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List of Famous Public Speakers

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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 Marie Jenner (born William Bruce Jenner; October 28, 1949) is an American television personality and retired Olympic gold medal–winning decathlete. Jenner was a college football player ...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