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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Columbia Business School and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Columbia Business School, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Columbia Business School include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Columbia Business School alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Columbia Business School are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Columbia Business School.

The list you're viewing contains graduates like Warren Buffett and Alexander Haig.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Columbia Business School?” and “Which celebrities are Columbia Business School alumni?”

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Warren Buffett is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni
Warren Buffett Businessperson, Investor, Entrepreneur Warren Edward Buffett is an American business magnate, investor and philanthropist. He was the most successful investor of the 20th century. Buffett is the chairman, CEO and largest shareholder ...more

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Henry Kravis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni
Henry Kravis Businessperson, Investor, Entrepreneur Henry R. Kravis is an American businessman. He is the co-founder of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., a private equity firm with $94.3 billion in assets as of December 31, 2013. He has an ...more

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Sallie Krawcheck is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni
Sallie Krawcheck Businessperson Ms. Krawcheck is the Chairman and Chief Executive Officer, Citi Global Wealth Management. Until March 2007, Ms. Krawcheck served as Chief Financial Officer and Head of Strategy for Citigroup

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Leonard Lauder is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni
Leonard Lauder Leonard A. Lauder is an American businessman. He is the chairman emeritus of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. He was chief executive until 1999. Today Estée Lauder operates several ...more

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Alexander Haig is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni
Alexander Haig Soldier, Civil servant Alexander Meigs Haig Jr. was a United States Army general who served as the United States Secretary of State under President Ronald Reagan and White House Chief of Staff under Presidents Richard ...more

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Robert J. Stevens is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni
Robert J. Stevens Businessperson Robert J. Stevens, is a retired Executive Chairman of Lockheed Martin. He was the Chairman, President and Chief Executive Officer of Lockheed Martin until January 1, 2013 when Marillyn Hewson ...more

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Mitch Albom is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni
Mitch Albom Journalist, Musician, Novelist Mitchell David "Mitch" Albom is an American best-selling author, journalist, screenwriter, dramatist, radio and television broadcaster, and musician. His books have sold over 35 ...more

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Jonathan Root is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni
Jonathan Root As a physician, Jon Root evaluates investments in the medical field with a practitioner's eye. A common investment criteria when evaluating business opportunities in the biotechnology or medical ...more

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Irving Kahn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni
Irving Kahn Investor, Financial adviser, Financial Analyst Irving Kahn was an American businessman and investor. He was the oldest living active investment professional. He was an early disciple of Benjamin Graham, the creator of the value investing ...more

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Vikram Pandit is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni
Vikram Pandit Businessperson Vikram Pandit is the Chief Executive Officer of Citi. He has over 25 years of management experience at Morgan Stanley and Citigroup.

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Meyer Feldberg is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni
Meyer Feldberg Businessperson, Educator Meyer Feldberg has been Senior Advisor of Morgan Stanley since March 21, 2005. Professor Feldberg is widely acknowledged to be one of the most highly regarded counselors to leaders in business ...more

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Erskine Bowles is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni
Erskine Bowles Businessperson, Politician, Business Administration Erskine Boyce Bowles is an American businessman and political figure from North Carolina. He served from 2005 to 2010 as the president of the University of North Carolina system. In 1997–98 he ...more

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Mario Gabelli is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni
Mario Gabelli Businessperson, Investor, Stock trader Mario Joseph Gabelli is an American stock investor, investment advisor, and financial analyst. He is the founder, chairman, and CEO of Gabelli Asset Management Company Investors a $30 billion ...more

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Mike Jeffries is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni
Mike Jeffries Businessperson Michael Stanton "Mike" Jeffries is an American businessperson and was chief executive officer of Abercrombie & Fitch Co. until December 9, 2014.

