When planning to go to university, there are a lot of factors that we take into account: price, accommodation, location, courses, and career prospectus’. It can be daunting knowing that you’ll have to step into the world to make your own money one day after being in education for 17 years, however, there are many successful, and seemingly ordinary at the beginning, people that manage to make millions after graduating university. So, we have compiled a list, with the help of Your Money, of the top 15 UK uni’s that produced the most millionaires; that could be you one day, so let’s have a quick gander.
15. University of Southampton – 25
Coming in at number 15 on our list, and coincidentally 15th in the UK as well, the University of Southampton has raised a tasteful 25 millionaires. Their alumni includes Formula One car designer and engineer Adrian Newey, musician and record producer Brian Eno, and former model Stella Tennant.
14. University of Nottingham – 30
Ranking 24th in the UK and boasting 30 millionaires is the University of Nottingham. Despite being 14th on our list, their plethora of alumni is extremely impressive, we must admit. Founder of Wetherspoon, Tim Martin, head of MI6, Sir John Sawers, and heartthrob actor, Theo James, all attended Nottingham, and are just three of their 30 millionaires.
13. Newcastle University – 34
A research-intensive university currently ranked at number 37 in the UK, Newcastle University is another entry in our list with an impressive number of alumni’s that are reeling in the money. Our favourite Mr Bean actor Rowan Atkinson, journalist Kate Adie CBE, and royal Princess Eugenie all attend Newcastle University – we suppose the Geordie life did treat them well after all, aye!
12. University of London, City – 34
Despite ranking 54th in the UK, and being the lowest ranked university in our list, City, University of London has still produced the same number of millionaires as Durham University – sometimes it doesn’t matter where you go, but what you do (you’ll thank us later for our words of wisdom!). A handful of their millionaires include: founder of easyJet Stelios Haji-Ioannou, former CEO of Coca-Cola Muhtar Kent, and director Sharon Maguire, known for her work on ‘Bridget Jones’.
11. Durham University – 34
Ranking 6th in the UK, we must admit that we’re slightly surprised Durham University hasn’t created more millionaires, however 34 is still, of course, extremely impressive! Former ‘James Bond’, Roger Moore, musician Justin Chancellor, and journalist Jeremy Vine all studied at Durham University, and are just a few of their, we can expect, growing number of millionaires.
10. University of Birmingham – 37
Swapping out their University of Birmingham halls for a slightly more lavish lifestyle and the 37 millionaires that graduated from this institute, which currently ranks 19th in the tables. Actress Tamsin Greig, actor Matthew Goode and presenter Chris Tarrant OBE all studied here, so maybe the secret to success in the spotlight actually lies in Birmingham!
9. University of Leeds – 38
Currently ranked 20th in the UK, the University of Leeds has produced millionaires such as actor Chris Pine, TV personality Jamie Laing, and lead singer, songwriter of the band ‘Bastille’ Dan Smith. If you’re really eyeing up the University of Leeds, and not just for their 38 millionaires, then also have a look at our list of their most notable alumni to really gain an insight into their success stories.
8. University of Edinburgh – 47
Making its first Scottish debut in the list and coming in 12th place in the UK, the University of Edinburgh has a great name of being a prestigious institute, and so it probably comes to no surprise that it has created a great number of notable alumni along with its reputation. Comedian Michael McIntyre, racing driver and former track cyclist Chris Hoy, and author Philippa Gregory are just a few of their millionaires.
7. University of Bristol – 50
Seeing Rae begin her new life at Bristol University, currently ranked 17th in the UK, at the end of ‘My Mad Fat Diary’, sorry for any spoilers, it’s very possible that she had the dreams of becoming one of their millionaire alumni. If so, she would be following in the step of: TV presenter Susanna Reid, and comedians, writers, and actors David Walliams and Matt Lucas.
6. Manchester University – 69
Coming in at number 13 in the UK is the University of Manchester, tying in with UCL with another 69 millionaire alumni. Their list includes: actor Benedict Cumberbatch CBE, physicist and science communicator Brian Cox, and designer and architect Norman Foster. We’ve got to give it to the north here, they’ve made their debut appearance in this list, and probably going to stay here for a while!
5. University of London, UCL – 69
The number one London university for Research Strength, and currently ranked 8th in the UK, UCL is not shy of nurturing many millionaires. Interestingly, although their alumni have become extremely successful thanks to their degree, a good number of UCL millionaires are in the entertainment industry. This includes: actor Ricky Gervais, Coldplay singer Chris Martin, and singer Charlie XCX.
4. London School of Economics, LSE – 70
Concentrating their teaching and research across social, political, and economic sciences, LSE currently ranks third overall in the UK. Despite only concentrating their teachings in a few subject areas, this university has still been able to produce 70 millionaires, some of which include former Labour leader Ed Milliband, former British Conservative MP Edwina Currie, and even Mick Jagger, Rolling Stones frontman (although it was slightly short-lived!)
3. Imperial College – 78
Focussing primarily on science, engineering, medicine and business subjects, Imperial College is ranked 5th in the UK and boasts some of the wealthiest alumni in these fields. Such include: former Prime Minister of India Rajiv Gandhi, businessman Fred Hassan, and entrepreneur Rajen Ruparell.
2. Cambridge University – 111
Runner up to Oxford, and probably their biggest rivals in the league tables, is Cambridge University. They have produced 111 millionaires, with their alumni including: actor Sacha Baron Cohen, Sir David Attenborough, and Charles, Prince of Wales (who we definitely know has more than millions stashed away somewhere thanks for Queen Lizzy).
1. University of Oxford – 153
With the University of Oxford being ranked number one in the UK, according to the Complete University Guide, it probably comes to no surprise that they have produced the most millionaires. Just a handful of their extremely successful alumni include: Lewis Carroll, author of ‘Alice in Wonderland’, physicist Steven Hawking, and former British Prime Minister, Tony Blair.
Taking all of this into account, we bet you never knew that your favourite celebrities attended university just like normal freshers do these days, but there we are! Did anyone on our list surprise you? Or does your university have a shrine of alumni that every lecturer brings up at any given