The 10 Most Notable UCLA Alumni in the Business World

UCLA is home to the Anderson School of Management, which offers interested individuals a number of business-oriented programs. Examples include accounting, business analytics, and business administration. Considering UCLA’s reputation, it should come as no surprise to learn that there are a number of UCLA alumni out there who have managed to become figures of note in the world of business. Here are 10 of the most notable UCLA alumni now in the business world:

1. Bill Ballhaus

Bill Ballhaus’s profile on Blackboard describes him as the educational tech company’s CEO and Chairman. However, this isn’t the first time that he has headed up a tech company, meaning that Ballhaus can claim considerable expertise and experience in this regard. In any case, Ballhaus studied mechanical engineering at the University of California at Davis before going on to study business administration at UCLA.

2. Lisa Brummel

Lisa Brummel’s short writeup by the Anderson School of Management describes her leadership role at Microsoft where she had an influential role in its HR and other matters. Besides this, she was a star athlete who has since gone on to become one of the owners of the Seattle Storm.

3. Eric Ellenbogen

According to Bloomberg, Eric Ellenbogen has headed up businesses such as Marvel Enterprises and Classic Media. He is connected to UCLA because that is where he received his MBA degree.

4. Laurence D. Fink

Laurence D. Fink is one of the eight people who co-founded the BlackRock Financial Management Group. However, he tends to be the best-known of the lot because he is the one who has led it to becoming a global leader in its chosen sector, as shown by his BlackRock profile boast that the corporation manages more money than any other investment fund in the entire world. Fink got both his undergraduate degree and his graduate degree from UCLA, having studied political science before going on to study business administration.

5. Bill Gross

Currently, Bill Gross is retired. However, he remains the “King of Bonds” as noted by Investopedia and other sources. This is because Gross is famous for founding as well as running PIMCO, which specializes in fixed income. Education-wise, Gross received his MBA from UCLA.

6. Robert S. Murley

Bloomberg lists Robert S. Murley as the Chairman of Stericycle, which is a compliance company. Besides this, he is an important figure at Credit Suisse, as shown by the fact that he remains a Senior Advisor to it at the present time. Murley is another example of someone who received his MBA from UCLA’s Anderson School of Management.

7. Martine Rothblatt

Forbes’s profile for Martine Rothblatt makes it clear that she has far-ranging talent. After all, she was one of the co-founders of Sirius XM but is now the head of a biotech company called United Therapeutics, which is looking into the potential of cloning to create transplants that won’t get rejected by the body’s defenses. Something that could be a gamechanger should it succeed.

8. Nobutada Saji

Nobutada Saji is a name that doesn’t get brought up as much in the United States as some of the other names on this list. However, he is one of the wealthiest individuals in Japan, which makes sense because he is both the CEO and the Chairman of a huge brewer and food manufacturer called Suntory. It is interesting to note that Nobutada Saji holds a MS from UCLA.

9. Dan Sanker

Dan Sanker’s Linkedin profile says that he is the person running a supply chain management company called CaseStack, which makes excellent use of cloud computing. Currently, he is both the CEO and the President of said corporation.

10. Susan Wojcicki

As mentioned by Forbes, Susan Wojcicki was involved in the founding of Google, with the result that she has since risen high in the tech industry. After all, she is now the CEO of YouTube, which is a position of immense influence in said industry and beyond.


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