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Educational Attainment of Business Owners

This brief explores trends in educational attainment among entrepreneurs who start employer businesses (firms with paid employees) in the United States. In this brief, entrepreneurs are defined as employer business owners with at least 51% stock or equity in the business.

Highlights include:

  • Approximately half (51.4%) of all entrepreneurs held at least a bachelor’s degree.
  • Educational attainment of entrepreneurs varied little by gender.
  • The portion of entrepreneurs with a bachelor’s degree was highest among Asian entrepreneurs (29.6%).