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CEOs Who Attended College

When it comes to college, many students have varying views. Some may be expecting to attend one of the top colleges in the country, others may want to go to a college in a particular field of study, and sadly, some don't even think college is an option. If you don't think college is an option, look at why you don't think it is for you, then look at some of the top CEO's in America that got a college degree.

One of the highest paid CEO's is John Hammergren. Hammergren is the President, chairman, and CEO for McKesson Corporation. McKesson Corporation is an American Medical and Scientific supplier that is also the one of the largest pharmaceutical companies in the world. Hammergren not only earned a bachelor's degree from University of Minnesota in business administration in 1981, but he also received his MBA in 1987 from Xavier University. His average salary in 2010 was about $145 million.

Walmart's CEO, Harold Lee Scott helped develop the store into what it is today when he joined in Walmart's team in 1979. Scott did this using the degree he received from Pittsburg State University in 1971. His bachelor's of science degree in business helped him become one of Walmart's board members in 1999 and help it thrive to what it is now. Scott's average earnings are around $10.5 million.


This list also has a slot for one of the top women Chief Executive Officer's in the U.S. Margaret Cushing Whitman, a.k.a. Meg Whitman. She graduated from Harvard Business School with an economics degree in 1977, and then received her MBA from Harvard in 1979. Whitman had joined eBay in 1998 when it was still a very small business. Under her time as CEO of eBay, the company didn't just grow in size but also in $8 billion of revenues. She eventually resigned, putting John Donahoe as eBay's new Chief Executive Officer. Whitman is now the current CEO of Hewlett-Packard. She is worth around $1.3 billion.

Of course, Donald Trump has to make an appearance on our list. Not only is Trump a celebrity with a show on NBC, 'The Apprentice', but he is also the chairman and president The Trump Organization. He is also a founder of Trump Entertainment Resorts. In 1968 he graduated from Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania with a bachelors of science in economics. Trump owns many hotels, golfing grounds, and several businesses and properties. His average salary is around $60 million.

Getting an education is the first start. There are so many different colleges and degree programs that are out there that can help you become a success. Also, with the development of the internet and different technologies, more and more colleges are offering their students online degrees. If you feel as though you don't have time for college, online colleges are a great option. There are also a lot of different options when it comes to funding your degree. Many students receive scholarships or grants to pay for their education. Some students who have a full time job and decide to go back to school; their employer may reimburse them if the subject is relevant to their current position.

Katherine Dane

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