There are many different factors that go into deciding what MBA programs a candidate should apply to.  While location, cost, reputation, and acceptance difficulty are certainly the major factors that one should consider, many students would also like to know where many of today’s most successful business leaders got their MBA’s from.  Apart from individually searching one by one, it is hard to find a resource to find out this information.  For this reason, I’ve compiled a collection of some of my favorite MBA business leaders and where they went to school.


With the current economic shake up on Wall Street an appropriate place to start is with Jamie Dimon, President of JP Morgan Chase.  Mr. Dimon was selected as one of Time Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People and received his MBA from Harvard University.  Staying with the same theme, Dick Kovacevich, Chairman and CEO of Wells Fargo obtained his MBA from Stanford University.  Laurence Fink, Chairman of BlackRock attended UCLA’s Anderson School for his MBA and keeping with the financial theme, Warren Buffet, ‘The Oracle of Omaha’ while not an MBA holder did receive his MS in Economics at Columbia University back in a day when MBA’s weren’t as common.  Finally, Robert Edward Diamond Jr., the President of Barclay’s received his Masters from The University of Connecticut School of Business Administration.

Moving to the technology sector, no list would be complete without Meg Whitman, CEO of EBAY and Harvard MBA holder.  Other tech heavyweights include Paul Otellini, President and CEO of Intel and Stanford MBA graduate.  George David, Chairman of United Technologies went to The University of Virginia’s Darden School and Kevin B. Rollins, former CEO of Dell Computers attended Brigham Young’s Marriott School of Management for his MBA.

Those interested in the retail sector might be interested to know that Philip H. Knight of Nike fame attended Stanford Business School, while Gregg W. Steinhafel of Target got his MBA from the Kellogg School of Management at Northwestern University.  Jefferey Montie , the president of Kellogg International (the cereal maker among other things) went to Ohio State for his Masters and Indra K. Nooyi, a graduate of Yale University’s School of Management is the President and CEO of PepsiCo.  Rounding out this sector, Muhtar Kent, the President and CEO of the Coca Cola Company obtained his MBA in London at the Cass Business School.

If manufacturing, real estate or pharmaceuticals are up your ally, some of the biggest names in these fields hold MBA’s from prestigious institutions.  Donald Trump and his daughter Ivanka, while not MBA holders, did attend The Wharton School of Business at The University of Pennsylvania.  Peter R. Dolan, Former CEO of Bristol-Myers Squibb received his MBA from Dartmouth’s Tuck School of Business while the current CEO, James M. Cornelius attended Michigan State University’s Broad School of Management.  Alan Feldman, a University of Illinois MBA holder is President, Chairman and CEO of Midas Corporation and Rick Wagoner, CEO of General Motors received his MBA from Harvard.  The University of Michigan has another prestigious alum in John V. Faraci, Chairman of International Paper.

Finally, No list would be complete without some mention of those MBA holders that are also in politics.  The first and only President to hold an MBA, George W. Bush received his from Harvard Business School while Jon Corzine, Governor of New Jersey attended the University of Chicago, Booth School of Business.  For more great articles and insight on the MBA make sure to visit www.TopTenMBA.com.

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