Sean Rajaee M’13 — Boston, MA—
Ever wanted to be the next CEO of a Fortune 500 Company? Ever wanted to start an online business that changes the world? What about be ranked as the 7th most powerful woman in the world by Forbes? Well rest assured because Tufts graduates have a reputation for doing all of these things.
Have you heard of eBay? Of course you have, everyone has. In fact statistics show that one out of every 10 people in the US has either bought or sold something on ebay. Pierre Omidyar, founder of eBay, was a Tufts graduate in 1988 with a degree in computer science. Pierre is a French-born Iranian American enterpeneur and founder/chair of the eBay acution site. His net worth is 5.5 Billion.
Does CHASE bank or JPMorgan ring a bell? In case it doesnt, JPMorgan Chase & Co. is a global securities, investment banking and retail banking firm with assets of over $2 trillion dollars. Current CEO Jamie Dimon, is a former Tufts graduate who majored in economics and philosophy. Dimon was named to Time Magazine’s 2006, 2008 and 2009 lists of the world’s 100 most influential people.
Did you know that the CEO for the largest pharmaceutical company by sales in the World was a Tufts Graduate? Yes that’s right. Up until just a few months ago, Jeff Kindler was CEO for Pfizer. Jeffrey Kindler graduated summa cum laude from Tufts University in 1977
Just to familiarize you a bit with Pfizer, they havemade a couple drugs you may have heard of: Viagra, Zithromax, Lipitor, Celecoxib… You get the point.
Finally, lets talk about Dupont. DuPont is the world’s third largest chemical company based on market capitalization and ninth based on revenue in 2009. Ellen Kullman, current CEO, received her BS from Tufts university majoring in mechanical engineering in 1978. In 2009, Forbes ranked her the 7th of the 100 most powerful women in the world.
What we can conclude from these examples is that even though Tufts may not have a business school or a even business major, we seem to have some skill in running a business.