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Ten Successful MBAs

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If you’re deciding whether or not to to study for an MBA, perhaps this page will help. We’ve done our research and come up with this list of ten well-known, but more importantly, successful MBAs. Love them or loathe them there is no denying that these people bring home the bacon. 

10. Michael Chasen

If you’re at university it’s more than likely that you’ve used the online education software, Blackboard. Blackboard's course management system called Blackboard Learn, is used by over 37,000 clients worldwide, translating to 12 million individual users. One of its co-founders, Michael Chasen studied for an MBA at Georgetown University in 1995. 

9. Tony Fernandes

Tony is a Malaysian Entrepreneur who graduated with an MBA from Central Michigan University. He made his fortune with a lucrative takeover of AirAsia but is perhaps best known as the chairman of Queen’s Park Rangers FC, whom he joined upon their return to the top flight of English football.

Estimated worth of $625 million.

8. Mitt Romney

Mitt shot to fame when he squared up against Barack Obama in the 2012 US presidential election. Although an influential figure in politics, Mitt is primarily a businessman. Mitt’s career in business begun when he graduated from Harvard Business School in 1975, he went on to co-found Bain Capital. 

Estimated worth of $250 million.

7. Meg Whitman

Cited by the New York Times as one of the women most likely to be the first female president of the US, Meg Whitman has enjoyed a great deal of success in business. She has an MBA from Harvard Business School and has worked in executive positions for many global brands including eBay. Meg currently serves as the CEO of Hewlett-Packard – in a digital age you’d be hard pushed to find a person whom didn’t recognize this brand.

Estimated worth of $1.7 billion. 

6. Robert Diamond Jnr.

Once boss of Barclays, Bob unceremoniously resigned following the Libor scandal of 2012. Bob Diamond studied for an MBA at the University of Connecticut. Despite recent controversy, Bob has enjoyed a fruitful career in the financial world.

Estimated worth of $105 million.

5. Indra Nooyi

Born in India, and residing in America, this business executive truly is living the American dream. Despite having a Bachelor’s degree in sciences, Indra later studied for an MBA at the Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta. Indra is now CEO of the internationally recognized PepsiCo. a company with revenue of around $66 billion. Indra’s cult status in pop culture was cemented when she was mentioned by a main character on the hit TV show, Gossip Girl.

Estimated earnings of $20 million a year.

 4. Phil Knight

Phil Knight is cited as having discovered his entrepreneurial spirit in a small business class, whilst studying for an MBA at Stanford Graduate School of Business. This spirit lead him to form Blue Ribbon Sports in 1969 which became Nike, Inc. Now a multi-billion dollar company, the Nike brand is recognized worldwide.

Estimated worth of $14.4 billion.

3. Michael Bloomberg

Consistently listed as one of the richest people in the US, Bloomberg received his MBA from Harvard Business School in 1966. He has gone on to enjoy a hugely successful career, including founding the financial software, data and media company Bloomberg L.P., and more recently becoming mayor of New York.

Estimated worth of $27 billion.

 2. Shaquille O'Neal

Despite nearly 20 years of success in the NBA, the legendary Shaq O’ Neal also holds a number of educational accolades to his name. These include an MBA earned online at the University of Phoenix; this has perhaps contributed to his achievements as a real estate entrepreneur.

Estimated worth of $250 million.

1. George W. Bush

Perhaps a surprise to see the man infamously quoted as saying, "Is our Children learning?" on this list. Bush studied for an MBA at the Harvard Business School, graduating in 1975. Bush went on to pursue a successful career in politics, becoming a controversial figure as US president. Whatever your perception of George W. Bush there’s no doubt that he’s done much to raise the profile of the MBA.

Estimated worth of $20 million.