47% of Fortune 100 CEOs Graduated From These Colleges — Is Your Alma Mater on the List?

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May 20, 2024 at 10:48PM UTC
While you might've grown up thinking you needed to attend an Ivy League school to become a CEO, research proves that's not true. According to a study recently published in Forbes, only 11% of Fortune 100 CEOs in 2018 went to Ivy Leagues. In fact, a whopping 47% went to state schools across the country. 
In the Fortune Top 10, only one CEO attended an Ivy — Jeff Bezos graduated from Princeton University in 1988. Instead, 80% of them attended public institutions. Here's the list: 
1. University of Arkansas: Doug McMillion, CEO of Walmart
2. Texas A&M University: Darren Woods, CEO of Exxon Mobil
3. University of Nebraska- Lincoln: Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway
4. Auburn University: Tim Cook, CEO of Apple
5. Illinois State University: David Wichmann, CEO of UnitedHealth Group
6. University of Minnesota: John Hammergreen, CEO of McKesson
7. University of Pittsburg: Larry Merlo, CEO of CVS Health
8. Princeton University: Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon
9. University of Central Oklahoma: Randall Stephenson, CEO of AT&T
10. Kettering University: Mary Barra, CEO of General Motors 
Overall, the two universities that were most commonly attended by CEOs in the Fortune 100 were the University of Michigan and Texas A&M. 
So, for high school seniors applying to college this year, remember that getting accepted to that Ivy League isn't everything! And P.S.: you might want to add Texas A&M to your list. 

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