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Famous Princeton University Alumni

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

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

Alumni range from John F. Kennedy to Brooke Shields and many other notable Princeton alumni. Go Princeton Tigers!

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

Take a look at these famous Princeton alumni!
  • 1

    John F. Kennedy

    Politician, Military Officer
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    Michelle Obama

    Writer, Lawyer
    Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama (née Robinson; born January 17, 1964) is an American lawyer,...  more

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  • 3

    Brooke Shields

    Spokesperson, Television producer
    Brooke Christa Shields (born May 31, 1965) is an American actress and model. She was initially...  more

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  • 4

    Douglas Merrill

    Douglas Clark Merrill (born 1970) is an American technologist and fintech entrepreneur. He...  more
  • 5

    Ralph Nader

    Activist, Politician
    Ralph Nader (; born February 27, 1934) is an American political activist, author, lecturer,...  more

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  • 6

    Jeff Bezos

    Businessperson, Entrepreneur
    Jeffrey Preston Bezos (; né Jorgensen; January 12, 1964) is an American technology...  more

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    David Duchovny

    Television director, Television producer
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    John Edwards

    Politician, Writer
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  • 9

    Cornel West

    Activist, Author
    Cornel Ronald West (born June 2, 1953) is an American philosopher, political activist, social...  more
  • 10

    James Stewart

    Pilot, Television director
    James Maitland Stewart (May 20, 1908 – July 2, 1997) was an American actor and military...  more

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  • 11

    John Bardeen

    Physicist, Inventor
    John Bardeen (; May 23, 1908 – January 30, 1991) was an American physicist and electrical...  more
  • 12

    Andrea Jung

    Andrea Jung (鍾彬嫻, pinyin: Zhōng Bīnxián, jyutping: zung1 ban1 haa4) (born 1958) is a...  more
  • 13

    Eugene O'Neill

    Screenwriter, Writer
    Eugene Gladstone O'Neill (October 16, 1888 – November 27, 1953) was an American playwright and...  more
  • 14

    Malcolm Forbes

    Publisher, Businessperson
    Malcolm Stevenson Forbes (August 19, 1919 – February 24, 1990) was an American entrepreneur...  more
  • 15

    George Will

    Commentator, Journalist
    George Frederick Will (born May 4, 1941) is an American conservative political commentator. He...  more

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  • 16
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  • 17

    Lee Iacocca

    Lido Anthony "Lee" Iacocca ( EYE-ə-KOH-kə; October 15, 1924 – July 2, 2019) was an American...  more
  • 18

    Lauren Bush

    Model, Designer
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  • 19

    Thornton Wilder

    Novelist, Screenwriter
    Thornton Niven Wilder (April 17, 1897 – December 7, 1975) was an American playwright and...  more

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  • 20

    James Madison

    Politician, Author
    James Madison Jr. (March 16, 1751 – June 28, 1836) was an American statesman, lawyer,...  more

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  • 21

    Richard Halliburton

    Journalist, Novelist
    Richard Halliburton (January 9, 1900 – presumed dead after March 24, 1939) was an American...  more
  • 22
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  • 23

    Martin D Franks

  • 24

    Eric Schmidt

    Businessperson, Software Engineer
    Eric Emerson Schmidt (born April 27, 1955) is an American businessman and software engineer....  more
  • 25

    Richard Feynman

    Physicist, Scientist
    Richard Phillips Feynman, ForMemRS (; May 11, 1918 – February 15, 1988) was an American...  more


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