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Which Schools Did Fortune’s Leading Women in Business Attend?

By Tim Dhoul

Updated August 12, 2016 Updated August 12, 2016

It was recently pointed out that less than half of the members of Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Women in Business list for 2014 had attended a graduate business school program. That’s just 18 of the 50 members, or roughly 36%.

Conclusion taken by the article: you don’t necessarily need an MBA to make Fortune Magazine’s high-powered women in business list.

But, is this misleading? A quick look at the top 10 members of Fortune’s list reveals that eight have taken graduate programs at top business schools (if we include executive education), and six of these leading women in business are, in fact, MBA graduates.

That’s 80% and 60% of Fortune’s top 10 – perhaps the MBA is not so irrelevant after all?

The table below shows which top business schools can count a top 10 member of Fortune Magazine’s Most Powerful Women in Business list among their alumni:

The MBAs among Fortune's 10 leading women in business

This article was originally published in October 2014 . It was last updated in August 2016

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Tim is a writer with a background in consumer journalism and charity communications. He trained as a journalist in the UK and holds degrees in history (BA) and Latin American studies (MA).

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