List of University of Michigan business alumni
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|Academic unit key|
|BUS||Ross School of Business|
|COE||College of Engineering|
|DENT||School of Dentistry|
|GFSPP||Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy|
|HHRS||Horace H. Rackham School of Graduate Studies|
|LSA||College of LS&A|
|SMTD||School of Music, Theatre and Dance|
|PHARM||School of Pharmacy|
|SED||School of Education|
|SNRE||School of Natural Resources|
|SOAD||School of Art & Design|
|SOI||School of Information|
|SON||School of Nursing|
|SOK||School of Kinesiology|
|SOSW||School of Social Work|
|SPH||School of Public Health||1941|
|MDNG||Matriculated, did not graduate|
This is a list of business alumni from the University of Michigan.
- Leo Burnett, (BA 1914), Journalism. Advertising pioneer, founded the Leo Burnett Company in 1935 with $50,000 in borrowed money.
- Patrick LaForge, President and CEO of the Edmonton Oilers.
- J. Robert Beyster (COE: BSE, MS, Ph.D.), chairman, president, and CEO of Science Applications International Corporation (SAIC).
- Kenneth B. Dart (COE: 1976) is an American-born businessman and Caymanian billionaire.
- William Davidson (BUS: BBA 1947) - finance and entertainment; founder of the William Davidson Institute at the Ross School of Business. Son Ethan, a Michigan graduate, inherits control of his foundation.
- Bharat Desai (BUS: MBA 1981) - co-founder, president, and CEO of Syntel and Indian billionaire
- Stanley Druckenmiller (MDNG: Ph.D., Econometrics) - Formerly worked with George Soros, he co-founded Duquesne Capital
- Henry Engelhardt (B.A.) is the founder and Chief Executive of Admiral Group, a British motor insurance company and English billionaire
- Brad Keywell (BUS: BBA 1991; LAW: JD 1993) - co-founder and principal of Groupon.
- Eric Paul Lefkofsky (J.D. 1993) - serial entrepreneur; angel investor in Groupon. Lefkofsky was added to the Forbes list of billionaires in 2011.
- Hank Meijer (B.A. 1973)has a net worth of $2.5 billion. The oldest son of Frederik G. H. Meijer, Hank graduated from the University of Michigan in 1973 with a degree in literature.
- Tom S. Monaghan (MDNG) - founder and former owner of Domino's Pizza
- Charlie Munger (MDNG) - Vice-Chairman of Berkshire Hathaway. Munger has donated in excess of $25 million for library and Lawyers Club renovations as well as $110 million for graduate housing and graduate fellowships.
- Larry Page (COE: BSE 1995) - co-founder of Google
- Jorge M. Perez (B.A., M.U.P 1976) - Real estate developer
- Stephen M. Ross (BUS: BBA 1962) - real estate developer; donated $100 million to the Ross School of Business, which is named in his honor
- Dr. Homer Stryker (MED: M.D. 1925; D. 1980) - founder of Stryker Corporation a medical device company
- A. Alfred Taubman (MDNG: HLLD 1948) - founder of the Taubman Company. His cumulative lifetime donations total roughly $141 million, making him the largest donor in Michigan's history.
- Preston Robert (Bob) Tisch (A.B. 1948) - chairman of the Loews Corporation; United States Postmaster General (1986–88); former owner of 50 percent of the New York Giants His wife, Joan Tisch (A.B. 1948)-- also a University of Michigan graduate—has replaced him on the Forbes 400 list.
- Bruce Wasserstein (A.B.) - mergers and acquisitions specialist
- Sam Wyly (BUS: MBA 1957) - serial entrepreneur; owner of the Bonanza Restaurants chain.
- Samuel Zell (LAW: AB 1963, JD 1966) - real estate developer and founder of Equity Office Properties (EOP); former chairman of the National Association of Real Estate Investment Trusts (NAREIT).
- Niklas Zennström (MDNG) - sold his share of internet telephony company Skype to eBay
- Dave Barger, President and Chief Operating Officer of JetBlue. Named to additional title of CEO in 2007.
- Steve Blank (MDNG) is a Silicon Valley-based retired serial entrepreneur, founder and/or part of 8 start up companies in California’s Silicon Valley.
- Henry W. Bloch, (B.S. 1944), co-founder and former president of H&R Block Inc.
- Louis Borders, (BA 1969) co-founded Borders, with brother Tom (MA 1966).
