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List of famous diplomats, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top diplomats in the world? This includes the most prominent diplomats, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable diplomats is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic diplomats 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 diplomats.

The list you're viewing contains people like John Quincy Adams and Hillary Clinton. Featuring great diplomats of history and the present, this list has it all. 

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

Hillary Clinton is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Diplomats
Hillary Clinton Hillary Diane Rodham Clinton is an American attorney, politician and member of the Democratic Party. As the wife of the 42nd President of the United States, Bill Clinton, she was First Lady of ...more

Eleanor Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Diplomats
Eleanor Roosevelt Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was an American politician, diplomat, and activist. She was the longest-serving First Lady of the United States, holding the post from March 1933 to April 1945 during her ...more

Shirley Temple is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Diplomats
Shirley Temple Shirley Temple Black was an American film and television actress, singer, dancer and public servant, most famous as Hollywood's number one box-office star from 1935 through 1938. As an adult, ...more

Benjamin Franklin is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Diplomats
Benjamin Franklin Benjamin Franklin FRS was one of the Founding Fathers of the United States. A renowned polymath, Franklin was a leading author, printer, political theorist, politician, postmaster, scientist, ...more

Henry Kissinger is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Diplomats
Henry Kissinger Henry Alfred Kissinger is an American diplomat and political scientist. He served as National Security Advisor and later concurrently as Secretary of State in the administrations of Presidents ...more

Colin Powell is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Diplomats
Colin Powell Colin Luther Powell is an American statesman and a retired four-star general in the United States Army. He was the 65th United States Secretary of State, serving under U.S. President George W. ...more

Che Guevara is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Diplomats
Che Guevara Ernesto "Che" Guevara, commonly known as el Che or simply Che, was an Argentine Marxist revolutionary, physician, author, guerrilla leader, diplomat, and military theorist. A major ...more

Condoleezza Rice is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Diplomats
Condoleezza Rice Condoleezza "Condi" Rice is an American political scientist and diplomat. She served as the 66th United States Secretary of State, and was the second person to hold that office in the ...more

Tony Blair is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Diplomats
Tony Blair Anthony Charles Lynton Blair is a British Labour Party politician who served as the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1997 to 2007. He now runs a consultancy business and performs ...more

Sidney Poitier is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Diplomats
Sidney Poitier Sir Sidney Poitier, KBE, is a Bahamian-American actor, film director, author and diplomat. In 1964, Poitier became the first African-American to win an Academy Award for Best Actor, for his role ...more

Ralph Bunche is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Diplomats
Ralph Bunche Ralph Johnson Bunche was an American political scientist, academic, and diplomat who received the 1950 Nobel Peace Prize for his late 1940s mediation in Israel. He was the first African American ...more

Benjamin Netanyahu is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Diplomats
Benjamin Netanyahu Benjamin "Bibi" Netanyahu is the current Prime Minister of Israel. He also currently serves as a member of the Knesset, Chairman of the Likud party and Minister of Public Diplomacy and ...more

Alan Keyes is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Diplomats
Alan Keyes Alan Lee Keyes is an American conservative political activist, author, former diplomat, and perennial candidate for public office. A doctoral graduate of Harvard University, Keyes began his ...more

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Diplomats
Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Johann Wolfgang von Goethe was a German writer and statesman. His body of work includes epic and lyric poetry written in a variety of metres and styles; prose and verse dramas; memoirs; an ...more

Jon Huntsman, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Diplomats
Jon Huntsman, Jr. Jon Meade Huntsman, Jr. is an American politician, businessman, and diplomat who served as the 16th Governor of Utah from 2005 to 2009, and as United States Ambassador to Singapore from 1992 to ...more

Kofi Annan is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Diplomats
Kofi Annan Kofi Atta Annan is a Ghanaian diplomat who served as the seventh Secretary-General of the United Nations from January 1997 to December 2006. Annan and the United Nations were the co-recipients ...more

