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Bernard Arnault - The school attended by the richest people in the world
Bernard Arnault, CEO of LVMH

Knowing what the richest people in the world studied in the school will help you know the degrees that make the most millionaires. Approved Index analysis shows that 22% of the world’s top 100 billionaires studied an engineering-related course. The wealthiest man in Mexico, Carlos Slim who’s worth a whopping sum of 84.2 billion USD studied civil engineering. 

In this article, we will discuss a breakdown of the schools the richest people in the world attended. We will take it a step further by showing you the schools in the United States with the wealthiest alumni. Hopefully, you will learn how schools help in molding the character of excellence.

Wealthiest People in the World and the Schools They Attended

Elon Musk


Elon Musk started his university program at the University of Pretoria, South Africa before relocating to Canada in June 1989. In 1990, he got admission to Queen’s University in Kingston, Ontario. And two years later, he transferred to the University of Pennsylvania. Elon Musk, the current CEO of Twitter obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in physics and a Bachelor of Science degree in economics from the Wharton School in 1995.

Together with his brother, Kimbal, Elon Musk founded Zip2, a small startup they managed from their rented office in Palo Alto, California. Elon Musk received $22 million of his 7% share when Zip2 was acquired by Compaq for $307 million in February 1999. As of the time of writing this article, Elon Musk is worth $199 billion, making him the richest person in the world.

Summary of Elon Musk’s college education background: the University of Pretoria, Queen’s University, University of Pennsylvania, and Stanford University.

Do you think the degree Elon Musk studied in school contributed to his success in any way?


Bernard Arnault

Bernard Arnault - The school attended by the richest people in the world
Bernard Arnault, CEO, LVMH

With a net worth of $184.8 billion, Bernard Arnault is the second wealthiest person in the world as of December 2022. In 1971, Bernard Arnault graduated from École Polytechnique in Paris with a degree in engineering.

As the highest shareholder in the world’s largest luxury group, LVMH (Louis Vitton Moet Hennessey), Arnault is a force to reckon with. His engineering degree helped him manage his father’s civil engineering company before branching into other profitable businesses. Relocating to the United States with his family, investing in real estate massively and moving back to France gave him a different perspective on running a successful business.

Gautam Adani

One of the richest people in Asia and the school he attended
The richest man in Asia is Gautam Adani

Gautam Adani is one of the richest people in the world and the No. 1 in India. He enrolled for a bachelor’s degree in commerce at Gujarat University but later dropped out after the second year. After dropping out of school, Adani relocated to Mumbai from Ahmedabad. Adani has a net worth of $135.8 billion USD as of December 2022.

Jeff Bezos


Jeff Bezos is one of the wealthiest people in the world. The founder of Amazon who has a net worth of $117.5 billion obtained degrees in electrical engineering and computer science from Princeton University. Princeton University is a private Ivy League research university in Princeton, New Jersey. This university operates at the same rank as Ivy League schools like Brown, Columbia, Cornell, Dartmouth College, Harvard, Pennsylvania and Yale.

Warren Buffett

Which school did Warren Buffett attend?
Warren Buffett, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway

For two years, Warren Buffett studied at The Wharton School before transferring to the University of Nebraska. While at the University of Nebraska, Buffett earned a bachelor’s degree in business administration. Much later, he proceeded to get his master’s degree in economics from Columbia University.

As the 5th richest man in the world with a net worth of $110.2 billion USD according to Forbes, Warren Buffett is regarded as one of the smartest investors of our time. Although the Berkshire Hathaway CEO graduated from the university, in an interview with Yahoo Finance’s editor-in-chief, Andy Serwer, he opined that going to college isn’t for everybody. According to Buffett, becoming wealthy in life, “Depends on the person, much more than it depends on the school.”


At What Age Did the Wealthiest People in the World Become Billionaires?

  • Warren Buffett became a billionaire at the age of 56
  • George Lucas became a billionaire at the age of 52
  • The Mexican entrepreneur, Carlos Slim became a billionaire at the age of 51
  • The founder of Oracle, Larry Ellison became a billionaire at the age of 49
  • Richard Branson became a billionaire at the age of 41
  • Meg Whitman became a billionaire at the age of 42
  • Elon Musk, the CEO of Twitter and Tesla became a billionaire at the age of 41
  • At the age of 35, Jeff Bezos became a billionaire
  • Bill Gates became a billionaire at the age of 31
  • Larry Page became a billionaire at the age of 30
  • Evan Spiegel, co-founder of Snapchat became a billionaire at the young age of 25
  • Mark Zuckerberg became a billionaire at the young age of 23

What Are the Colleges that Have the Wealthiest Alumni in the United States?

The colleges with the richest alumni in America are:

  • University of Pennsylvania: 17 graduates
  • Harvard University: 11 graduates
  • Yale University: 11 graduates
  • University of Southern California: 10 graduates
  • Stanford University: 9 graduates
  • Princeton University: 8 graduates

When next you are thinking of a course of study in school, consider any of these degrees obtained by the richest people in the world.


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