Number of ultra-high net worth alumni: 401. Average UHNW alumnus net worth: $127m. Wealthy alumnus: financier Nat. Rothschild.
2. University of Cambridge
Number of ultra-high net worth alumni: 361. Average UHNW alumnus net worth: $258m. Wealthy alumnus: Lord Sainsbury.
3. London School of Economics
Number of ultra-high net worth alumni: 273. Average UHNW alumnus net worth: $129m. Wealthy alumnus: investor George Soros.
4. Imperial College London
Number of ultra-high net worth alumni: 127. Average UHNW alumnus net worth: $130m. Wealthy alumnus: Lenovo founder Danny Lui.
5. London Business School
Number of ultra-high net worth alumni: 106. Average UHNW alumnus worth: $152m. Wealthy alumnus: Lonely Planet founder Tony Wheeler.
6. University of Manchester
Number of ultra-high net worth alumni: 102. Average UHNW alumnus worth: $34m. Wealthy alumnus: economist Joseph Stiglitz currently chairs the Brooks World Poverty Institute at the University of Manchester.
7. University College London (UCL)
Number of ultra-high net worth alumni: 99. Average UHNW alumnus net worth: $45m. Wealthy alumnus: PWC co-founder Edwin Waterhouse.
8. University of Nottingham
Number of ultra-high net worth alumni: 92. Average UHNW alumnus net worth: $34m. Wealthy alumnus: Timpson chairman John Timpson.
9. University of Edinburgh
Number of ultra-high net worth alumni: 80. Average UHNW alumnus net worth: $80m. Wealthy alumnus: Art dealer Jay Jopling.
10. University of Birmingham
Number of ultra-high net worth (UHNW) alumni: 68. Average UHNW alumnus net worth: $106m (£69m). Wealthy alumnus: Manchester United chief executive David Gill.
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