Last week, we examined Forbes’ list of 30 “disruptors, innovators and entrepreneurs” under the age of 30, who represent the youngest crop of enterprising talent across 15 categories. We were surprised to learn that, of the 450 individuals profiled as success stories, only six were noted as having MBAs. mbaMission dug a little deeper into the category in which a business degree might be most common—finance—and in which only three profiles explicitly referenced a business school.
The featured profile in finance this year was of Jennifer Fan, founder of Arbalet Capital, who has been making a name for herself on Wall Street. Though not an MBA, Fan earned a dual degree in finance and statistics from New York University’s Stern School of Business by the age of 19. We tracked down a few other business school grads from the list whose profiles excluded academic experience. According to her LinkedIn profile, Miriam Klein is also a Stern graduate, earning her MBA this year and recently joining PricewaterhouseCoopers as a partner. Joshua Kushner, founder of Thrive Capital, graduated from Harvard Business School with an MBA in 2011. And it seems Hayley Locker, now a vice president at Morgan Stanley, holds a BBA from the University of Michigan’s Ross School of Business.