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List of famous economists, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top economists in the world? This includes the most prominent economists, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable economists is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic economists were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned economists.

List people include Alan Greenspan, Vladimir Lenin and many additional people as well.

From reputable, prominent, and well known economists to the lesser known economists of today, these are some of the best professionals in the economist field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous economists ever?" and "What are the names of famous economists?" then you're in the right place. 

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Ben Bernanke is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Economists
age 64 Ben Shalom Bernanke is an American economist at the Brookings Institution who served two terms as chairman of the Federal Reserve, the central bank of the United States from 2006 to 2014. During ...more

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Alan Greenspan is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Economists
age 92 Alan Greenspan is an American economist.

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Ben Stein is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Economists
age 73 Benjamin Jeremy "Ben" Stein is an American writer, lawyer, actor, and commentator on political and economic issues. He attained early success as a speechwriter for American presidents ...more

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John Maynard Keynes is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Economists
Died at 63 (1883-1946) John Maynard Keynes, 1st Baron Keynes, CB, FBA, was a British economist whose ideas have fundamentally affected the theory and practice of modern macroeconomics and informed the economic ...more

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Friedrich Engels is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Economists
Died at 75 (1820-1895) Friedrich Engels was a German social scientist, author, political theorist, philosopher, and father of Marxist theory, together with Karl Marx. In 1845 he published The Condition of the Working ...more

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Alexander Hamilton is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Economists
Died at 47 (1757-1804) Alexander Hamilton was a founding father of the United States, chief staff aide to General George Washington, one of the most influential interpreters and promoters of the U.S. Constitution, the ...more

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Grover Norquist is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Economists
age 61 Grover Glenn Norquist is an American political advocate who is founder and president of Americans for Tax Reform, an organization that opposes all tax increases and a co-founder of the Islamic ...more

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Aung San Suu Kyi is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Economists
age 72 Aung San Suu Kyi AC is a Burmese opposition politician and chairperson of the National League for Democracy in Burma. In the 1990 general election, the NLD won 59% of the national votes and 81% ...more

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David Hume is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Economists
Died at 65 (1711-1776) David Hume was a Scottish historian, philosopher, economist, diplomat and essayist known today especially for his radical philosophical empiricism and scepticism. In light of Hume's central role ...more

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Benjamin J. Cohen is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Economists
age 80 Benjamin Jerry Cohen is the Louis G. Lancaster Professor of International Political Economy at the University of California, Santa Barbara. At UCSB, where he has been a member of the faculty ...more

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Adam Smith is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Economists
Died at 67 (1723-1790) Adam Smith was a Scottish moral philosopher, pioneer of political economy, and key Scottish Enlightenment figure. Smith is best known for two classic works: The Theory of Moral Sentiments, and ...more

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Joseph Stiglitz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Economists
age 75 Joseph Eugene Stiglitz, ForMemRS, FBA is an American economist and a professor at Columbia University. He is a recipient of the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences and the John Bates Clark ...more

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John Kenneth Galbraith is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Economists
Died at 98 (1908-2006) John Kenneth "Ken" Galbraith, OC was a Canadian and, later, American economist, public official, and diplomat, and a leading proponent of 20th-century American liberalism. His books on ...more

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John Stuart Mill is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Economists
Died at 67 (1806-1873) John Stuart Mill was a British philosopher, political economist and civil servant. He was an influential contributor to social theory, political theory and political economy. He has been called ...more

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Friedrich Hayek is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Economists
Died at 93 (1899-1992) Friedrich Hayek CH, born in Austria-Hungary as Friedrich August von Hayek and frequently referred to as F. A. Hayek, was an Austrian, later British, economist and philosopher best known for his ...more

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Dag Hammarskjöld is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Economists
Died at 56 (1905-1961) Dag Hjalmar Agne Carl Hammarskjöld was a Swedish diplomat, economist, and author. The second Secretary-General of the United Nations, he served from April 1953 until his death in a plane ...more

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Dilma Rousseff is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Economists
age 70 Dilma Vana Rousseff is the 36th and current President of Brazil. She is the first woman to hold the office. She was previously the Chief of Staff of the President Luiz Inácio Lula da ...more

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Helmut Schmidt is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Economists
age 99 Helmut Heinrich Waldemar Schmidt is a German Social Democratic politician who served as Chancellor of West Germany from 1974 to 1982. Prior to becoming Chancellor, he had served as Minister of ...more

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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Economists
age 79 Ellen Johnson Sirleaf (born 29 October 1938) is the 24th and current President of Liberia. She served as Minister of Finance under President William Tolbert from 1979 until the 1980 coup ...more

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Atiur Rahman is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Economists
age 64 Atiur Rahman is a Bangladeshi economist and author, currently serving as the Governor of Bangladesh Bank, the central bank of the country.

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Alexander Lukashenko is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Economists
age 63 Alexander Grigoryevich Lukashenko is the President of Belarus, having assumed the post on 20 July 1994. Before his career as a politician, Lukashenko worked as director of a state-owned ...more

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Andreas Papandreou is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Economists
Died at 77 (1919-1996) Andreas G. Papandreou was a Greek economist, a socialist politician and a dominant figure in Greek politics. The son of Georgios Papandreou, Andreas was a Harvard-trained academic. He served two ...more

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Benigno
age 58 Benigno Simeon Cojuangco Aquino III is a Filipino politician who has been the 15th President of the Philippines since June 2010. Aquino is a fourth-generation politician: his great-grandfather, ...more

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Jean-Claude Trichet is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Economists
age 75 Jean-Claude Trichet is a French civil servant who was the president of the European Central Bank from 2003 to 2011. He is also a member of the Board of Directors of the Bank for International ...more

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Herbert Simon is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Economists
Died at 85 (1916-2001) Herbert Alexander Simon, a Nobel laureate, was an American political scientist, economist, sociologist, psychologist, computer scientist, and Richard King Mellon Professor—most notably at ...more

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Alberto Fuentes Mohr is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Economists
Died at 52 (1927-1979) Alberto Fuentes Mohr was a Guatemalan economist and politician, one of the founders of the Social Democratic Party. He also served as finance minister and foreign minister during the 1960s.

