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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Erasmus University and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Erasmus University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Erasmus University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Erasmus University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Erasmus 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 Erasmus University.

This list is made up of a variety of graduates, including Ruud Lubbers and Neelie Kroes.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Erasmus University?” and “Which celebrities are Erasmus University alumni?”

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Willem Drees is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Erasmus University Alumni
Willem Drees Accountant, Politician, Author Willem Drees was a Dutch politician of the Labour Party. He served as Prime Minister of the Netherlands from August 7, 1948 until December 22, 1958. He previously served as Member of the House ...more

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Neelie Kroes is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Erasmus University Alumni
Neelie Kroes Businessperson, Politician Neelie Kroes is the European Commissioner for Competition since November, 2004. She was the former Dutch Minister of Transport Water and Management and State Secretary of Transport and Water ...more

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Inge Dekker is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Erasmus University Alumni
Inge Dekker Swimmer Inge Dekker is a Dutch butterfly and freestyle swimmer, who won the bronze medal with the Dutch women's 4×100 m freestyle relay team at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens, Greece. She did ...more

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Ab Klink is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Erasmus University Alumni
Ab Klink Politician, Civil servant, Jurist Abraham Klink is a former Dutch politician of Christian Democratic Appeal. He was Minister of Health, Welfare and Sport in the Fourth Balkenende cabinet. He is since 2011 part-time professor at ...more

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Eimert van Middelkoop is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Erasmus University Alumni
Eimert van Middelkoop Politician, Civil servant, Teacher Eimert van Middelkoop is a Dutch politician in the ChristianUnion party. From 2007 to 2010, he was Minister of Defence in the fourth Balkenende cabinet. In 2010, he served as the Minister of ...more

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Hans Wijers is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Erasmus University Alumni
Hans Wijers Politician Gerardus Johannes Wijers is the former CEO of AkzoNobel. He is currently member of the Supervisory Board of Heineken NV, and will become Chairman in 2013. From 1994 until 1998 he was a minister ...more

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Jelle Zijlstra is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Erasmus University Alumni
Jelle Zijlstra Politician, Professor, Author Jelle Zijlstra was a Dutch politician of the defunct Anti Revolutionary Party now merged into the Christian Democratic Appeal. He served as Prime Minister of the Netherlands from 22 November ...more

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Ruud Lubbers is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Erasmus University Alumni
Ruud Lubbers Activist, Businessperson, Politician Rudolphus Franciscus Marie "Ruud" Lubbers is a retired Dutch politician of the Christian Democratic Appeal. He served as Prime Minister of the Netherlands from 4 November 1982 until 22 ...more

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Lans Bovenberg is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Erasmus University Alumni
Lans Bovenberg Economist Arij Lans Bovenberg is a Dutch economist, and Professor of Economics at the Tilburg University and Erasmus University, known mainly due to his contribution to the Dutch debate on population ...more

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Cees Veerman is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Erasmus University Alumni
Cees Veerman Politician, Professor, Economist Cornelis Pieter Veerman is a Dutch politician of the Christian Democratic Appeal. He served as Minister of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality from 22 July 2002 until 22 February 2007.

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Jan Kees de Jager is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Erasmus University Alumni
Jan Kees de Jager Politician, Entrepreneur, Economist Jan Cornelis "Jan Kees" de Jager is a Dutch politician of the Christian Democratic Appeal. He served as State Secretary for Finance from February 22, 2007 until February 23, 2010 in ...more

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Zoran Jolevski is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Erasmus University Alumni
Zoran Jolevski Zoran Jolevski is a Macedonian diplomat and the current Minister of Defense of the Republic of Macedonia. Prior to his appointment as Minister of Defense, he served as Macedonia's Ambassador to ...more

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Marianne Thieme is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Erasmus University Alumni
Marianne Thieme Politician Marianne Louise Thieme is a Dutch politician of the Party for the Animals. She has been Parliamentary leader in the House of Representatives since 23 November 2006 and an MP since 30 November ...more

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Prince Friso of Orange-Nassau is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Erasmus University Alumni
Prince Friso of Orange-Nassau Prince Friso of Orange-Nassau was a younger brother of King Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands. Prince Friso was a member of the Dutch Royal Family, but because of his marriage without an Act ...more

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Frans Weisglas is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Erasmus University Alumni
Frans Weisglas Politician, Diplomat, Economist Frans Willy Weisglas is a retired Dutch politician of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy. He served as President of the House of Representatives from 16 May 2002 until 30 November 2006 ...more

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Revo Soekatno is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Erasmus University Alumni
Revo Soekatno Entrepreneur, Lecturer, Writer Revo Arka Giri Soekatno is a researcher, entrepreneur and a Wikipedia enthusiast. Revo receives recognition in the media as one of the Indonesian Wikipedia pioneers since his profile is printed ...more

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Robert Jongstra is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Erasmus University Alumni
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Meles Zenawi is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Erasmus University Alumni
Meles Zenawi Politician Meles Zenawi Asres was the Prime Minister of Ethiopia from 1995 until his death in 2012. From 1989, he was the chairman of the Tigrayan Peoples' Liberation Front, and the head of the Ethiopian ...more

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Aart Jan de Geus is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Erasmus University Alumni
Aart Jan de Geus Politician Aart Jan de Geus is chairman of the board of the Bertelsmann Foundation. Previously, he was deputy secretary-general of the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development in Paris. He is ...more

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Elisabeth Willeboordse is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Erasmus University Alumni
Elisabeth Willeboordse Athlete Elisabeth Willeboordse is an athlete.

