How Strategy Consulting Helped John Legend In His Music Career

Paul Millerd
7 min readJan 27, 2021

The alumni of top consulting firms are part of all types of organizations around the world. Consulting firms like McKinsey, Bain, and BCG can claim world leaders, public company CEOs, heads of non-profits, entrepreneurs and even musicians.

These firms produce many impressive alumni because they tend to recruit and attract some of the most driven young people around the world, the work is oriented towards helping senior leaders of top companies, and the fact that there is an expectation that most people who work at these firms will not spend their entire careers at them. When you work at a place like McKinsey, BCG or Bain you are always publicly sharing what you might want to do after leaving the firms.

Most Famous & Infamous Alumni

It’s a bit shocking when you start to realize how many famous and notable people seem to have spent some time at top consulting firms. Here is a short list of some of the most notable as well as some of the more notorious alums as well!

McKinsey & Company

  1. Sundar Pinchai, CEO of Google
  2. Jim Collins, Business author
  3. Angela Duckworth, author and professor
  4. Tom Peters, author & influencer
  5. Sheryl Sandberg, COO of Facebook
  6. Chelsea Clinton, Clinton Foundation
  7. David Sacks, entrepreneur & tech influencer