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Wealthiest College Graduates See Assets Rise By $12.1 Billion


Members of the list of the Wealthiest College Graduates have seen their stock portfolios rise by $12.1 billion, or 8.3%, year to date. Altogether, members of the list directly held nearly $160 billion in stocks as of June 1st. The list of the Wealthiest College Graduates, which is compiled by Donor Watch, includes 300 wealthy individuals, all of whom have a college degree and at least $90 million in stock holdings.

According to Donor Watch, the 300 wealthy individuals on the list have a total of 485 undergraduate and advanced degrees from leading colleges and universities. Notably, 34% of the list's members have MBAs, while 8% have JDs.

67% of the individuals on the list have seen their stock portfolios increase in value over 2012. Notably, sixty-two of the gainers have seen their portfolios increase by more than $50 million, making them key targets for donor prospect researchers.

One of the big gainers is University of Delaware graduate Vincent C. Smith, who is the Chief Executive Officer of Quest Software Inc (NASDAQ:QSFT). QSFT's stock has gone up by 29.3% since the beginning of the year, a trend that has increased Mr. Smith's holdings in the company by nearly $160 million.

Additionally, Colorado State University graduate Walter Scott Jr. has seen his stock portfolio jump by more than $125 million. Mr. Scott, who is Chairman of Level 3 Communications (NASDAQ:LVLT), has committed to Warren Buffet's and Bill Gates' Giving Pledge, stipulating that he has committed to giving the majority of his wealth to philanthropy. Mr. Scott and his wife also run the Suzanne and Walter Scott Foundation, which has heavily supported health centers at the University of Nebraska and Colorado State University, among others.

The Wealthiest College Graduates on the list include:



#1 Jeff Bezos - CEO & founder of (NASDAQ:AMZN), graduate of Princeton University
#2 Steve Ballmer - CEO of Microsoft Corp (NASDAQ:MSFT), graduate of Harvard College
#3 Harold Hamm - CEO of Continental Resources Inc's (NYSE:CLR), graduate of Phillips College and Northwestern Oklahoma State University (NYSE:MA)
#4 Phil Knight - Chairman of Nike Inc (NYSE:NKE), graduate of University of Oregon and Stanford University (MBA)
#5 Pierre Omidyar - Founder of Ebay Inc (NASDAQ:EBAY), graduate of Tufts University
#6 Rupert H Johnson Jr. - Vice-Chairman of Franklin Resources (NYSE:BEN), graduate of Washington and Lee University
#7 Charles Johnson - Chairman of Franklin Resources (BEN), graduate of Yale University
#8 Michael Dell - Chairman & CEO of Dell Computer (NASDAQ:DELL), graduate of University of Texas at Austin
#9 George Kaiser - Chairman of BOK Financial (NASDAQ:BOKF), graduate of Harvard College and Harvard Business School (MBA)
#10 John C Malone - Chairman of Liberty Global (NASDAQ:LBTYA), graduate of Yale University and Johns Hopkins University (MA)

The top ten schools with the highest number of undergraduate alumni on the list include: Harvard College, University of Texas at Austin, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Yale University, University of Washington, University of Pennsylvania, Princeton University, Dartmouth College, Stanford University, and University of California-Berkeley.

Donor Watch's list of Wealthiest College Graduates is used by prospect researchers and development officials at leading colleges, universities and non-profits to track the wealth of their alumni and top donors. Beyond the Wealthiest College Graduate list, Donor Watch compiles various custom lists for specific universities, causes, regions, and metro-areas. Donor Watch's prospect research tool has powerful summary and analysis features that provide critical prospect details and reports at the click of a button. Donor Watch also provides real-time email alerts so your team will be notified immediately following a major wealth creating event.

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Disclosure: I am long MSFT, NKE.