9 universities that graduate the most top CEOs

Cambridge, Mass.-based Harvard University generates more high-level CEOs than any other academic institution in the U.S. or U.K., according to an analysis from The UK Domain.

For the analysis, researchers examined data on CEOs from the 100 biggest companies in both the Fortune 500 and London Stock Exchange.

"The CEOs of the FTSE 100 and Fortune 100 companies are arguably some of the most influential leaders in the world," James Barnes, a spokesperson for The UK Domain, told CNBC. "We conducted this research in order to understand what this elite group of individuals have in common, and what it takes to climb to the top."

In total, 176 CEOs received an undergraduate degree, 22 completed a doctorate degree and three did not attend college. A majority (69 percent) of CEOs did not achieve a master's degree in business administration.

Here are nine universities that graduated the most top CEOs. The list includes ties, which are represented with bullets and result in a numerical listing of five.

  1. Harvard University (Cambridge, Mass.) — 6 CEO alumni

  1. University of Oxford (England) — 5 CEO alumni
  • University of Cambridge (England) — 5 CEO alumni

  1. Cornell University (Ithaca, N.Y.) — 4 CEO alumni
  • Texas A&M University (College Station) — 4 CEO alumni

  1. University of Michigan-Ann Arbor — 3 CEO alumni
  • Imperial College (London) — 3 CEO alumni

  1. Bowdoin College (Brunswick, Maine) — 2 CEO alumni
  • Carleton College (Northfield, ) — 2 CEO alumni

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