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)









Other Professionals


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 (University of Pennsylvania, PhD)

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)

John Boyd

US Airforce fighter pilot and military strategist (University of Iowa)


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.) 

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