Everyone wants to be successful in some shape or form, whether that’s success in your job, with money, or through global fame. As human beings, we strive to be the best possible self that we can be, and take different paths to achieve this. Debut have taken this idea of success and analysed celebrities and their roads to success. Of the thousand rich and famous people looked at, just under half attended university, breaking this down further into universities and degrees. They further break this down into sub-categories, but today, we are going to have a look at the results and big United Kingdom names, their degrees and universities.
The list above shows the most common eight universities amongst British celebrities. As two of the most distinguished universities in the world, it is no shock that the Oxbridge universities top the list. The University of Cambridge is home to 13 of the 200 celebrities looked at, housing the likes of Charles, Prince of Wales, Ian McKellen, Jimmy Carr and David Attenborough. University of Oxford follows close behind, having the likes of Hugh Grant, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tony Blair and David Cameron as former students. Middlesex University London and Royal Central School of Speech and Drama tie at four, having A-list actresses such as Helen Mirren and Catherine Tate, comedians such as Dawn French, Alan Carr and Johnny Vegas, and TV personalities such as Dermot O’Leary, Gok Wan and Fern Britton to their name. The bottom half of this list all home three United Kingdom celebrities, including major actors such as Daniel Craig, Orlando Bloom and Ewan McGregor, comedians such as David Walliams, Matt Lucas and Michael McIntyre, musicians such as James Blunt and Will Young, public figures such as Zara Phillips and Gordon Brown and TV personalities and writers such as Pippa Middleton and J. K. Rowling respectively.
Did you know that Sting, Ian McKellen and Hugh Grant studied English? The list above shows the most common degrees studied by the UK’s finest, with the likes of Orlando Bloom, Ewan McGregor, David Walliams and Benedict Cumberbatch studying Drama, John Cleese, Jon Snow, Sadiq Khan and Nicola Sturgeon studying Law, and Alan Car, Alan Davies and Ellie Goulding studying Drama and Theatre Studies. Interestingly, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Gordon Brown and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex studied history, Nick Clegg and Hugh Laurie studied Archaeology and Anthropology, and Louis Theroux and George Osborne studied Modern History.
The list above shows the most common universities amongst the UK’s richest people. While the University of Cambridge may house the most UK celebrities, the University of Oxford is home to the richest, housing thirteen of the richest United Kingdom’s population. These include Peregrine Cavendish, 12th Duke of Devonshire, Mike Danson, Guy Weston, Nicky Oppenheimer and Merlin Bingham Swire. University of Cambridge has just under half than the University of Oxford’s count, and includes Henry Keswick, John Reece, Simon Arora, Mark Coombs, Andrew Currie and David Harding. Harvard University and London School of Economics have three each to their name, these being Galen Weston Jnr, Michel de Carvalho, Alejandro Santo Domingo, Michael Platt, John Suenson-Taylor, 3rd Baron Grantchester and Stelios Haji-Ioannou. The rest of universities on this list have taught two each, with the likes of Manfred Gorvy, Simon Nixon, Sunil Vaswani, Nichola Pease, John Coates, Farhad Moshiri, Hugh Grosvenor, 7th Duke of Westminster, James Dyson, Samuel Tak Lee, François-Henri Pinault, Douglas and Mary Perkins, and Michael Ashcroft as former students.
It seems like if your name is John, you’re destine to study to Economics, as half of the richest people in the United Kingdom who studied Economics are named John. The list above shows the most common university courses amongst the UK’s richest people. Close behind Economics is Law, with Charlene de Carvalho-Heineken, Stephen Rubin, John Coates, Simon Arora, Mark Coombs and Guy Weston having studied it. History, Business Administration and Physics were studied by half the number of those who studied of Law, and include the likes of Michael Moritz, Jörn Rausing and Michael Spencer. The rest of the courses on this list consist of two people, and include Nadmi Auchi, Paul Coulson, Navin Engineer, Tony Murray, Robin Arora, Andrew Currie, Sri Prakash Lohia, George G. Weston, Zameer Choudery and Chris Rokos.
However you define success, it is clear to see that there are many different ways of getting there. If you would like to see more names, categories and results, the link to the study is: https://debut.careers/educations-of-the-rich-and-famous/
So, whichever part you take, just remember a few things: patience is the key to success, don’t compare yourself to anyone in the world, take some risks and, as Bill Gates says, “if you think your teacher is tough, wait till you have a boss.”