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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

Age: Dec. at 46 (1917-1963)

Birthplace: Brookline, Massachusetts, United States of America

John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), often referred to by initials JFK and Jack, was an American politician who served as the 35th president of the United States from ...more

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

Age: 55

Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States of America

Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama (née Robinson; born January 17, 1964) is an American lawyer, university administrator and writer, who was the first lady of the United States from 2009 to ...more

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Brooke Shields is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Spokesperson, Television producer, Model

Age: 53

Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, USA

Brooke Christa Shields (born May 31, 1965) is an American actress and model. She was initially a child model and gained critical acclaim at age 12 for her leading role in Louis Malle's film ...more

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

Age: 49

Douglas Clark Merrill (born 1970) is an American technologist and fintech entrepreneur. He grew up in Arkansas and graduated from the University of Tulsa majoring in social and political ...more
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Ralph Nader is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Activist, Politician, Lecturer

Age: 85

Birthplace: Winsted, Connecticut, United States of America

Ralph Nader (; born February 27, 1934) is an American political activist, author, lecturer, and attorney, noted for his involvement in consumer protection, environmentalism and government reform ...more

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

Age: 55

Birthplace: Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States of America

Jeffrey Preston Bezos (; né Jorgensen; January 12, 1964) is an American technology entrepreneur, investor, and philanthropist. He is the founder, CEO, and president of Amazon.com, Inc. ...more

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David Duchovny is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Television director, Television producer, Screenwriter

Age: 58

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

David William Duchovny (born August 7, 1960) is an American actor, writer, producer, director, novelist, and singer-songwriter. He is known for playing FBI agent Fox Mulder on the television ...more

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John Edwards is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Politician, Writer, Lawyer

Age: 65

Birthplace: Seneca, South Carolina, USA

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Cornel West is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Activist, Author, Actor

Age: 65

Birthplace: Tulsa, Oklahoma, United States of America

Cornel Ronald West (born June 2, 1953) is an American philosopher, political activist, social critic, author, and public intellectual. The son of a Baptist minister, West focuses on the role of ...more
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James Stewart is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Pilot, Television director, Military Officer

Age: Dec. at 89 (1908-1997)

Birthplace: Indiana, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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John Bardeen is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Physicist, Inventor, Scientist

Age: Dec. at 83 (1908-1991)

Birthplace: Madison, Wisconsin

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

Age: 62

Birthplace: Toronto, Canada

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Eugene O'Neill is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Screenwriter, Writer, Playwright

Age: Dec. at 65 (1888-1953)

Birthplace: Times Square, New York City, New York, United States of America

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Malcolm Forbes is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Publisher, Businessperson, Politician

Age: Dec. at 71 (1919-1990)

Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States of America

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George Will is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Commentator, Journalist, Author

Age: 77

Birthplace: Champaign, Illinois, United States of America

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John Zuccotti is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni

Age: 81

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Lee Iacocca is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Businessperson

Age: 91

Birthplace: Allentown, Pennsylvania, United States of America

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Lauren Bush is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Model, Designer

Age: 34

Birthplace: Denver, Colorado

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Thornton Wilder is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Novelist, Screenwriter, Playwright

Age: Dec. at 78 (1897-1975)

Birthplace: Madison, Wisconsin

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James Madison is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Politician, Author, Lawyer

Age: Dec. at 85 (1751-1836)

Birthplace: Port Conway, Virginia, USA

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Richard Halliburton is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Journalist, Novelist, Writer

Age: Dec. at 39 (1900-1939)

Birthplace: Brownsville, Tennessee

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Martin Butler is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni

Age: 59

Birthplace: Romsey, United Kingdom

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
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Eric Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Businessperson, Software Engineer, Electrical engineer

Age: 63

Birthplace: Washington, D.C.

Eric Emerson Schmidt (born April 27, 1955) is an American businessman and software engineer. He is known for being the CEO of Google from 2001 to 2011, Executive Chairman of Google from 2011 to ...more
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Richard Feynman is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Princeton University Alumni
Richard Feynman Physicist, Scientist

Age: Dec. at 70 (1918-1988)

Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, New York, United States of America

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