Here’s what the CEOs of the 11 most successful companies in America studied in college

Warren Buffett.

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Warren Buffett.
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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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Steven Collis.
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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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Mary Barra.
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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

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David S. Wichmann.
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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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Tim Cook.
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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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Warren Buffett.
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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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Doug McMillon.
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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