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World's richest alumni: Mumbai University beats Cambridge

Last updated on: April 27, 2013 10:08 IST

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With 17 universities in the top 20, the United States of America dominates the global alumni rankings.

Singapore-based wealth analysis firm Wealth X has compiled a list of the top universities that have the richest alumni in the world.

Titled the UK University UHNW (ultra high net worth) Alumni Rankings Special Report, the study ranks UK universities based on the number of ultra high net worth (UHNW) alumni.

The 18-page report features a total of 2,318 UHNW alumni from top 20 universities in the world.

These UHNW individuals have a combined net worth of US$267 billion.

With fifteen universities from the United States of America making it to the top 20, it clearly dominates the global rankings.

Only three universities from the United Kingdom made it to the global top 20, while India's University of Mumbai also made it to the list surpassing the prestigious University of Cambridge and Brown University.

Also, according to the report, males represent 91 per cent of the richest alumni population.

Click NEXT to find out which universities have the richest alumni and where Mumbai stands in the list

20. Brown University, USA

Image: University Hall, one of the oldest buildings in the Brown University campus
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One of America's oldest private league university makes it the top 20 list.

CNN founder Ted Turner, governor Bobby Jindal and actor Emma Watson have all graduated from this university.

Number of richest alumni: 349

Total alumni worth: $23bn

19. University of Cambridge, UK

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One of United Kingdom's oldest public research university, the University of Cambridge is ranked at Number 19 in terms of alumni worth.

According to the report, this institute does not have the highest population of rich alumni, but at $93 billion dollars, it definitely has the highest alumni worth in the whole of UK.

Leading physicist and author Stephen Hawking, Nobel laureate Amartya Sen, actors Ian McKellen, Emma Thompson and Stephen Fry have studied at this university.

Number of richest alumni: 361

Total alumni worth: $93bn

18. University of Mumbai, India

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The Mumbai University is the only university from Asia to have featured in the Top 20.

With the likes of Mukesh Ambani, MD Reliance Industries, Chanda Kochhar, CEO, ICICI Ltd and cricketer Sunil Gavaskar among its notable alumni, this university has definitely made the country proud today.

Number of richest alumni: 372

Total alumni worth: $37bn

17. University of Southern California

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The private research university had the distinction of producing athletes who have brought home the highest number of Olympic medals (287) so far.

According to this ranking, the University of South California also produces rich graduates.

Creator of the Star Wars franchise George Lucas graduated from the University's School of Cinematic Arts. Astronaut Neil Armstrong and actor Zeenat Aman also studied here.

Number of richest alumni: 374

Total alumni worth: $66bn

16. University of Oxford, UK

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With over 400 rich graduates to its credit, the University of Oxford tops the UK list of richest alumni and ranks at Number 16 in the global rankings.

Bestselling author Amitav Ghosh, television commentator Karan Thapar and actor Girish Karnad have pursued their graduation from Oxford.

Number of richest alumni: 401

Total worth: $51bn

15. University of Michigan, USA

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The public research university, which is also the oldest in Michigan is ranked at Number 16.

The University of Michigan has so far produced 26 Rhodes scholars, seven Nobel prize winners, 116 Olympic medallists and 18 Pulitzer prize winners.

Number of richest alumni: 410

Total alumni worth: $70bn

14. University of California, Berkeley, USA

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On number 14 is the University of California, Berkeley.

This University is home to 71 Nobel prize winners, 20 Academy and 11 Pulitzer prize winners.

Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak and actor Gregory Peck are among its notable alumni.

Number of richest alumni: 447

Total alumni worth: $72bn

13. Northwestern University, USA

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With 451 graduates, America's Northwestern University, USA comes in at Number 13.

Among its two lakh odd alumni include several Nobel laureates and 38 Pulitzer Prize winners.

Number of richest alumni: 451

Total alumni worth: $36bn


12. Boston University, USA

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One of the largest private universities in the US, the Boston University now prides itself for being one the highest contributors of the economy.

Between its faculty and alumni, this university has produced seven Nobel and 22 Pulitzer Prize winners so far.

