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This list of famous public speakers includes photos, bios, and other information, when available. Who are the top public speakers in the world? This includes the most prominent public speakers, living and dead, both from America and abroad. Some of these popular public speakers are also responsible for the longest speeches in history and the best presidential speeche of all time. This list of notable public speakers is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these famous 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 public speakers.

No great public speakers list would be complete without big names like Deepak Chopra and Mike Huckabee. All these good public speakers know that it takes lots of practice, critical thinking, and confidence to be ranked among the greatest public speakers ever - and everyone on this list has that in spades. Many celebrities also show off their public speaking skills during these best commencement speeches and the greatest Oscar acceptance speeches. (We also have a list of the weirdest Oscar acceptance speeches.)

From reputable, prominent, and well known public speakers to the lesser known public speakers of today, these are some of the best public speakers giving notable speeches left and right. Who are the most famous public speakers ever? What are the names of famous public speakers? Take a look below!

George W. Bush is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Public Speakers
George Walker Bush is an American politician and businessman who served as the 43rd President of the United States from 2001 to 2009, and the 46th Governor of Texas from 1995 to 2000. The eldest ...more

Rudy Giuliani is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Public Speakers
Rudolph William Louis "Rudy" Giuliani is an American lawyer, businessman, former politician, and public speaker from New York. Politically a Democrat and then an Independent in the ...more

Mike Huckabee is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Public Speakers
Michael Dale "Mike" Huckabee is an American politician who served as the 44th Governor of Arkansas. He was a candidate in the 2008 United States Republican presidential primaries, ...more

Tony Robbins is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Public Speakers
Tony Robbins is an American life coach and self-help author. He became well known through his infomercials and self-help books, Unlimited Power, Unleash the Power Within and Awaken the Giant ...more

Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Public Speakers
Barack Hussein Obama II (born August 4, 1961) is an American politician who served as the 44th President of the United States from 2009 to 2017. The first African American to assume the ...more

Zig Ziglar is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Public Speakers
Hilary Hinton "Zig" Ziglar was an American author, salesman, and motivational speaker.

Bill Gates is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Public Speakers
William Henry "Bill" Gates III is an American business magnate, philanthropist, investor, computer programmer, and inventor. Gates originally established his reputation as the ...more

Bill Clinton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Public Speakers
William Jefferson "Bill" Clinton is an American politician who served as the 42nd President of the United States from 1993 to 2001. Previously, he served as Governor of Arkansas from ...more

Nick Vujicic is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Public Speakers
Nicholas James "Nick" Vujicic is an Australian Christian evangelist and motivational speaker born with tetra-amelia syndrome, a rare disorder characterised by the absence of all four ...more

Deepak Chopra is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Public Speakers
Deepak Chopra is an Indian-born American author and public speaker. He is an alternative medicine advocate and a promoter of popular forms of spirituality, who has been described by the New York ...more

Rajneesh is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Public Speakers
Chandra Mohan Jain, also known as Acharya Rajneesh from the 1960s onwards, as Bhagwan Shree Rajneesh during the 1970s and 1980s, and as Osho from 1989, was an Indian mystic, guru and spiritual ...more

Fred Thompson is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Public Speakers
Freddie Dalton "Fred" Thompson is an American politician, actor, attorney, lobbyist, columnist, and radio host. Thompson, a Republican, served in the United States Senate representing ...more

Mia Tyler is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Public Speakers
Mia Abagale Tallarico, better known as Mia Tyler, is an American actress, model, public speaker and advocate. She is the daughter of Aerosmith lead singer Steven Tyler, and actress Cyrinda Foxe. ...more

Story Musgrave is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Public Speakers
Franklin Story Musgrave is an American physician and a retired NASA astronaut. He is a public speaker and consultant to both Disney's Imagineering group and Applied Minds in California. In 1996 ...more

Mike Farrell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Public Speakers
Michael Joseph "Mike" Farrell, Jr. is an American actor, best known for his role as Captain B.J. Hunnicutt on the television series M*A*S*H. He is an activist for various political ...more

Caitlyn Jenner is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Public Speakers
Caitlyn Jenner (born October 28, 1949), formerly known as Bruce Jenner, is an American television personality and retired Olympic gold medal-winning decathlete. Jenner was a college football ...more

Emma Goldman is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Public Speakers
Emma Goldman was an anarchist known for her political activism, writing, and speeches. She played a pivotal role in the development of anarchist political philosophy in North America and Europe ...more

Robin Sharma is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Public Speakers
Robin Sharma appeared in the Finding Joe documentary film.

Orson Scott Card is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Public Speakers
Orson Scott Card is an American novelist, critic, public speaker, essayist and columnist. He writes in several genres but is known best for science fiction. His novel Ender's Game and its sequel ...more

Gyles Brandreth is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Public Speakers
Gyles Daubeney Brandreth is an English writer, broadcaster, actor, and former Conservative Member of Parliament.