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Herman Van Rompuy is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Economists
age 70 Herman Achille Van Rompuy is a Belgian politician, who formerly served as Prime Minister of Belgium and then as the first President of the European Council. A politician from Belgium's Christian ...more

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Ibn Khaldun is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Economists
Died at 74 (1332-1406) Ibn Khaldūn was an Arab Muslim historiographer and historian, regarded to be among the founding fathers of modern sociology, historiography and economics. He is best known for his book The ...more

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Evan Davis is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Economists
age 55 Evan Harold Davis is an English economist, journalist, and presenter for the BBC. In October 2001, Davis took over from Peter Jay as the BBC's economics editor. He left this post in April 2008 ...more

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Dick Armey is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Economists
age 77 Richard Keith "Dick" Armey is a former U.S. Representative from Texas' 26th congressional district and House Majority Leader. He was one of the engineers of the "Republican ...more

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Austan Goolsbee is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Economists
age 48 Austan Dean Goolsbee is an American economist and the Robert P. Gwinn Professor of Economics at The University of Chicago's Booth School of Business. Goolsbee formerly served as the Chairman of ...more

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Daniel Ellsberg is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Economists
age 87 Daniel Ellsberg is an activist and former United States military analyst who, while employed by the RAND Corporation, precipitated a national political controversy in 1971 when he released the ...more

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Dominique Strauss-Kahn is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Economists
age 68 Dominique Gaston André Strauss-Kahn, often referred to in the media, and by himself, as DSK, is a French economist, lawyer, politician, and member of the French Socialist Party. ...more

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António de Oliveira Salazar is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Economists
Died at 81 (1889-1970) António de Oliveira Salazar GCSE, GCIC, GCTE, GColIH was a Portuguese professor and politician who served as Prime Minister of Portugal from 1932 to 1968. His Council of Ministers briefly ...more

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Elizabeth E. Bailey is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Economists
age 80 Elizabeth Ellery Bailey is an American economist. She is John C. Hower Professor of Business and Public Policy, at The Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania and has been Director of ...more

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H. C. Coombs is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Economists
Died at 91 (1906-1997) Herbert Cole H.C. "Nugget" Coombs was an Australian economist and public servant.

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Sir John Richard Hicks is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Economists
Died at 85 (1904-1989) Sir John Richard Hicks was a British economist and one of the most important and influential economists of the twentieth century. The most familiar of his many contributions in the field of ...more

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Barack Obama Sr. is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Economists
Died at 46 (1936-1982) Barack Hussein Obama, Sr. was a Kenyan senior governmental economist and the father of U.S. President Barack Obama. He is a central figure of his son's memoir, Dreams from My Father. Obama ...more

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Arnold Toynbee is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Economists
Died at 31 (1852-1883) Arnold Toynbee was a British economic historian also noted for his social commitment and desire to improve the living conditions of the working classes.

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Geir Haarde is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Economists
age 66 Geir Hilmar Haarde is an Icelandic politician and former head of government. In August 2014 he was appointed Ambassador of Iceland to the United States and several Latin American countries. He ...more

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Antony C. Sutton is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Economists
Died at 77 (1925-2002) Antony Cyril Sutton was a British and American economist, historian, and writer.

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George P. Shultz is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Economists
age 97 George Pratt Shultz is an American economist, statesman, and businessman. He served as the United States Secretary of Labor from 1969 to 1970, as the director of the Office of Management and ...more

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Edward Lawrence Wheelwright is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Economists
Died at 86 (1921-2007) Edward Lawrence Wheelwright was a notable Australian economist, radio host and anti-war activist who taught at the University of Sydney from 1952 until 1986. He has written on Australian ...more

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Fredrik Reinfeldt is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Economists
age 52 John Fredrik Reinfeldt is a Swedish politician who was Prime Minister of Sweden from 2006 to 2014 and chairman of the liberal conservative Moderate Party from 2003 to 2015. He was the last ...more

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Geoff Gallop is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Economists
age 66 Geoffrey Ian "Geoff" Gallop AC is Professor and Director of the Graduate School of Government at the University of Sydney and chairman of the Australian Republican Movement. He was the ...more

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George Hilton is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Economists
Died at 89 (1925-2014) George Woodman Hilton was a United States historian and economist, who specialized in social history, transportation economics, regulation by commission, the history of economic thought and ...more

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Alex Salmond is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Economists
age 63 Alexander Elliot Anderson Salmond is a Scottish politician who served as the fourth First Minister of Scotland from 2007 to 2014. He was the leader of the Scottish National Party for over twenty ...more

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Anders Borg is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Economists
age 50 Anders Erik Borg is a Swedish economist and politician who served as Minister for Finance in the Swedish Government from 2006 to 2014. He is a member of the Moderate Party.

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Amartya Sen is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Economists
age 84 Amartya Kumar Sen is a Bangladeshi-born Indian economist and philosopher, who since 1972 has taught and worked in the United Kingdom and the United States. He has made contributions to welfare ...more

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Hans-Werner Sinn is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Economists
age 70 Hans-Werner Sinn is a German economist and President of the Ifo Institute for Economic Research and serves on the German economy ministry’s advisory council. He is Professor of Economics and ...more