- Donald N. Frey, (BS MTL 1947, MSE 1949, PhD 1951, D. Eng. hon. 1967), chairman and CEO of Bell & Howell for 17 years. In 1990, he received the National Medal of Technology in a White House ceremony.
- James John (J.J.) Hagerman (1857) (March 23, 1838 - September 13, 1909) was an American industrialist who owned mines, railroads and corporate farms in the American West in the late 19th century and early 20th century. He was one of the most influential men in territorial New Mexico.
- Gerrard Wendell “(G.W.)” Haworth, (COE: MA) the founding chairman of Haworth, Inc. a manufacturer of office environments that grew from a garage-shop venture in 1948 to a $1.4 billion, global corporation.
- Andrew Heiberger - founder, owner and CEO of Buttonwood Development and Town Residential
- Denise Illitch (BA 1977) - businesswoman; president of privately held Ilitch Holdings, which manages the Detroit Tigers, Detroit Red Wings, Little Caesars, Fox Theatre, and other Detroit-area businessesp owner and publisher of Ambassador Magazine; owner of Denise Ilitch Designs; of counsel at the law firm Clark Hill.
- Gregg Kaplan (AB) - president and chief operating officer of change-sorting company Coinstar, which now owns Redbox
- Brad Keywell (BUS: BBA 1991; LAW: JD 1993) - serial entrepreneur
- John Koza, (MA Mathematics 1966; BA 1964, MS 1966, Ph. D 1972 Computer Science) - venture capitalist; consulting professor in the department of electrical engineering at Stanford University; co-founder of Scientific Games Corporation, where he co-invented the rub-off instant lottery ticket.
- Benjamin D. Pritchard (LAW: JD) - American Civil War general who captured Jefferson Davis; State Treasurer of Michigan from 1880 to 1884; organizer and first president (1870–1905) of the First National Bank of Allegan who then relinquished his shares in that bank and founded the First State Bank, which was the first bank in the county to be designated as a state depository, the first savings bank (offering 4% interest to depositors); and the first bank to install safety deposit boxes.
- Bhargav Sri Prakash (COE: MEng in Automotive Engineering, 2000) Serial entrepreneur and hedge fund manager
- Andrew Stenzler (A.B.); Co-chairman and CEO Xando Cosí Inc.
- Tom Kemp, co-founder of Centrify
- Charles Rudolph Walgreen, Jr., (PHC 1928, HMS 1951, HLHD 1992), son of the founder of Walgreens drugstores. In 1939, at age 33, Walgreen Jr. took over the company presidency from his father, Charles R. Walgreen Sr., and steered the company through World War II and the post-war boom. In 2005, in acknowledgment of $10 million he gave toward construction of the school's new drama center, the university named the new facility the Charles R. Walgreen Jr. Drama Center.
Hospitality and travel industries
- Ralph Bahna, (Bachelor's, 1964), CEO of Cunard Line (1980–1989), Chairman of Priceline.com (2004–2013), founder of Club Quarters
- Robert Beverley Evans was an automobile industry executive, he founded Evans Industries and also became chairman of American Motors Corporation (AMC)
- Edgar N. Gott Co-founder, first president of The Boeing Company; executive at Consolidated Aircraft, among others
- Mark N. Greene (master's and Ph.D in economics) CEO and member of the board of FICO (Fair Isaac Corporation) since 2007
- James P. Hoffa (LAW: LLB 1966); attorney; son of Jimmy Hoffy; president of the International Brotherhood of Teamsters since 1999
- C. Robert Kidder (COE: BS IE 1967) CEO of Borden Chemical, 1995-2002. Principal, Stonehenge Partners, Inc., since 2004. Appointed in 2009 as chairman of the restructured Chrysler Group LLC. A former lead director of Morgan Stanley, he ran 3Stone Advisors, a Columbus, Ohio, investment firm focusing on clean-technology start-ups.
- Temel Kotil (COE: MA 1986, MA 1987, PH.D. 1991), CEO of Turkish Airlines
- Jerry W. Levin, (B.S.E) born in 1944, is an American businessman
- Timothy M. Manganello (BSME 1972, MSME 1975) CEO of BorgWarner; Member of the Board of BorgWarner (2002-, as Chairman, 2003-)
- William J. Olcott He was president of the Oliver Iron Mining Company from 1909 to 1928 and president of the Duluth, Missabe and Iron Range Railway from 1901 to 1909.
- Thomas F. Olin, (BA Economics 1952) Chairman and co-CEO of Archway Cookies, Incorporated. In addition, worked in clandestine service for the Central Intelligence Agency.