Colleen Patrick-Goudreau is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Public Speakers
Colleen Patrick-Goudreau is an American author, speaker, and podcaster. Having earned her bachelor’s degree from Rutgers University, and her master’s degree in English Literature from Seton Hall ...more

Jiddu Krishnamurti is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Public Speakers
Jiddu Krishnamurti was an Indian speaker and writer on philosophical and spiritual subjects. In his early life he was groomed to be the new World Teacher but later rejected this mantle and ...more

Laurie Rozakis is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Public Speakers
Dr. Laurie Rozakis is a writer of the Complete Idiots books and an expert on writing, grammar, usage, and test preparation. She earned her Bachelor of Arts from Hofstra University in 1973; her ...more

Barry Goldwater, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Public Speakers
Barry Morris Goldwater, Jr. is a former Republican member of the United States House of Representatives from California, serving from 1969–1983. He is the son of Barry Goldwater, U.S. Senator ...more

Eric Greitens is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Public Speakers
Eric Robert Greitens is a nonprofit leader, author, speaker, and United States Navy SEAL who lives in St. Louis, Missouri. He is a former Truman Scholar and Rhodes Scholar and the founder of the ...more

Jennifer Baumgardner is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Public Speakers
Jennifer Baumgardner is a writer, activist, filmmaker, and lecturer whose work explores abortion, sex, bisexuality, rape, single parenthood, and women’s power. She is the Executive ...more

Doc Eason is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Public Speakers
William H 'Doc' Eason is an American magician who specializes in bar magic. For 27 years, he was the featured entertainer at John Denver's World Famous Tower Comedy/ Magic Bar in Snowmass ...more

Peter Tertzakian is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Public Speakers
Peter Tertzakian is an economist, investment strategist, author and public speaker. He is Chief Energy Economist & Managing Director at ARC Financial Corporation, an energy-focused private ...more

Hunter Lovins is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Public Speakers
L. Hunter Lovins is an author and a promoter of sustainable development for over 30 years, is president of Natural Capitalism Solutions, a 5013 non-profit in Longmont, Colorado and the Chief ...more

Jean Kilbourne is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Public Speakers
Jean Kilbourne, Ed.D. is an author, speaker, and filmmaker who is internationally recognized for her work on the image of women in advertising and her critical studies of alcohol and tobacco ...more

Aaron McGruder is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Public Speakers
Aaron McGruder is an American writer and cartoonist best known for writing and drawing The Boondocks, a Universal Press Syndicate comic strip about two young African-American brothers, Huey and ...more

Mark E. Sackett is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Public Speakers
Mark E. Sackett has no plans to sit still anytime soon, he lives in 2 cities and on a plane, he owns 11 related creative businesses and thrives on being inventive daily as he works in Branding, ...more

Danny Yamashiro is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Public Speakers
Danny Yamashiro survived a 400 foot fall from the famed ridge of the historic Nuuanu Pali in Honolulu, Hawaii at 18.

Dee Wallace is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Public Speakers
Dee Wallace, also known as Dee Wallace Stone, is an American actress and scream queen. She is perhaps best known for her roles in several popular films mainly in the horror genre. Her most ...more

J. F. Gonzalez is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Public Speakers
Jesus F. Gonzalez was an American author, primarily of horror fiction. He has written many notable novels and has done collaborations with Bram Stoker Award winners Mike Oliveri and Brian Keene. ...more

David Friedman is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Public Speakers
David Alan Friedman is a film and theatre composer, songwriter, author, lyricist and conductor based in New York City. He received a 1997 Backstage Bistro Award for Composer of the Year and a ...more

Eckhart Tolle is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Public Speakers
Eckhart Tolle is a German-born resident of Canada, best known as the author of The Power of Now and A New Earth. In 2011, he was listed by the Watkins Review as the most spiritually influential ...more

Shane Leslie is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Public Speakers
Sir John Randolph Leslie, 3rd Baronet, generally known as Shane Leslie, was an Irish-born diplomat and writer. He was a first cousin of Sir Winston Churchill, the British war time Prime ...more

Erwin Raphael McManus is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Public Speakers
Erwin Raphael McManus is an American author, lecturer, and pastor of Salvadorean descent. McManus is the lead pastor of Mosaic Church, a Christian community in Los Angeles, California which has ...more

Bernice King is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Public Speakers
Bernice Albertine King is an American minister best known as the youngest child of civil rights leaders Martin Luther King, Jr. and Coretta Scott King. She was only five years old when her ...more

Ronald A. Alexander is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Public Speakers

Joseph M. Marshall III is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Public Speakers
Joseph M. Marshall III Joseph M. Marshall III is a Brulé Lakota historian, writer, teacher, craftsman, administrator, and public speaker.

Elisabeth Elliot is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Public Speakers
Elisabeth Elliot is a Christian author and speaker. Her first husband, Jim Elliot, was killed in 1956 while attempting to make missionary contact with the Auca of eastern Ecuador. She later ...more

Don Miller is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Public Speakers
Donald "Don" Miller is a best-selling American author and public speaker based in Nashville, Tennessee who focuses on Christian spirituality as "an explanation for beauty, ...more

Jonathan Bernis is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Public Speakers

John Robert Colombo is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Public Speakers
John Robert Colombo, CM is a Canadian author, editor, and poet. He has published over 200 titles, including major anthologies and reference works.

Brian Keene is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Public Speakers
Brian Keene is an American author, primarily of horror, crime fiction, and comic books. He has won two Bram Stoker Awards. His 2003 novel The Rising is often credited with inspiring pop ...more

Brian Tracy is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Public Speakers
Brian Tracy is a motivational speaker and author.

Jacqui Cooper is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Public Speakers
Jacqui Cooper is a retired Australian freestyle skier and motivational speaker. Cooper became participating in aerial skiing when she was 16, and was in the Australian team for 20 years. During ...more

Alina Tugend is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Public Speakers
Alina Tugend is an American journalist, poet, public speaker and writer. She writes "Shortcuts", a weekly column for The New York Times.