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Where the Fortune 500 CEOs Went to School - US News and World Report

1/26/2014 Where the Fortune 500 CEOs Went to School - US News and World Report <aEDUCATION Grad Schools Where the Fortune 500 CEOs Went to School These schools awarded at least 10 college and graduate degrees to America’s leading executives. By MENACHEM WECKER May 14, 2012 Yahoo, which was recently ranked No. 483 on the 2012 Fortune 500 list, is reeling from a false claim on the résumé of its former CEO, Scott Thompson, who left the company yesterday. Thompson's résumé stated he held undergraduate degrees in accounting and computer science from Stonehill College , but it was revealed that he only had the accounting degree. Thompson's decision to pad his résumé raises questions about how senior executives view their educational background. Higher education is often viewed as a credential for aspiring executives , but it's certainly not a prerequisite for a management role. While some CEOs didn’t go to college, others hold multiple graduate degrees. According to a U.S. News analysis of the Fortune 500 CEOs list—the magazine's annual ranking of American corporations based on gross revenue, which was released on May 7—some chief executives don't hold college degrees . And many of the CEOs who do hold academic degrees choose not to mention them among their achievements in their corporate biographies. [Learn why one school revoked Mylan executive Heather Bresch's E.M.B.A. ] The 500 executives collectively earned about 465 college degrees, which means about 35 executives didn't graduate from college. Both Ralph Lauren and Sheldon Adelson (Las Vegas Sands Corp.) are among the CEOs who dropped out of college. But the Fortune 500 executives who completed both college and graduate school collectively earned about 200 M.B.A.'s and about 140 other graduate degrees . Harvard University topped the list of Fortune 500 CEO degree granters with 65 total degrees. The next closest school was Stanford University , which doled out 27 undergraduate and graduate degrees. University of Pennsylvania awarded a total of 24 degrees to Fortune 500 CEOs, while the Get instant online access to full rankings and complete school data. Login Sign Up Harvard , Penn , and Stanford also count the mos t Fortune 500 M.B.A.'s among their ranks (40, 13, and 10, respectively), with the business schools at University of Chicago (7), Northwestern University (6), and Indiana University—Bloomington (6) trailing behind. Massachusetts Institute of Technology didn't award any M.B.A.'s to Fortune 500 CEOs, but it was third on the list of institutions that awarded the most other graduate degrees to the http://www.usnews.com/education/best-graduate-schools/top-business-schools/articles/2012/05/14/where-the-fortune-500-ceos-went-to-school_print.html 1/3 " id="pdf-obj-0-7" src="pdf-obj-0-7.jpg">

Where the Fortune 500 CEOs Went to School

1/26/2014 Where the Fortune 500 CEOs Went to School - US News and World Report <aEDUCATION Grad Schools Where the Fortune 500 CEOs Went to School These schools awarded at least 10 college and graduate degrees to America’s leading executives. By MENACHEM WECKER May 14, 2012 Yahoo, which was recently ranked No. 483 on the 2012 Fortune 500 list, is reeling from a false claim on the résumé of its former CEO, Scott Thompson, who left the company yesterday. Thompson's résumé stated he held undergraduate degrees in accounting and computer science from Stonehill College , but it was revealed that he only had the accounting degree. Thompson's decision to pad his résumé raises questions about how senior executives view their educational background. Higher education is often viewed as a credential for aspiring executives , but it's certainly not a prerequisite for a management role. While some CEOs didn’t go to college, others hold multiple graduate degrees. According to a U.S. News analysis of the Fortune 500 CEOs list—the magazine's annual ranking of American corporations based on gross revenue, which was released on May 7—some chief executives don't hold college degrees . And many of the CEOs who do hold academic degrees choose not to mention them among their achievements in their corporate biographies. [Learn why one school revoked Mylan executive Heather Bresch's E.M.B.A. ] The 500 executives collectively earned about 465 college degrees, which means about 35 executives didn't graduate from college. Both Ralph Lauren and Sheldon Adelson (Las Vegas Sands Corp.) are among the CEOs who dropped out of college. But the Fortune 500 executives who completed both college and graduate school collectively earned about 200 M.B.A.'s and about 140 other graduate degrees . Harvard University topped the list of Fortune 500 CEO degree granters with 65 total degrees. The next closest school was Stanford University , which doled out 27 undergraduate and graduate degrees. University of Pennsylvania awarded a total of 24 degrees to Fortune 500 CEOs, while the Get instant online access to full rankings and complete school data. Login Sign Up Harvard , Penn , and Stanford also count the mos t Fortune 500 M.B.A.'s among their ranks (40, 13, and 10, respectively), with the business schools at University of Chicago (7), Northwestern University (6), and Indiana University—Bloomington (6) trailing behind. Massachusetts Institute of Technology didn't award any M.B.A.'s to Fortune 500 CEOs, but it was third on the list of institutions that awarded the most other graduate degrees to the http://www.usnews.com/education/best-graduate-schools/top-business-schools/articles/2012/05/14/where-the-fortune-500-ceos-went-to-school_print.html 1/3 " id="pdf-obj-0-14" src="pdf-obj-0-14.jpg">

These schools awarded at least 10 college and graduate degrees to America’s leading executives.

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Yahoo, which was recently ranked No. 483 on the 2012 Fortune 500 list, is reeling from a false claim on the résumé of its former CEO, Scott Thompson, who left the company yesterday. Thompson's résumé stated he held undergraduate degrees in accounting and computer science from Stonehill College, but it was revealed that he only had the accounting degree.

Thompson's decision to pad his résumé raises questions about how senior executives view their educational background. Higher education is often viewed as a credential for aspiring executives, but it's certainly not a prerequisite for a management role.

