Famous Economic Majors

Source: Gregory Delemeester, Economist at Marietta College 

 

Name ▾ Field Occupation School Degree
Abdullah Gul Government Leader Deputy Prime Minister of Turkey Istanbul University PhD
Alassane Quattara Government Leader President of Ivory Coast University of Pennsylvania PhD
Alex Keaton Musician/Actor TV sitcom character Leland College^ BA
Alex Smith Athlete/Sports Figure NFL player Utah BA
Amisha Patel Musician/Actor Actress Tufts BA
Anatoly Chubais Government Leader Deputy Prime Minister of Russia St. Petersburg Institute PhD
Arianna Huffington Journalist/Other Journalist University of Cambridge BA
Arnold Schwarzenegger Government Leader Body Builder/Actor/Governor University of Wisconsin BA
Austin Carr Athlete/Sports Figure NBA player Notre Dame BA
Barbara Boxer Government Leader US Senator Brooklyn College BA
Bart Scott Athlete/Sports Figure NFL player Southern Illinois University BA
Ben Stein Musician/Actor Actor/political speechwriter Columbia BA
Benjamin McKenzie Musician/Actor Actor University of Virginia BA
Bernie Kosar Athlete/Sports Figure NFL quarterback University of Miami BA
Bill Belichick Athlete/Sports Figure NFL Head Coach Wesleyan University BA
Billy Kidd Athlete/Sports Figure Professional Skier University of Colorado BA
Billy Packer Athlete/Sports Figure Sports Broadcaster Wake Forest BA
Bob Barker Musician/Actor TV Game Show host Drury College BA
Brendan Morrison Athlete/Sports Figure NHL player University of Michigan BA
Brian Stann Athlete/Sports Figure Mixed martial artist US Naval Academy BA
Bruce Bennett Athlete/Sports Figure Olympic athlete and actor University of Washington BA
Carlos Salinas de Gortari Government Leader President of Mexico Harvard PhD
Cate Blanchett Musician/Actor Actress Melbourne University BA
Charles Osgood Journalist/Other Journalist Fordham University BA
Col. Eileen Collins Journalist/Other NASA Shuttle Commander Syracuse BA
Crandall Addington Journalist/Other Professional poker player Southwestern University BA
Danny Glover Musician/Actor Actor University of San Francisco BA
Daryl Johnston Athlete/Sports Figure NFL running back/broadcaster Syracuse BA
Dave Elmendorf Athlete/Sports Figure NFL player Texas A&M BA
David Emerson Government Leader Canadian Foreign Affairs Minister Queen’s University PhD
David Hartman Musician/Actor Actor Duke BA
David Rockefeller Business Leader CEO Chase Manhattan Chicago PhD
Diane von Furstenberg Business Leader Fashion Designer University of Geneva BA
Dick Armey Government Leader US Congressman University of Oklahoma PhD
Don Sweeney Athlete/Sports Figure NHL player Harvard BA
Donald Trump Government Leader US President/Real Estate/TV Mogul University of Pennsylvania BA
Duck-Woo Nam Government Leader Prime Minister of South Korea Oklahoma State University PhD
Elon Musk Business Leader CEO Tesla Motors/SpaceX University of Pennsylvania BA
Ernesto Zedillo Government Leader President of Mexico Yale PhD
Esther Dyson Business Leader Silicon Valley software pioneer Harvard BA
Famke Janssen Musician/Actor Actress University of Amsterdam BA
Felipe Calderon Government Leader President of Mexico Mexico Autonomous Institute of Technology MA
Fred Smith Business Leader CEO FedEx Yale BA
Geir H. Haarde Government Leader Prime Minister of Iceland Brandeis University BA
Gene Kelly Musician/Actor Actor/Dancer University of Pittsburgh BA
General Anthony Zinni Journalist/Other U.S. Marine Corps General (Ret.) Villanova BA
George H. W. Bush Government Leader US President Yale BA
George Parros Athlete/Sports Figure NHL player Princeton BA
George Schultz Government Leader US Secretary of State MIT PhD
