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18 Jan 2010, 20:19
Hi Alex, I appreciate your candid responses.

Here we go:

Undergrad: Went to a Canadian Uni relatively unknown. Took 2 extra years to graduate for the reason of my father dying and having to take care of my family.

GPA: First two years averaged 75%, last 2 years averaged 85%. Honours Econ.

Work experience:
Moved to London UK and have worked for a boutique Private Equity advisory as an Executive where I helped raise $1billion and was promoted. Spun out with colleagues to start our own Private Equity Derivatives firm currently regulated by the FSA (quite innovative idea). Community: Founding President of a PE association with 50 members managing$75 billion.

Age: 29 now, will be 30 when applying in the fall, will be 31 when entering.

GMAT: Have not taken it yet

Here is the thing, I am already in the private equity industry but I would like to get into the principle investing side of it, and generally would like to formally learn the language of business.

I would only want to pursue an MBA from a top school.

I am quite confident that after a few months of studying that I could score 720+ on the gmat.

What I am asking is do you think that I could get into any of the top schools listed below under the assumption that I score a 720 on the gmat? If the outlook looks grim then I would prefer not to waste the time studying for it and just push on with my career. However, if I have a decent shot then it would be worth it to try.

Also, I am wondering how my age will be viewed. I would be above the average age, but I have the average amount of work experience?

Harvard
Stanford
Wharton
Sloan
Columbia

Weaknesses Summary:
Okay GPA
31 years old upon entering
worked for boutique firms no big names

Strengths Summary:
International experience
Entrepreneurship - Innovative new company in the PE industry
Great PE contacts
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19 Jan 2010, 00:31
HBS and Stanford are slim. Too old. Even if you didn't take 2 extra years in college, you'd still be on the older side than the hordes of finance folks applying. And for these schools, how you stand out isn't about how great of a finance guy/gal you are, but how great you are outside of finance (they really don't want Gordon Gekkos or hardcore finance guys in their class; in fact, between finance and consulting, the M/B/B consultants tend to have an advantage over the blue chip finance folks at these two schools, especially post credit crisis).

Wharton - a stretch; maybe the only one of the three that may show you more love assuming you have a solid application. But then again, they are also going younger, and they will experience the spillover effect from H/S targeting younger folks since a lot of these younger folks will then be applying to Wharton as well.

Sloan, Columbia, Chicago, Kellogg - you'd have a shot, with Columbia and Chicago most likely showing you more love because you can get away more with the "hardcore finance guy" archetype.
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19 Jan 2010, 19:49
Thanks Alex, that is quite helpful.

One more thing if you could, you mention that I would be most competitive applying to the following schools ranking from top to bottom:

Columbia/Chicago
Sloan
Wharton
Harvard/Stanford

I am wondering where LBS and INSEAD might fall in this list with respect to my profile? Would I be significantly more competitive at these two schools than say Columbia/Chicago? Or about the same?

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20 Jan 2010, 09:09
INSEAD and LBS are about the same - they're basically peer schools to Chicago and Columbia. Open up the resume books of any four of these schools, and you'll see that the overall caliber of the students are about the same.
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