CFA® vs MBA track if you are already a CFO
Before I got dinged for starting a new thread on® , I'd like to hear your opinion on my personalized situation.
I'm currently 35 years old and working as afor an energy company in the US, making around $200K/year. Prior to becoming a CFO, I mostly spent my time in financial services at big 4 (yes, I'm a ). I do have a side hustle whereby I founded a construction company with a friend (an engineer) a couple years ago (I manage the finances). It hasn't made much money yet, but it does have potential. And I dont spend much time on it too (maybe 2-3 hours/week).
I come from an Asian background and would like to return to Asia at one point. Also, I'd like to have a switch in the industry I'm working at (targeting to be CFO of start-up tech co). Unfortunately, given my background, I've been pigeonholed as that "accountant" with expertise on(and US in particular) and have been rejected at cfo jobs that need more IB background. I also graduated only from so-so college with summa cum laude, and I've been blessed and worked very hard to be where I'm at today.
Now, having said all those, which route would give me a better option: MBA or CFA® ? I'm thinking about applying to INSEAD (maybe INSEAD in Asia since living costs is cheaper than Europe) for 10 months. Costs are probably about $100K tuition, and around $15K living. Another option would be Columbia U, but that will take 2 years & higher tuition fees, so higher opportunity costs. Another route will be taking CFA® , I think I can finish this in 2.5 years (I finished my CPA exams in 6 months while working full time at my old accounting firm).
Thoughts anyone? And thanks in advance.