Number of richest alumni: 291

Total alumni worth: $38bn

11. University of Virginia, USA

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Ever since it was conceived and designed by the country's president Thomas Jefferson in 1819, it has added several feathers to its cap, the distinction of producing wealthy graduates being the the latest.

Ex-president of NASDAQ Alfred Berkeley and chairman of PepsiCo Steven Reinemund graduated from Virginia University.

Number of richest alumni: 499

Total alumni worth: $31bn

10. Princeton University, USA

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One of the prestigious Ivy league universities makes it to the Top 10 global list of alumni-rich universities.

Now we understand why this university has the largest university endowment in the world.

Amazon founder Jeff Bezos and the country's first lady Michelle Obama are among Princeton's famous alumni.

Number of richest alumni: 508

Total alumni worth: $70bn


9. Cornell University, USA

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At number 9 is this private Ivy league university founded in 1865.

Founder of PricewaterhouseCoopers Bjorn Hanson, Burger King founder David Edgerton and founder David Litman are some entrepreneurs who have graduated from this university.

Number of richest alumni: 528

Total alumni worth: $60bn

8. Yale University, USA

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The seventeenth century institution also has an impressive list of influential alumni.

Forty nine Nobel laureates, five US presidents and 19 Supreme Court Justices have been part of this institute.

Among its notable graduates include former US president Bill Clinton and former CEO of Reuters Tom Glocer.

Number of richest alumni: 568

Total alumni worth: $125bn

7. Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA

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At number 7 is the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, USA.

This is one of the few universities to have produced 78 Nobel laureates.

Founder of Bose Corporation Amar Bose, co-founder of Hewlett-Packard (HP)William Redington Hewlett and CEO of DropBox Drew Houston are some of its influential graduates.

Number of richest alumni: 581

Total alumni worth: $172bn

6. University of Chicago, USA

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One of the most prestigious universities in the world, the University of Chicago boasts of an exhaustive list of alumni which include 87 Nobel laureates and 49 Rhodes scholars.

Oracle co-founder Larry Ellison, astronomer Edwin Hubble and former CEO of Goldman Sachs Jon Corzine are all products of this university.

Number of richest alumni: 658

Total alumni worth: $144bn

5. New York University, USA

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With Fortune 500 companies like Yahoo!, XEROX and AECOM being headed by NYU alumni, this university has every reason to make it to the Top 5.

Number of richest alumni: 828

Total alumni worth: $110bn

4. Columbia University, USA

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Up next is the Columbia University.

Over 16 chief executives of Fortune 500 companies are Columbia graduates.

Also according to a Forbes feature on Billionaire universities, three of the 25 richest Americans and 20 living billionaires including American tycoon Warren Buffet have all studied at this university.

Number of richest alumni: 889

Total alumni worth: $116bn

3. Stanford University, USA

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Rounding off the Top three is Stanford University, USA.

According to a Forbes report, in 2009, it had produced the second highest billionaires in the world.

Among this university's notable graduates include founder of Dolby Laboratories Ray Dolby and Nike co-founder Phil Knight.

Wipro founder Azim Premji has an electrical engineering degree from Stanford.

Number of richest alumni: 1,174

Total alumni worth: $171bn

2. University of Pennsylvania, USA

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One of the founding members of the Association of American Universities emerged runner up.

According to Forbes, it has 18 living billionaires to its credit, as of 2010.

Chairman of Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group Anil Ambani, CEO Warner Music Group Stephen Cooper and billionaire investor Ronald Perelman are some of its influential graduates.

Number of richest alumni: 1,502

Total alumni worth: $242bn

1. Harvard University, USA

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With over 2900 rich graduates, Harvard University tops the list of international universities.

At 52, it also has the most number of billionaires according to Wealth-X.

Chairman of Barclays Plc Marcus Agius, CEO Microsoft Steve Ballmer and CEO, Chairman Goldman Sachs Lloyd Blankfein have all graduated from this university.

Number of richest alumni: 2,964

Total worth: $622bn