George Wendt Musician/Actor Actor Rockhurst College BA
Georgia Neese Clark Government Leader First woman Treasurer of the United States Washburn University BA
Gerald Ford Government Leader US President University of Michigan BA
Gloria Macapagal-Arroyo Government Leader President of the Philippines University of the Philippines Diliman PhD
Greg Ginn Musician/Actor Musician (Black Flag) /SST Records founder UCLA BA
Henry Kravis Business Leader Business financier, Kohlberg Kravis Roberts Claremont McKenna College BA
James Blake Athlete/Sports Figure Pro Tennis player Harvard** BA
Jamie Dimon Business Leader CEO JPMorgan Chase Tufts BA
Janez Drnovsek Government Leader Prime Minister of Slovenia University of Maribor PhD
Jennifer Azzi Athlete/Sports Figure WNBA player Stanford BA
Jeremy Lin Athlete/Sports Figure NBA player Harvard BA
Jim Bunning Government Leader US Congressman/Hall of Fame Baseballer Xavier BA
John Snow Government Leader US Secretary of Treasury University of Virginia PhD
John Elway Athlete/Sports Figure NFL quarterback Stanford BA
John Safer Journalist/Other Sculptor George Washington University BA
John Snow Government Leader US Secretary of Treasury University of Virginia PhD
John Sweeny Business Leader President, AFL-CIO Iona College BA
Josiah “Jed” Bartlett Musician/Actor Fictional US President on NBC’s West Wing Notre Dame PhD
Karina Smirnoff Musician/Actor Champion dancer; Dancing With the Stars Fordham University BA
Kemal Dervis Government Leader Head of the UN Development Program Princeton PhD
Kenneth Lay Business Leader CEO Enron University of Houston PhD
Kofi Annan Government Leader Secretary General of the United Nations Macalester College BA
Konnie Huq Musician/Actor TV host Robinson College-Cambridge BA
Lara Dutta Musician/Actor Miss Universe 2000 and actress Bombay University BA
Lefty Dizz Musician/Actor Blues guitarist Southern Illinois BA
Lenny Wilkens Athlete/Sports Figure NBA Coach/Hall of Famer Providence College BA
Leszek Balcerowicz Government Leader President of the National Bank of Poland Warsaw School of Economics PhD
Li Keqiang Government Leader Premier of the People’s Republic of China Peking University PhD
Lionel Richie Musician/Actor Singer/Songwriter Tuskegee University BA
Lisa Murkowski Government Leader US Senator Georgetown BA
Luisa Diogo Government Leader Prime Minister of Mozambique Eduardo Mondlane University BA
Manmohan Singh Government Leader Prime Minister of India Oxford PhD
Margarita Levieva Musician/Actor Actress NYU BA
Mario Draghi Government Leader President of European Central Bank MIT PhD
Mario Van Peebles Musician/Actor Actor/Director Columbia BA
Martin Torrijos Government Leader President of Panama Texas A&M BA
Marvin Miller Athlete/Sports Figure MLB Players Association Executive Director NYU BA
Masayoshi Son Business Leader CEO, Softbank Capital University of California-Berkeley BA
Matt Schaub Athlete/Sports Figure NFL player University of Virginia BA
Matt Birk Athlete/Sports Figure NFL player Harvard BA
Matthew Fox Musician/Actor Actor Columbia BA
Meg Whitman Business Leader CEO Ebay Technologies Princeton BA
Melinda Gates Business Leader Co-founder, Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation Duke BA
Merlin Olson Athlete/Sports Figure Actor/NFL player Utah State University BA
Michael Lewis Journalist/Other Author London School of Economics MA
Mick Jagger Musician/Actor Rolling Stones London School of Economics***  
Mike Gravel Government Leader US Senator Columbia BA
Mike Mussina Athlete/Sports Figure MLB Pitcher Stanford BA
Millard Fuller Journalist/Other Founder of Habitat for Humanity Auburn University BA
