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List Rules People 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!

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John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Politician, Military Officer, Author
John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), also referred to as John F. Kennedy, JFK, John Kennedy or Jack Kennedy, was the 35th President of the United States. He served from ...more

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Michelle Obama is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Writer, Lawyer
Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama is an American lawyer, university administrator, and writer who served as the First Lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017. She is married to the 44th U.S. ...more

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Brooke Shields is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Spokesperson, Television producer, Model
Brooke Christa Shields is an American actress, model and former child star. Shields, initially a child model, gained critical acclaim for her leading role in Louis Malle's controversial film ...more

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Douglas Merrill is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Douglas Merrill
Douglas Merrill joined Google late in 2003 as Senior Director of Information Systems. In this capacity he led multiple strategic efforts including Google's 2004 IPO and its related regulatory ...more

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Ralph Nader is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Activist, Politician, Lecturer
Ralph Nader is an American political activist of Lebanese origin, as well as an author, lecturer, and attorney. Areas of particular concern to Nader include consumer protection, humanitarianism, ...more

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Jeff Bezos is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Businessperson, Entrepreneur
Jeffrey Preston "Jeff" Bezos is an American business magnate and investor. He is a technology entrepreneur who has played a key role in the growth of e-commerce as the founder and CEO ...more

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David Duchovny is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Screenwriter
David William Duchovny is an American actor, writer, and director. He is best known for playing FBI Agent Fox Mulder on the science fiction horror drama series The X-Files and the alcoholic and ...more

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John Edwards is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Politician, Writer, Lawyer
Johnny Reid "John" Edwards is an American politician, who served as a U.S. Senator from North Carolina. He was the Democratic nominee for Vice President in 2004, and was a candidate ...more

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Cornel West is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Activist, Author, Actor
Cornel Ronald West is an American philosopher, academic, activist, author, public intellectual, and prominent member of the Democratic Socialists of America. The son of a Baptist minister, West ...more

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James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Pilot, Television director, Military Officer
James Maitland "Jimmy" Stewart was an American film and stage actor, known for his distinctive drawl voice and down-to-earth persona. Over the course of his career, he starred in many ...more

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John Bardeen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Physicist, Inventor, Scientist
John Bardeen was an American physicist and electrical engineer, the only person to have won the Nobel Prize in Physics twice: first in 1956 with William Shockley and Walter Brattain for the ...more

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Andrea Jung is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Businessperson
Andrea Jung is the Chairman of the Board and Chief Executive Officer of Avon Products, Inc., the company for women. Jung, a magna cum laude graduate of Princeton University, is fluent in ...more

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Eugene O'Neill is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Screenwriter, Writer, Playwright
Eugene Gladstone O'Neill was an American playwright and Nobel laureate in Literature. His poetically titled plays were among the first to introduce into American drama techniques of realism ...more

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Malcolm Forbes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Publisher, Businessperson, Politician
Malcolm Stevenson Forbes was an American entrepreneur most prominently known as the publisher of Forbes magazine, founded by his father B. C. Forbes. He was known as an avid promoter of ...more

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George Will is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Commentator, Journalist, Author
George Frederick Will is an American newspaper columnist, journalist, and author. He is a Pulitzer Prize–winner best known for his conservative commentary on politics. In 1986, The Wall Street ...more

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John Zuccotti is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
John E. Zuccotti is an Italian-American businessman who is active in real estate and development in New York City. He is best known as the namesake of Zuccotti Park.

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Lee Iacocca is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Businessperson
Lido Anthony "Lee" Iacocca is an American businessman known for engineering the Ford Mustang and Ford Pinto cars, being let go from Ford Motor Company, and his revival of the Chrysler ...more

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Lauren Bush is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Model, Designer
Lauren Pierce Bush is the CEO, Creative Director, and Co-Founder of FEED Projects. She is also a fashion model and designer. She is the daughter of Neil Bush and Sharon Bush, granddaughter of ...more

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Thornton Wilder is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Novelist, Screenwriter, Playwright
Thornton Niven Wilder was an American playwright and novelist. He won three Pulitzer Prizes—for the novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey and for the two plays Our Town and The Skin of Our Teeth—and ...more

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James Madison is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Politician, Author, Lawyer
James Madison, Jr. was an American statesman, political theorist, and the fourth President of the United States. He is hailed as the "Father of the Constitution" for being instrumental ...more

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Richard Halliburton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Journalist, Novelist, Writer
Richard Halliburton was an American traveler, adventurer, and author. Best known today for having swum the length of the Panama Canal and paying the lowest toll in its history—36 ...more

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Martin Butler is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Martin Butler is a musician and composer of classical music. He studied at the University of Manchester and the Royal Northern College of Music. In 1983 he received a Fulbright Award for study ...more

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Martin D Franks is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Martin D Franks

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Eric Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Businessperson, Software Engineer, Electrical engineer
Google founders Larry Page and Sergey Brin recruited Eric Schmidt from Novell, where he led that company's strategic planning, management and technology development as chairman and CEO. Since ...more

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Richard Feynman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Physicist, Scientist
Richard Phillips Feynman, ForMemRS was an American theoretical physicist known for his work in the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics, the theory of quantum electrodynamics, and the ...more