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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Stanford University and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Stanford University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Stanford University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Stanford University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Stanford 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 Stanford University.

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Doug Mackenzie is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
Doug Mackenzie Venture capitalist Doug Mackenzie joined Kleiner Perkins Caufield Byers in 1989 and became a Partner in 1992. Since joining KPCB, Doug has focused his investment activities in the software sector, including ...more

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Reese Witherspoon is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
Reese Witherspoon Businessperson, Film Producer, Actor Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon is an American actress and producer. She made her film debut as the female lead in the film The Man in the Moon in 1991. In 1996, she appeared in Freeway and ...more

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Tiger Woods is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
Tiger Woods Golfer, Athlete, Writer Eldrick Tont "Tiger" Woods is an American professional golfer who is among the most successful golfers of all time. He has been one of the highest-paid athletes in the world for ...more

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James Isaacs is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
James Isaacs As Senior Vice President of Worldwide Sales and Alliances, James Isaacs is responsible for sales to wireless operators and for building a world-class organization for long-term support of ...more

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Sigourney Weaver is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
Sigourney Weaver Actor, Voice acting Sigourney Weaver is an American actress and film producer, known for playing Ellen Ripley in the Alien franchise. Following her film debut as a minor character in Annie Hall, Weaver quickly came ...more

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John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
John F. Kennedy Politician, Soldier, Screenwriter 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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Ping Li is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
Ping Li Entrepreneur, Consultant Ping Li joined Accel Partners in 2004 and focuses primarily on information technology infrastructure (compute, networking, security and storage), as well as digital media solutions. He currently ...more

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Larry Page is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
Larry Page Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Computer scientist Larry Page was Google's founding CEO and grew the company to more than 200 employees and profitability before moving into his role as president of products in April 2001. He continues to share ...more

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Yul Kwon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
Yul Kwon Businessperson, Actor, Lawyer Yul Kwon is a Korean-American television host and former government official, lawyer, and management consultant based in Virginia. He first gained national recognition as the winner of the ...more

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Emmy Rossum is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
Emmy Rossum Songwriter, Actor, Singer Emmanuelle Grey "Emmy" Rossum is an American actress and singer-songwriter. She has starred in movies including Songcatcher, An American Rhapsody, and Passionada. Her role in Mystic ...more

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William C. Steere Jr. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
William C. Steere Jr. William C. Steere Jr. has been Chairman Emeritus of Pfizer Inc. since July 2001.

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Reed Hastings is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
Reed Hastings Businessperson, Entrepreneur Wilmot Reed Hastings Jr. is an American entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is the co-founder and CEO of Netflix and serves on the boards of Facebook and a number of non-profit organizations. A ...more

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Ken Oshman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
Ken Oshman M. Kenneth Oshman has been Executive Chairman of the Board of Directors of Echelon Corporation since September 1989. He also served as Chief Executive Officer of Echelon from December 1988 to ...more

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Jennifer Connelly is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
Jennifer Connelly Model, Actor, Voice acting Jennifer Lynn Connelly is an American film actress who began her career as a child model. She appeared in magazine, newspaper and television advertising, before she made her debut role in the ...more

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Sergey Brin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
Sergey Brin Executive Management, Businessperson, Entrepreneur Sergey Brin, a native of Moscow, received a bachelor of science degree with honors in mathematics and computer science from the University of Maryland at College Park. He is currently on leave ...more

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Marc J Shapiro is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
Marc J Shapiro

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Mukesh Ambani is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
Mukesh Ambani Businessperson Mukesh Dhirubhai Ambani is an Indian business magnate who is the chairman, managing director and largest shareholder of Reliance Industries Limited, a Fortune Global 500 company and India's ...more

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Rachel Maddow is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
Rachel Maddow Commentator, Radio personality, Actor Rachel Anne Maddow is an American television host, political commentator, and author. She hosts a nightly television show, The Rachel Maddow Show, on MSNBC. Her syndicated talk radio program of ...more

