The average company boss is 54 years old, male and studied economics at Oxford, Cambridge or Harvard, according to a survey of management in eight countries.
The Where Do CEOs Come From app confirms that men dominate the upper ranks of the boardroom in the UK, Germany, China and Australia. Fewer than one in 25 chief executives are women; and while the average age of male and female business leaders is almost the same, men are more likely to be appointed younger and retire later. The age range for male CEOs is 23-84, while for women it is 38-60.
Men are also slightly less likely to have studied at university: 92% of male chief executives had a degree, compared with 100% of women. Nearly one in five of all CEOs had studied for an MBA.
Of the FTSE 100 chief executives, 4% are women. India had the highest proportion, 8%, the Australia with 5%. Hong Kong and Japan have no female chief executives in their top 100 companies.
The figures, compiled by business data specialists QlikTech, found that Oxbridge and Harvard were the most common training grounds for company bosses, with Manchester University, Imperial College London and Tokyo University not far behind.
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