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Fortune 100 CEOs [Infographic]

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There are hundreds of thousands of people starting businesses every year. Many of those businesses end up succeeding and the person who started them is now making a good salary income, usually enough to pay a few workers and live comfortably each year. They may not make enough to be considered millionaires, but they make a comfortable living. There are also many businesses that fail every year, some which never even lasted a month, and others which, unfortunately, didn't last the year.

Failed businesses have many variables that could have taken place such as the founder lost interest, lost passion, ran out of money, or just had more competition than anticipated. There are still plenty of other founders who push through and find success in their efforts.

Owners of a successful business may be satisfied and comfortable in making just enough to live off of each year, able to pay their bills, mortgage, and afford a few others. There are still others who find a great niche and are able to drive their business to make millions and even billions a year.

What makes for a successful owner of a business? What is needed to be a successful business owner? Is it college? Was it their course of study? Is a college education even necessary? Men like Bill Gates (Microsoft), Paul Allen (Microsoft), Steve Jobs (Apple), Larry Ellison (Oracle), Ted Turner (TBS and CNN), Mark Zuckerberg (Facebook), Gabe Newell (Valve Corporation), Ralph Lauren (Ralph Lauren), Michael Dell (DELL), Simon Cowell (American Idol), Walt Disney (Disney), Richard Branson (Virgin Atlantic Airways) all dropped out of college or had very little education. Some of the following women either dropped out of college or had no education such as Rachel Ray (Rachel Ray), Debbi Fields (Mrs. Fields Cookies), Mary Kay Ash (Mary Kay Cosmetics), Jenny Craig (Jenny Craig), and Coco Chanel (Coco Chanel).

Did successful owners have a vision? Do they have a lot of money right from the start? Do they know someone in the business and play the right cards? Do they inherit their fortune or the company? Do they sleep with anyone to get ahead in their career? Probably not. They may just be in the right place at the right time, pushing the right buttons, having the right common sense, and knowing what to do in order to establish their successful companies.

Age is also just a number in the game of business. Many successful business owners became successful anywhere between the ages of 40 and 65, with several self-made million and billionaires being younger than 30 and older than 80. Race, Gender, and Ethnicity may also play a role, as certain groups may have advantages over others, though there are still plenty of successful business owners who came from impoverished homes and worked hard to get where they are today.

Success might be in the DNA or genetic code of a person. Luck may play a role. Success may just be in the determination and passion a person has. Success may be about who you know or what you know. Success might be a niche or success may lie in a certain place or a certain time. Whether successful or not, failure too, must play its role in every person's life, and while no one goes through life completely successful, there will always be failures along the way. Perhaps it is this failure which drives us towards success.

This infographic covers in detail the demographics, education, and career paths of 100 Fortune 100 CEOs.

DNA of Fortune 100 CEOs [Infographic]

