Harvard, 4 Other Schools, Make Up Most MBAs at PE and VC Firms
September 19, 2013
It’s once again back-to-school time and that means a fresh pack of private equity (PE), venture capital (VC) and investment banking associates, analysts and vice presidents will be diving head-first back into the world of academia, hoping to attain the highly coveted Master of Business Administration. But where are all these bright, (mostly) young minds going to be learning the intricacies of corporate finance, studying the most effective methods to negotiate contracts, and debating whether to buy a BMW or a Mercedes-Benz upon graduation? The short answer: Harvard. And it’s not even close.
Of all active private equity professionals with MBAs working at the top-200 U.S.-based buyout shops (ranking based on the number of completed deals in the last five years), a whopping 26.1% of them earned their MBAs at Harvard Business School, according to data from the PitchBook Platform. The University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School came in a distant second with 11.2% of MBAs earned by PE professionals at the top-200 buyout firms. Stanford’s Graduate School of Business rounded out the top three with 7.7%.