1/26/2014 Where the Fortune 500 CEOs Went to School - US News and World Report <aEDUCATION Grad Schools Where the Fortune 500 CEOs Went to School These schools awarded at least 10 college and graduate degrees to America’s leading executives. By MENACHEM WECKER May 14, 2012 Yahoo, which was recently ranked No. 483 on the 2012 Fortune 500 list, is reeling from a false claim on the résumé of its former CEO, Scott Thompson, who left the company yesterday. Thompson's résumé stated he held undergraduate degrees in accounting and computer science from Stonehill College , but it was revealed that he only had the accounting degree. Thompson's decision to pad his résumé raises questions about how senior executives view their educational background. Higher education is often viewed as a credential for aspiring executives , but it's certainly not a prerequisite for a management role. While some CEOs didn’t go to college, others hold multiple graduate degrees. According to a U.S. News analysis of the Fortune 500 CEOs list—the magazine's annual ranking of American corporations based on gross revenue, which was released on May 7—some chief executives don't hold college degrees . And many of the CEOs who do hold academic degrees choose not to mention them among their achievements in their corporate biographies. [Learn why one school revoked Mylan executive Heather Bresch's E.M.B.A. ] The 500 executives collectively earned about 465 college degrees, which means about 35 executives didn't graduate from college. Both Ralph Lauren and Sheldon Adelson (Las Vegas Sands Corp.) are among the CEOs who dropped out of college. But the Fortune 500 executives who completed both college and graduate school collectively earned about 200 M.B.A.'s and about 140 other graduate degrees . Harvard University topped the list of Fortune 500 CEO degree granters with 65 total degrees. The next closest school was Stanford University , which doled out 27 undergraduate and graduate degrees. University of Pennsylvania awarded a total of 24 degrees to Fortune 500 CEOs, while the Get instant online access to full rankings and complete school data. Login Sign Up Harvard , Penn , and Stanford also count the mos t Fortune 500 M.B.A.'s among their ranks (40, 13, and 10, respectively), with the business schools at University of Chicago (7), Northwestern University (6), and Indiana University—Bloomington (6) trailing behind. Massachusetts Institute of Technology didn't award any M.B.A.'s to Fortune 500 CEOs, but it was third on the list of institutions that awarded the most other graduate degrees to the http://www.usnews.com/education/best-graduate-schools/top-business-schools/articles/2012/05/14/where-the-fortune-500-ceos-went-to-school_print.html 1/3 " id="pdf-obj-0-35" src="pdf-obj-0-35.jpg">

While some CEOs didn’t go to college, others hold multiple graduate degrees.

According to a U.S. News analysis of the Fortune 500 CEOs list—the magazine's annual ranking of American corporations based on gross revenue, which was released on May 7—some chief executives don't hold college degrees. And many of the CEOs who do hold academic degrees choose not to mention them among their achievements in their corporate biographies.

The 500 executives collectively earned about 465 college degrees, which means about 35 executives didn't graduate from college. Both Ralph Lauren and Sheldon Adelson (Las Vegas Sands Corp.) are among the CEOs who dropped out of college. But the Fortune 500 executives who completed both college and graduate school collectively earned about 200 M.B.A.'s and about 140 other graduate degrees.

Harvard University topped the list of Fortune 500 CEO degree granters with 65 total degrees. The next closest school was Stanford University, which doled out 27 undergraduate and graduate degrees. University of Pennsylvania awarded a total of 24 degrees to Fortune 500 CEOs, while the

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Harvard, Penn, and Stanford also count the most Fortune 500 M.B.A.'s among their ranks (40, 13, and 10, respectively), with the business schools at

University of Chicago (7), Northwestern University (6), and Indiana University—Bloomington (6) trailing behind. Massachusetts Institute of Technology didn't award any M.B.A.'s to Fortune 500 CEOs, but it was third on the list of institutions that awarded the most other graduate degrees to the

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Where the Fortune 500 CEOs Went to School - US News and World Report

executives, after Harvard and Columbia. [Check out 10 business schools that lead to jobs.]

Among the most highly educated CEOs are Roger Ferguson, Jr., of the retirement services provider TIAA-CREF, who holds a B.A., J.D., and Ph.D. from Harvard; Charles Haldeman, Jr., of mortgage firm Freddie Mac, who earned an undergraduate degree from Dartmouth College (which awarded 12 degrees to Fortune 500 CEOs) and an M.B.A. and J.D. from Harvard; and Ralph Izzo, of the power company Public Service Enterprise Group, who holds a B.S., M.S., and Ph.D. from Columbia, as well as an M.B.A. from Rutgers, the State University of New Jersey—New Brunswick and Newark.

Below is a table highlighting the 13 schools that awarded at least 10 degrees to Fortune 500 CEOs. The ranks of their undergraduate program and graduate business school are also included. The table is sorted by total number of degrees awarded per institution:

Institution

Total

Undergraduate

M.B.A.'s

Other graduate

U.S. News undergraduate

U.S. News business school

degrees

degrees

degrees

rank

rank

65

11

40

14

1

1

27

11

10

6

5

1

24

7

13

4

5

3

18

3

4

11

4

8

14

6

5

3

28

13

14

10

1

3

19

25

14

4

4

6

25

13

13

8

3

2

15

16

12

9

3

0

11

9

11

5

6

0

75

23

11

2

6

3

12

4

11

5

3

3

68

63

10

3

0

7

5

4

Sources: Company websites, Fortune, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, college and university websites. Searching for a business school? Get our complete rankings of Best Business Schools.

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