UVA tops list of public universities with wealthiest alumni

Posted at 8:03 AM, Feb 20, 2013
and last updated 2013-02-20 08:03:18-05

RICHMOND, Va. (WTVR) - The University of Virginia is one of just three public universities to make a list of the top 15 schools with the wealthiest alumni.

Research firm Wealth-X compiled a list of the global universities with the largest number of living alumni worth $30 million or more, or ultra high net worth individuals, as they are called.

Based on Wealth-X’s research, Harvard University blows the competition out of the water with 2,964 alumni worth a collective $622 billion. That’s nearly twice the alumni of University of Pennsylvania, which follows with its 1,502 alumni of ultra high net worth individuals.

Way down at number 11 UVA makes the list as the highest-ranked public university.  Its wealthiest alumni are worth a total of $31 billion. The university also has the highest percentage of self-made ultra high net worth individuals. Notable alumni include talk show host Katie Couric and comedian and writer Tina Fey.

Interestingly enough, the majority of wealthy alumni of both public and private universities were “self made.”