True to Their School

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DE­TER­MIN­ING which col­leges pro­vide the best return on in­vest­ment shouldn’t be as com­pli­cated as the­o­ret­i­cal physics. It re­quires just two vari­ables: the me­dian amount of a school’s do­na­tions per stu­dent over a decade and the per­cent­age of grad­u­ates who give back to their school every year.

These fig­ures form our an­nual Grate­ful Grads Index of pri­vate non­profit col­leges: The top ROI schools are those with alumni who have both the means and the de­sire to give back. The first met­ric un­cov­ers the high­est-pro­file in­sti­tu­tions; the sec­ond sheds light on smaller lib­eral-arts schools that at­tract a lot of giv­ing but fewer block­buster gifts. For the full list of 200 uni­ver­si­ties, visit forbes.com/grate­ful­grads2016.

needs a brief­ing on the state of amer­i­can oil and gas, he calls Harold Hamm. “He ab­so­lutely gets it,” says Hamm, the 70-year-old ceo of con­ti­nen­tal re­sources. “He be­lieves in amer­i­can en­ergy for amer­ica’s fu­ture.”

u.s. frack­ers and drillers, Hamm con­tends, could dou­ble do­mes­tic oil out­put to 20 mil­lion bar­rels per day within a decade: “every time we can’t drill a well in amer­ica, ter­ror­ism is be­ing funded.” Trump liked Hamm’s mes­sage enough to give him a prime speak­ing slot at July’s Gop con­ven­tion. “it felt like be­ing the ring­mas­ter at a cir­cus,” Hamm says the day after his speech. “it’s not the ro­tary.” so what about re­ports that Hamm is the lead­ing can­di­date to be­come The don­ald’s sec­re­tary of en­ergy? “i’ve never talked to Trump about that. i have a full-time job. i haven’t given it a minute’s thought.”

The 13th child of ok­la­homa share­crop­pers, Hamm re­calls pick­ing cot­ton bare­foot as a child. He started work­ing at a gas sta­tion at 16, then cleaned oil re­fin­ery tanks and hauled wa­ter in trucks. since drilling his first well in 1971, Hamm has built con­ti­nen­tal into one of the na­tion’s big­gest in­de­pen­dent oil com­pa­nies. The re­cent price drop had per­sonal con­se­quences for him: With his for­tune fall­ing in tan­dem, he didn’t stuff as much money into su­per pacs in this elec­tion cy­cle as he usu­ally does. as for his busi­ness, shares of con­ti­nen­tal hit a six-year low in Jan­uary be­fore nearly tripling in the wake of oil’s par­tial re­cov­ery.

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