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Irvine Laidlaw, Baron Laidlaw is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni
Irvine Laidlaw, Baron Laidlaw Politician Irvine Alan Stewart Laidlaw, Baron Laidlaw is a Scottish businessman, and a former member of the House of Lords. In the Sunday Times Rich List 2012 ranking of the wealthiest people in the UK he ...more

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Ari Bousbib is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni
Ari Bousbib Businessperson Ari Bousbib has been President of Otis Elevator Co., a subsidiary of United Technologies Corp., since April 2002.

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Piyush Gupta is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni
Piyush Gupta Entrepreneur Piyush Gupta has a proven record of delivering enterprise software to the marketplace over the last 20 years. Prior to Exeros, Piyush Gupta was founder and CEO of Promeria Software, a venture ...more

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Crandall Close Bowles is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni
Crandall Close Bowles Businessperson Mrs. Bowles has been Chairman of Springs Industries, Inc., a windows home furnishings company, since 1998 and a member of its board since 1978. Bowles is the fifth generation of the Springs ...more

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Keith S. Sherin is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni
Keith S. Sherin Businessperson Keith S. Sherin is the CEO of GE Capital.

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Rochelle B Lazarus is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni
Rochelle B Lazarus Businessperson A graduate of Smith College, Ms. Lazarus holds an M.B.A. from Columbia University. She joined Ogilvy Mather Worldwide, a multinational advertising agency, in 1971, becoming president of its U.S. ...more

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Robert R. Bennett is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni
Robert R. Bennett Businessperson Robert R. Bennett is an American businessman who was the president and director of the Discovery Holding Company from 2005 to 2008 and president and CEO of Liberty Media from 1997 to 2005.

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Jeffrey Loria is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni
Jeffrey Loria Businessperson, Art dealer Jeffrey Harold Loria is an American art dealer, and the owner of the Miami Marlins.

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Eric A. Simonson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni
Eric A. Simonson Businessperson Eric A. Simonson is senior vice president and chief investment officer of Allstate Insurance Company and a member of the Allstate senior management team. Simonson is also president, Allstate ...more

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Carlos M. Hernandez is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni
Carlos M. Hernandez Businessperson Carlos Hernandez is head of the Investment Banks Global Equities business for JPMorgan Chase Co. and a member of the firms Executive Committee and Corporate Diversity Council.

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Richard Karl Goeltz is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni
Richard Karl Goeltz Mr. Goeltz was vice chairman, chief financial officer and member of the Office of the Chief Executive of American Express Company from 1996 to 2000.

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Mary Beth West is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni
Mary Beth West Businessperson Mary Beth West is Executive Vice President and Chief Marketing Officer, Kraft Foods Inc. She is responsible for Consumer Insights Strategy, Integrated Marketing Communications, Consumer ...more

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Brian T. Schreiber is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni
Brian T. Schreiber Mr. Schreiber joined AIG in 1997 as Portfolio Manager for AIG Global Investment Group (AIGGIG) and was later promoted to Managing Director of AIGGIG's Corporate Acquisitions and Investments

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Kaye I. Foster-Cheek is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni
Kaye I. Foster-Cheek Human Resources Officer, Businessperson Kaye Foster-Cheek is Vice President, Human Resources, Johnson Johnson, and a member of the Executive Committee. Ms. Foster-Cheek is responsible for all aspects of the Human Resources and Talent ...more

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Joyce M. Roche is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni
Joyce M. Roche Businessperson Joyce M. Roché is the President and Chief Executive Officer of Girls Incorporated. Roché is a graduate of Dillard University in New Orleans and holds an MBA from Columbia ...more

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James P. Gorman is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni
James P. Gorman Businessperson, Financier James P. Gorman is Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of Morgan Stanley. He was formerly Co-President and Co-Head of Strategic Planning at the firm.

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Alberto J. Verme is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni

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Keith Banks is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni

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Kenneth Mikalauskas is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni
Kenneth Mikalauskas Businessperson Kenneth Mikalauskas serves as Vice President and Co-Treasurer for Comcast Corporation.

