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List Rules People 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."

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Richard Nixon is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Politician, Military Officer, Author
Richard Milhous Nixon was the 37th President of the United States, serving from 1969 to 1974. The only U.S. president to resign the office, Nixon had previously served as a U.S. representative ...more
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Christian Laettner is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Basketball Coach, Basketball player, Businessperson
Christian Donald Laettner is an American former basketball player, entrepreneur, and basketball coach. He had a distinguished college and Olympic team career. After college, he played for 6 ...more
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Ron Paul is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Ronald Ernest "Ron" Paul is an American physician, author, and former Republican congressman, two-time Republican presidential candidate, and the presidential nominee of the ...more
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Charlie Rose is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Talk show host, Journalist, Television producer
Charles Peete Rose Jr. (born January 5, 1942) is an American television journalist and former talk show host. From 1991 to 2017, he was the host and executive producer of the talk show Charlie ...more
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Grant Hill is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Basketball player
Grant Henry Hill is a retired American basketball player. Hill played for four teams in his professional career in the National Basketball Association; the Detroit Pistons, Orlando Magic, ...more
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Dan Abrams is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Television director, Journalist, Television producer
Dan Abrams is an American television host, legal commentator, Web entrepreneur and author. former anchor of Nightline and the Chief Legal Affairs Anchor for ABC News He worked as chief legal ...more
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Melinda Gates is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Businessperson
Melinda French Gates, is an American businessperson and philanthropist. She is the wife of Bill Gates, and the co-founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. She worked at Microsoft, ...more
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Nathaniel Lande is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Journalist, Inventor, Author
Nathaniel Lande is a film director.
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Sean Flynn is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Journalist, Actor, Photographer
Sean Leslie Flynn was an American actor and freelance photojournalist best known for his coverage of the Vietnam War. Flynn was the only child of Australian-American actor Errol Flynn and his ...more
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Carlos Boozer is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Basketball player
Carlos Austin Boozer Jr. (born November 20, 1981) is an American retired professional basketball player. The two-time NBA All-Star played for the Cleveland Cavaliers, Utah Jazz, Chicago Bulls ...more
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Henry Hartsfield is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Astronaut
Henry Warren "Hank" Hartsfield, Jr. was a United States Air Force officer and a USAF and NASA astronaut who logged over 480 hours in space.
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George M. Church is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Geneticist, Chemist, Professor
George Church is professor of genetics at Harvard Medical School and Director of the Center for Computational Genetics. With degrees from Duke University in chemistry and zoology, he co-authored ...more
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Russell Kirk is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Historian, Author, Writer
Russell Kirk was an American political theorist, moralist, historian, social critic, literary critic, and fiction author known for his influence on 20th century American conservatism. His 1953 ...more
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William Kennedy Smith is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Physician
William Kennedy Smith is an American physician whose work focuses on landmines and the rehabilitation of landmine victims. He is a member of the prominent Kennedy family and is famous for a ...more
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Tim Cook is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Businessperson
Timothy Donald "Tim" Cook is an American business executive, and is the CEO of Apple Inc. Cook joined Apple in March 1998 as Senior Vice President of Worldwide Operations—he also ...more
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Kara DioGuardi is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Arranger, Record producer, Songwriter
Kara Elizabeth DioGuardi is an American singer-songwriter, record producer, music publisher, A&R executive, composer and TV personality. She writes music primarily in the pop rock genre. ...more
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Ben Mulroney is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Actor, Presenter
Benedict Martin Paul "Ben" Mulroney is a Canadian television host. He is the oldest son of former Canadian Prime Minister Brian Mulroney.
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William Styron is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Novelist, Screenwriter, Author
William Clark Styron, Jr. was an American novelist and essayist who won major literary awards for his work. For much of his career, Styron was best known for his novels, including: Lie Down in ...more
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David Rubenstein is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Lawyer
David Mark Rubenstein is an American financier and philanthropist best known as co-founder and co-chief executive officer of The Carlyle Group, a global private equity investment firm based in ...more
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David Drake is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Novelist, Writer
David Drake is an American author of science fiction and fantasy literature. A Vietnam War veteran who has worked as a lawyer, he is now one of the major authors of the military science fiction
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John T. Chambers is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Businessperson
John Thomas Chambers is Chairman of the Board and CEO of Cisco Systems, Inc.
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Drew Rosenhaus is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Businessperson, Actor, Sports agent
Drew Rosenhaus is an American sports agent who represents professional football players. He owns the Miami-based sports agency, Rosenhaus Sports, and has negotiated over $2 billion of NFL
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Charles Hard Townes is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Physicist, Scientist
Charles Hard Townes was an American Nobel Prize-winning physicist and inventor. Townes was known for his work on the theory and application of the maser, on which he got the fundamental patent, ...more
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Harry Weller is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Venture capitalist
Harry joined NEA in 2002 as a Partner. He focuses on technology investments and co-leads NEA's activities in China. Harry's current board memberships include Availink, Echo Global, LianLian, ...more
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Henry Hyde is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Duke University Alumni
Politician, Lawyer
Henry John Hyde, an American politician, was a Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from 1975 to 2007, representing the 6th District of Illinois, an area of Chicago's ...more