Fidelity CEO Abigail Johnson inherited her role from her father . Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella started off as an engineer . SAP National Security Services CEO Mark Testoni began his career as a high school janitor.
There is clearly no one single path to the corner office.
To better understand how CEOs got to where they are today, LinkedIn looked at the profiles of over 12,000 chief executives from 20 countries.
"One thing is for sure, millennials are interested in moving up," director of insights for LinkedIn Talent Solutions Sarah O'Brien tells CNBC Make It . "By looking at the path of leaders at some of the top companies globally, [this analysis] can help provide insights into what moves they should consider taking now to get there in the future."
LinkedIn's analysis found that most of these top executives started their careers working as consultants. The second most popular first job CEOs listed on their profiles is software engineer.