This Harvard Business School course has some celebrity students

It looks like Malia Obama isn’t the only celebrity interested in a Harvard education.

Students looking around their Harvard Business School Executive Education class Thursday night saw four familiar faces sitting among them.

NBA players Pau Gasol and Chris Paul, rapper/actor LL Cool J, and actor Channing Tatum all attended the four-day Business of Media, Entertainment, and Sports program with Professor Anita Elberse, who tweeted out a picture of her star pupils.

The course, which runs from June 1-4, focuses on strategies for launching creative products and managing talent by evaluating case studies and learning from the perspectives of industry superstars, and mid- to senior-level executives who work for studios, networks, music companies, or sports leagues, the school describes in its course description.


During Thursday’s session, the Magic Mike star was the subject of the class’s first “live case.”

This isn’t the first time big-name celebrities have signed up for the once-a-year course, which began in 2014.

Miami Heat star Dwyane Wade, New York Jets wide receiver Brandon Marshall, fashion model Karlie Kloss, and Channing’s fellow Magic Mike star Cody Horn have all attended the program in previous sessions, according to the school.


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