Department of Economics

Famous Economist

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 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)
Melinda Gates Co-founder, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (Duke)
Politicians and Policymakers
George H. W. Bush US President (Yale)
Ronald Reagan US President (Eureka College)
Gerald Ford US President (University of Michigan)
Phil Gramm US Senator (University of Georgia, PhD)
Arnold Schwarzenegger Body Builder/Actor/Governor (University of Wisconsin)
Dick Armey US Congressman (University of Oklahoma, PhD)
Jim Bunning US Congressman/Hall of Fame Baseballer (Xavier)
Roy Romer Governor of Colorado (Colorado State; Ag Econ)
William Isaac Chairman of FDIC (Miami University)
George Schultz 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 US Secretary of Defense (University of California--Berkeley)
Tom Lantos US Congressman (University of Washington-Seattle; Cal-Berkeley, PhD)
Tim Kaine Governor of Virginia (University of Missouri)
Manmohan Singh Prime Minister of India (Oxford University, Ph.D.)
Ernesto Zedillo President of Mexico (Yale University, Ph.D.)
Carlos Salinas de Gortari President of Mexico (Harvard University, Ph.D.)
Janez Drnovsek Prime Minister of Slovenia (University of Maribor, Ph.D.)
Ruud Lubbers Prime Minister of The Netherlands (Erasmus University Rotterdam)
Anatoly Chubais 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 Gul Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey (Istanbul University, Ph.D.)
Duck-Woo Nam 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.)
Stephen Harper Prime Minister of Canada (University of Calgary)
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)
Kemal Dervis Head of the UN Development Program (Princeton, PhD)
Sandra Day O'Connor First female Justice of the Supreme Court (Stanford)
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo President of the Philippines (University of the Philippines Diliman, PhD)
Li Keqiang Premier of the People's Republic of China (Peking University, PhD)
Athletes and Sports Figures
John Elway NFL quarterback (Stanford)
Bernie Kosar NFL quarterback (University of Miami)
Mike Mussina MLB Pitcher (Stanford)
Merlin Olson Actor/NFL player (Utah State University)
Lenny Wilkens NBA Coach/Hall of Famer (Providence College)
Tiger Woods Golfer (Stanford**)
Peter Vidmar Olympic Gold Medalist Gymnast (UCLA)
Jennifer Azzi WNBA guard Utah Starzz (Stanford)
James Blake Pro Tennis Player (Harvard**)
Austin Carr 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 MLB Players Association Executive Director (NYU)
Bruce Bennett Olympic athlete and actor (University of Washington)
Dave Elmendorf NFL player (Texas A&M)
Don Sweeney NHL player (Harvard)
Peter Chiarelli NHL GM--Boston (Harvard)
Daryl Johnston NFL running back/broadcaster (Syracuse)
Brian Stann Mixed martial artist (US Naval Academy)
George Parros NHL player (Princeton)
Ryan Fitzpatrick NFL player (Harvard)
Matt Birk NFL player (Harvard)
Alex Smith NFL player (Utah)
Jeremy Lin NBA player (Harvard)
Musicians & Actors
Mick Jagger Rolling Stones (London School of Economics***)
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)
Matthew Fox Actor (Columbia)
Lefty Dizz Blues guitarist (Southern Illinois)
Amisha Patel Actress (Tufts)
Konnie Huq TV host (Robinson College-Cambridge)
William Shatner Actor (McGill University)
Col. Eileen Collins NASA Shuttle Commander (Syracuse University)
General Anthony Zinni U.S. Marine Corps General (Ret.) (Villanova)
Philip Austin President of University of Connecticut (Michigan State, Ph.D.)
Steve Fossett Aviation pioneer (Stanford)
Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander First black woman to be awarded a Ph.D. in the United States (and it was in economics from the University of Pennsylvania).
William F. Buckley Journalist (Yale)
Scott Adams Cartoonist, creator of Dilbert (Hartwick College)
William Gottlieb Photo-journalist (Lehigh University)
Millard Fuller Founder of Habitat for Humanity (Auburn University)
John Safer Sculptor (George Washington University)
Crandall Addington Professional poker player (Southwestern University)
Charles Osgood Journalist (Fordham University)
Sylvia Porter Journalist (Hunter College)