Most Famous Harvard Business School Alumni

If you desire to become a startup founder, billionaire, or president, you should actively consider applying to Harvard Business School.

Harvard began offering the world’s first master’s in business administration program in 1908, and ever since the Harvard MBA has since been a hallmark of the excellence, with former vice president George W. Bush, Mitt Romney, and Michael Bloomberg all going on to obtain the degree.

We took days to review HBS’s history to find some of the most powerful, renowed , and financially successful grads who graduated from Cambridge.

That said, find below some of the most successful people to graduate from Harvard Business School, enjoy! 

Walter Haas Jr., member of the class of 1939

Haas took over from his father as the CEO of Levi Strauss & Co, and grew it from a regional California colony to one of the world’s biggest apparel companies.

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Philip Caldwell, member of the class of 1942

Caldwell took over as the first non-Ford family member to run Ford Motor Company, where he led one of the biggest turnarounds in American business history.

Stephen R. Covey, member of the class of 1957

Covey became very popular after  he published his bestselling book “The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People.”

Michael Bloomberg,member of the class of 1966

After he received his MBA, Bloomberg would go on to found financial data company Bloomberg LP in 1981 before doing three terms as the mayor of New York City. He is continues to support  philanthropic causes, and has donated well over $6 billion to a number of humanitarian causes.

Henry Paulson,member of the class of 1970

Paulson did 32 years at Goldman Sachs, carefully walked his way up to CEO.Starting from 2006 to 2009 he was the US Treasury Secretary, up until the financial crisis began.Currently, he chairs the Paulson Institute, which encourages sustainable economic growth and a cleaner environment for the next generation.

Ray Dalio, member of the class of 1973

Dalio is the coveted and founder and co-chief investment officer of Bridgewater Associates, curenrly the world’s largest hedge fund with more than $150 billion in total assets under management.Currently, he’s worth an estimated $19.4 billion.

George W. Bush, member of the class of 1975

Former president George W. Bush came out from HBS before going on to work in the oil business, bought the Texas Rangers, became the governor of Texas, and then serves two terms as president.

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Jim Koch, member of the class of 1978

Koch had a great career in management consulting,but left to found Boston Beer Company, which produces Samuel Adams. It’s currently the leader in the craft beer movement. Jim is now worth $1.4 billion.

Ann S. Moore, member of the class of 1978

After she obtained her MBA, Moore climbed to the top of the publishing industry,and became the first female CEO of Time, Inc.sometime in 2002. Currently, she’s running The Curator Gallery, a popular fine art gallery in New York City.

Meg Whitman, member of the class of 1979

Whitman was the chairman, president, and CEO of Hewlett-Packard from 2011 to 2015, guiding HP through a huge transformation, by separating the company into enterprise and hardware. She’s currently the CEO of Quibi, a short-form video platform, and her wealth is estimated to be $3.8 billion.

Chase Carey, member of the class of 1981

A few years after he completed his MBA, Carey went on to found a hugely successful media career. He was the brain behind Fox News and FOXSports and served as CEO of DirecTV. Currently, he’s the executive chairman and CEO of the Formula One Group.

Jamie Dimon, member of the class of 1982

Dimon is curenrly the chairman, president, and CEO of JPMorgan Chase, the largest of America’s big 4 banks. In 2015, he went on to become one of the first banking executives to achieve a billionaire status.

Jeffrey Immelt, member of the class of 1982

Served as  the chairman and CEO of General Electric until 2017. He got the nod  to become Jack Welch’s successor in 2001 and was voted one of the “World’s Best CEOs” three times by Barron’s.

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