Higher ed institutions in the U.S. lead the world when it comes to producing graduates who go on to create unicorns—private start-up companies worth in excess of $1 billion, such as Uber, Facebook or SpaceX.


Stanford University tops the list with 51 unicorn founders as alumni, including three from LinkedIn (Allen Blue, Eric Ly and Konstantin Guericke) and two from Shazam (Avery Wang and Dhiraj Mukherjee). Harvard University comes next with 37, including Facebook founder Mark Zuckerburg and Hulu’s Jason Kilar.

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