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Jacques Cohen is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Erasmus University Alumni
Jacques Cohen Jacques Cohen is a Dutch embryologist living in New York, in the U.S. He is currently Director at Reprogenetics, LLC, Laboratory Director at ART Institute of Washington at Walter Reed National ...more

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Frank Slootman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Erasmus University Alumni
Frank Slootman Frank Slootman has served as a member of our board of directors and as our President and Chief Executive Officer since July 2003. Prior to joining us, Mr. Slootman served as an executive at ...more

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Johan Witteveen is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Erasmus University Alumni
Johan Witteveen Politician, Economist Hendrikus Johannes "Johan" Witteveen is a Dutch economist, retired politician, and author. He was a member of the Senate and the House of Representatives for the People's Party for ...more

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Uri Rosenthal is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Erasmus University Alumni
Uri Rosenthal Politician, Professor, Author Uriël "Uri" Rosenthal is a Dutch politician of the People's Party for Freedom and Democracy. He served as Minister of Foreign Affairs in the Cabinet Rutte I from October 14, 2010 ...more

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Carola Schouten is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Erasmus University Alumni
Carola Schouten Politician C.J. Schouten is a Dutch politician. She is a member of the ChristianUnion and since May 18, 2011 also a member of the House of Representatives of the Netherlands, replacing André ...more

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Cees Maas is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Erasmus University Alumni
Cees Maas Cees Maas is a former chief financial officer and vice chairman of the executive board for ING Group. He has been with the company since 1992 and became CFO in 1996. He graduated from Erasmus ...more

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Supachai Panitchpakdi is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Erasmus University Alumni
Supachai Panitchpakdi Supachai Panitchpakdi was Secretary-General of the UN Conference on Trade and Development from 1 September 2005 to 31 August 2013. Prior to this, he was the Director-General of the World Trade ...more

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François-Xavier de Donnea is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Erasmus University Alumni
François-Xavier de Donnea Politician François Xavier Gustave Marie Joseph Corneille Hubert, Knight de Donnea de Hamoir is a Belgian politician and a former mayor of the City of Brussels and Minister-President of the ...more

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Bram Peper is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Erasmus University Alumni
Bram Peper Politician, Professor, Economist Abraham Peper is a Dutch sociologist and former politician. Peper was Mayor of Rotterdam and Minister of the Interior and Kingdom Relations and is member of the Dutch Labour Party. After ...more

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Peter Nijkamp is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Erasmus University Alumni
Peter Nijkamp Peter Nijkamp is a Dutch economist, Professor of Regional Economics and Economic Geography at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, the Netherlands, a fellow of the Tinbergen Institute and ...more

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Marc de Swaan Arons is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Erasmus University Alumni
Marc de Swaan Arons Marc de Swaan Arons is a global marketing consultant and brand expert. In 2000, de Swaan Arons co-founded EffectiveBrands, a global marketing consultancy with offices in New York, London, ...more

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Piet Rietveld is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Erasmus University Alumni
Piet Rietveld Pieter Rietveld was a Dutch economist and Professor in Transport Economics at the Vrije Universiteit, Amsterdam, and a fellow at the Tinbergen Institute. He was among the top researchers in ...more

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Durk Jager is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Erasmus University Alumni
Durk Jager Durk I. Jager is a Dutch and American businessman, private investor and consultant. As of 2012, he is the Director of Chiquita Brands International. He was the CEO of Procter & Gamble from 1 ...more

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Ronald van Raak is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Erasmus University Alumni
Ronald van Raak Politician Antonius Adrianus Gerardus Maria van Raak is a Dutch politician, non-fiction writer and former academic. As a member of the Socialist Party he has been an MP since November 30, 2006. He focuses ...more

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Lisa Westerhof is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Erasmus University Alumni
Lisa Westerhof Pilot, Athlete Lisa Laetitia Westerhof is a sailor from the Netherlands. Westerhof represented her country for the first time at the 2004 Summer Olympics in Athens. With crew Margriet Matthijsse took Westerhof ...more

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Frans van Houten is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Erasmus University Alumni
Frans van Houten Businessperson François Adrianus "Frans" van Houten is the successor to Gerard Kleisterlee, as Chief Executive Officer of the Dutch company of Royal Philips Electronics, taking over the

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Mohammad Hatta, First Vice Pre... is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Erasmus University Alumni
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