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List of Famous Motivational Speakers

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List of famous motivational speakers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top motivational speakers in the world? This includes the most prominent motivational speakers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable motivational speakers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic motivational speakers were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned motivational speakers.

A factual list, featuring people like Mr. T and Bif Naked.

From reputable, prominent, and well known motivational speakers to the lesser known motivational speakers of today, these are some of the best professionals in the motivational speaker field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous motivational speakers ever?" and "What are the names of famous motivational speakers?" then you're in the right place. (235 items)

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    Norman Vincent Peale
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    Dr. Norman Vincent Peale was a minister and author and a progenitor of "positive thinking". His ideas were not accepted by mental health experts.more

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    • Age: Died at 95 (1898-1993)
    • Birthplace: Bowersville, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Author, Pastor, Writer, Motivational speaker, Preacher
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    Stephen Covey
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    Stephen Richards Covey was an American educator, author, businessman, and keynote speaker. His most popular book was The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. His other books include First Things First, Principle-Centered Leadership, The Seven Habits of Highly Effective Families, The 8th Habit, and ...more

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    • Age: Died at 80 (1932-2012)
    • Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States of America
    • Profession: Professor, Manager, Author, Writer, Motivational speaker, + more
    • Credits: The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People
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    Hilary Hinton "Zig" Ziglar was an American author, salesman, and motivational speaker.more

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    • Age: Died at 86 (1926-2012)
    • Birthplace: Alabama, United States of America
    • Profession: Author, Writer, Motivational speaker
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    Tony Robbins is an American life coach and self-help author. He became well known through his infomercials and self-help books, Unlimited Power, Unleash the Power Within and Awaken the Giant Within. In 2007, he was named in Forbes magazine's "Celebrity 100" list. Forbes estimated that Robbins earned ...more

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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: Los Angeles, USA, North Hollywood, California
    • Profession: Author, Actor
    • Credits: Men in Black, Shallow Hal, Reality Bites, Mrs. Winterbourne, Anthony Robbins: Love & Passion, + more
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    Naomi Judd is an American country music singer, songwriter, and activist.more

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    • Age: age 69
    • Birthplace: USA, Kentucky, Ashland
    • Profession: Spokesperson, Activist, Nurse, Songwriter, Musician, + more
    • Credits: Someone Like You, More American Graffiti, Star Search, Can You Duet, A Holiday Romance, + more
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    Eckhart Tolle
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    Eckhart Tolle is a German-born resident of Canada, best known as the author of The Power of Now and A New Earth. In 2011, he was listed by the Watkins Review as the most spiritually influential person in the world. In 2008, a New York Times writer called Tolle "the most popular spiritual author in the ...more

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    • Age: age 67
    • Birthplace: Dortmund, Germany
    • Profession: Public speaker, Author, Writer, Motivational speaker, Teacher
    • Credits: Eckhart Tolle: Awakening in the Now, Eckhart Tolle: Finding Your Life's Purpose, Kim Eng: Presence Through Movement: Qi Flow Yoga
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    David L. "Dave" Ramsey III is an American financial author, radio host, television personality, and motivational speaker. His show and writings strongly focus on encouraging people to get out of debt. Ramsey's syndicated radio program, The Dave Ramsey Show, is heard on more than 500 radio stations ...more

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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: Antioch, Tennessee, United States of America
    • Profession: Financial adviser, Author, Radio personality, Motivational speaker
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    Mr. T
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    Mr. T is an American actor known for his roles as B. A. Baracus in the 1980s television series The A-Team, as boxer Clubber Lang in the 1982 film Rocky III, and for his appearances as a professional wrestler. Mr. T is known for his trademark African Mandinka warrior hairstyle, his gold jewelry, and his ...more

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    • Age: age 63
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Wrestler, Bodyguard, Actor, Voice acting, Motivational speaker, + more
    • Credits: The Blues Brothers, Rocky III, Rocky IV, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs, Not Another Teen Movie, + more
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    Cesar Millan
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    Cesar Millan, is a Mexican American self-taught dog trainer. He is widely known for his television series Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan, broadcast in more than eighty countries worldwide from 2004 to 2012. Prior to The Dog Whisperer series, Millan focused on rehabilitating especially aggressive dogs ...more

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    • Age: age 46
    • Birthplace: Culiacán, Mexico
    • Profession: Canine Professional, Author, Writer, Motivational speaker, Dog trainer, + more
    • Credits: Dog Whisperer with Cesar Millan, Beethoven's Big Break
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    Lillian Müller is a Norwegian model and an actress in motion pictures and television.more

