The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania is the oldest school of business in the world. Established by Joseph Wharton in 1881, MBA programs offered by Wharton are at the first position in the United States according to Forbes and the 2020 U.S. News & World Report rankings. Graduates from the Wharton School have attained success in diverse fields such as Academia, Finance, Journalism, Media, Law, Politics, Business, Sports, Music and many more. Want to know which of the famous personalities studied at this prestigious school? Take a look at this blog for more information on some of the notable Wharton alumni!
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List of Notable Wharton Alumni
The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania has around 99,000 alumni along with 77 alumni clubs that are spread across 153 countries worldwide. Here are some of the famous personalities who are part of the Wharton alumni network:
|John Sculley||Karthik Reddy||C. Robert Henrikson||Mortimer Zuckerman|
|Alex Gorsky||Gerard Kleisterlee||Lewis E. Platt||Sachin Pilot|
|Anil Ambani||Jacqui Safra||Wend Finerman||Warren Buffet|
|Elon Musk||Jeff Weiner||Donald Trump Jr.||Ruth Porat|
|Sunder Pichai||Donald Trump||William Wrigley Jr.||Paul Judge|
The current CEO of Alphabet Inc., the parent company of Google, Sunder Pichai was born on 10th June, 1972 in Madurai, Tamil Nadu. He completed his MBA at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. He also holds a degree in metallurgical engineering from the Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur and an MS in materials science and engineering from Stanford University. He has played a major role in the development of various Google software, including Google Chrome, Google Drive, Gmail and Google Maps.
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A very notable Wharton alumni, Elon Musk was born on 28th June, 1971 in South Africa. The seventh richest man in the world, Musk pursued a bachelor’s degree in economics from the Wharton school. He is the founder, CEO and lead designer of SpaceX, an American aerospace manufacturing company along with being the current CEO of the American Electric vehicle manufacturing company, Tesla, Inc. He is also the founder of The Boring Company and Neuralink, and the co-founder of OpenAI. He secured the joint-first position on the list of the Most Innovative Leaders of 2019 by Forbes.
The current President of the United States, Donald John Trump is another of the famous Wharton alumni. Born on 14th June 1946 in New York City, he completed his bachelor’s degree in economics from the Wharton School in 1968. He became the 45th President of the United States of America in 2016 after defeating Hillary Clinton, the nominee of the Democratic Party. Although his tenure has sparked various protests in opposition to his policies, he is seeking a second term as the nominee of the Republican Party in the 2020 Presidential elections which is scheduled to be held in November.
Born on 6th April 1939 in New York city, John Sculley completed his MBA degree from the Wharton School and is considered to be among the most notable of its alumni. He was the CEO of the American multinational technology company Apple Inc. from 1983 till his resignation from the post in 1993. He has also held the position of vice president and president of PepsiCo between 1970 and 1983. A renowned expert in marketing, he is currently involved with numerous hi-tech start up companies including OpenPeak, Inflexion Point, nextSource, WorldMate etc.
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Born on 24th May 1960, Alex Gorsky is among the most notable Wharton Alumni. The current chairman and CEO of the American multinational corporation Johnson & Johnson, Gorsky completed an Executive MBA degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1996. Named among the 100 Most Inspiring Leaders by Pharma Voice, he also received the Joseph Wharton Leadership Award in 2014. He is also a member of the board of directors at IBM and the National Academy Foundation along with being the recipient of the prestigious Congressional Medal of Honor.
Another notable Wharton alumni, Anil Ambani is an Indian businessman who completed his MBA at the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1983. The chairman of the Reliance group, he was born on 4th June 1959. He had served as an independent MP (Member of Parliament) at the Rajya Sabha between 2004 and 2006. He was once declared as the sixth richest man in the world according to by Forbes, but his net worth has been dwindling to the effect that he recently declared bankruptcy before a court in the UK while claiming that his current net worth is zero.
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The co-founder and managing partner at Blume Ventures, Karthik Reddy graduated with an MBA from the Wharton School and is an engineering major from IIT, Roorkee as well. Reddy founded Blume Ventures with Sanjay Nath with an aim to connect angels with larger institutional investors present in the Indian markets. Blume has funded about 50 startups since 2010 and has won many accolades including Seed VC Investor of 2018 (Venture Intelligence Apex’19), No.1 Active Investors (CB Insights, 2017) and Best Fundraiser (VCCircle, 2016).
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