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Famous Princeton University Alumni

Updated June 14, 2019 69.9k views264 items

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?”

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  • 1
    John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni

    John F. Kennedy

    Politician, Military Officer

    AgeDec. at 46 (1917-1963)

    BirthplaceUSA, Massachussetts, Brookline

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

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  • 2
    Michelle Obama is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni

    Michelle Obama

    Writer, Lawyer

    Age56

    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, United States of America

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

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  • 3
    Brooke Shields is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni

    Brooke Shields

    Spokesperson, Television producer

    Age55

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

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

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  • 4
    Douglas Merrill is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni

    Douglas Merrill

    Douglas Clark Merrill (born 1970) is an American technologist and fintech entrepreneur. He... more on Wikipedia
  • 5
    Ralph Nader is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni

    Ralph Nader

    Activist, Politician

    Age86

    BirthplaceWinsted, Connecticut, United States of America

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

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  • 6
    Jeff Bezos is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni

    Jeff Bezos

    Businessperson, Entrepreneur

    Age56

    BirthplaceAlbuquerque, New Mexico, United States of America

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

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  • 7
    David Duchovny is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni

    David Duchovny

    Television director, Television producer

    Age60

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

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

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  • 8
    John Edwards is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni

    John Edwards

    Politician, Writer

    Age67

    BirthplaceSeneca, South Carolina, United States of America

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

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  • 9
    Cornel West is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni

    Cornel West

    Activist, Author

    Age67

    BirthplaceTulsa, Oklahoma, United States of America

    Cornel Ronald West (born June 2, 1953) is an American philosopher, political activist, social... more on Wikipedia
  • 10
    James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 11
    John Bardeen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 12
    Andrea Jung is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni

    Andrea Jung

    Businessperson

    Age63

    BirthplaceToronto, Canada

    Andrea Jung (鍾彬嫻, pinyin: Zhōng Bīnxián, jyutping: zung1 ban1 haa4) (born 1958) is a... more on Wikipedia
  • 13
    Eugene O'Neill is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 14
    Malcolm Forbes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 15
    George Will is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni

    George Will

    Commentator, Journalist

    Age79

    BirthplaceChampaign, Illinois, United States of America

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

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  • 16
    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 17
    Lee Iacocca is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni

    Lee Iacocca

    Businessperson

    Age95

    BirthplaceAllentown, Pennsylvania, United States of America

    Lido Anthony "Lee" Iacocca ( EYE-ə-KOH-kə; October 15, 1924 – July 2, 2019) was an American... more on Wikipedia
  • 18
    Lauren Bush is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni

    Lauren Bush

    Model, Designer

    Age36

    BirthplaceDenver, Colorado

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

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  • 19
    Thornton Wilder is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni

    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 on Wikipedia

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  • 20
    James Madison is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni

    James Madison

    Politician, Author

    AgeDec. at 85 (1751-1836)

    BirthplacePort Conway, Virginia, USA

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

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  • 21
    Richard Halliburton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni

    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 on Wikipedia
  • 22
    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... more on Wikipedia
  • 23
    Martin D Franks is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni

    Martin D Franks

  • 24
    Eric Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni

    Eric Schmidt

    Businessperson, Software Engineer

    Age65

    BirthplaceWashington, D.C.

    Eric Emerson Schmidt (born April 27, 1955) is an American businessman and software engineer.... more on Wikipedia
  • 25
    Richard Feynman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni

    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 on Wikipedia

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