Anne Cox Chambers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Diplomats
Anne Cox Chambers Anne Beau Cox Chambers is an American media proprietor, who has a stake of interest in Cox Enterprises, a privately held media empire that includes newspapers, television, radio, cable ...more

Nicolaus Copernicus is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Diplomats
Nicolaus Copernicus Nicolaus Copernicus was a Renaissance mathematician and astronomer who formulated a model of the universe that placed the Sun rather than the Earth at its center. The publication of this model ...more

Bill Richardson is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Diplomats
Bill Richardson William Blaine "Bill" Richardson III is an American politician who was 30th Governor of New Mexico, from 2003 to 2011. He was U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations and Energy Secretary ...more

Dag Hammarskjöld is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Diplomats
Dag Hammarskjöld 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

Orlando Letelier is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Diplomats
Orlando Letelier Marcos Orlando Letelier del Solar was a Chilean economist, Socialist politician and diplomat during the presidency of Socialist President Salvador Allende. As a refugee from the military ...more

Golda Meir is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Diplomats
Golda Meir Golda Meir was an Israeli teacher, kibbutznik, politician and the fourth Prime Minister of Israel. Meir was elected Prime Minister of Israel on March 17, 1969, after serving as Minister of ...more

Madeleine Albright is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Diplomats
Madeleine Albright Madeleine Jana Korbel Albright is a Czechoslovakian-born American politician and diplomat. She is the first woman to have become the United States Secretary of State. She was nominated by U.S. ...more

Folke Bernadotte is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Diplomats
Folke Bernadotte Folke Bernadotte, Count of Wisborg was a Swedish diplomat and nobleman. During World War II he negotiated the release of about 31,000 prisoners from German concentration camps including 450 ...more

George F. Kennan is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Diplomats
George F. Kennan George Frost Kennan was an American advisor, diplomat, and historian, known best as an advocate of a policy of containment of Soviet expansion at the end of World War II. He later reversed ...more

Geoffrey Chaucer is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Diplomats
Geoffrey Chaucer Geoffrey Chaucer, known as the Father of English literature, is widely considered the greatest English poet of the Middle Ages and was the first poet to be buried in Poets' Corner of Westminster ...more

Raoul Wallenberg is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Diplomats
Raoul Wallenberg Raoul Gustaf Wallenberg was a Swedish architect, businessman, diplomat and humanitarian. He is widely celebrated for saving tens of thousands of Jews in Nazi-occupied Hungary during the ...more

John Quincy Adams is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Diplomats
John Quincy Adams John Quincy Adams was an American statesman who served as the sixth President of the United States from 1825 to 1829. He also served as a diplomat, a Senator and member of the House of ...more

Geraldine Ferraro is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Diplomats
Geraldine Ferraro Geraldine Anne Ferraro was an American attorney, a Democratic Party politician, and a member of the United States House of Representatives. She was the first female vice presidential candidate ...more

Niccolò Machiavelli is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Diplomats
Niccolò Machiavelli Niccolò di Bernardo dei Machiavelli was a Florentine historian, politician, diplomat, philosopher, humanist, and writer during the Renaissance. He was for many years an official in the ...more

Guillaume de Machaut is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Diplomats
Guillaume de Machaut Guillaume de Machaut was a medieval French poet and composer. He is one of the earliest composers on whom significant biographical information is available. According to Daniel Leech-Wilkinson, ...more

Crown Princess Masako is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Diplomats
Crown Princess Masako Masako, Crown Princess of Japan, born Masako Owada on 9 December 1963, is the wife of Naruhito, Crown Prince of Japan, who is the eldest son of Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko and the heir ...more

Peter Ustinov is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Diplomats
Peter Ustinov Sir Peter Alexander Ustinov, CBE was an English actor, writer and dramatist. He was also renowned as a filmmaker, theatre and opera director, stage designer, author, screenwriter, comedian, ...more

Leonore Annenberg is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Diplomats
Leonore Annenberg Leonore Cohn Annenberg, also known as Lee Annenberg, was an American businesswoman, government official, and philanthropist, noted for serving as Chief of Protocol of the United States from 1981 ...more

Michael Wilson is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Diplomats
Michael Wilson Michael Holcombe Wilson, PC CC is a Canadian diplomat, politician and business leader. Born in Toronto, Ontario, Wilson attended Upper Canada College, Trinity College at the University of ...more

Harold Nicolson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Diplomats
Harold Nicolson Sir Harold George Nicolson KCVO CMG was an English diplomat, author, diarist and politician. He was the husband of writer Vita Sackville-West.

