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Famous People with Economics Degrees

Business Leaders

Ted Turner

CNN, Atlanta Braves/Hawks (Brown)

Richard Trumka

President of United Mine Workers (Penn State)

Steve Ballmer

CEO, Microsoft (Harvard)

Esther Dyson

Silicon Valley software pioneer (Harvard)

Diane von Furstenberg

Fashion Designer (University of Geneva)

Scott McNealy

CEO, Sun Microsystems (Harvard)

Meg Whitman

CEO, Ebay Technologies (Princeton)

William Harrison, Jr.

CEO, JP Morgan Chase (UNC-Chapel Hill)

John Sweeny

President, AFL-CIO (Iona College)

Kenneth Lay

Former CEO of Enron (University of Houston, PhD)

Donald Trump

Real Estate/TV Mogul (University of Pennsylvania–Wharton)

Warren Buffett

Financier (Columbia School of Business, Master’s in Economics)

Sam Walton

Founder, Wal-Mart (University of Missouri)

Masayoshi Son

Founder and CEO, Softbank Capital (Cal Berkeley)

Henry Kravis

Business financier, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts (Claremont McKenna College)

Robert Diamond

CEO, Barclays Capital (Colby College)


Politicians and Policymakers

George H. W. Bush

Former US President (Yale)

Ronald Reagan

Former US President (Eureka College)

Gerald Ford

Former US President (University of Michigan)

Phil Gramm

US Senator (University of Georgia, PhD)

Stephen Harper

Prime Minister of Canada (University of Calgary)

Li, Keqiang

Premier of China (Peking University, PhD)

Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo

Former Philippines President (Assumption College)

Manmohan Singh

Prime Minister of India (Oxford University, Ph.D.)

Ernesto Zedillo

Former President of Mexico (Yale University, Ph.D.)

Carlos Salinas de Gortari

Former President of Mexico (Harvard University, Ph.D.)

Janez Drnovsek

Prime Minister of Slovenia (University of Maribor, Ph.D.)

Ruud Lubbers

Former Prime Minister of The Netherlands (Netherlands School of Economics)

Anatoly Chubais

Former Deputy Prime Minister of Russia (St. Petersburg Institute, Ph.D.)

Leszek Balcerowicz

President of the National Bank of Poland (Warsaw School of Economics, Ph.D.)

Abdullah Gül

Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey (Istanbul University, Ph.D.)

Duck-Woo Nam

Former Prime Minister of South Korea (Oklahoma State University, Ph.D.)

Kofi Annan

Secretary General of the United Nations (Macalester College)

Yuliya Tymoshenko

Prime Minister of Ukraine (Dnipropetrovs’k State University, Ph.D.)

Viktor Yuschenko

President of Ukraine (Ternopil Financial and Economic Institute, Ph.D.)

Geir H. Haarde

Prime Minister of Iceland (Brandeis University)

Martin Torrijos

President of Panama (Texas A&M)

David Emerson

Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister (University of Alberta; Queen’s University, PhD)

Georgia Neese Clark

First woman Treasurer of the United States (Washburn University)

Dick Armey

US Congressman (University of Oklahoma, PhD)

Jim Bunning

US Congressman/Hall of Fame Baseballer (Xavier)

William Isaac

Former Chairman of FDIC (Miami University)

George Schultz

Former US Secretary of State (Princeton; MIT Ph.D)

Barbara Boxer

US Senator (Brooklyn College)

John Snow

US Secretary of Treasury (University of Virginia, PhD)

Robert McNamara

Former U.S. Secretary of Defense (University of California–Berkeley)

Tom Lantos

U.S. Congressman (University of Washington-Seattle; Cal-Berkeley, PhD)

Tim Kaine

Governor of Virginia (University of Missouri)

Roy Romer

Governor of Colorado (Colorado State; Ag Econ)

Arnold Schwarzenegger

Body Builder/Actor/ former Governor of California (University of Wisconsin)

Alan Greenspan

Former chair (13th) of Federal Reserved Board (New York University, MA)

Ben Bernanke

Former chair (14th)of Federal Reserved Board (Harvard and MIT, PhD)

Janet Yellen

15th Chair of Federal Reserved Board (Yale, PhD)

Mark Carney

Governor of the Bank of England, former Governor of the Bank of Canada (St Peter’s College, Oxford, DPhil)



Athletes and Sports Figures

John Elway NFL quarterback (Stanford)
Bernie Kosar NFL quarterback (University of Miami)
Mike Mussina MLB Pitcher (Stanford)
Merlin Olson Actor/Former NFL player (Utah State University)
Lenny Wilkens NBA Coach/Hall of Famer (Providence College)
Tiger Woods Golfer (Stanford, declared major)
Jeremy Lin NBA player (Harvard)
Peter Vidmar Olympic Gold Medalist Gymnast (UCLA)
Jennifer Azzi WNBA guard Utah Starzz (Stanford)
James Blake Pro Tennis Player (Harvard, declared major)
Austin Carr Former NBA player (Notre Dame)
Bill Belichick NFL Head Coach–Patriots (Wesleyan University)
Billy Kidd Professional Skier (University of Colorado)
Billy Packer Sports Broadcaster (Wake Forest)
Roger Goodell NFL Commissioner (Washington and Jefferson)
Todd Dunivant MLS player (Stanford)
Roger Levesque MLS player (Stanford)
Brendan Morrison NHL player (University of Michigan)
Marvin Miller Former MLB Players Association Executive Director (NYU)
Bruce Bennett Olympic athlete and actor (University of Washington)
Dave Elmendorf former NFL player (Texas A&M)



Musicians & Actors

Mick Jagger Rolling Stones (London School of Economics, declared major)
Mario Van Peebles Actor/Director (Columbia)
Young M.C. Singer (University of Southern California)
Lionel Richie Singer/Songwriter (Tuskegee University)
Alex Keaton TV sitcom character (the mythical Leland College)
Ray Manzarek Musician; The Doors (DePaul University)
Josiah “Jed” Bartlett Fictional US President on NBC’s West Wing (Notre Dame, PhD)
Danny Glover Actor (University of San Francisco)
Robert Prosky Actor (Temple)
Peter Gallagher Actor (Tufts)
George Wendt Actor (Rockhurst College)
Gene Kelly Actor/Dancer (University of Pittsburgh)
Greg Ginn Musician–Black Flag /SST Records founder (UCLA)
Famke Janssen Actress (University of Amsterdam)
Cate Blanchett Actress (Melbourne University)
Ben Stein Actor/political speechwriter (Columbia University)
Benjamin McKenzie Actor (University of Virginia)
Bob Barker TV Game Show host (Drury College)
Lara Dutta Miss Universe 2000 and actress (Bombay University)
David Hartman Actor (Duke University)
Mo Ostin Record Industry Executive and Rock and Roll Hall of Famer (UCLA)
Paul Guilfoyle Actor (Yale)
Karina Smirnoff Champion dancer; Dancing With the Stars (Fordham University)


The institution in brackets refers to the place where the person attained an undergraduate degree in economics, if not otherwise stated (such as “MA”, or “PhD”, etc.)