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  1. Michael T. Duke // Walmart
  2. Rex W. Tilerson // Exxon Mobile
  3. John S. Watson // Chevron
  4. Greg C. Garland // Phillips 66
  5. Warren Buffett // Berkshire Hathaway
  6. Tim Cook // Apple
  7. Daniel Akerson // General Motors
  8. Jeffrey Immelt // General Eletric
  9. William Klesse // Valero Energy
  10. Alan R. Mulally // Ford Motor Company
  11. Randall L. Stephenson // AT&T
  12. Timothy J. Mayopoulos // Fannie Mae
  13. Larry J. Merlo // CVS Caremark
  14. John Hammergren // McKesson
  15. Meg Whitman // HP
  16. Lowell McAdam // Verizon Communications
  17. Stephen J. Hemsley // UnitedHealth Group
  18. Jamie Dimon // JPMorgan Chase
  19. George Barrett // Cardinal Health
  20. Ginni Rometty // IBM
  21. Brian T. Moynihan // Bank of America
  22. W. Craig Jelinek // Costco Wholesale
  23. David Dillon // Kroger
  24. George Paz // Express Scripts
  25. John Stumpf // Wells Fargo
  26. Michael Corbat // Citigroup
  27. Patricia A. Woertz // Archers Daniels Midland
  28. Robert A. McDonald // P&G
  29. John R. Stangfeld Jr. // Prudential Financial
  30. Jim McNerney // The Boeing Company
  31. Donald H. Layton // Freddie Mac
  32. Steven H. Collis // AmerisourceBergen
  33. Gary R. Heminger // Marathon Petroleum
  34. Frank Blake // Home Depot
  35. Steve Balmer // Microsoft
  36. Gregg Steinhafel // Target
  37. Gregory Wasson // Walgreens
  38. Robert H. Benmosche // AIG
  39. Sean O' Connor // INTL FCStone
  40. Steven A. Kandarian // MetLife
  41. Alex Gorsky // Johnson & Johnson
  42. Doug Oberhelman // Caterpillar
  43. Indra Nooyi // PepsiCo
  44. Edward B. Rust, Jr. // State Farm
  45. Ryan M. Lance // ConocoPhillips
  46. Brian L. Roberts // Comcast
  47. Joseph R. Swedish // Well Point
  48. Ian Read // Pfizer
  49. Jeff Bezos // Amazon
  50. Louis R. Chenevert // United Technologies
  51. Michael Dell // Dell
  52. Andrew N. Liveris // Dow Chemical
  53. Scott Davis // UPS
  54. Brian Krzanich // Intel
  55. Larry Page // Google
  56. Robert Niblock // Lowe's
  57. Muhtar Kent // Coca-Cola
  58. Kenneth Frazier // Merck
  59. Marillyn A. Hewson // Lockheed Martin
  60. John T. Chambers // Cisco
  61. Hubert Joly // Best Buy
  62. Robert Edwards // Safeway
  63. Frederick Wallace Smith // FedEx
  64. Michael Creel // Enterprise Products Partners
  65. William J. DeLaney III // Sysco
  66. Bob Iger // Disney Company
  67. Stephen A. Roell // Johnson Controls
  68. Lloyd C. Blankfein // Goldman Sachs
  69. Carl Casale // CHS
  70. Miles D. White // Abbott Laboratories
  71. Edward Lampert // Sears Holding
  72. Ellen J. Kullman // DuPont
  73. Bruce Broussard // Humana
  74. Michael J. Kasbar // World Fuel Services
  75. John B. Hess // Hess
  76. Alain Monie // Ingram Micro
  77. Greg L. Armstrong // Plains All American Pipeline
  78. David M. Cote // Honeywell International
  79. Jeffery A. Smisek // United Continental Holdings
  80. Larry Ellison // Oracle
  81. David H. Long // Liberty Mutual
  82. Richard M. Bracken // HCA Holdings
  83. Richard H. Anderson // Delta Airlines
  84. Mark Bertolini // Aetna
  85. Samuel R. Allen // Deere
  86. Sam K. Duncan // Supervalu
  87. Daniel Hesse // Sprint Nextel
  88. Irene Rosenfeld // Mondeléz International
  89. Theodore A. Mathas // New York Life Insurance
  90. Kenneth I. Chenault // American Express
  91. Rupert Murdoch // News Corp.
  92. Thomas J. Wilson // Allstate
  93. Donnie Smith // Tyson Foods
  94. Roger W. Crandall // MA Mutual Life Insurance
  95. Gregory J. Goff // Tesoro
  96. James P. Gorman // Morgan Stanley
  97. Roger W. Ferguson, Jr. // TIAA-CREF
  98. Phebe N. Novakovic // General Dynamics
  99. André Calantzopoulos // Phillip Morris International
  100. Stephen S. Rasmussen // Nationwide

Demographics //

White / 94%
Indian / 1%
Turkish / 1%
Black / 4%

Gender //

Men / 92%
Women / 8%

Age //
Mean: 57
Median: 57
Mode: 57

Compensation //

Mean: 18.4 million
Median: 11.1 million
Standard Deviation: 40.2 million

Undergraduate Institutions //


Brown / 2%
Cornell / 3%
Harvard / 5%
Notre Dame / 2%
Penn St. / 2%
Princeton / 3%
Purdue / 2%
San Diego St. / 2%
Stanford / 2%
Texas A&M / 2%
Tufts / 2%
U of Kansas / 2%
U of Michigan / 2%
U. of N. Carolina / 2%
West Point / 2%
Yale / 3%
Other / 60%

Undergraduate Degrees //

Of the 100 Fortune 100 CEOs, there are 100 Bachelor's Degrees

B.S. / 64%
B.A / 36%

Business Administration

Engineering / 14%
Chemistry / 2%
Chemical Engineering / 2%
Accounting / 9%
Mathematics / 2%
History / 2%
Economics / 8%
Business Administration / 11%
Other / 50%

Graduate Institutions //

Of the 100 Fortune 100 CEos, there are a total of 41 different institutions which were attended.


Columbia / 5%
Cornell / 6%
Duke / 3%
Harvard / 19%
Kellogg / 3%
Sloan / 5%
New York U / 3%
S. Methodist / 4%
Stanford / 3%
U of Utah / 3%
Wharton / 6%
Other / 40%

Graduate Degrees //

Of the 100 Fortune 100 CEOs, there are a total of 65 graduate degrees, including PH.Ds and J.D.s


J.D. / 20%
Economics / 6%
MBA / 57%
Other / 17%

Former Track //

Data taken from the position held immediately prior to serving as CEO. Many individuals served in a multitude of capacities during their careers.

Division CEO//6
CEO (Other Org)//5
President (Other Org)//4
Division President/SVP//3

Military Service //
Of the Fortune 100 CEOS there are:
3 Soldiers
2 Sailors
1 Marine


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  • There are hundreds of thousands of people starting businesses every year. Many succeed and many others fail.
  • Failed businesses may occur when an owner has lost interest, ran out of money, or has more competition than anticipated.
  • Owners of a successful business may be living comfortably or desire to make more money.
  • Age is just a number in determining the success of a company. Gender, Race, and Ethnicity may play a large role in determining the success of an owner.