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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
Businessperson, Investor, Entrepreneur

Age: 88

Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, United States of America

Warren Edward Buffett (born August 30, 1930) is an American business magnate, investor, speaker and philanthropist who serves as the chairman and CEO of Berkshire Hathaway. He is considered one ...more

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Henry Kravis is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni
Businessperson, Investor, Entrepreneur

Age: 75

Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma

Henry R. Kravis (born January 6, 1944) is an American businessman, investor, and philanthropist. He is the co-founder of Kohlberg Kravis Roberts & Co., a global investment firm with a market ...more
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Sallie Krawcheck is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni
Businessperson

Age: 54

Birthplace: Charleston, South Carolina

Sallie L. Krawcheck (born November 28, 1964) is the CEO and Co-Founder of Ellevest, a digital financial advisor for women launched in 2016. She is owner and Chair of Ellevate Network. Prior to ...more
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Leonard Lauder is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni

Age: 85

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Leonard Alan Lauder (born March 19, 1933) is an American billionaire businessman and art collector. He is the chairman emeritus of The Estée Lauder Companies Inc. He was chief executive ...more
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Alexander Haig is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni
Soldier, Civil servant

Age: Dec. at 86 (1924-2010)

Birthplace: Bala Cynwyd, Lower Merion Township, Pennsylvania, United States of America

Alexander Meigs Haig Jr. (; December 2, 1924 – February 20, 2010) was the United States Secretary of State under President Ronald Reagan and the White House chief of staff under presidents ...more

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Robert J. Stevens is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni
Businessperson

Age: 68

Birthplace: McKeesport, Pennsylvania

Robert J. Stevens (born 1951), is a retired executive chairman of Lockheed Martin. He was the chairman, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Lockheed Martin from 2004 until 2013, when ...more
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Mitch Albom is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni
Journalist, Musician, Novelist

Age: 60

Birthplace: Passaic, New Jersey

Mitchell David Albom (born May 23, 1958) is an American author, journalist, screenwriter, dramatist, radio and television broadcaster, and musician. His books have sold over 39 million copies ...more
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Jonathan Root is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni
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
Investor, Financial adviser, Financial Analyst

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Irving Kahn (December 19, 1905 – February 24, 2015) was an American investor and philanthropist. He was the oldest living active investor. He was an early disciple of Benjamin Graham who ...more
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Vikram Pandit is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni
Businessperson

Age: 62

Birthplace: Nagpur, India

Vikram Shankar Pandit (born 14 January 1957) is an Indian-American banker and investor who was the chief executive officer of Citigroup from December 2007 to 16 October 2012 and is the current ...more
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Meyer Feldberg is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni
Businessperson, Educator

Age: 76

Birthplace: Johannesburg, South Africa

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
Businessperson, Politician, Business Administration

Age: 73

Birthplace: Greensboro, North Carolina, United States of America

Erskine Boyce Bowles (born August 8, 1945) 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 ...more
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Mario Gabelli is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni
Businessperson, Investor, Stock trader

Age: 76

Birthplace: New York City, New York

Mario Joseph Gabelli (born June 19, 1942) is an American stock investor, investment advisor, and financial analyst. He is the founder, chairman, and CEO of Gabelli Asset Management Company ...more
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Mike Jeffries is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni
Businessperson

Age: 74

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California

Michael Stanton Jeffries (born July 15, 1944) is an American businessman. He was chiefly responsible for reestablishing the clothing company Abercrombie & Fitch and developing its modern ...more
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Irvine Laidlaw, Baron La... is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni
Politician

Age: 75

Birthplace: Keith, United Kingdom

Irvine Alan Stewart Laidlaw, Baron Laidlaw (born 22 December 1942 in Keith, Banffshire, Scotland) is a British businessman, and a former member of the House of Lords. In the Sunday Times Rich ...more
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Ari Bousbib is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni
Businessperson

Age: 57

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
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
Businessperson

Age: 71

Birthplace: Fort Mill, Lancaster, South Carolina

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
Businessperson

Age: 60

GE Capital is the financial services division of General Electric. Through its two divisions, GE Capital Aviation Services and GE Energy Financial Services, it provides commercial lending and ...more
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Rochelle B Lazarus is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni
Businessperson

Age: 71

Birthplace: New York City, New York

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
Businessperson

Age: 60

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
Businessperson, Art dealer

Age: 78

Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York

Jeffrey Harold Loria (born November 20, 1940) is an American art dealer, author and the former owner of the Miami Marlins of Major League Baseball.
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Eric A. Simonson is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Columbia Business School Alumni
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
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

Age: 77

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.