The Sweet Sixteen’s Brightest Business Minds

The Trading Edge with Derek HoffmanTonight I thought it would be fitting to take a look at the more famous and notable business leaders whose alma maters made it to the NCAA Men’s Basketball Sweet Sixteen.

Tonight’s Sweet 16 matchups include:

#1 Syracuse vs. #5 Butler 7:07 pm EST in Salt Lake City, UT

#2 West Virginia vs. #11 Washington 7:27 pm EST in Syracuse, NY

#2 Kansas State vs. #6 Xavier at 9:37 pm in Salt Lake City, UT

#1 Kentucky vs. #12 Cornell at 9:57 pm in Syracuse, NY

Here are some of the business leaders who will be cheering them on:

#12) Cornell University:

Dr. Irwin M. Jacobs
Co-founder and and former Chairman, Qualcomm (QCOM)

Myra Hart
Founder, Staples (SPLS)

Ratan Tata
Chairman,Tata Group (TATA)

James McLamore
Co-Founder, Burger King (BKC)

Reginald Fils-Aime
President and CEO, Nintendo (NTDOY)

Frank Gannett
Founder, Gannett (GCI)

Brent Stone
Partner, Abry Partners

Peter Stone
Vice President, Fortress Investment Group (FIG)

#11) University of Washington

Paul. M Anderson
CEO, Duke Energy (DUK)

William S. Ayer
President and CEO, Alaska Airlines (ALK)

Rick Devenuti
Chief Information Officer, Microsoft (MSFT)

William H. Gates Sr.
Father of Bill Gates, Microsoft (MSFT)

Chris DeWolfe
CEO and Co-founder of Myspace (NWSA)

#6) Xavier University

Charles Greschke
President and Co-founder, Adobe Systems (ADBE)

#5) Butler University

Thad Matta
Ohio St. Men’s Basketball Head Coach
(also in Sweet 16)

Scott Drew
Baylor University Men’s Basketball Head Coach
(also in Sweet 16)

#2) Kansas State University

John Allen
SVP of The Hershey Company and President of Hershey International (HSY)

John Hofmeister
President and CEO, Shell Oil (RDS-A)

Warren Staley
President and CEO, Cargill, Inc.

William A. Porter
Founder of E*Trade (ETFC)

#1) West Virginia University

John Chambers
President and CEO, Cisco Systems (CSCO)

Eric Babe
CEO, Bayer Corp.

#1) University of Kentucky

Don Rosa
Comic Book artist for Donald Duck, Disney (DIS)

Warren Rosenthal
CEO of Jerrico, original parent company of Denny’s (DENN)

Chris Sullivan
Founder of Outback Steakhouse

Kevin Depew
Editor-in-Chief, Minyanville.com

#1) Syracuse University

Joseph Biden
VP of the United States

Prince Al-Waleed bin Talal
Major Investor, Citigroup (C)

Mark Begor
President & CEO, GE Card Services (GE)

William J. Brodsky
Chairman and CEO of Chicago Board of Options Exchange

Nick Donofrio
SVP, IBM (IBM)

Kenneth Goodman
President and COO, Forest Labs (FRX)

Louis Giuliano
Chairman, President & CEO, ITT Industries (ITT)

JoAnn H. Heisen
Chief Information Officer, Johnson & Johnson (JNJ)

Joanne Hill
Managing Director, Goldman Sachs (GS)

Ronald P. O’Hanley
Vice Chairman, Bank of New York Mellon (BK)

Bob Seltzer
President and CEO, Ogilvy PR Worldwide

Larry Kramer
Founder and CEO, Marketwatch.com

Todd Harrison
Founder and CEO, Minyanville.com

This is just a sampling of the cream of the crop captains of industry. If I missed anyone you think deserves notoriety, feel free to let us know in the comments section below.

Stay tuned for Part 2 of this segment tomorrow for the 2nd half of the Sweet Sixteen Bracket.

Disclosure: No positions in the companies mentioned.

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