Rankings come in all shapes and sizes, but can any ranking truly capture social cachet? For a different perspective on the value of an MBA, we turn to the New York Times society pages, where the editors select and profile promising couples. Each month, we dedicate one B-School Chart of the Week to tallying how alumni from top-ranked business schools are advancing their social currency ranking.
With June marking the halfway point in our 2014 tally of MBAs whose nuptials were mentioned in the New York Times wedding announcements, we present an overview of the past six months of data. The number of business school students and alumni who were highlighted in June alone—a total of 67—more than doubled our year-to-date figure, bringing the cumulative tally to 130 out of 600 weddings in 2014.
Despite the sudden leap after a relatively slow May, the year-over-year numbers for June are strikingly similar, considering the aggregate tally was 127 out of 590 weddings at the same point in 2013.
Wharton bettered CBS for the month to take the leader spot in our social currency rankings, claiming an aggregate yearly total of 24 mentions. These included the double-MBA wedding of Wharton alumnae Ginny Too and Emily McNabb, both of whom now work in the Philadelphia office of McKinsey & Company.
In addition, Dartmouth Tuck made surprising gains for June, with five mentions—the first of any for the school this year—tying with Stanford GSB. Notably, these also included some double-MBA marriages, including that of Dartmouth Tuck alumnus Matthew Woodward to Stanford GSB alumna Neha Chauhan, and that of Tuck alumnus Ryan McDonald to HBS alumna Caroline Wilson.
In another wedding of note, longtime news anchor, special correspondent, and television host Katie Couric married Chicago Booth MBA John Molner, a partner at investment banking firm Brown Brothers Harriman.