Our First President With an MBA

By Arnab Datta

Sep 21, 2008 10:14am

"I had dabbled in many things, but I had no real idea what I wanted to do with the rest of my life when I arrived at Harvard Business School. ‘Here you are at the West Point of capitalism,’ the taxi driver said when he dropped me off, and he was right.  Harvard gave me the tools and the vocabulary of the business world. It taught me the principles of capital, how it is accumulated, risked, spent, and managed. I was fascinated by the case-study method that Harvard used to teach. I was intrigued by the variety of cases and the course work involving international finance, marketing, and capital markets…I studied, and ran and rode my bike a lot. I was there to learn, and that’s exactly what I did."

- then-Gov. George W. Bush, Harvard Business School class of 1975, in his 1999 book A Charge to Keep: My Journey to the White House.

– jpt

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