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List of Famous Motivational Speakers

List of famous motivational speakers, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top motivational speakers in the world? Popular motivational speaker Tony Robbins has helped many celebrity clients. (If you're looking for motivation, this list of positive actions might help!) This includes the most prominent motivational speakers, living and dead, both in America and abroad. This list of notable motivational speakers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic motivational speakers 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 motivational speakers.

This list of public speakers who are motivational and inspirational includes people like Tony Robbins, Zig Zagler, and more. Featuring male and female self help speakers, this list has a variety of motivational gurus helping people lead great lives.

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

  • Norman Vincent Peale (May 31, 1898 – December 24, 1993) was an American minister and author known for his work in popularizing the concept of positive thinking, especially through his best-selling ...more
  • Stephen Richards Covey (October 24, 1932 – July 16, 2012) was an American educator, author, businessman, and keynote speaker. His most popular book is The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. His ...more
  • Hilary Hinton "Zig" Ziglar (November 6, 1926 – November 28, 2012) was an American author, salesman, and motivational speaker.
  • Anthony Jay Robbins (born Anthony J. Mahavoric; February 29, 1960) is an American author, philanthropist, and life coach. Robbins is known for his infomercials, seminars, and self-help books ...more
  • Naomi Judd (born Diana Ellen Judd; January 11, 1946 – April 30, 2022) was an American singer and actress. She and her daughter Wynonna formed the country music duo the Judds in 1983. They were ...more
  • Eckhart Tolle ( EK-art TOL-ə; German pronunciation: [ˈɛkhaʁt ˈtɔlə], born Ulrich Leonard Tölle, February 16, 1948) is a spiritual teacher. He is a German-born resident of Canada best known as the ...more
  • Nicholas James Vujicic ( VOY-chitch; born 4 December 1982) is an Australian Christian evangelist and motivational speaker born with tetra-amelia syndrome, a rare disorder (called phocomelia) ...more
  • David Lawrence Ramsey III (born September 3, 1960) is an American radio show host, author and businessman.
  • Mr. T (born Laurence Tureaud; May 21, 1952) is an American actor, bodyguard, television personality, and retired professional wrestler, known for his roles as B. A. Baracus in the 1980s television ...more
  • César Felipe Millán Favela (; Spanish: [ˈsesaɾ miˈʝan]; born August 27, 1969) is a Mexican-American dog trainer with over 25 years of canine experience. He is widely known for his Emmy-nominated ...more
  • Susan Lynn "Suze" Orman ( SOO-zee; born June 5, 1951) is an American author, financial advisor, motivational speaker, television host, and podcast host. In 1987, she founded the Suze Orman Financial ...more
  • Edward Michael Grylls (born 7 June 1974), better known as Bear Grylls, is a British former SAS serviceman, survival instructor, and honorary lieutenant-colonel, and, outside his military career, an ...more
  • Joe Simpson (born 1960) is an English mountaineer, author and motivational speaker. While climbing in Peru in 1985, he suffered severe injuries and was thought lost after falling into a crevasse, but ...more
  • Beth Torbert (born June 15, 1971) is an Indo-Canadian singer-songwriter, actress, and motivational speaker best known by her stage name Bif Naked.
  • Marilyn Hickey is an American Christian minister and televangelist who teaches Bible studies both nationally and internationally.
  • Paula Michelle White-Cain (née Furr; April 20, 1966), better known as Paula White, is an American non-denominational pastor. Prior to May 2019, she was senior pastor of New Destiny Christian Center, ...more
  • Susan Powter (born 22 December 1957) is an Australian-born American motivational speaker, nutritionist, personal trainer, and author, who rose to fame in the 1990s with her catchphrase "Stop the ...more
  • Robert Toru Kiyosaki (清崎 徹, Kiyosaki Tooru, born April 8, 1947) is an American businessman and author. Kiyosaki is the founder of Rich Global LLC and the Rich Dad Company, a private financial ...more
  • Ben Tankard is a 6'6" former professional basketball player and an American gospel, jazz keyboardist producer, author, recording artist, and songwriter with over 200 songs recorded. Tankard and his ...more
  • Aron Lee Ralston (born October 27, 1975) is an American outdoorsman, mechanical engineer and motivational speaker known for surviving a canyoneering accident by cutting off his own arm. During a solo ...more
  • Dr. Gary P. Hamel (born 1954) is an American management consultant. He is a founder of Strategos, an international management consulting firm based in Chicago.
  • Stacey McKenzie (born in Kingston, Jamaica) is a Canadian fashion model, runway coach and most recently a model coach and judge on the Canadian reality television show Canada's Next Top Model. In ...more
  • Thomas Jeffrey Hanks (born July 9, 1956) is an American actor and filmmaker. Known for both his comedic and dramatic roles, Hanks is one of the most popular and recognizable film stars worldwide, and ...more
  • Wayne Walter Dyer (May 10, 1940 – August 29, 2015) was an American self-help author and a motivational speaker. His first book, Your Erroneous Zones (1976), is one of the best-selling books of all ...more
  • Chetan Bhagat (born 22 April 1974) is an Indian author, columnist, screenwriter and motivational speaker, known for his Indian-English novels about young middle class Indians. Bhagat writes columns ...more