Which Fraternities Have Produced the Most Successful People?

which fraternity most successful alumni

Are you wondering how Greek life could influence your future success? Our analysis revealed that a shocking amount of wealth, power, fame, and success has been acquired by fraternity members after they graduate.

While there are some trends, there are also some surprising contrasts. For example, both President Ronald Regan and musician Willie Nelson are alumni of Tau Kappa Epsilon.

There’s also evidence of alliances that were formed by fraternity brothers. In the case of the college startup, Snapchat, all three co-founders joined the fraternity Kappa Sigma at Stanford.

On average, fraternity membership increases eventual income by 36 percent, even though members also have a drop in GPA by 0.25. However, it may not be necessary to have short-term losses to achieve long-term success. Fraternity members who are also using OneClass’ study resources could see a net GPA increase of 0.75 or more.

Let’s review successful alumni of college fraternities to see which Greek house has produced the most presidents, billionaires, celebrities, and other successful figures.

U.S. Presidents Who Were in Fraternities

Among all U.S. presidents, 29 percent have been in a fraternity.

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Delta Kappa Epsilon is the most common fraternity with more than 11 percent of U.S. presidents having been a member. That house has had even more impact in recent years. Among the 14 most current presidents, five have been in a fraternity, four of which were in Delta Kappa Epsilon.

  • George W. Bush: Delta Kappa Epsilon (Yale)
  • George H.W. Bush: Delta Kappa Epsilon (Yale)
  • Gerald Ford: Delta Kappa Epsilon (University of Michigan)
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt: Delta Kappa Epsilon (Harvard)

Recently, it’s become more common for U.S. presidents to have been a part of the Greek system while they were college students. Among all presidents, 27 percent were fraternity members, but among leaders since 1881, 50 percent of U.S. presidents have been fraternity members.

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Billionaires Who Were Fraternity Members

There’s significant wealth among fraternity alumni, and by our count, at least 34 billionaires named to the Forbes 400 list.

The fraternity with the most Forbes 400 members is Sigma Alpha Mu with alumni, including the CEO of L Brands and the founder of Baron Capital.

fraternity with the most billionaires

When we look at the same data by total net worth, we see a completely different story. The total net worth of theSigma Alpha Mu billionaires on the Forbes 400 is less than a quarter of the Beta Theta Pi billionaires. This dramatic difference is due to two Beta Theta Pi alumni: the Koch brothers, each having a net worth of $53.5B. Phi Kappa Psi has the second-highest figure as a result of Michael Bloomberg’s $51.8B net worth.

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Successful Fraternity Alumni

Successful fraternity men have covered the full range of wealth, power, fame, and notoriety. In the lists below, we’ve highlighted selected alumni so that you can get a sense of the personality and priorities of each fraternity.

Alpha Epsilon Pi

  • Mark Zuckerberg: Facebook 
  • Jerry Nadler: Congressman
  • Richard Thaler: Nobel-winning economist
  • Sanford Weill: Citigroup
  • Chet Simmons: ESPN
  • Bernard Marcus: Home Depot 
  • Matt Van Horn: Lyft 
  • Justin Mateen: Tinder 
  • Frank Gehry: Architect
  • Paul Simon and Art Garfunkel: Musicians
  • Wolf Blitzer: TV news anchor

Delta Kappa Epsilon

  • George H.W. Bush: President
  • George W. Bush: President
  • Gerald Ford: President
  • Franklin D. Roosevelt: President
  • Theodore Roosevelt: President
  • Brett Kavanaugh: Supreme Court Justice
  • Avery Rockefeller: Banker
  • James McNerney: Boeing
  • Frederick Smith: FedEx
  • Donald Fisher: Gap 
  • Herb Kelleher; Rollin King: Southwest Air
  • Frank Batten: The Weather Channel
  • William Randolph Hearst: Hearst Communications
  • Joseph Wilson: Xerox
  • Dick Clark: Media personality

Alpha Phi Alpha

  • Martin Luther King Jr.: Civil rights leader
  • Thurgood Marshall: Supreme Court justice
  • Duke Ellington: Jazz musician

