Top-Ranked Business Schools With The Highest Number Of Fortune 100 CEOs

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The Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University has five times as many CEOs of Fortune 100 companies than Yale, Stern, and Fuqua School of Business, according to a new study out by the U.S. News & World Report.

The study found that among the CEOs who lead the Fortune 100 companies on the most recent list – 39 CEOs had an MBA degree on their resumes.

The MBA programs at Harvard and Kellogg School of Management produced the most Fortune 100 CEO: 5 MBA graduates each.

Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania was next, with 4 CEOs.

Two MBA programs that graduated Fortune 100 CEOs are based outside the U.S. – one at HEC Paris (école des Hautes Etudes Commerciales de Paris) in France and another at the Indian Institute of Management in Calcutta (IIM Calcutta) in India.

What sort of education does it take to climb to the top of America’s largest companies?

Here is a list of top-ranked business schools with the highest number of fortune 100 CEOs:

  1. Business school: Kellogg School of Management at the Northwestern University
    Number of Fortune 100 CEOs with MBA degrees from this school: 5
    Names and companies of those CEOs:

    Darren W. Woods (Apple)
    Thomas P. Hayes (Tyson Foods)
    Alex A. Molinaroli (Johnson Controls)
    Thomas J. Wilson (Allstate)
    John E. Schlifske (Northwestern Mutual)

  2. Business school: Harvard Business School at the Harvard University in Boston, Massachusetts
    Number of Fortune 100 CEOs with MBA degrees from this school: 5
    Names and companies of those CEOs:

    Mark Fields (Ford Motor Company)
    Jeffrey Immelt (General Electric)
    Steven A. Kandarian (MetLife)
    Donald H. Layton (Freddie Mac)
    James Dimon (JP Morgan)

  3. Business school: Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania
    Number of Fortune 100 CEOs with MBA degrees from this school: 4
    Names and companies of those CEOs:

    Alex Gorsky (Johnson & Johnson)
    William J. Delaney III (Sysco)
    Phebe N. Novakovic (General Dynamics)
    Roger W. Crandall (Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance)

  4. Business school: Stanford Graduate School of Business at Stanford University
    Number of Fortune 100 CEOs with MBA degrees from this school: 2
    Names and companies of those CEOs:

    Mary T. Barra (General Motors)
    Jeff Bewkes (Time Warner)

  5. Business school: Booth School of Business at University of Chicago
    Number of Fortune 100 CEOs with MBA degrees from this school: 2
    Names and companies of those CEOs:

    Satya Nadella (Microsoft)
    John S. Watson (Chevron)

  6. Business school: Samuel Curtis Johnson Graduate School of Management at Cornell University
    Number of Fortune 100 CEOs with MBA degrees from this school: 2
    Names and companies of those CEOs:

    Mark T. Bertolini (Aetna)
    Irene B. Rosenfeld (Mondelez International)

  7. Business school: Yale School of Management at Yale University
    Number of Fortune 100 CEOs with MBA degrees from this school: 1
    Names and companies of those CEOs: Indra Nooyi (PepsiCo)

  8. Business school: Barney School of Business at University of Hartford.
    Number of Fortune 100 CEOs with MBA degrees from this school: 1
    Names and companies of those CEOs: David M. Cordani (Cigna)

  9. Business school: Leonard N. Stern School of Business at New York University (Stern)
    Number of Fortune 100 CEOs with MBA degrees from this school: 1
    Names and companies of those CEOs: George S. Barrett (Cardinal Health)

  10. Business school: Darden School of Business at University of Virginia
    Number of Fortune 100 CEOs with MBA degrees from this school: 1
    Names and companies of those CEOs: John R. Strangfeld Jr. (Prudential)

  11. Business school:  Stephen M. Ross School of Business at University of Michigan
    Number of Fortune 100 CEOs with MBA degrees from this school: 1
    Names and companies of those CEOs: Timothy J. Sloan (Wells Fargo)

  12. Business school: Xavier University – Williams College of Business
    Number of Fortune 100 CEOs with MBA degrees from this school: 1
    Names and companies of those CEOs: John H. Hammergren (McKesson)

  13. Business school: School of Business Administration : University of Dayton, Ohio
    Number of Fortune 100 CEOs with MBA degrees from this school: 1
    Names and companies of those CEOs: Gary R. Heminger (Marathon Petroleum)

  14. Business school: Collins College of Business – The University of Tulsa
    Number of Fortune 100 CEOs with MBA degrees from this school: 1
    Names and companies of those CEOs: C. Doug McMillon (Wal-Mart Stores Inc.)

  15. Business school: Fuqua School of Business at Duke University
    Number of Fortune 100 CEOs with MBA degrees from this school: 1
    Names and companies of those CEOs: Tim Cook (Apple)

  16. Business school: Olin Business School – Washington University in St. Louis
    Number of Fortune 100 CEOs with MBA degrees from this school: 1
    Names and companies of those CEOs: Carl M. Casale (CHS)

  17. Business school: Owen Graduate School of Management – Vanderbilt University
    Number of Fortune 100 CEOs with MBA degrees from this school: 1
    Names and companies of those CEOs: W. Douglas Parker (American Airlines)

  18. Business school: C. T. Bauer College of Business at the University of Houston
    Number of Fortune 100 CEOs with MBA degrees from this school: 1
    Names and companies of those CEOs: Bruce D. Broussard (Humana)

  19. Business school: School of Business and Leadership (SBL) at Our Lady of the Lake University
    Number of Fortune 100 CEOs with MBA degrees from this school: 1
    Names and companies of those CEOs: Joseph Gorder (Valero Energy)

  20. Business school: UCLA Anderson School of Management
    Number of Fortune 100 CEOs with MBA degrees from this school: 1
    Names and companies of those CEOs: Brian C. Cornell (Target)

  21. Business school: David Eccles School of Business at the University of Utah
    Number of Fortune 100 CEOs with MBA degrees from this school: 1
    Names and companies of those CEOs: Gregory J. Goff (Tesoro)

  22. Business school: School of Business at University of San Diego
    Number of Fortune 100 CEOs with MBA degrees from this school: 1
    Names and companies of those CEOs: Lowell C. McAdam (Verizon)

  23. Business school:  Graziadio School of Business and Management (Graziadio Business School) at Pepperdine University
    Number of Fortune 100 CEOs with MBA degrees from this school: 1
    Names and companies of those CEOs: Oscar Munoz (United Continental Holdings)

  24. Business school: HEC Paris or école des Hautes Etudes Commerciales de Paris
    Number of Fortune 100 CEOs with MBA degrees from this school: 1
    Names and companies of those CEOs: Alain Monie (Ingram Micro)

  25. Business school: Indian Institute of Management in Calcutta (IIM Calcutta), India
    Number of Fortune 100 CEOs with MBA degrees from this school: 1
    Names and companies of those CEOs: Indra K. Nooyi (PepsiCo)
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