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John K. Martin is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni
John K. Martin John K. Martin is Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer of Time Warner Inc. He oversees all of Time Warners accounting, finance and tax areas. Under hi leadership, Time Warners ...more

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Frank Lautenberg is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni
Frank Lautenberg Businessperson, Politician, Author Frank Raleigh Lautenberg was a United States Senator from New Jersey and a member of the Democratic Party. He first served in the United States Senate from 1982 to 2001; after a brief ...more

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Louis Bacon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni
Louis Bacon Trader, Businessperson, Entrepreneur Louis Moore Bacon is an American hedge fund manager, trader and founder of Moore Capital Management.

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Masahide Kanzaki is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni
Masahide Kanzaki Masahide Kanzaki is a Semantic Web advocate, university lecturer and author of some web related books. He has published several web ontologies such as Music Vocabulary and Exif Vocabulary. He is ...more

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Raymond G Viault is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni
Raymond G Viault Raymond G. Viault has been a member of Safeway Inc. Board of Directors since December, 2004. He was Vice Chairman of General Mills Inc. when he retired. Before joining General Mills, Mr. Viault ...more

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Gerri Willis is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni
Gerri Willis Editor, Journalist, TV Journalist Gerri Willis, is an American television news journalist and host of The Willis Report, a daytime program on the Fox Business Network, focusing on consumer and personal finance issues.

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Lionel Pincus is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni
Lionel Pincus Entrepreneur Lionel I. Pincus was an American businessman and philanthropist. He was the founder of the private equity firm Warburg Pincus, running it from 1966 to 2002, and later became the chairman ...more

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Penny Chenery is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni
Penny Chenery Businessperson Helen Bates "Penny" Chenery Tweedy is an American sportswoman who bred and raced Secretariat, the 1973 winner of the Triple Crown. The youngest of three children, she graduated from ...more

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Jerry Speyer is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni
Jerry Speyer Businessperson, Real estate development Jerry I. Speyer is an American real estate developer. He is one of two founding partners of the New York real estate company Tishman Speyer, which controls the Rockefeller Center and the ...more

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Édouard Carmignac is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni
Édouard Carmignac Édouard Carmignac is a French investment banker and fund manager. He currently is the head of Carmignac Gestion, an investment firm that bears his name. Carmignac graduated in economics ...more

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David Sainsbury, Baron Sainsbu... is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni
David Sainsbury, Baron Sainsbury of Turville Businessperson, Politician David John Sainsbury, Baron Sainsbury of Turville, FRS, HonFREng, is a British businessperson and politician. From 1992 to 1997, he served as the Chair of Sainsbury's, the supermarket chain ...more

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Erik Blachford is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni
Erik Blachford The former Chief Executive Officer of Expedia, Inc., Erik Blachford was most recently CEO of IAC/InterActiveCorp's travel division, including online travel businesses Expedia, Hotels.com, ...more

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Mauricio Macri is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni
Mauricio Macri Businessperson, Politician Mauricio Macri is the husband of Juliana Awada.

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Lorne Abony is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni
Lorne Abony Lorne Abony is a Canadian businessman and owner of the Austin Aces, a professional sports franchise which competes in the World TeamTennis League. Abony is the former CEO of Mood Media ...more

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Peter Woo is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni
Peter Woo Politician Peter Woo Kwong-ching, GBM, GBS, JP is a Hong Kong businessman. He is the Chairman of Wheelock and Company Limited and The Wharf Holdings Limited.

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Blair Effron is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni
Blair Effron Investment Banker Blair W. Effron is an American financier. Effron co-founded Centerview Partners, a boutique investment banking firm based in New York City. Centerview has offices in London, New York, Los ...more

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William D. Cohan is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni
William D. Cohan Journalist, Investment Banker, Writer William David Cohan is an American business writer. He has written books about the Wall Street industry and is a contributor to Vanity Fair, The Financial Times, Bloomberg BusinessWeek, The ...more