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Famous Duke University Alumni

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List RulesPeople on this list must have gone to Duke University and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Duke University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Duke University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Duke University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Duke University are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Duke University.

List is made up of a variety of graduates, including Richard Nixon, Grant Hill, and other famous Blue Devils.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Duke University&” and “Which celebrities are Duke University alumni."

Take a look at this list of famous Duke alumni.
  • 1

    Richard Nixon

    Politician, Military Officer
    Richard Milhous Nixon (January 9, 1913 – April 22, 1994) was an American politician who served...  more

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  • 2

    Christian Laettner

    Basketball Coach, Basketball player
    Christian Donald Laettner (, LAYT-nər; born August 17, 1969) is a retired American basketball...  more

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  • 3

    Ron Paul

    Politician, Author
    Ronald Ernest Paul (born August 20, 1935) is an American author, physician, and retired...  more

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  • 4

    Charlie Rose

    Talk show host, Journalist
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  • 5

    Grant Hill

    Basketball player
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  • 6

    Dan Abrams

    Television director, Journalist
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  • 7

    Melinda Gates

    Melinda Ann Gates DBE (née French; August 15, 1964) is an American philanthropist and a former...  more
  • 8

    Nathaniel Lande

    Journalist, Inventor
    Nathaniel Lande, born of Canadian parents, is a journalist, author, and filmmaker with a...  more
  • 9

    Sean Flynn

    Journalist, Actor
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  • 10

    Carlos Boozer

    Basketball player
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  • 11
    Henry Warren "Hank" Hartsfield Jr. (November 21, 1933 – July 17, 2014) was a United States Air...  more
  • 12

    George M. Church

    Geneticist, Chemist
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  • 13

    Russell Kirk

    Historian, Author
    Russell Amos Kirk (October 19, 1918 – April 29, 1994) was an American political theorist,...  more
  • 14
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  • 15

    Tim Cook

    Timothy Donald "Tim" Cook is an American business executive, and is the CEO of Apple Inc. Cook...  more

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  • 16

    Kara DioGuardi

    Arranger, Record producer
    Kara Elizabeth DioGuardi (; born December 9, 1970) is an American songwriter, record producer,...  more
  • 17

    Ben Mulroney

    Actor, Presenter
    Benedict Martin Paul "Ben" Mulroney (born March 9, 1976) is a Canadian television host. He is...  more
  • 18

    William Styron

    Novelist, Screenwriter
    William Clark Styron Jr. (June 11, 1925 – November 1, 2006) was an American novelist and...  more
  • 19

    David Rubenstein

    Businessperson, Entrepreneur
    David Mark Rubenstein (born August 11, 1949) is an American financier and philanthropist. He...  more
  • 20

    David Drake

    Novelist, Writer
    David Drake (born September 24, 1945) is an American author of science fiction and fantasy...  more
  • 21

    John T. Chambers

    John Thomas Chambers (born August 23, 1949) is the former executive chairman and CEO of Cisco...  more
  • 22

    Drew Rosenhaus

    Businessperson, Actor
    Drew Jordan Rosenhaus (born October 29, 1966) is an American sports agent who represents...  more
  • 23

    Charles Hard Townes

    Physicist, Scientist
    Charles Hard Townes (July 28, 1915 – January 27, 2015) was an American physicist and inventor...  more
  • 24

    Harry Weller

    Venture capitalist
    Harry joined NEA in 2002 as a Partner. He focuses on technology investments and co-leads NEA's...  more
  • 25

    Henry Hyde

    Politician, Lawyer
    Henry John Hyde (April 18, 1924 – November 29, 2007) was an American politician, and served as...  more

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