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If you want to be the CEO of a powerful company, choosing the right college major is an important place to start.
We took a look at the leaders of the top 11 companies in this year’s Fortune 500, and by and large, they each majored in a field directly related to industry of their future employer. And nearly all of the CEOs obtained post-graduate education after getting their bachelor’s degree.
Here are the college degrees held by some of America’s most powerful CEOs.
11. Steven Collis — AmerisourceBergen
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AmerisourceBergen is worth $17.31 billion.
B.S. in commerce – University of the Witwatersrand
Honors bachelor of commerce – University of the Witwatersrand
10. James Hackett — Ford Motor Company
Ford Motor Company is worth $46.65 billion.
B.S. in finance – University of Michigan
9. Randall Stephenson — AT&T
AT&T is worth $212.54 billion.
B.S. in accounting – University of Central Oklahoma
Master of Accountancy – University of Oklahoma
8. Mary Barra — General Motors
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General Motors is worth $61.64 billion.
B.S. in electrical engineering – General Motors Institute
M.B.A. – Stanford University
7. Larry Merlo — CVS Health
CVS Health Corp. is worth $71.18 billion.
B.S. in pharmacy – University of Pittsburgh
6. David Wichmann — UnitedHealth Group
UnitedHealth Group is worth $202.57 billion.
B.S. in accounting – Illinois State University
5. McKesson — John Hammergren
McKesson is worth $29.41 billion.
B.A. in business administration – University of Minnesota
M.B.A. – Xavier University
4. Darren Woods — ExxonMobil
ExxonMobil is worth $339.55 billion.
B.S. in electrical engineering – Texas A&M University
M.B.A. – Northwestern University
3. Tim Cook — Apple
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Apple is worth $871.85 billion.
B.S. in industrial engineering – Auburn University
M.B.A. – Duke University
2. Warren Buffett — Berkshire Hathaway
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Berkshire Hathaway is worth $443.69 billion.
B.S. in business administration – University of Nebraska
M.S. in economics – Columbia University
1. Doug McMillon — Walmart
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Walmart is worth $228.28 billion.
B.S. in business administration – University of Arkansas
M.B.A. in finance – University of Tulsa