Person List of Famous Public Speakers

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This list of famous public speakers includes photos, bios, and other information, when available. Who are the top public speakers in the world? This includes the most prominent public speakers, living and dead, both from America and abroad. Some of these popular public speakers are also responsible for the longest speeches in history and the best presidential speeche of all time. This list of notable public speakers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these famous 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 public speakers.

No great public speakers list would be complete without big names like Deepak Chopra and Mike Huckabee. All these good public speakers know that it takes lots of practice, critical thinking, and confidence to be ranked among the greatest public speakers ever - and everyone on this list has that in spades. Many celebrities also show off their public speaking skills during these best commencement speeches and the greatest Oscar acceptance speeches. (We also have a list of the weirdest Oscar acceptance speeches.)

From reputable, prominent, and well known public speakers to the lesser known public speakers of today, these are some of the best public speakers giving notable speeches left and right. Who are the most famous public speakers ever? What are the names of famous public speakers? Take a look below!

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George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Public Speakers
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George Walker Bush is an American politician and businessman who served as the 43rd President of the United States from 2001 to 2009, and the 46th Governor of Texas from 1995 to 2000. The eldest son of Barbara and George H. W. Bush, he was born in New Haven, Connecticut. After graduating from Yale ...more

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Age: 69

Birthplace: New Haven, Connecticut, United States of America

Profession: Pilot, Public speaker, Businessperson, Politician Author, + more

Credits: Journeys with George, Being W, Pursuit of Equality, CBS News Special Report: Joint News Conference

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#129 on The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World

#69 on Celebrities You Wouldn't Want as Neighbors

#11 on Lying Politicians: The Worst Liars In American Politics

#547 on People We Wish Were Still Alive

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Rudy Giuliani is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Public Speakers
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Rudolph William Louis "Rudy" Giuliani is an American lawyer, businessman, former politician, and public speaker from New York. Politically a Democrat and then an Independent in the 1970s, but a Republican since the 1980s, Giuliani was the federal attorney for New York state's southern region in the ...more

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Age: 71

Birthplace: East Flatbush, New York City, New York, United States of America

Profession: Public speaker, Businessperson, Politician, Actor Lawyer

Credits: Anger Management, Eddie, Piers Morgan Live, Giuliani Time The Gates

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#5 on The Most Trustworthy Politicians

#77 on Lying Politicians: The Worst Liars In American Politics

#61 on People You Want South Park to Make Fun of

#49 on The Most Influential Politicians in American History

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Mike Huckabee is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Public Speakers
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Michael Dale "Mike" Huckabee is an American politician who served as the 44th Governor of Arkansas. He was a candidate in the 2008 United States Republican presidential primaries, winning the 2008 Iowa Republican caucuses and finishing second in delegate count and third in both popular vote and ...more

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Age: 60

Birthplace: Hope, Arkansas, United States of America

Profession: Public speaker, Commentator, Politician, Musician Author, + more

Credits: Huckabee, Fox and Friends, An Inconvenient Tax, Action Hero Makeover

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#3 on Which Republican Candidate Do You Trust the Most?

#4 on The Most Trustworthy Politicians

#8 on Republicans Who Are the Best at Reaching Across the Aisle

#10 on People You Want South Park to Make Fun of

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Tony Robbins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Public Speakers
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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: 55

Birthplace: North Hollywood, Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Profession: Author, Actor

Credits: Men in Black, Shallow Hal, Reality Bites, Mrs. Winterbourne Anthony Robbins: Love & Passion, + more

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#72 on Famous Tall Men Over 6'2

#90 on Famous People Named Anthony

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Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Public Speakers
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Barack Hussein Obama II (/bəˈrɑːk huːˈseɪn oʊˈbɑːmə/; born August 4, 1961) is the 44th and current President of the United States. He is the first African American to hold the office. Obama served as a U.S. Senator representing the state of Illinois from January 2005 to November 2008, when he ...more

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Age: 54

Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States of America

Profession: Politician, Author, Law professor, Writer Lawyer

Credits: By The People: The Election of Barack Obama, 60 Minutes, Mistaken for Strangers, Senator Obama Goes to Africa

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#214 on The Greatest American Writers of All Time

#96 on The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World

#20 on The Most Trustworthy Politicians

#43 on Famous Men You'd Want to Have a Beer With

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Zig Ziglar is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Public Speakers
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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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Bill Gates is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Public Speakers
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William Henry "Bill" Gates III is an American business magnate, philanthropist, investor, computer programmer, and inventor. Gates originally established his reputation as the co-founder of Microsoft, the world’s largest PC software company, with Paul Allen. During his career at Microsoft, Gates ...more

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Age: 60

Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States of America

Profession: Programmer, Software Architect, Businessperson, Investor Entrepreneur

Credits: The Triumph of the Nerds: The Rise of Accidental Empires, Freakonomics, Give Us the Money, The Billionaires' Pledge

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#303 on The All-Time Greatest People in History

#76 on Famous Men You'd Want to Have a Beer With

#216 on Things That Are Not As Cool As People Think They Are

#28 on Celebrities Who Should Run for President

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Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Public Speakers
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William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton is an American politician who served as the 42nd President of the United States from 1993 to 2001. Previously, he served as Governor of Arkansas from 1979 to 1981 and 1983 to 1992, and the state's Attorney General from 1977 to 1979. A member of the Democratic Party, ...more

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Age: 69

Birthplace: Hope, Arkansas, USA

Profession: Statesman, Politician, Author, Lawyer Teacher

Credits: Fire in the Blood, The Final Days, The Last Party, Of Civil Wrongs & Rights: The Fred Korematsu Story

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#199 on The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World

#616 on The Funniest People of All Time

#117 on Famous Men You'd Want to Have a Beer With

#146 on The Biggest Douchebags in Hollywood

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