CEO Statistics
Statistic Verification
Source: Forbes, Emerging Culture, Worldwide Success
Research Date: 7.1.2014
Number of CEO’s (Census Bureau) Number
General and Operations Managers 1,733,100
Chief Executives 400,400
CEO Annual Salary Percent
Under $100,000 7 %
$100,000 – $250,000 43 %
$250,000 – $500,000 27 %
$500,000 – $750,000 9 %
$750,000 – $1,000,000 5 %
$1,000,000 – $3,000,000 6 %
Over $3,000,000 2 %
Political Affiliation  
Republican 52 %
Independent 17 %
Democrat / Libertarian 2 %
Declined 29 %
Motivation  
Cited financial independence 30 %
Cited demand for specific product of service 24 %
Education  
Bachelors Degree 47 %
Masters Degree 25 %
Ph.D 2 %
Experience  
Have started other companies 57 %
Intend to start another company in the future 47 %
Net Worth  
Under $1,000,000 12 %
to $4.9 Million 50 %
to $9.9 Million 21 %
to $24.9 Million 11 %
to $49.9 Million 4 %
Over $50 Million 2 %
Statistics for Fortune 500 CEO’s  
Percent of CEO’s appointed internally 66 %
Average years at a company before appointed to a CEO position 12.8
Median age for a S&P 500 CEO 55
Average Height 6’0″
Number of Fortune 500 companies run by women 12
Statistics for Forbes 500 CEO’s Shareholder Return
Type of Degree Number of CEO’s* Median Total Return
No Advanced Degree 163 16 %
Doctorate 24 15.5 %
Master’s Degree 37 15.3 %
M.B.A. 165 15.2 %
Law Degree 51 13.9 %
*Includes Forbes 500s CEOs for whom all data is available. Only degrees with 20 or more CEOs are counted. Median total return to shareholders is annualized over the CEOs’ tenure. Source: FT Interactive via FactSet Research Systems
Business School Number of CEO’s* Median Total Return
University of Chicago 5 24 %
University of Pennsylvania 7 22.9 %
Stanford University 11 20.6 %
Northwestern Universtiy 8 20 %
Harvard University 38 10.6 %
Columbia University 11 3.5 %
*Includes Forbes 500s CEOs for whom all data is available. Table includes schools that produced five or more CEOs. Median total return to shareholders is annualized over the CEOs’ tenure. Source: FT Interactive via FactSet Research Systems
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