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Universities that are producing the most billionaires

Houston Chronicle

Originally Posted: October 27, 2016

Everyone loves a good dropout turnedĀ self-made billionaire story. From Bill Gates to Mark Zuckerberg, creating a business empire without a degree is a nearly guaranteed path to getting your life on screen. But for the majority of the nation’s big earners, a big paycheck starts by walking across a stage to receive a diploma.

Forbes recently looked at the top 660 colleges in America and ranked 28 schools based on the number of billionaires on their “Forbes 400.”

Two schools from the Lone Star State – SMU and the University of Texas at Austin – made the list with three billionaires each. Most notable is Michael Dell, the Chairman and CEO of Dell, with a net-worth of $19.8 billion.

The college that produced the most billionaires was, unsurprisingly, an Ivy League school. According to Forbes, the University of Pennsylvania holds 21 billionaire alumni on the Forbes 400 list – and one of them is running for office. READ MORE