According to Forbes, approximately 90 percent of the billionaires with MBAs who derived their fortunes from finance obtained their masters degree from one on the three Ivy League schools: Harvard Business School, Columbia Business School, or Wharton. Here is a list of business schools which have gained recognition due to their well-noted alumni.
Harvard Business School
Harvard Business School, the graduate school of Harvard University named after its first benefactor, John Harvard, is a member of the Ivy League, which consists of eight private institutions of higher education in the North Eastern United States. The school belongs to the M7 group of elite MBA programs which recognize each other as peers. Few of Harvard’s well known alumni include A.G. Lafley (Chairman of the Board of P&G), A. Sivathanu Pillai (CEO and MD of BrahMos Aerospace), Ann S. Moore (CEO of Time), Fritz Henderson (former President and CRO of General Motors), Jamie Dimon (CEO and Chairman of JP Morgan Chase), and Ray Dalio (founder of Bridgewater Associates).
Stanford Graduate School of Business
The Stanford Graduate School of Business was founded in 1925 and has been identified as the leader among business schools that incorporate academic content involving ethics, corporate social responsibility, and environmental sustainability into their activities. Few of the well known alumni include Jeffrey Bewkes (President and COO, Time Warner), Robert Bass (President of Keystone Group LP), John Browne (Chairman and CEO of BP), Jean Pierre Garnier (CEO of GlaxoSmithKline), and Vinod Khosla (Co-founder Sun Microsystems, and Founder of Khosla Ventures).
Wharton is the world’s first collegiate business school and the first business school in the United States, which was established in 1881 through a donation by Joseph Wharton, and is one of the most competitive business schools in the world. According to The Economist, the online journal which the Wharton school publishes, Knowledge@Whatron, is the envy of every other school. Wharton usually receives the highest reputation scores from academicians and recruiters. Few well-known Wharton alumni are Chip Goodyear (CEO of BHP Billiton), Donald D. Humphreys (COO of Exxon Mobil), Gerard Kleisterlee (CEO and President of Philips), Terry Leahy (CEO of Tesco), and Rakesh Gangwal (Chairman and CEO of U.S. Airways).
Columbia Business School
Columbia Business School was established in 1916, and is one of the six Ivy League business schools. It is known for its close ties to Wall Street, and has many alumni who have achieved distinction in the public as well as the private sector.
Its prominent alumni include Billionaire Warren Buffet (CEO of Berkshire Hathaway), Arthur Burns (Chairman of the Federal Reserve), Shin Dong-Bin (Billionaire and Vice Chairman of Lotte), Frank K. Tang (Founder of FountainVest Partners), Xavier Rolet (CEO of London Stock Exchange), and Rochelle Lazarus (Chairman and CEO of Ogilvy & Mather).
Booth School of Business
The University of Chicago, Booth School of Business has been ranked among the best business school in the United States and in the world. Chicago Booth is the only U.S. business school with permanent campuses on three continents: Asia, Europe, and North America. Its prominent alumni include J. Patrick Doyle (CEO of Domino’s Pizza), David W. Johnson (former President and CEO of the Campbell Soup Company), Tom Schoewe (CFO of Wal-Mart), and Richard Teerlink (former Chairmann and CEO of the Harley-Davidson Motor Company).
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