Seventh heaven for super-rich grads

UCL’s ‘ultra-high net worth’ graduates ensure we’re sitting pretty in league table for the filthy rich


Are the essays and exams worth it? Are you staring out the window wishing it was all over?

Fear not, for if you can stick it out to the end you’ve got a high chance of becoming one of the richest people in the UK.

Durham sits 11th in the wealth league

UCL sits 7th in the wealth league

UCL alumni are among some of the richest in the country, a survey of university graduates claims.

The Wealth-X UK University Ultra-High Net-Worth (UHNW) Alumni Rankings is both a lengthy title and a report that places UCL 7th in the wealth rankings.

Together, our 99 UHNW grads are worth $4.5 billion (£2.9b) and have an average individual war chest of $45m (£29m).

A graduate needs $30m (£19.5m) to qualify as an UHNW individual. The average age of our super-rich alumni is 52.

UCL leads Nottingam, in 8th, and Edinburgh, in 9th. Manchester has more super-rich alumni as they take 6th spot (but our grads are richer by almost $1b!)

Predictably, Oxford and Cambridge are top. Oxford has the highest number of UHNW alumni with 401 of the fat cats. Cambridge has the wealthiest, with 361 filthy-rich alumni sharing a pot of $93b (£60b).

Spare a thought for the University of Warwick in 20th, whose rich grads have only $1.9b (£1.2b) to their names.