- Mervin Pregulman played for the University of Michigan Wolverines (1941–43) and in the NFL with the Green Bay Packers (1946), Detroit Lions (1947–48), and New York Bulldogs (1949). He went on to a successful business career as the president and CEO of Siskin Steel & Supply Co. in Chattanooga, Tennessee.
- Louis Carlyle Walker (BA 1896); industrialist, philanthropist, political figure; co-founded the Shaw-Walker Company in 1899 and became sole owner in 1902; important figure in history of Muskegon, Michigan benefactor and namesake of the L. C. Walker Arena
- Frederic L. Smith (1890) One of the founders of the Olds Motor Works in 1899 and a founder of General Motors Corporation in 1908.
- Thomas J. Wilson, (BS 1970) Chairman and CEO of Allstate Insurance, Incorporated.
- Jim Buckmaster, CEO of Craigslist
- Dick Costolo, (B.A.) CEO of Twitter
- Dean Drako (COE) is an American business man and serial entrepreneur who has started more than five companies. Drako is best known as the founder, president and CEO of Barracuda Networks (NYSE Ticker CUDA)
- Patrick Gross (COE: MSE 1966), Co-founder and executive committee chairman (emeritus) of American Management Systems, Inc. (AMS), a $3.1 billion, 25,000 employee technology consulting firm. Presiding/lead director of two public companies: Capital One Financial Corporation, and Computer Network Technology Corporation; director of various other companies.
- David Kalt (B.A. 1989) one of the 3 founders of OptionsXpress, and on-line brokerage sold to Charles Schwab in 2011 for more than $1 billion.
- Kevin O'Connor, (COE: BSE EE 1983), co-founder and CEO of DoubleClick Inc.
Mergers, acquisitions, turn-arounds
- Gerald MacDonald (A.B. 1960) Manufacturers National Bank CEO.
- Bruce Wasserstein, (A.B. 1967) CEO, Lazard Freres, founder of Wasserstein Perella & Co.
- David A. Brandon, (A.B. 1974), Chairman and CEO of Domino's Pizza
- Ronald L. Olson (JD: Law 1966), name partner, Munger Tolles & Olson; RAND Corporation Chairman, Board of Trustees (past);Member of the Board of Munger, Tolles & Olson Chairman; Member of the Board of Berkshire Hathaway (1997-); Council on Foreign Relations Board of Directors
- Jason DeYonker, Founder and Managing Partner of Forté Capital Advisors, a private equity firm; also Board member of Academi, formerly known as Blackwater.
- David S. Evans (B.G.S.) - Chairman and Chief Investment Office of Glencoe Capital
- Paul Kangas, figure on Nightly Business Report on PBS (1979–2009; anchor 1990-2009)
- Charles Edward Merrill, (attended Law School from 1906-07 but did not graduate) - co-founder of Merrill Lynch
- Boaz Weinstein (BA 1995) is a derivatives trader and hedge fund manager. Weinstein formed his own fund, Saba Capital Management.
- Jo Ivey Boufford (AB; MED: MD with distinction) - currently Foreign Secretary for the Institute of Medicine (IOM); U.S. representative on the Executive Board of the World Health Organization during the Clinton administration; director of the King's Fund College (1991–93); president of the New York City Health and Hospitals Corporation (1985–89) during the Ed Koch mayoralty; Principal Deputy and Acting Assistant Secretary for Health in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services during the Clinton administration; elected in 2006 as president of the New York Academy of Medicine
- Dale Carlson, (SPH: MA) - first chief communications officer for the California Institute for Regenerative Medicine
- Simeon Djankov (PhD) - Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance of Bulgaria
- Steven K. Hamp (MMP) President, The Henry Ford, 1996–2005; member of the Board of McKinley Corporation (2007-); Member of the Board of Visteon (2001–05 and 2008-)
- Raynard S. Kington (B.S.; SOM: M.D.) - President of Grinnell College; former Principal Deputy Director of the National Institutes of Health (2003–10), briefly served as acting director of NIH (2008–09); elected to the Institute of Medicine in 2006
- William Andrew Paton, First editor of The Accounting Review.
- Teresa "Teri" Takai, (BA, MA) - current Assistant Secretary of Defense for Networks and Information Integration and CIO after being appointed by President Obama; former chief information officer of the State of California; former CIO and then director of the Michigan Department of Information Technology (MDIT); worked for 30 years at Ford Motor Company.
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