James Russell Lowell is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Diplomats
James Russell Lowell James Russell Lowell was an American Romantic poet, critic, editor, and diplomat. He is associated with the Fireside Poets, a group of New England writers who were among the first American poets ...more

Ernst vom Rath is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Diplomats
Ernst vom Rath Ernst Eduard vom Rath was a German diplomat, remembered for his assassination in Paris in 1938 by a Jewish teenager, Herschel Grynszpan, which touched off Kristallnacht, "The Night of

Karl von Spreti is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Diplomats
Karl von Spreti Karl Borromäus Maria Heinrich Graf von Spreti was a German diplomat. He is best known as the West German Ambassador to Guatemala from 1968 until his assassination in 1970. The story of his ...more

Shlomo Argov is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Diplomats
Shlomo Argov Shlomo Argov was a prominent Israeli diplomat. He was the Israeli ambassador to the United Kingdom whose attempted assassination led to the 1982 Lebanon War.

Warren Christopher is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Diplomats
Warren Christopher Warren Minor Christopher was an American lawyer, diplomat and politician. During Bill Clinton's first term as President, Christopher served as the 63rd Secretary of State. He also served as ...more

Lester B. Pearson is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Diplomats
Lester B. Pearson Lester Bowles "Mike" Pearson, PC, OM, CC, OBE was a Canadian scholar, statesman, soldier and diplomat, who won the Nobel Prize for Peace in 1957 for organizing the United Nations ...more

Pablo Neruda is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Diplomats
Pablo Neruda Pablo Neruda was the pen name and, later, legal name of the Chilean poet-diplomat and politician Neftali Ricardo Reyes Basoalto. He derived his pen name from the Czech poet Jan Neruda. He won ...more

Lakshman Kadirgamar is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Diplomats
Lakshman Kadirgamar Sri Lankabhimanya Lakshman Kadirgamar PC was a Sri Lankan Tamil diplomat, politician and a lawyer. He served as Minister of Foreign Affairs of Sri Lanka from 1994 to 2001 and again from April ...more

Pierre de Beaumarchais is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Diplomats
Pierre de Beaumarchais Pierre-Augustin Caron de Beaumarchais was a French playwright, watchmaker, inventor, musician, diplomat, fugitive, spy, publisher, horticulturalist, arms dealer, satirist, financier, and ...more

John Foster Dulles is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Diplomats
John Foster Dulles John Foster Dulles served as U.S. Secretary of State under Republican President Dwight D. Eisenhower from 1953 to 1959. He was a significant figure in the early Cold War era, advocating an ...more

Paul Wolfowitz is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Diplomats
Paul Wolfowitz Paul Dundes Wolfowitz is a former President of the World Bank, United States Ambassador to Indonesia, U.S. Deputy Secretary of Defense, and former dean of the Paul H. Nitze School of Advanced ...more

Mori Arinori is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Diplomats
Mori Arinori Viscount Mori Arinori was a Meiji period Japanese statesman, diplomat, and founder of Japan's modern educational system.

Patricia Roberts Harris is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Diplomats
Patricia Roberts Harris Patricia Roberts Harris served in the American administration of President Jimmy Carter as United States Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, and United States Secretary of Health, ...more

Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Diplomats
Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. Joseph Patrick "Joe" Kennedy, Sr. was an American businessman, investor, and government official. Kennedy was the husband of Rose Kennedy. Their children included President John F. ...more