Network World magazine names UC Berkeley top school for tech CEOs

Aspiring to become a high-tech CEO? Wondering which university to attend? The results of a survey by Network World magazine suggests that the University of California, Berkeley, is a good bet.

UC Berkeley landed in the top spot for U.S. colleges that produced the most influential high-tech CEOs, according to the tech magazine, which analyzed the educational backgrounds of the 50 highest-paid and most powerful CEOs in the U.S. tech industry. The top executives had a total of 81 undergraduate, master’s and doctorate degrees among them, and the magazine looked for the schools that showed up most frequently.

UC Berkeley degrees appeared five times out of 81 — more than any other university on the list. Three of the degrees — bachelor’s, master’s and doctorate — were held by one engineering alumnus, Paul Jacobs, CEO and chairman of Qualcomm. Both Paul Otellini, CEO and president of Intel, and Shantanu Narayan, CEO and president of Adobe, earned their master’s degrees at UC Berkeley’s Haas School of Business.

Stanford University came in second, representing four of the 81 degrees on the list, followed by two third-place finishes, Harvard University and Dartmouth College, each boasting three degrees. Rounding out the magazine’s top 10 colleges are six universities that tied for fourth place. Degrees from the California Institute of Technology, Columbia University, Cornell University, Northwestern University, Princeton University and the University of Pennsylvania each showed up twice on the magazine’s list.