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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

    AgeDec. at 46 (1917-1963)

    BirthplaceBrookline, Massachusetts, USA


    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 January...  more

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  • 2

    Michelle Obama

    Writer, Lawyer


    BirthplaceChicago, Illinois, USA


    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 2017. She...  more

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  • 3

    Brooke Shields

    Spokesperson, Television producer


    BirthplaceManhattan, New York, USA


    Alternative NameBrooke Shields

    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 Pretty...  more

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  • 4

    Douglas Merrill

    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
  • 5

    Ralph Nader

    Activist, Politician


    BirthplaceWinsted, Connecticut, United States of America


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  • 6

    Jeff Bezos

    Businessperson, Entrepreneur


    BirthplaceAlbuquerque, 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, Inc. Bezos was born...  more

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  • 7

    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, director, novelist, and singer-songwriter. He is known for playing FBI agent Fox Mulder on the television series...  more

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  • 8

    John Edwards

    Politician, Writer


    BirthplaceSeneca, South Carolina, USA


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  • 9

    Cornel West

    Activist, Author


    BirthplaceTulsa, 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
  • 10

    James Stewart

    Pilot, Television director

    AgeDec. at 89 (1908-1997)

    BirthplaceIndiana, Pennsylvania, USA


    Alternative NameJames Stewart

    James Maitland Stewart (May 20, 1908 – July 2, 1997) was an American actor and military officer who is among the most honored and popular stars in film history. Known for his distinctive drawl,...  more

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  • 11

    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 engineer. He is the only person to be awarded the Nobel Prize in Physics twice: first in 1956 with William...  more
  • 12

    Andrea Jung



    BirthplaceToronto, Canada


    Andrea Jung (鍾彬嫻, pinyin: Zhōng Bīnxián, jyutping: zung1 ban1 haa4) (born 1958) is a Canadian-American executive, non-profit leader, and prominent women's-issues supporter. In April, 2014, she became...  more
  • 13

    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 Nobel laureate in Literature. His poetically titled plays were among the first to introduce into U.S....  more
  • 14

    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 most prominently known as the publisher of Forbes magazine, founded by his father B. C. Forbes. He was...  more
  • 15

    George Will

    Commentator, Journalist


    BirthplaceChampaign, Illinois, USA


    George Frederick Will (born May 4, 1941) is an American conservative political commentator. He writes regular columns for The Washington Post and provides commentary for NBC News and MSNBC. In 1986,...  more

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  • 16
    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....  more
  • 17

    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 automobile executive best known for the development of Ford Mustang and Pinto cars, while at the Ford Motor...  more
  • 18

    Lauren Bush

    Model, Designer


    BirthplaceDenver, Colorado


    Lauren Pierce Bush Lauren (born June 25, 1984) is the CEO and Co-Founder of FEED Projects. She is also known for her previous career as a fashion model and designer. She is a daughter of Neil Bush...  more
  • 19

    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 novelist. He won three Pulitzer Prizes—for the novel The Bridge of San Luis Rey, and for the plays Our Town...  more

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  • 20

    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, diplomat, philosopher, and Founding Father who served as the fourth president of the United States from 1809 to...  more

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  • 21

    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 traveler, adventurer, and author. Halliburton was headline news for most of his brief career and is best...  more
  • 22
    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 at...  more
  • 23

    Martin D Franks

  • 24

    Eric Schmidt

    Businessperson, Software Engineer


    BirthplaceWashington, 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 2015...  more
  • 25

    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 theoretical physicist, known for his work in the path integral formulation of quantum mechanics, the theory of...  more


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