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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!
  • John F. Kennedy1

    John F. Kennedy

    Politician, Soldier

    AgeDec. at 46 (1917-1963)

    BirthplaceBrookline, Massachusetts, USA

    John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), often referred to by initials JFK...  more

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  • Michelle Obama2

    Michelle Obama

    Writer, Lawyer


    BirthplaceChicago metropolitan area, Illinois, Chicago, United States of America, United States

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

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  • Brooke Shields3

    Brooke Shields

    Spokesperson, Television producer


    BirthplaceNew York City, Manhattan, USA, New York

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

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  • Douglas Merrill4

    Douglas Merrill

    Douglas Clark Merrill (born 1970) is an American technologist and fintech entrepreneur. He...  more
  • Ralph Nader5

    Ralph Nader

    Activist, Politician


    BirthplaceWinsted, Connecticut, United States of America

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

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  • Jeff Bezos6

    Jeff Bezos

    Businessperson, Entrepreneur


    BirthplaceAlbuquerque, New Mexico, United States of America

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

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  • David Duchovny7

    David Duchovny

    Television director, Television producer


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, USA

    David William Duchovny (born August 7, 1960) is an American actor, writer, producer,...  more

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  • John Edwards8

    John Edwards

    Politician, Writer


    BirthplaceOconee County, Seneca, United States of America, United States, with Territories

    Johnny Reid "John" Edwards (born June 10, 1953) is an American lawyer and former politician...  more

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  • Cornel West9

    Cornel West

    Activist, Author


    BirthplaceTulsa, Oklahoma, United States of America

    Cornel Ronald West (born June 2, 1953) is an American philosopher, political activist, social...  more
  • James Stewart10

    James Stewart

    Pilot, Television director

    AgeDec. at 89 (1908-1997)

    BirthplaceIndiana, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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

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  • John Bardeen11

    John Bardeen

    Physicist, Inventor

    AgeDec. at 83 (1908-1991)

    BirthplaceMadison, Wisconsin

    John Bardeen (; May 23, 1908 – January 30, 1991) was an American physicist and electrical...  more
  • Andrea Jung12

    Andrea Jung



    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    Andrea Jung (鍾彬嫻, pinyin: Zhōng Bīnxián, jyutping: zung1 ban1 haa4) (born 1958) is a...  more
  • Eugene O'Neill13

    Eugene O'Neill

    Screenwriter, Writer

    AgeDec. at 65 (1888-1953)

    BirthplaceTimes Square, New York City, New York, United States of America

    Eugene Gladstone O'Neill (October 16, 1888 – November 27, 1953) was an American playwright and...  more
  • Malcolm Forbes14

    Malcolm Forbes

    Publisher, Businessperson

    AgeDec. at 71 (1919-1990)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Malcolm Stevenson Forbes (August 19, 1919 – February 24, 1990) was an American entrepreneur...  more
  • George Will15

    George Will

    Commentator, Journalist


    BirthplaceChampaign, Illinois, United States of America

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

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  • John Zuccotti16
    John E. Zuccotti is an Italian-American businessman who is active in real estate and...  more
  • Lee Iacocca17

    Lee Iacocca



    BirthplaceAllentown, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Lido Anthony "Lee" Iacocca ( EYE-ə-KOH-kə; October 15, 1924 – July 2, 2019) was an American...  more
  • Lauren Bush18

    Lauren Bush

    Model, Designer


    BirthplaceDenver, Colorado

    Lauren Pierce Bush Lauren (born June 25, 1984) is the CEO and Co-Founder of FEED Projects. ...  more
  • Thornton Wilder19

    Thornton Wilder

    Novelist, Screenwriter

    AgeDec. at 78 (1897-1975)

    BirthplaceMadison, Wisconsin

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

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  • James Madison20

    James Madison

    Politician, Author

    AgeDec. at 85 (1751-1836)

    BirthplacePort Conway, Colony of Virginia, British America

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

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  • Richard Halliburton21

    Richard Halliburton

    Journalist, Novelist

    AgeDec. at 39 (1900-1939)

    BirthplaceBrownsville, Tennessee

    Richard Halliburton (January 9, 1900 – presumed dead after March 24, 1939) was an American...  more
  • 22
    Martin Butler is a musician and composer of classical music. He studied at the University of...  more
  • 23

    Martin D Franks

  • Eric Schmidt24

    Eric Schmidt

    Businessperson, Software Engineer


    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    Eric Emerson Schmidt (born April 27, 1955) is an American businessman and software engineer....  more
  • Richard Feynman25

    Richard Feynman

    Physicist, Scientist

    AgeDec. at 70 (1918-1988)

    BirthplaceManhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

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


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