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- Harvard Business School churns out successful people year after year.
- It’s been leading the conversation in business education since it started the world’s first master’s in business program in 1908.
- Executives like Michael Bloomberg and US politicians like Mitt Romney and George W. Bush are just a few of the notable graduates.
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If you want to be an executive, billionaire, or US president, it’s a good idea to go to Harvard Business School.
Harvard offered the world’s first master’s in business administration program in 1908, and the Harvard MBA has since been a hallmark of the elite, with George W. Bush, Mitt Romney, and Michael Bloomberg all earning the degree.
We sifted through HBS’s sterling history to find the most powerful, prominent, and financially successful grads who came out of Cambridge.
Here are the most successful people to graduate from Harvard Business School, in order of graduation year.
Walter Haas Jr., class of 1939
Evelyn & Walter Haas, Jr. Fund
Haas succeeded his father as the CEO of Levi Strauss & Co, growing it from a regional California brand to one of the world’s biggest apparel companies.
Philip Caldwell, class of 1942
Caldwell took over as the first non-Ford family member to run Ford Motor Company, where he led one of the biggest turnarounds in American business history.
Stephen R. Covey, class of 1957
Covey became tremendously influential after publishing his bestselling book "The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People."
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