Most Famous Princeton Alumni, CEOs & Graduates

This is Ross Blankenship, founder of Angel Kings, a top venture capital firm, as well as an investor in some of Princeton's top startups. Princeton University has many, many phenomenal alumni. Man, you might be one yourself. The Princeton Tigers are doing a rock star job of investing, and being part of, and building great companies. The three most prominent alum that we found, and that have built great companies from Princeton include Jeff Bezos, Meg Whitman, and Steve Forbes. These are the top three, most famous, in terms of their impact on startups and the entrepreneurship across the world.

Jeff Bezos, the founder of Amazon, which is a multi-billion dollar company now. Jeff Bezos graduated from Princeton and went off to create Amazon, which is the first online bookstore that evolved into becoming the largest eCommerce platform in the world, for that matter, ever. Jeff Bezos is now worth around 60 billion dollars, one of the top five richest people in the world. He attended Princeton University intending to study physics, but actually ended up doing a double major in both electrical engineering and computer science. He was an absolute geek, but he had a geek mindset that can combine with a business acumen like no other. Jeff Bezos is a total rock star and is representing the Princeton name well.


Alongside that is Meg Whitman, who graduated from Princeton back in the 70's. She originally wanted to become a doctor so she studied math and science at Princeton and then went off to study econ at Princeton, graduated in 1977. Then went off to get her MBA from Harvard, but Princeton was where she originally got much of her economic mindset, her both macro and micro economic theory that eventually went to help her as she started her career at Proctor Gamble, went to Walt Disney, and continued her upward trajectory until she joined Ebay in 1998 and grew that company into one of the largest marketplaces in the world. For the last year, she's also been the CF of Hewlett Packard, not a bad career. She represents the Princeton name very well.

The last person on our list of Princetonians who are representing the name well and helping foster the startup community from Princeton, the last name is Steve Forbes. Forbes Magazine, Steve Forbes graduated from Princeton and graduated in 1970. He actually, while he was at Princeton, started his first magazine that was a predecessor to Forbes Magazine. It wasn't the direct predecessor but was one of his first inspirations for that. It was called "Business Today." That was with two other students at Princeton. He continued his illustrious career that he's had in journalism and telecommunications and also had interesting connections to Christine Whitman, which is helping her with her tax plan when she ran for office, by the way. He's been involved in politics. President Ronald Reagan appointed him as the Head of the Board of International Broadcasting. He also ran, both for President, in 1996, as well as 2000, two times in a row. He's had a multi-faceted career.

Jeff and Meg, well Jeff has less interest in politics, but Meg has a direct interest as well as Steve Forbes. Both the two here on the far right are very much, they're entrepreneurs, but they also had a political impact as well.

These are our top three startup alum from Princeton University. These are the top startup founders of all time from there. If you want to learn more about these, or you want to be part of the next top Princeton startups, simply go to Bookmark this right now,

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