Mo Ostin Musician/Actor Record Industry Executive/RocknRoll Hall of Famer UCLA BA
Paul Guilfoyle Musician/Actor Actor Yale BA
Peter Chiarelli Athlete/Sports Figure NHL GM Harvard BA
Peter Gallagher Musician/Actor Actor Tufts BA
Peter Vidmar Athlete/Sports Figure Olympic Gold Medalist Gymnast UCLA BA
Phil Gramm Government Leader US Senator University of Georgia PhD
Philip Austin Journalist/Other President of University of Connecticut Michigan State PhD
Ray Manzarek Musician/Actor Musician (Doors) DePaul University BA
Richard Trumka Business Leader President of United Mine Workers Penn State BA
Robert Rubin Government Leader US Secretary of Treasury Harvard BA
Robert Diamond Business Leader CEO Barclays Capital Colby College BA
Robert McNamara Government Leader US Secretary of Defense University of California-Berkeley BA
Robert Prosky Musician/Actor Actor Temple BA
Roger Goodell Athlete/Sports Figure NFL Commissioner Washington and Jefferson BA
Roger Levesque Athlete/Sports Figure MLS player Stanford BA
Ronald Reagan Government Leader US President Eureka College BA
Roy Romer Government Leader Governor of Colorado Colorado State^^ BA
Ruud Lubbers Government Leader Prime Minister of The Netherlands Erasmus University Rotterdam BA
Ryan Fitzpatrick Athlete/Sports Figure NFL player Harvard BA
Sadie Tanner Mossell Alexander Journalist/Other First black woman to be awarded a Ph.D. in the United States (and it was in economics) University of Pennsylvania PhD
Sam Walton Business Leader Founder, Wal-Mart University of Missouri BA
Sandra Day O’Connor Government Leader First female Justice of the Supreme Court Stanford BA
Satyajit Ray Musician/Actor Film Director University of Calcutta BA
Scott Adams Journalist/Other Cartoonist, creator of Dilbert Hartwick College BA
Scott McNealy Business Leader CEO Sun Microsystems Harvard BA
Sebastian Coe Athlete/Sports Figure Olympic Athlete/Politician Loughborough University BA
Shahrukh Khan Musician/Actor Actor/Producer Hansraj College BA
Stephen Harper Government Leader Prime Minister of Canada University of Calgary BA
Stephen Harper Government Leader Prime Minister of Canada University of Calgary BA
Steve Ballmer Business Leader CEO Microsoft Harvard BA
Steve Fossett Journalist/Other Aviation pioneer Stanford BA
Sylvia Nasar Journalist/Other Author NYU MA
Sylvia Porter Journalist/Other Journalist Hunter College BA
Ted Turner Business Leader CEO CNN/Atlanta Braves/Atlanta Hawks Brown BA
Thabo Mbeki Government Leader President of South Africa University of London BA
Tiger Woods Athlete/Sports Figure Golfer Stanford** BA
Tim Kaine Government Leader Governor of Virginia University of Missouri BA
Todd Dunivant Athlete/Sports Figure MLS player Stanford BA
Tom Lantos Government Leader US Congressman University of California-Berkeley PhD
Vanessa Rousso Athlete/Sports Figure Professional Poker player Duke BA
Viktor Yuschenko Government Leader President of Ukraine Ternopil Financial and Economic Institute PhD
Warren Buffett Business Leader Financier Columbia MA
William Clay Ford, Sr. Athlete/Sports Figure Owner, Detroit Lions Yale BA
William F. Buckley Journalist/Other Journalist Yale BA
William Gottlieb Journalist/Other Photo-journalist Lehigh University BA
William Harrison, Jr. Business Leader CEO JP Morgan Chase University of North Carolina BA
William Isaac Government Leader Chairman of FDIC Miami University BA
William Shatner Musician/Actor Actor McGill University BA
Young M.C. Musician/Actor Singer University of Southern California BA
Yuliya Tymoshenko Government Leader Prime Minister of Ukraine Dnipropetrovs’k State University PhD