One of the first steps in becoming a billionaire is by getting an education from the
right school. These universities have produced more graduates who have become
billionaires than any other schools in the world. Here are the top 10 colleges most
likely to make you a billionaire.
10. University of Cambridge – 11 billionaires
The University of Cambridge is the only school in the list that is not located in the
United States. The British school has 11 billionaires with a combined net worth of
$48 billion. This public research university is located in Cambridge and is considered
as the second oldest university in the English-speaking world and the third oldest in
the world. Scholars from Oxford University established the school around 1209 after
a squabble with local townspeople. It has since become one of the most prestigious
schools in the world and has been ranked consistently near the top in different
9. Yale University – 13 billionaires
Yale University currently has 13 billionaires among its alumni with a total combined
net worth of $77 billion. Yale is a private research university based in New Haven
in Connecticut. It is a member of the prestigious Ivy League. It was established
in 1701 and is considered as the third oldest university in the United States. The
school was initially known as the Collegiate School and was meant to train the clergy
and political leaders in Connecticut. It was then renamed as Yale College after a
substantial gift from Elihu Yale, the then-governor of the British East India Company.
8. University of Southern California – 14 billionaires
The University of Southern California has 14 billionaires with a combined net worth
of $32 billion. The private, non-sectarian research university was established in
1880. Located in Los Angeles, the school has the largest number of foreign students
in the United States. It is considered as a dream college by a lot of people because
of its standard, location and culture. The school also has a rich tradition in sports and
athletics, with its athletes having won a total of 287 medals in the Olympic Games,
the most by any university in the United States.
7. Cornell University – 14 billionaires
Cornell University has 14 billionaires with a combined net worth of $35 billion. Ezra
Cornell and Andrew Dickson White established the university in 1865 in Ithaca,
New York. It is one of the members of the prestigious Ivy League. It is one of two
land grant private universities, with the other being the Massachusetts Institute
of Technology. The school has always been co-educational and non-sectarian in
nature. It boasts of 41 Nobel Prize awardees, 31 Marshall Scholars and 28 Rhodes
6. Massachusetts Institute of Technology – 15 billionaires
The Massachusetts Institute of Technology has 15 billionaires with a net worth total
of $114 billion, an amount that is second to Harvard. The school is a private research
university based in Cambridge in Massachusetts. It was established in 1861 just
as the United States was experiencing an increase in industrialization level. The
school stresses laboratory instruction and this method of learning applied technology
has led to its close cooperation with industries. It has 78 Nobel Prize winners,
52 National Medal of Science awardees, 45 Rhodes Scholars and 38 MacArthur
5. Columbia University – 15 billionaires
Columbia University has 15 billionaires with a combined net worth of $96 billion.
Its full name is the Columbia University in the City of New York. It was established
in 1754 as the King’s College after King George II granted it a royal charter. It was
then renamed as Columbia College in 1784. A new charter was placed in 1787 that
transferred its operational control to a Board of Trustees. It boasts of 82 awardees
of the Nobel Prize to go along with five of the Founding Fathers of the nation, nine
Supreme Court Justices, three Presidents of the United States and 26 other heads of
4. New York University – 17 billionaires
New York University has 17 billionaires with a combined net worth of $68 billion.
Known as NYU, it is a private, non-sectarian research university established in 1831.
It is located in Lower Manhattan and boasts of 36 Nobel Prize laureates, 10 National
Medal of Science awardees and 16 Pulitzer Prize winners. It has sites in more than a
dozen locations around the world, allowing it to send its students abroad more than
any other university.
3. Stanford University – 27 billionaires
Stanford University has 27 billionaires with a combined net worth of $76 billion.
Its full name is the Leland Stanford Junior University and it is located in California.
Leland Stanford, a railroad mogul who was once Senator and a governor of the
state, established the school in 1891 and named it after his son, Leland Stanford Jr.
The entrepreneur spirit of its graduates and faculty led to a self-sufficient industry in
what is now Silicon Valley. It has 54 Nobel Prize laureates and boasts of the largest
number of awardees from the Turing, considered as the Nobel of computer science.
2. University of Pennsylvania – 28 billionaires
The University of Pennsylvania has 28 billionaires with total net worth of $112 billion.
This private research university is one of the Ivy League schools. It is located in
Philadelphia and is one of the Colonial Colleges. Benjamin Franklin founded the
school in 1740 and it followed the multidisciplinary model of universities in Europe.
It boasts of Wharton, the first school of business, and Perelman, the first school of
medicine. It has 28 Nobel Prize laureates, three Justices of the Supreme Court and
one American President. It also counts 11 other people who became heads of state
in their respective countries.
1. Harvard University – 52 billionaires
Harvard University has 52 billionaires with a combined net worth of $205 billion. A
vote by the Great and General Court of Massachusetts established the school in
1636 as the College of New Towne or New College. It was then renamed three years
later to Harvard College after a gift from Cambridge alumnus John Harvard. It boasts
of 75 Nobel Prize winners and eight American Presidents. It has the largest financial
endowment of an academic institution in the world, with the amount standing at $32
billion as of 2011.
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