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Raymond Burr is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
Raymond Burr Television director, Actor, Teacher Raymond William Stacey Burr was a Canadian-American actor, primarily known for his title roles in the television dramas Perry Mason and Ironside. He also had prominent involvement in multiple ...more

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Ted Danson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
Ted Danson Activist, Film Producer, Author Edward Bridge "Ted" Danson III is an American actor, author, and producer, well known for his role as lead character Sam Malone in the sitcom Cheers, and his role as Dr. John Becker on ...more

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Reid Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
Reid Hoffman Businessperson, Investor, Entrepreneur Reid Garrett Hoffman is an American internet entrepreneur, venture capitalist and author. Hoffman is best known as the co-founder of LinkedIn, a business-oriented social network used primarily ...more

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Herbert Hoover is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
Herbert Hoover Businessperson, Civil engineer, Engineer Herbert Clark Hoover was the 31st President of the United States. He was a professional mining engineer, and was raised as a Quaker. A Republican, Hoover served as head of the U.S. Food ...more

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Sally Ride is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
Sally Ride Physicist, Astronaut Sally Kristen Ride was an American physicist and astronaut. Born in Los Angeles, Ride joined NASA in 1978 and, at the age of 32, became the first American woman in space and still remains the ...more

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Marissa Mayer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
Marissa Mayer Businessperson, Computer scientist, Engineer Marissa Ann Mayer is the current president and CEO of Yahoo!, a position she has held since July 2012. Previously, she was a long-time executive, usability leader, and key spokesperson for ...more

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Ellen Ochoa is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
Ellen Ochoa Astronaut, Engineer Ellen Lauri Ochoa is a former astronaut and current Director of the Johnson Space Center. Ochoa became director of the center upon retirement of the previous director, Michael Coats, on December ...more

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Penny Pritzker is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
Penny Pritzker Businessperson, Entrepreneur Penny Sue Pritzker is an American business executive, entrepreneur, civic leader, and philanthropist who is currently serving as the 38th United States Secretary of Commerce. She is the founder ...more

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Cory Booker is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
Cory Booker Politician, Lawyer Cory Anthony Booker is an American politician and the junior United States Senator from New Jersey, in office since 2013. Previously he served as Mayor of Newark from 2006 to 2013. Booker was ...more

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Ram Dass is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
Ram Dass Psychologist, Author, Actor Ram Dass is an American spiritual teacher and the author of the seminal 1971 book Be Here Now. He is known for his personal and professional associations with Timothy Leary at Harvard University ...more

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Elon Musk is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
Elon Musk Businessperson, Investor, Entrepreneur Elon Reeve Musk is a South African-born, Canadian-American entrepreneur, engineer, inventor and investor. He is the CEO and CTO of SpaceX, CEO and chief product architect of Tesla Motors, and ...more

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Kerri Strug is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
Kerri Strug Gymnast, Teacher Kerri Allyson Strug is a retired American gymnast from Tucson, Arizona. She was a member of the Magnificent Seven, the victorious all-around women's gymnastics team that represented the United ...more

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Mae Jemison is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
Mae Jemison Professor, Astronaut, Scientist Mae Carol Jemison is an American physician and NASA astronaut. She became the first African American woman to travel in space when she went into orbit aboard the Space Shuttle Endeavour on ...more

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Ted Koppel is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
Ted Koppel Commentator, Journalist, Television producer Edward James Martin "Ted" Koppel is a British American broadcast journalist, best known as the anchor for Nightline from the program's inception in 1980 until his retirement in late ...more

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Steve Ballmer is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
Steve Ballmer Businessperson Steven Anthony "Steve" Ballmer is an American businessman who was the chief executive officer of Microsoft from January 2000 to February 2014, and is the current owner of the Los ...more

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Sam Harris is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
Sam Harris Neuroscientist, Author, Science writer Samuel B. "Sam" Harris is an American author, philosopher, neuroscientist, and the co-founder and chief executive of Project Reason, a non-profit that promotes science and secularism. ...more

