The Ivy Coach Daily

January 30, 2024

10 Wealthy People Who Majored in the Arts

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Across the landscape of American higher education, computer science is one of — if not the — most popular majors. Among the Ivy League schools, computer science is the most popular major at Brown University and Cornell University. It is the second-most popular major at Dartmouth College and the third-most popular major at Princeton University and Yale University.

But it’s not like one has to major in computer science to be successful. In fact, through the years, many highly successful graduates of elite universities across America have majored in the arts — from English to history to the Classics, government, philosophy, and more. So, who are these highly successful graduates who majored in the arts? Let’s dive in!

10 Successful Arts Majors Who Became Very Wealthy

Lloyd Blankfein: History

Blankfein, the senior chairman of Goldman Sachs, previously served as chairman and CEO of the firm for 12 years. He received his bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard College.

Andrea Jung: English

Jung is the current CEO of Grameen America, a nonprofit microfinance organization, and previously served as CEO of Avon Products, Inc. for 13 years. She received her bachelor’s degree in English from Princeton University.

Andy Jassy: Government

Jassy is the current president and CEO of Amazon. He previously served as CEO of Amazon Web Services. He received his bachelor’s degree in government from Harvard College.

Carly Fiorina: Philosophy and Medieval History

Fiorina, the first woman to lead a Fortune Top-20 company, served as CEO of Hewlett-Packard for six years. She received her bachelor’s degree in philosophy and medieval history from Stanford University.

Alexa Hirschfeld: Classics

Hirschfeld is a co-founder of Paperless Post. She received her bachelor’s degree in the Classics, with a special interest in ancient Greek and Latin poetry, from Harvard College.

Whitney Wolfe Herd: International Relations

Wolfe Herd is the founder, executive chair, and former CEO of Bumble. She is also a co-founder of Tinder. She received her bachelor’s degree in international relations from Southern Methodist University.

George Soros: Philosophy

Soros is the founder of Soros Fund Management. He received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy from the London School of Economics.

Henry Paulson: English

Paulson, a former United States Secretary of the Treasury, previously served as chairman and CEO of Goldman Sachs. He received his bachelor’s degree in English from Dartmouth College.

Susan Wojcicki: History

Wojcicki served as the CEO of YouTube for nine years. She was also Google’s first marketing manager. She has a degree in history and literature from Harvard College.

David Solomon: Political Science and Government

Solomon, the CEO of Goldman Sachs, has served in the position for six years. He was previously president and COO of the firm. He received his bachelor’s in political science and government from Hamilton College.

Many More Wealthy People Majored in the Arts

Of course, many more wealthy men and women have majored in the arts and gone on to become highly successful in fields other than the arts. After all, one doesn’t need to major in economics or finance to work on Wall Street, just as one doesn’t need to major in film to make films or major in art history to run a major gallery.

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