The B School Profs At The Head Of Their Class

From the moment Jeremy J. Siegel shuffled to the front of the classroom at Highland Park High School in Illinois at the age of 14, he knew he was destined to become a teacher. Even then, as a skinny sophomore with thick glasses, Siegel won the undivided attention of the students with--of all things--a passionate speech on the Crash of 1929. "My goal was to get up there and not freeze," remembers Siegel, an economics professor at the University of Pennsylvania's Wharton School. "It went exceedingly well, and I began to love explaining things to people."

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