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19 colleges to attend if you want to be a billionaire

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Stanford University campus

We often hear the dropout-turned-billionaire story, but the majority of uber-wealthy people have graduated college.

According to research firm Wealth-X, 70% of billionaires have a bachelor's degree — and there are certain universities that have produced an impressive number of today's record high 2,473 billionaires.

"Harvard University emerges as the most popular educational destination [for billionaires] by far," the firm reports in its 2015-2016 Billionaire Census. The elite institution has yielded 134 of today's billionaires, twice as many as runner-up Stanford.

Wealth-X provided CNBC with the top "billionaire universities" in the world, along with the number of current billionaires who received degrees (bachelor's, master's, MBA, JD, MD or PhD) from each.

Here, we've highlighted the top 19 schools. To give you an idea of how the average graduate from these universities fares, we also included the median earnings of grads 10 years after enrolling, based on data from the U.S. Department of Education. Note that this data is not available for schools outside of the U.S.

While we can't promise billionaire status if you attend one of these institutions, it can't hurt your odds.

Duke University

Durham, North Carolina

Degrees awarded to today's billionaires: 14

Median earnings of graduates 10 years after enrolling: $76,700

Duke University in Durham, North Carolina
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Duke University in Durham, North Carolina

Princeton University

Princeton, New Jersey

Degrees awarded to today's billionaires: 14

Median earnings of graduates 10 years after enrolling: $75,100

Princeton University campus
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Princeton University campus

University of Cambridge

Cambridge, England

Degrees awarded to today's billionaires: 15

Median earnings of graduates 10 years after enrolling: N/A

University of Cambridge, in Cambridge, U.K.
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University of Cambridge, in Cambridge, U.K.

London School of Economics and Political Science

London, England

Degrees awarded to today's billionaires: 15

Median earnings of graduates 10 years after enrolling: N/A

London School of Economics and Political Science
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London School of Economics and Political Science

University of Texas at Austin

Austin, Texas

Degrees awarded to today's billionaires: 17

Median earnings of graduates 10 years after enrolling: $52,800

University of Texas campus in Austin, Texas
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University of Texas campus in Austin, Texas

University of California, Berkeley

Berkeley, California

Degrees awarded to today's billionaires: 18

Median earnings of graduates 10 years after enrolling: $62,700

University of California Berkely
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University of California Berkely

University of Michigan

Ann Arbor, Michigan

Degrees awarded to today's billionaires: 18

Median earnings of graduates 10 years after enrolling: $57,900

University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan
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University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, Michigan

University of Oxford

Oxford, England

Degrees awarded to today's billionaires: 20

Median earnings of graduates 10 years after enrolling: N/A

Oxford University in Oxford, England
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Oxford University in Oxford, England

University of California, Los Angeles

Los Angeles, California

Degrees awarded to today's billionaires: 21

Median earnings of graduates 10 years after enrolling: $59,200

University of California, Los Angeles
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University of California, Los Angeles

New York University

New York City, New York

Degrees awarded to today's billionaires: 22

Median earnings of graduates 10 years after enrolling: $58,800

New York University (NYU) holds its 180th commencement ceremony in Yankee Stadium.
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New York University (NYU) holds its 180th commencement ceremony in Yankee Stadium.

University of Chicago

Chicago, Illinois

Degrees awarded to today's billionaires: 22

Median earnings of graduates 10 years after enrolling: $62,800

University of Chicago campus
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University of Chicago campus

Yale University

New Haven, Connecticut

Degrees awarded to today's billionaires: 23

Median earnings of graduates 10 years after enrolling: $66,000

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The Sterling Memorial Library on the Yale University campus in New Haven, Connecticut.

University of Southern California

Los Angeles, California

Degrees awarded to today's billionaires: 24

Median earnings of graduates 10 years after enrolling: $66,100

University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California
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University of Southern California in Los Angeles, California

Cornell University

Ithaca, New York

Degrees awarded to today's billionaires: 26

Median earnings of graduates 10 years after enrolling: $70,900

Cornell University.
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Cornell University.

Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Degrees awarded to today's billionaires: 31

Median earnings of graduates 10 years after enrolling: $91,600

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Students walk on the campus of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

Columbia University

New York City, New York

Degrees awarded to today's billionaires: 43

Median earnings of graduates 10 years after enrolling: $72,900

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People walk on the Columbia University campus in New York City.

University of Pennsylvania

Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Degrees awarded to today's billionaires: 54

Median earnings of graduates 10 years after enrolling: $78,200

University of Pennsylvania
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University of Pennsylvania

Stanford University

Stanford, California

Degrees awarded to today's billionaires: 67

Median earnings of graduates 10 years after enrolling: $80,900

Stanford University campus
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Stanford University campus

Harvard University

Cambridge, Massachusetts

Degrees awarded to today's billionaires: 134

Median earnings of graduates 10 years after enrolling: $87,200

The Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.
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The Harry Elkins Widener Memorial Library on the campus of Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass.