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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
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
Businessperson, Film Producer, Actor
Laura Jeanne Reese Witherspoon (born March 22, 1976) is an American actress, producer, and entrepreneur. The recipient of several accolades, including an Academy Award and a Primetime Emmy ...more

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Tiger Woods is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
Golfer, Athlete, Writer
Eldrick Tont "Tiger" Woods (born December 30, 1975) is an American professional golfer. He ranks second all-time in both men's major championships and PGA Tour wins and also holds ...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
Actor, Voice acting
Susan Alexandra "Sigourney" Weaver (; born October 8, 1949) is an American actress. Dubbed "The Sci-Fi Queen", Weaver is considered to be a pioneer of action heroines in ...more

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John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
Politician, Military Officer, Author
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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Ping Li is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
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
Businessperson, Entrepreneur, Computer scientist
Lawrence Edward Page (born March 26, 1973) is an American computer scientist and Internet entrepreneur who co-founded Google with Sergey Brin.Page is the chief executive officer of Alphabet Inc. ...more

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Yul Kwon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
Businessperson, Actor, Lawyer
Yul Kwon (born February 14, 1975) is an American television host and former government official, lawyer, and management consultant based in California. He first gained national recognition as ...more

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Emmy Rossum is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
Songwriter, Actor, Singer
Emmanuelle Grey Rossum (born September 12, 1986) is an American actress, television director, and singer-songwriter. She is known for her portrayal of Fiona Gallagher in the television series ...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
Businessperson, Entrepreneur
Wilmot Reed Hastings Jr. (born October 8, 1960) is an American entrepreneur and philanthropist. He is the co-founder, Chairman and CEO of Netflix and serves on the boards of Facebook and a ...more

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Ken Oshman is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
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
Model, Actor, Voice acting
Jennifer Lynn Connelly (born December 12, 1970) is an American actress who began her career as a child model. She appeared in magazine, newspaper and television advertising, before she made her ...more

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Sergey Brin is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
Executive Management, Businessperson, Entrepreneur
Sergey Mikhaylovich Brin (Russian: Серге́й Миха́йлович Брин; born August 21, 1973) is an American computer scientist and Internet entrepreneur. Together with Larry Page, he co-founded Google. ...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
Businessperson
Mukesh Dhirubhai Ambani (born 19 April 1957) is an Indian businessman, engineer, the chairman, managing director, and largest shareholder of Reliance Industries Limited (RIL), a Fortune Global ...more
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Rachel Maddow is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
Commentator, Radio personality, Actor
Rachel Anne Maddow ( (listen), MAD-oh; born April 1, 1973) is an American television host and liberal political commentator. Maddow hosts The Rachel Maddow Show, a nightly television show on ...more

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Raymond Burr is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
Television director, Actor, Teacher
Raymond William Stacy Burr (May 21, 1917 – September 12, 1993) was a Canadian American actor, primarily known for his title roles in the television dramas Perry Mason and Ironside. He was ...more

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Ted Danson is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
Activist, Film Producer, Author
Edward Bridge Danson III (born December 29, 1947) is an American actor and producer who played the lead character Sam Malone on the NBC sitcom Cheers, Jack Holden in the films Three Men and a ...more

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Reid Hoffman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
Businessperson, Investor, Entrepreneur
Reid Garrett Hoffman CBE (born August 5, 1967) is an American internet entrepreneur, venture capitalist and author. Hoffman was the co-founder and executive chairman of LinkedIn, a ...more
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Herbert Hoover is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
Businessperson, Civil engineer, Engineer
Herbert Clark Hoover (August 10, 1874 – October 20, 1964) was an American engineer, businessman, and politician who served as the 31st president of the United States from 1929 to 1933. A member ...more

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Sally Ride is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
Physicist, Astronaut
Sally Kristen Ride (May 26, 1951 – July 23, 2012) was an American astronaut and physicist. Born in Los Angeles, she joined NASA in 1978 and became the first American woman in space in 1983. Ride ...more

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Marissa Mayer is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
Businessperson, Computer scientist, Engineer
Marissa Ann Mayer (; born May 30, 1975) is an American information technology executive, and co-founder of Lumi Labs. Mayer formerly served as the president and chief executive officer of ...more

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Ellen Ochoa is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Stanford University Alumni
Astronaut, Engineer
Ellen O. Ochoa (born May 10, 1958) is an American engineer, former astronaut and former Director of the Johnson Space Center. Ochoa became director of the center upon the retirement of the ...more

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