The Most Famous Amherst College Alumni, CEOs & Graduates

This is Ross Blankenship, founder of Angel Kings, a top venture capital, as well as an investor in some of America's top companies. Of those portfolio companies, and many of which I've looked at, include phenomenal founders and entrepreneurs from Amherst College, up in Massachusetts. Amherst College, and I pronounce correct. The word that people say Amherst is Amherst, so I know a lot of alumni will be proud of me for doing that, but it's a great school in many ways. It's a liberal arts college. It's always ranked in the top five.

You may not know it, but even though it's considered a very progressive school, not necessarily considered for being the most business-oriented school, there actually have been phenomenal success stories from Amherst College, three of which are listed here. The first left to right is Herbert L. Pratt. Herbert L. Pratt graduated from Amherst College with a Bachelor of Arts back in 1885. Went on to become the head of what was then Standard Oil and Trust, a multi-billion dollar and multinational corporation. Standard Oil and Trust of the years thereafter eventually became mobile, which then wound up into Exxon mobile. He is one of the most famous, maybe not famous per se, but now notable graduates who came out of Amherst College. 


The second is Charles E. Merrill, who established what's now known as Merrill Lynch, which is part of Bank of America. Charles E. Merrill also went to Amherst College, and then Michigan Law School. He spent two years at Amherst College, and then went on to Michigan Law School. This is back in the start of the twentieth century, right in 1904, 1905 or so. He then, like I said, established Merrill Lynch, which I'm sure you've heard of now or so, has had a big impact on financial technology himself.

The last one on the list is Henry Clay Folger. Henry Clay Folger of the Folger Theatre, that's one of the names of Henry Clay's name as the associate rep, but he also was part of the Standard Oil Trust movement, right. The Standard Oil, a big multinational corporation that was build back in the late 1800s. I'm sorry, the early 1800s was more or less when it was built. He worked for Standard Oil Trust, the late 1800s, early 1900s, working under John D. Rockefeller.

Him and his classmate, Amherst classmate Charles Millard Pratt, who is obviously connected to Herbert L. Pratt, went on and they built this empire, which like I said, gave them the opportunity, later on, to establish the Shakespeare Library and a theater and everything thereafter. He's clearly a prominent alumni out of Amherst College.

Those are the three top Amherst College's alumni, many of which you may or may not know of. You definitely have heard the names, and they are doing some great thing in Amherst. They are building a nice startup community that you might not have heard of. If you haven't heard of or you don't know what's going on and you're an alumni or just want to be part of these great companies, check out and unlock exclusive access at 

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