Famous American Economists

Do you know Adam Smith? The guy who appears on the back of £20 note. That is right! He is the mastermind behind concepts of free trade, market competition and the morality of private enterprise and his famous book of economics titled “Wealth of Nations” is the cornerstone of all modern day economic policies? Such is the clout of an economist over a nation, its people and its financial system. Calvin Coolidge has rightly said, "Economy is the method by which we prepare today to afford the improvements of tomorrow." Since time immemorial, economists have been providing people with invaluable insights on economic policies, banking, and money at large. They have been the guiding force behind a country’s economic growth and progress. They are the reasons why a layman understands how a foreign and domestic market operates. They help taxpayers make reasoned and rational choices for short-term and long-term financial benefits. Above all, the economists teach us how to manage and use finite resources like time and money. Today we explore the timeline, trivia, and interesting facts on some of America’s most renowned economists in the biographies below.

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 1 John Forbes Nash, Jr.

John Forbes Nash, Jr.
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: June 13, 1928
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: May 23, 2015

 2 Milton Friedman

Milton Friedman
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Famous As: Economist, Statistician
Birthdate: July 31, 1912
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: November 16, 2006

Milton Friedman was an American economist. Widely regarded as one of the most influential economists of the 20th century, Friedman was honored with the Nobel Memorial Prize in Economic Sciences in 1976. One of the most influential personalities of the Chicago school of economics, Friedman mentored people like Gary Becker and Thomas Sowell who went on to become leading economists.

 3 Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: June 30, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

One of the few personalities known for his disdain of self-promotion, Thomas Sowell is an important American social theorist and economist. Over the years, he has played a prominent role working as a faculty member of many prestigious universities, such as the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) and Cornell University

 4 Alan Greenspan

Alan Greenspan
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Famous As: American economist
Birthdate: March 6, 1926
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Economist Alan Greenspan chaired the U.S. Federal Reserve from 1987 to 2006. It is believed that his easy money policies had caused the subprime mortgage crisis of 2008. He now works as a consultant through his organization Greenspan Associates LLC. He was also trained in clarinet at the Juilliard School.

 5 Peter Navarro

Peter Navarro
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: July 15, 1949
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Economist and writer Peter Navarro has served as the Director of the Office of Trade and Manufacturing Policy and the Director of the National Trade Council under former president Donald Trump. He has also authored books such as Death by China and taught at the University of California.

 6 Robert Reich

Robert Reich
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: June 24, 1946
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 7 Eric Weinstein

Eric Weinstein
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Famous As: Mathematician
Birthdate: October 26, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
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 8 Lawrence Summers

Lawrence Summers
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: November 30, 1954
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 9 Frederick Winslow Taylor

Frederick Winslow Taylor
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Famous As: Tennis player, Engineer, Economist, Golfer, Management consultant, Mechanical engineer, Lecturer, Writer
Birthdate: March 20, 1856
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: March 21, 1915

 10 Lawrence Kudlow

Lawrence Kudlow
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Famous As: Director of the National Economic Council
Birthdate: August 20, 1947
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 11 Joseph E. Stiglitz

Joseph E. Stiglitz
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Famous As: Economist & Author
Birthdate: February 9, 1943
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 12 Joseph Stiglitz

Joseph Stiglitz
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Famous As: Economist, University teacher, Science writer, Non-fiction writer, Professor, Critic, Writer, Scientist
Birthdate: February 9, 1943
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 13 Scott Adams

Scott Adams
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Famous As: Comics artist, Economist, Journalist
Birthdate: June 8, 1957
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 14 Francis Fukuyama

Francis Fukuyama
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Famous As: Writer, Political scientist, Blogger, Economist
Birthdate: October 27, 1952
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 15 Richard Thaler

Richard Thaler
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Famous As: Nobel Prize Winner in Economics (2017)
Birthdate: September 12, 1945
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 16 Benjamin Graham

Benjamin Graham
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Famous As: Economist, Investor
Birthdate: May 9, 1894
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: September 21, 1976

 17 Herbert Simon

Herbert Simon
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Famous As: Economist, Political scientist, sociologist, psychologist, and professor
Birthdate: June 15, 1916
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American
Died: February 9, 2001

