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Here's What the Leaders of the 11 Most Successful U.S. Companies Studied in College

Find out what types of degrees led Tim Cook, Mary Barra and other CEOs to the top of the ladder.
Here's What the Leaders of the 11 Most Successful U.S. Companies Studied in College
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This story originally appeared on Business Insider

If you want to be the CEO of a powerful company, choosing the right college major is an important place to start.

We took a look at the leaders of the top 11 companies in this year's Fortune 500, and by and large, they each majored in a field directly related to industry of their future employer. And nearly all of the CEOs obtained post-graduate education after getting their bachelor's degree.

Here are the college degrees held by some of America's most powerful CEOs.

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Here's What the Leaders of the 11 Most Successful U.S. Companies Studied in College

Steven Collis -- AmerisourceBergen

Steven Collis -- AmerisourceBergen
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AmerisourceBergen is worth $17.31 billion.

B.S. in commerce -- University of the Witwatersrand

Honors bachelor of commerce -- University of the Witwatersrand

Here's What the Leaders of the 11 Most Successful U.S. Companies Studied in College

James Hackett -- Ford Motor Company

James Hackett -- Ford Motor Company
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Ford Motor Company is worth $46.65 billion.

B.S. in finance -- University of Michigan

Here's What the Leaders of the 11 Most Successful U.S. Companies Studied in College

Randall Stephenson -- AT&T

Randall Stephenson -- AT&T
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AT&T is worth $212.54 billion.

B.S. in accounting -- University of Central Oklahoma

Master of Accountancy -- University of Oklahoma

Here's What the Leaders of the 11 Most Successful U.S. Companies Studied in College

Mary Barra -- General Motors

Mary Barra -- General Motors
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General Motors is worth $61.64 billion.

B.S. in electrical engineering -- General Motors Institute

M.B.A. -- Stanford University

Here's What the Leaders of the 11 Most Successful U.S. Companies Studied in College

Larry Merlo -- CVS Health

Larry Merlo -- CVS Health
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CVS Health Corp. is worth $71.18 billion.

B.S. in pharmacy -- University of Pittsburgh

Here's What the Leaders of the 11 Most Successful U.S. Companies Studied in College

David Wichmann -- UnitedHealth Group

David Wichmann -- UnitedHealth Group
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UnitedHealth Group is worth $202.57 billion.

B.S. in accounting -- Illinois State University

Here's What the Leaders of the 11 Most Successful U.S. Companies Studied in College

John Hammergren -- McKesson

John Hammergren -- McKesson
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McKesson is worth $29.41 billion.

B.A. in business administration -- University of Minnesota

M.B.A. -- Xavier University

Here's What the Leaders of the 11 Most Successful U.S. Companies Studied in College

Darren Woods -- ExxonMobil

Darren Woods -- ExxonMobil
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ExxonMobil is worth $339.55 billion.

B.S. in electrical engineering -- Texas A&M University

M.B.A. -- Northwestern University

Here's What the Leaders of the 11 Most Successful U.S. Companies Studied in College

Tim Cook -- Apple

Tim Cook -- Apple
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Apple is worth $871.85 billion.

B.S. in industrial engineering -- Auburn University

M.B.A. -- Duke University

Here's What the Leaders of the 11 Most Successful U.S. Companies Studied in College

Warren Buffett -- Berkshire Hathaway

Warren Buffett -- Berkshire Hathaway
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Berkshire Hathaway is worth $443.69 billion.

B.S. in business administration -- University of Nebraska

M.S. in economics -- Columbia University

Here's What the Leaders of the 11 Most Successful U.S. Companies Studied in College

Doug McMillon -- Walmart

Doug McMillon -- Walmart
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Walmart is worth $228.28 billion.

B.S. in business administration -- University of Arkansas

M.B.A. in finance -- University of Tulsa

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  • Here's What the Leaders of the 11 Most Successful U.S. Companies Studied in College
  • 1. Steven Collis -- AmerisourceBergen
  • 2. James Hackett -- Ford Motor Company
  • 3. Randall Stephenson -- AT&T
  • 4. Mary Barra -- General Motors
  • 5. Larry Merlo -- CVS Health
  • 6. David Wichmann -- UnitedHealth Group
  • 7. John Hammergren -- McKesson
  • 8. Darren Woods -- ExxonMobil
  • 9. Tim Cook -- Apple
  • 10. Warren Buffett -- Berkshire Hathaway
  • 11. Doug McMillon -- Walmart
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