Here’s where the world’s most influential tech founders and CEOs went to college — and what they studied

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College is where many figure out what they’re actually interested in and determine the career they want to pursue.
We researched the degrees and schools attended by well-known tech CEOs, many of whom launched their companies or landed on the idea for their first startup while studying at college.
Here’s where 52 CEOs and founders in the tech industry went to school, and what they studied.

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For new college students, choosing a major can feel like a decision that shapes one’s life trajectory. But a degree in computer science is no guarantee that you’ll create the next billion-dollar startup, and a philosophy degree won’t necessarily keep you from starting a business. 

The best and brightest CEOs in tech come from a wide-range of educational backgrounds.

Some of their chosen majors link up perfectly with what they ended up accomplishing, while others decided to drop out before reaching graduation. 

But whether you major in international studies like Bumble’s Whitney Wolfe, or metallurgical engineering like Google’s Sundar Pichai, there are plenty of ways to make it big in tech.  

Here’s where 52 tech CEOs and founders went to college and what they majored in:

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Reed Hastings — cofounder & CEO, Netflix

Alma Maters: Bowdoin University (B.A.), Stanford University (M.S.) 

Majors: Mathematics (B.A.), computer science (M.S.)

Hastings deferred his college acceptance for one year to continue his summer job: selling vacuums door-to-door. While at Bowdoin, Hastings ran the Outing Club, which organized climbing and canoeing trips. 

Jack Ma — cofounder & CEO, Alibaba

Alma Maters: Hangzhou Normal University (B.A.), Cheung Kong Graduate School of Business (MBA.)

Majors: English (B.A.), MBA. 

Ma didn’t get into college on his first attempt. Or his second. Or even his third. In all, Jack Ma applied to college four separate times before he was accepted and got an English degree. Now, he is worth more than $40 billion. 

Susan Wojcicki — CEO, YouTube

Alma Maters: Harvard University (B.A.), U.C. Santa Cruz (M.S.), University of California Los Angeles (MBA)

Majors: History (B.A.) and literature (B.A.), economics (M.S.), MBA 

Wojcicki comes from a family of academics, and fully expected to become one herself. Her plan was originally to get a Ph.D. in economics, but she changed course after finding she was passionate about technology. She would eventually go on to become the 16th employee hired by Google, and has been on a steady rise ever since. 

James Park — founder & CEO, Fitbit

Alma Mater: Harvard University (dropped out)

Major: Computer science 

Park dropped out of Harvard to pursue a career as an entrepreneur. He started Fitbit in 2007.


Ryan Roslansky — CEO, LinkedIn

Alma Mater: University of California, David (dropped out)

Majors: Economics, political science

Roslansky dropped out of college as a sophomore after finding success the year before with a website called Housing Media, designed to help students find roommates and rentals. After selling the company and working for six years at Yahoo, Roslansky joined LinkedIn in 2009. He replaced Jeff Weiner as LinkedIn’s CEO in February 2020.

Dara Khosrowshahi — CEO, Uber

Alma Mater: Brown …read more

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