and former President John F. Kennedy among its graduates. Famous dropouts include billionaires Bill Gates, co-founder of Microsoft, and Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook.


Source: Private Wealth

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DerdyBulls's picture

So what. I have a friend who went to Harvard who told me the hardest thing about his experience with Harvard was getting in.

Ignatius's picture

The real key is elite private boarding schools, not universities.

Andover, Trinity, Horace Mann, Choate, Episcopal, Roxbury Latin, Exeter, etc..

economics9698's picture

The course material is all more or less the same.  How many ways can you teach calculus?

What changed from 1952 to 1960 was the concentration of extremely high IQ individuals.  In 1952 Harvard was just like any run of the mill college.  Talent was spread out all over the USA. 

By 1960 that had chanced with a huge influx of talent to a select few schools, Harvard being one of them.

Recruiters are paying for the IQ, not the coarse material.

Ignatius's picture

Like the Mormon dude said, "Bring 'em anyway you want to, just 'brigham young'.

IQ is one thing while preening future political elites is another.


mvsjcl's picture

Preening? Perhaps you meant indoctrinating?

Vampyroteuthis infernalis's picture

High IQ means nothing. I spent several years with these type of university graduates and if they are know-it-alls, in the end they know little to nothing. Educated idiots.

SeventhCereal's picture

"how many ways can you teach calculus" LOL.  you just don't know what this game is about.  clueless, they have you in the palm of their hand.

therover's picture

Thurston Howell III went to Harvard. Enough said.

economics9698's picture

Obama has him beat in the dumb ass department.

Dr. Destructo's picture


More prolefeed.

Why not give us a top 10 of birds that go "tweet" instead or "squawk"?

I am a Man I am Forty's picture

Stanford's cool, fuck the rest.

Wait What's picture

cardinal, not cardinals.

*he says with a raised pinky*

ken's picture

"No. 4 - University of California"

Wait What's picture

that's what I said.

i thought they were all socialists over there.

redistribution for you, but not for me!!

... maybe it's been a while since I've been on the campus, but that pic isn't UC, it's UCSD, unless Tyler is taking all UC campuses(8) and calling them "UC," in which case whatevs.

DaveyJones's picture

Ted Kaczynski went to Harvard.

I think that sums it up best

Grouchy Marx's picture

Yah, I noticed that all the Harvard alums listed in the article are terrorists in their own right, so I'm not surprised about Ted.

Wait What's picture

who's Ted Kaczy?ski? had to look that one up.

"Good Will Hunting"

orangegeek's picture

Ted Kaczynski was also a prof at Berkley - double whammy!!

brown_hornet's picture

Its not what you know, it's who you blow.

Salah's picture

Forrest Gump---$40 billion, University of Alabama

Salah's picture

Forrest Gump---$40 billion, University of Alabama

zjxn06's picture

Buffett attended Wharton but transferred to, and graduated from, the University of Nebraska, Lincoln.  He later received an MBA from Columbia.

chinoslims's picture
"Top 10 Universities With The Richest Alumni"

That's synonymous with New World Order, right?

boogerbently's picture

Where is Yale on that list ?

IridiumRebel's picture

Yeah! Just a quarter mil to go to these "institutions". I should know. My wife has a Masters from #5 I'll be paying for until I'm dead as fuck.

chinoslims's picture

Look at all those beautiful campuses.  How much of that was paid for by government subsidized student loans?  Great, my tax money is used to keep the grass so green and upkeep of those beautiful buildings.

SF beatnik's picture

Woody Allen dropped out of NYU, as did J.D. Salinger. (Moi, aussi... very bored at NYU.)  

EastCoast90's picture

Harvard, Yale, Princeton, Stanford, Oxford, and Cambridge are the schools for the next generation of elites.

zhandax's picture

Looks like they did OK by the current generation of elites.

Grouchy Marx's picture

Power, money, influence get concentrated, nothing new.

Jam Akin's picture

Being a "millionaire" in $ terms certainly ain't what it used to be.  How about they re-run the survey at the 100x or 1000x level.

SeventhCereal's picture

the majority of americans have not even made $500k in revenues for themselves by age 40.  Having to make $2 million pretax I'd say is still a pretty darn good feat.

saints51's picture

All look like a waste of good farming property.

assistedliving's picture

Surrounded by (poison) Ivy and a sister (Barnard/MIT) i can tell

u sitting here on the UWS (Columbia) listening to these arrogant,

privileged, entitled arselochers, i will admit they are learned but its all about connections.  Drug and otherwise!  no, seriously, they are smart, driven but stressed out nerdniks.

i'm doing OK...dark sheep and all and a proud UCONN husky.