Beta Theta Pi

  • Charles Koch, and David Koch (Deceased): Tied for 11th richest in the world
  • Sam Walton: Wal-Mart (Note: Sam Walton is deceased, therefore not included in Forbes 400. Adding the Walton family’s $130B net worth to the Beta Theta Pi total above would bring it to $237B.)
  • Bill Bowerman: Nike
  • Dave Gilboa: Warby Parker
  • John Warnock: Adobe
  • G. Kennedy Thompson: Wachovia
  • Stephen Sondheim: Composer
  • John Wooden: Basketball

Tau Kappa Epsilon

  • Ronald Reagan: President
  • Charles Whittaker: Supreme Court
  • Howard Schultz: Starbucks CEO
  • Mike Huckabee: Presidential candidate
  • Willie Nelson: Musician
  • Steven Squyres: NASA astronomer on Mars Rovers
  • Steve Forbes: Forbes
  • Les Paul: Musician; Electric guitar inventor
  • Marc Benioff: Salesforce
  • Elvis Presley: Musician
  • Conrad Hilton: Hilton hotels
  • William Fowler: Nobel-winning physicist

Phi Kappa Psi

  • Michael Bloomberg: 9th richest in the world
  • Woodrow Wilson: President
  • Herbert Dow: Dow Chemical
  • Orra Monnette: Bank of America
  • Jerry Yang: Yahoo!
  • Jerry Nelson: Ticketmaster
  • Zach Braff: Actor

Alpha Phi Omega

  • Bill Clinton: President
  • Rex Tillerson: ExxonMobil CEO and Former Secretary of State

Kappa Sigma

  • Jerry Jones: Dallas Cowboys
  • Bobby Murphy; Evan Spiegel; Reggie Brown: Snapchat
  • Ted Turner: CNN and TBS
  • Bob Dole: Presidential candidate
  • Richard Burr: Congress
  • Edwin Hubble: Astronomer
  • Robert Redford: Actor
  • Jimmy Buffett: Musician

Phi Gamma Delta

  • Mike Pence: Vice President
  • Calvin Coolidge: President
  • Charles Ergen: Dish Network
  • Brian Lamb: C-SPAN
  • Edmund C. Lynch: Merrill Lynch

Sigma Alpha Epsilon

  • William McKinley: President
  • Howard Wood: Charter Communications
  • Henry Paulson: Goldman Sachs CEO; Treasury Secretary during 2008 financial crisis
  • John Thompson Dorrance: Campbell Soup Company
  • William Faulkner: Nobel-winning author
  • Terry Gilliam: Director

Sigma Chi

  • Grover Cleveland: President
  • Matt Salzberg: Blue Apron
  • Jeff Arnold: WebMD
  • Brad Pitt: Actor
  • David Letterman: TV host
  • John Wayne: Actor
  • Matt Groening: TV cartoonist
  • Tony Hale: Actor

Sigma Nu

  • Charles Schwab: Charles Schwab Corporation
  • Bob Barker: Game show host
  • Eli Manning: Football quarterback
  • James Dean: Actor
  • Kevin Systrom: Instagram
  • Jon Hamm: Actor
  • Rainer Castillo: Chubbies Shorts
  • Glenn Miller: Bandleader

Alpha Tau Omega

  • James P. Hoffa: Labor leader
  • David Bohnett: Geocities
  • J. Erik Jonsson: Texas Instruments
  • Lou Groza: Football Hall of Famer
  • Tennessee Williams: Pulitzer-winning writer

Phi Delta Theta

  • Neil Armstrong: Astronaut
  • James W. McLamore: Burger King
  • Drew Houston: Dropbox
  • Ralph C. Wilson Jr.: Buffalo Bills
  • John Willard Marriott Sr.: Marriott
  • William F. Harrah: Harrah’s Hotel and Casinos

Chi Phi

  • Wilbur Ross: Secretary of Commerce
  • Walter Cronkite: TV anchorman
  • Brewster Kahle: Internet Archive

Zeta Psi

  • Henry Ford: Ford Motor Co.
  • Howard Dean: Presidential candidate
  • John Bardeen: Nobel-winning physicist
  • Dick Wolf: Law & Order creator
  • Richard Yuengling Jr.: Yuengling Brewery

Alpha Sigma Phi

  • Warren Buffett: Investor
  • John Kasich: Governor

Pi Kappa Alpha

  • Karl Rove: G.W. Bush administration official
  • Jon Stewart: Comedian
  • Steve Prefontaine: Olympic runner
  • Michael Dubin: Dollar Shave Club
  • Tim Ferriss: Podcaster
  • Jim Parsons: Actor

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