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Eileen Collins is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
Eileen Collins Astronaut Eileen Marie Collins is a retired NASA astronaut and a retired United States Air Force colonel. A former military instructor and test pilot, Collins was the first female pilot and first female ...more

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John McEnroe is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
John McEnroe Tennis player, Commentator, Talk show host John Patrick McEnroe, Jr. is a former World No. 1 professional tennis player from the United States often rated among the greatest tennis players of all time, especially for his touch on the ...more

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Ray Dolby is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
Ray Dolby Inventor, Electrical engineer, Engineer Ray Milton Dolby, OBE was an American engineer and inventor of the noise reduction system known as Dolby NR. He helped develop the video tape recorder while at Ampex. He was the founder of Dolby ...more

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John Gavin is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
John Gavin Businessperson, Politician, Actor John Gavin is an American film actor and a former United States Ambassador to Mexico from 1981–86 and head of the Screen Actors Guild from 1971-73. He is best known for his performances in the ...more

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Paul Winfield is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
Paul Winfield Actor Paul Edward Winfield was an American television, film and stage actor. He was known for his portrayal of a Louisiana sharecropper who struggles to support his family during the Great Depression ...more

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Jerry Yang is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
Jerry Yang Businessperson, Entrepreneur Jerry Yang is a Taiwanese-born American internet entrepreneur, engineer, the co-founder and former CEO of Yahoo! Inc.

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James Spudich is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
James Spudich Professor James A. Spudich of Croatian ancestry is the Douglass M. and Nola Leishman Professor of Biochemistry and of Cardiovascular Disease at Stanford University and works on the molecular basis of ...more

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Azim Premji is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
Azim Premji Businessperson, Entrepreneur Azim Hashim Premji is an Indian business tycoon and philanthropist who is the chairman of Wipro Limited, informally known as the Czar of the Indian IT Industry and also guiding Wipro through ...more

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Dick Sargent is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
Dick Sargent Actor Richard Stanford Cox, known professionally as Dick Sargent, was an American actor, notable as the second actor to portray Darrin Stephens on the television series Bewitched. The actor took the ...more

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Alan Garber is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
Alan Garber Professor Alan M. Garber, MD, PhD is Provost of Harvard University and the Mallinckrodt Professor of Health Care Policy at Harvard Medical School, a Professor of Economics in the Faculty of Arts and ...more

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Charles Simonyi is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
Charles Simonyi Programmer, Software Architect, Businessperson Charles Simonyi, son of Károly Simonyi, is a Hungarian-American computer software executive who, as head of Microsoft's application software group, oversaw the creation of Microsoft's ...more

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Paul Wilbur Klipsch is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
Paul Wilbur Klipsch Inventor, Electrical engineer, Engineer Paul Wilbur Klipsch was an American engineer and high fidelity audio pioneer, known for developing a high-efficiency folded horn loudspeaker. Unsatisfied with the sound quality of phonographs ...more

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Barbara Morgan is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
Barbara Morgan Astronaut, Teacher Barbara Radding Morgan is an American teacher and a former NASA astronaut. She participated in the Teacher in Space program as the backup to Christa McAuliffe for the ill-fated STS-51-L mission ...more

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Summer Sanders is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
Summer Sanders Actor, Sports commentator, Swimmer Summer Elisabeth Sanders is an American former competition swimmer and Olympic champion. Sanders now works as a sports commentator, reporter, television show host and actress.

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Jack Palance is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
Jack Palance Pilot, Painter, Journalist Jack Palance was an American actor. During half a century of film and television appearances, Palance was nominated for three Academy Awards, all for Best Actor in a Supporting Role, winning in ...more

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Charles Stark Draper is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
Charles Stark Draper Inventor, Engineer Charles Stark "Doc" Draper was an American scientist and engineer, known as the "father of inertial navigation". He was the founder and director of the Massachusetts ...more