 18 Paul Volcker

Paul Volcker
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Famous As: Former Chair of the Federal Reserve
Birthdate: September 5, 1927
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: December 8, 2019

 19 Michael Porter

Michael Porter
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Famous As: Economist, Researcher, Author, Advisor, Speaker and Teacher
Birthdate: May 23, 1947
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 20 Jeffrey Sachs

Jeffrey Sachs
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: November 5, 1954
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 21 George P. Shultz

George P. Shultz
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: December 13, 1920
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 22 Paul Wolfowitz

Paul Wolfowitz
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Famous As: Political scientist, Diplomat, Politician, Economist, Banker
Birthdate: December 22, 1943
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 23 Henry George

Henry George
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Famous As: Economist, Politician, Writer
Birthdate: September 2, 1839
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: October 29, 1897

 24 Paul Samuelson

Paul Samuelson
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: May 15, 1915
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: December 13, 2009

 25 Thorstein Veblen

Thorstein Veblen
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: July 30, 1857
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: August 3, 1929

 26 George Akerlof

George Akerlof
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: June 17, 1940
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 27 Elinor Ostrom

Elinor Ostrom
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Famous As: Economist, Political scientist, University teacher
Birthdate: August 7, 1933
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: June 12, 2012

 28 Arthur Laffer

Arthur Laffer
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: August 14, 1940
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 29 Robert J. Shiller

Robert J. Shiller
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Famous As: Economist, Writer, Educationist, University teacher
Birthdate: March 29, 1946
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 30 Peter R. Orszag

Peter R. Orszag
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Famous As: Economist, Banker
Birthdate: December 16, 1968
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 31 Paul Romer

Paul Romer
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Famous As: economist
Birthdate: November 6, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 32 Gary Becker

Gary Becker
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: December 2, 1930
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: May 3, 2014

 33 Kenneth Arrow

Kenneth Arrow
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Famous As: Economist & Political Theorist
Birthdate: August 23, 1921
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American
Died: February 21, 2017

 34 Alan Krueger

Alan Krueger
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: September 17, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: March 16, 2019

 35 Jeremy Rifkin

Jeremy Rifkin
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Famous As: Economist, Sociologist, Writer, Prospectivist, University teacher
Birthdate: January 26, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 36 Steven Levitt

Steven Levitt
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: May 29, 1967
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 37 Immanuel Wallerstein

Immanuel Wallerstein
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Famous As: Economist, Geopolitician, Economic historian, Historian, Political scientist, Writer, Sociologist, University teacher
Birthdate: September 28, 1930
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 38 Robert Solow

Robert Solow
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: August 23, 1924
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 39 Eugene Fama

Eugene Fama
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Famous As: Economist, Educationist, University teacher
Birthdate: February 14, 1939
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 40 Irving Fisher

Irving Fisher
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Famous As: Economist, Statistician
Birthdate: February 27, 1867
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: April 29, 1947

 41 Harry Markowitz

Harry Max Markowitz
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: August 24, 1927
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 42 David D. Friedman

David D. Friedman
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Famous As: Economist, Physicist, Blogger, Writer, University teacher
Birthdate: February 12, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 43 Phil Gramm

Phil Gramm
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: July 8, 1942
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 44 Greg Mankiw

Greg Mankiw
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Famous As: Economist, Blogger
Birthdate: February 3, 1958
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 45 Nouriel Roubini

Nouriel Roubini
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Famous As: Economist, Art collector, University teacher
Birthdate: March 29, 1958
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

 46 James M. Buchanan

James M. Buchanan
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Famous As: Economist, University teacher
Birthdate: October 3, 1919
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: January 9, 2013

 47 Tyler Cowen

Tyler Cowen
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Famous As: Economist, Educationist, Writer, Blogger, University teacher
Birthdate: January 21, 1962
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 48 Hyman Minsky

Hyman Minsky
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: September 23, 1919
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Died: October 24, 1996

 49 Harry Dexter White

Harry Dexter White
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: October 29, 1892
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: August 16, 1948

 50 Austan Goolsbee

Austan Goolsbee
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Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: August 18, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American