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    • Age: age 64
    • Birthplace: Grimstad, Norway
    • Profession: Pornographic actor, Model, Author, Actor, Motivational speaker
    • Credits: Best Defense, The Devil and Max Devlin
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    Suze Orman
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    Susan Lynn "Suze" Orman is an American author, financial advisor, motivational speaker, and television host. Orman was born in Chicago and received her B.A. in social work. She worked as a financial advisor for Merrill Lynch. In 1983 she became the vice-president of investments at Prudential Bache ...more

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    • Age: age 64
    • Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America
    • Profession: Businessperson, Television producer, Financial adviser, Author, Actor, + more
    • Credits: CBS News Sunday Morning, My Man Is a Loser, Suze Orman: 9 Steps to Financial Freedom, The Suze Orman Show, Suze Orman: Women & Money, + more
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    Edward Michael "Bear" Grylls is a British adventurer, writer and television presenter. He is widely known for his television series Man vs. Wild, originally titled Born Survivor: Bear Grylls in the United Kingdom. Grylls is also involved in a number of wilderness survival television series in the United ...more

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    • Age: age 41
    • Birthplace: Isle of Wight, United Kingdom
    • Profession: Author, Actor, Writer, Motivational speaker, Presenter
    • Credits: Man vs. Wild, Worst-Case Scenario, Escape to the Legion, The Island with Bear Grylls, Short Poppies, + more
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    Joe Simpson is an English mountaineer, author and motivational speaker. He is best known for his book Touching the Void and the 2003 film adaptation of his book.more

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    • Age: age 55
    • Birthplace: Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
    • Profession: Author, Athlete, Motivational speaker, Mountaineer
    • Credits: Touching the Void
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    Bif Naked
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    Bif Naked is a Canadian singer-songwriter, actress and motivational speaker.more

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    • Age: age 44
    • Birthplace: New Delhi, India
    • Profession: Poet, Songwriter, Singer-songwriter, Cartoonist, Actor, + more
    • Credits: Is It Fall Yet?, Crossing, We All Fall Down
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    Marilyn Hickey is an American Christian minister and televangelist who teaches Bible studies both nationally and internationally.more

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    • Age: age 84
    • Birthplace: Overland Park, Kansas, United States of America
    • Profession: Missionary, Author, Televangelist, Motivational speaker
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    Paula Michelle White is an international Christian evangelist and teacher, TV personality, author and philanthropist. She is the Senior Pastor of New Destiny Christian Center in Apopka, Florida, which is a non-denominational, multi-cultural church whose membership ranges in the thousands. She hosts a ...more

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    • Age: age 49
    • Birthplace: Tupelo, Mississippi, United States of America
    • Profession: Talk show host, Missionary, Author, Televangelist, Pastor, + more
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    Susan Powter is an Australian-born motivational speaker, nutritionist, personal trainer and author, who rose to fame in the 1990s with her catchphrase "Stop the Insanity!", which was the centerpiece of her weight loss infomercial. She hosted her own talk show The Susan Powter Show in the 1990s.more

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    • Age: age 58
    • Birthplace: Sydney, Australia
    • Profession: Dietitian, Author, Personal trainer, Nutritionist, Writer, + more
    • Credits: The Susan Powter Show
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    Robert Kiyosaki
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    Robert Toru Kiyosaki is an American investor, businessman, self-help author, motivational speaker, financial literacy activist, financial commentator, and radio personality. Kiyosaki wrote the Rich Dad Poor Dad series of motivational books and has created other material published under the Rich Dad ...more

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    • Age: age 68
    • Birthplace: Hilo, Hawaii, United States of America
    • Profession: Pilot, Businessperson, Investor, Entrepreneur, Author, + more
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    Ben Tankard

    Ben Tankard is a 6'6" former professional basketball player and an American gospel, jazz keyboardist producer, author, recording artist, and songwriter with over 200 songs recorded. Tankard and his wife Jewel donate their time as non-salary senior pastors of Destiny Center Church of Murfreesboro, ...more

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    • Age: age 51
    • Birthplace: Daytona Beach, Florida, United States of America
    • Profession: Arranger, Record producer, Pianist, Motivational speaker
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    Aron Lee Ralston is an American outdoorsman, engineer and motivational speaker. He survived a canyoneering accident in south-eastern Utah in 2003, during which he amputated his own right forearm with a dull pocketknife in order to extricate himself from a dislodged boulder, which had him trapped for ...more

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    • Age: age 40
    • Birthplace: Marion, Ohio, United States of America
    • Profession: Actor, Motivational speaker, Mountaineer, Engineer
    • Credits: 127 Hours
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