common universities and degrees among the rich and the famous

The most common universities and degrees among the rich and famous

Everyone wants to be successful in some shape or form. Whether that means success in your job, with money, or through global fame. In fact, as human beings, we strive to be the best possible self that we can be and we all take different paths to achieve this. Debut have analysed celebrities and their roads to success. Of the thousand rich and famous people looked at, just under half attended university and some famously dropped out (Steven Bartlett, we’re looking at you!)  This number was then broken down further into universities and degrees. Today, we are going to have a look at the results and big United Kingdom names. So, without further ado, these are the most common universities and degrees among the rich and famous

The most common universities amongst UK celebrities 

The most common universities and degrees among the rich and famous

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 Oxbridge is top the list.

Firstly, the University of Cambridge is home to 13 of the 200 celebrities looked at. In fact, former alumni include the likes of Charles, Prince of Wales, Ian McKellen, Jimmy Carr and David Attenborough.

The University of Oxford follows close behind, having the likes of Hugh Grant, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Tony Blair and David Cameron as former students.

Next up, Middlesex University London and Royal Central School of Speech and Drama tie at four. Past alumni include A-list actresses such as Helen Mirren and Catherine Tate and comedians such as Dawn French, Alan Carr and Johnny Vegas. TV personalities such as Dermot O’Leary, Gok Wan and Fern Britton also went to these uni’s.

Following on, the bottom half of this list all home three United Kingdom celebrities, including major actors such as Daniel Craig, Orlando Bloom and Ewan McGregor and comedians such as David Walliams, Matt Lucas and Michael McIntyre. Likewise, 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 also went to these unis.

The most common universities and degrees among the rich and famous

The most common degrees amongst the rich and famous

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.

Not surprisingly, Drama was popular, with the likes of Orlando Bloom, Ewan McGregor, David Walliams and Benedict Cumberbatch studying it.

Likewise, Alan Car, Alan Davies and Ellie Goulding studied Drama and Theatre Studies

On the contrary, John Cleese, Jon Snow, Sadiq Khan and Nicola Sturgeon actually studied Law. Interestingly, Andrew Lloyd Webber, Gordon Brown and Prince Edward, Earl of Wessex studied history.

UK politician, Nick Clegg and actor Hugh Laurie studied Archaeology and Anthropology, and Louis Theroux and George Osborne studied Modern History. That’s a diverse mix of subjects amongst the rich and famous. However, it seems that not all of those degrees are so popular this year. 

The most common universities and degrees among the rich and famous

The most common unis amongst the UK’s richest (here’s where to go sugar daddy hunting)

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.

The 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.

The rest of the UK 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.

The most common subjects amongst the UK’s richest

It seems like if your name is John, you’re destined 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.

Additionally, History, Business Administration and Physics were studied by half the number of those who studied of Law. This includes 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, Robin Arora, Andrew Currie, George G. Weston, Zameer Choudary and Chris Rokos.

So, there you have it. Those are the most common universities and degrees among the rich and famous. However you define success, it is clear to see that there are many different ways of getting there

 So, whichever path you take, just remember this: 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.”

Alternatively, you take the easier option. Check out our list of the easiest degrees to study in the UK instead. 

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