10 Prominent Businessmen Who Were in Frats
Warren Buffet, CEO of Berkshire Hathaway
Alpha Sigma Phi, University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School
Warren buffet is an investor, philanthropist, and business magnate. He is the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway, a conglomerate that owns companies like GEICO, Helzberg Diamonds, Fruit of the Loom, Dairy-Queen and also acquired percentages of other companies like Apple, American Express, Coca Cola and Wells Fargo. In 1947 Buffet entered the Wharton School (business) at the University of Pennsylvania. He was there for two years before transferring. In that time he joined Alpha Sigma Phi. In 2009 Buffet and Bill Gates started The Giving Pledge in which they and other billionaires give away half their wealth to philanthropic causes. Warren Buffet is the third wealthiest person in the world. His net worth is US $90.2 billion.
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook
Alpha Epsilon Pi, Harvard University
At just 34 years old, Mark Zuckerberg has a net worth of US $67.1 billion. He is the chief executive officer, chairman and co founder of Facebook. As a programming prodigy, Zuckerberg went to Harvard before dropping out his sophomore year to pursue the expanding of his social media business. While in school he studied psychology and computer science. He also joined Alpha Epsilon Pi when he was there. In 2016 Zuckerberg was ranked 10th on Forbes list of The World’s Most Powerful People.
Michael Bloomberg, CEO of Bloomberg L.P.
Phi Kappa Psi, John Hopkins University
Michael Bloomberg is businessman, politician and philanthropist. He is the founder and CEO of the software, media and global financial company Bloomberg L.P. He was also the 108th Mayor of New York City and served three consecutive terms. Bloomberg went to John Hopkins University where he pledged Phi Kappa Psi. He graduated in 1964 with an Bachelor of Science degree in Electrical Engineering. Bloomberg has an estimated net worth of US $51.8 billion and is the 11th wealthiest person in the world. He is also apart of The Giving Pledge alongside of Warren Buffet and Bill Gates.
Charles & David Koch, Co-owners of Koch Industries
Beta Theta Pi, MIT
Charles and David Koch are sons of Fred C. Koch, an American chemical engineer that established the oil refinery firm Koch Industries. Charles and David are now co-owners of Koch Industries and each own 42%. Charles is the chairman and chief executive officer while David serves as executive vice president. Both attended the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Charles graduated in 1960 and David graduated in 1962. Both of them were members of Beta Theta Pi. They are tied for12th richest person in the world with each a net worth of US $50.7billion.
Brian L. Roberts, CEO of Comcast
Zeta Psi, University of Pennsylvania’s Wharton School
Brian L. Roberts is currently the chairman and CEO of the telecommunications conglomerate Comcast. He became the CEO in 1990 when the company had 657 million dollars in annual revenue and now it has 87.4 billion in annual revenue. Roberts graduated from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1981. There he joined the Zeta Psi chapter. His net worth is US $1.98 billion.
Rex Tillerson, CEO of Exxon
Alpha Phi Omega, University of Texas in Austin
Rex Tillerson joined Exxon (oil company) as a production engineer in 1975 and rose through the ranks to become chairman and chief executive officer from 2006-2017 when he left to become Secretary of State for the Trump administration. Tillerson attended the University of Texas in Austin to get his Bachelor of Science Degree in Civil Engineering. There he joined Alpha Phi Omega and played snare drum for the marching band. Tillerson is estimate to be worth at least 300 million dollars.
Jeffrey Immelt, CEO of General Electric
Phi Delta Alpha, Dartmouth
Jeffrey Immelt was the chairman and CEO of the business conglomerate General Electric from 2001-2017. He now works as a venture partner at New Enterprise Associates, a venture capital firm with 18 billion dollars in assets under management. Immelt studied mathematics and economics at Dartmouth. There he was the president of Phi Delta Alpha and graduated in 1978. He currently sits on the Dartmouth’s board of trustees. His net worth is estimated at 90 million dollars.
W. James McNerney Jr. CEO of Boeing
Delta Kappa Epsilon Yale University
James McNerney has worked as president and CEO of many major business conglomerates such as General Electric Electrical Distribution and Control, GE Aircraft Engines, 3M and Boeing. He attended Yale where he pledged Delta Kappa Epsilon when George W. Bush was president of the fraternity. McNerney served as chairman for President Barack Obama’s Export Council. He is on the board of directors for Boeing, Proctor & Gamble and IBM.
Alan G. Lafley, CEO of Proctor & Gamble
Psi Upsilon, Hamilton College
Alan G. Lafley served as chairman, president and CEO at the consumer goods corporation Proctor & Gamble from 2000-2010 and then again from 2013-2015. He oversaw mega brands like Tide, Crest and Pampers and brought in newer brands like Swiffer and Febreze. He graduated Hamilton College in 1969 where he pledged Psi Upsilon. Lafley has won many awards for his business leadership
Douglas R. Oberhelman, CEO of Caterpillar Inc.
Sigma Alpha Epsilon, Millikin University
Douglas R. Oberhelman was the former chairman and CEO of the manufacturing company Caterpillar Inc. Oberhelman went to Millikin University in Illinois where he was a member of Sigma Alpha Epsilon and graduated in 1975. Right after college he started working for Caterpillar Inc. and became Vice President twenty years later in 1995. He became CEO in 2010 then retired in 2017.