The Master of Business Administration (MBA) is a highly respected post-graduate degree that effectively opens doors and enhances your chance of success in the business world. Professionals in the business world and beyond are completing the coursework necessary to add this impressive degree to their resumes and move their careers to the next level. It's not just business professionals, however, who are opting to pursue an MBA. There are plenty of celebrities and famous figures who have earned their Master of Business Administration degree. Here is a look at three famous people who have earned MBAs.

Shaquille O'Neal
Shaquille O'Neal is a highly popular and successful retired professional basketball player who has played for many teams in the National Basketball Association (NBA), including the Los Angeles Lakers, the Phoenix Suns, the Boston Celtics and the Cleveland Cavaliers. O'Neal has had many career highlights. He is a four-time NBA champion, won the NBA's Most Valuable Player (MVP) in 2000 and was the 1993 NBA Rookie of the Year. Off the basketball court, Shaquille O'Neal placed a high level of importance on his education. In 2005, O'Neal earned his MBA from the University of Phoenix. In 2012, O'Neal graduated with a doctoral degree in education from Barry University in Miami Shores, Florida with a 3.8 GPA.

Lisa Leslie
Lisa Leslie is a former professional American basketball player in the Women's National Basketball Association (WNBA). She has earned many titles including four-time Olympic gold medalist, two-time WNBA champion and three-time WNBA MVP. This athlete's list of accomplishments not only exist in the world of sports; she boasts several academic achievements as well. Leslie earned her MBA through the University of Phoenix. She earned her bachelor's degree in communications at the University of Southern California while playing college basketball. She found that the online education route was the best way to further her career off the court.

George W. Bush
It may surprise many people that former U.S. president George W. Bush also earned an MBA from the Harvard Business School. According to an article released by the American Thinker, George W. Bush is the first American president to hold a Master of Business Administration degree. With a president of the United States establishing himself with an MBA, it sets a good image and precedent for young adults to follow. While not everyone agrees with his politics, his education is definitely nothing to scoff at.

The Bottom Line
Graduating with an MBA is a highly-desirable achievement within anyone's career. It may be surprising that celebrities of such high caliber would further their careers with a Master of Business Administration degree when their careers are healthy and highly profitable already. Just like any other person, famous people have multiple interests. A Master in Business Administration degree not only advances their knowledge of the business and financial worlds, but it also makes them savvy business professionals.
When celebrities obtain post-graduate degrees, they set the bar higher for their fans and average citizens who look to succeed in the business world. An MBA is a highly-valuable asset to add to your resume. It can provide expanded growth potential and opportunities for career improvement. An MBA is abundantly attractive to hiring managers in the business world. With high-profile individuals such as Lisa Leslie, former President George W. Bush and Shaquille O'Neal setting the standard for excellence in education and maximizing their growth potential in the business world, it will be interesting to see how many of their fans and loyal followers will follow in their footsteps.

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