Among the top 100 CEOs in the Fortune 500 companies, only 31 CEOs have an MBA degree. Those who did earn an M.B.A. degree didn’t necessarily attend a top-ranked business school. Many of these chief executives earned their MBA degrees from business schools that did not receive a rank in the CEOWORLD magazine’s Best Business Schools rankings. For example, Chairman and CEO of American Express Co Stephen J Squeri earned his MBA degree from the O’Malley School of Business at Manhattan College, which has an unranked full-time master of business administration (MBA) program.
There are 22 business schools whose MBA alumni are leading one of the top 100 companies on the Fortune 500 list, and a handful of these b-schools have more than one MBA recipient in this position.
There are also some CEOs who attended MBA programs outside the United States, including PepsiCo Chairman and CEO Ramon Laguarta, who received his MBA from the ESADE Business School in Spain.
The four business schools that graduated 2 or more CEOs who now lead one of the top 100 companies on the Fortune 500 list are Harvard Business School (4 CEOs), the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (3 CEOs), the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University (2 CEOs), the Stanford Graduate School of Business Stanford (2 CEOs) and Columbia Business School (2 CEOs).
Here’s where top 100 CEOs on the Fortune 500 earned their MBAs
- Harvard Business School (4 CEOs): James Dimon (JPMorgan Chase & Co.); H. Lawrence Culp, Jr. (General Electric Co.); Charles F. Lowrey (Prudential Financial Inc.), Darius Adamczyk (Honeywell International Inc.)
- Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania (3 CEOs): Alex Gorsky (Johnson & Johnson), Roger W. Crandall (Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance), Phebe N. Novakovic (General Dynamics Corp.)
- Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University (2 CEOs): Darren W. Woods (Exxon Mobil Corp.) and Thomas J. Wilson (The Allstate Corp.)
Stanford Graduate School of Business Stanford GSB (2 CEOs): Mary T. Barra (General Motors Co.) and Richard D. Fairbank (Capital One Financial Corp.)
- Columbia University (2 CEOs): Gail Koziara Boudreaux (Anthem Inc) and Warren Buffett (Berkshire Hathaway)
- University of Chicago Booth School of Business (1 CEO): Satya Nadella (Microsoft Corp.)
- Fuqua School of Business of Duke University (1 CEO): Tim Cook (Apple Inc.)
- Pepperdine Graziadio Business School, also known as, Graziadio School (1 CEO): Oscar Munoz (United Continental Holdings Inc.)
- The University of Nevada, Las Vegas (1 CEO): Samuel N. Hazen (HCA Healthcare Inc.)
- Our Lady of the Lake University (1 CEO): Joseph Gorder (Valero Energy Corp.)
- The C.T. Bauer College of Business of the University of Houston (1 CEO): Bruce D. Broussard (Humana Inc.)
- Oklahoma City University (1 CEO): Noel White (Tyson Foods Inc.)
- Collins College of Business of the University of Tulsa (1 CEO): Doug McMillon (Walmart Inc.)
- Emory University’s Goizueta Business School (1 CEO): Marvin Ellison (Lowe’s Cos.)
- Owen Graduate School of Management of Vanderbilt University (1 CEO): W. Douglas Parker (American Airlines Group Inc.)
- University of Dayton (1 CEO): Gary R. Heminger (Marathon Petroleum Corp.)
- The Stephen M. Ross School of Business of the University of Michigan—Ann Arbor (1 CEO): Vivek Sankaran (Albertsons Companies Inc.)
- University of Wisconsin—Madison (1 CEO): Jay Debertin (CHS Inc.)
- O’Malley School of Business at Manhattan College (1 CEO): Stephen Squeri (American Express Co.)
- Barney School of Business at the University of Hartford (1 CEO): David M. Cordani (Cigna Corp.)
- Binghamton University—SUNY (1 CEO): Bob Swan (Intel Corp.)
- Martin J. Whitman School of Management at Syracuse University (1 CEO): Michel A. Khalaf (MetLife Inc.)
- ESADE Business School, Spain (1 CEO): Ramon Laguarta (PepsiCo Inc.)
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