Famous American Public Speakers

Find out more about the greatest American Public Speakers, including Jordan Belfort, Aron Ralston, Rudy Giuliani, Lizzie Velásquez and Randy Pausch.

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 1 Jordan Belfort

Jordan Belfort
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: July 9, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
The former stock broker, who was convicted for stock-market manipulation and cheating several investors, Jordan Belfort spent 22 months in prison before he was released and altered his way of living. Using his life experiences, he became a motivational speaker and also authored two memoirs, one of which, The Wolf of Wall Street, was adapted into an award winning film.

 2 Van Jones

Van Jones
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Famous As: Motivational speaker
Birthdate: September 20, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 3 Fran Lebowitz

Fran Lebowitz
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 27, 1950
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 4 Deepak Chopra

Deepak Chopra
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Famous As: Motivational Speaker, Writer
Birthdate: October 22, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Deepak Chopra is an Indian-American alternative-medicine advocate and author. After emigrating to the United States in 1970, Chopra went on to become an important figure in the New Age movement. Credited with co-founding the Chopra Center for Wellbeing, Chopra is one of the wealthiest personalities in alternative medicine. He has also drawn criticisms, thanks to his tall and ridiculous claims.

 5 Bristol Palin

Bristol Palin
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Famous As: Public Speaker
Birthdate: October 18, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Bristol Palin, the eldest daughter of Todd and Sarah Palin, is best known for her stint on the reality show Dancing with the Stars and her performance in the series The Secret Life of the American Teenager. She is also a real-estate agent and has written a memoir. 

 6 Mike Farrell

Mike Farrell
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 6, 1939
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

Mike Farrell is an American actor known for playing, Captain B.J. Hunnicutt, in the popular war comedy-drama TV series, M*A*S*H. Farrell's journey from being born into a working-class family to becoming a famous Hollywood actor is quite inspiring. Also a political and social activist, Farrell has worked on several activist campaigns. In 2001, he was honored with PETA's Humanitarian Award.

 7 Aron Ralston

Aron Ralston
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Famous As: Outdoorsman, Motivational Speaker
Birthdate: October 27, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Rock climber Aron Ralston survived a canyoneering accident during a solo adventure in Utah. He escaped after remaining stuck for 5 days, by cutting off his right arm. He later related his tale in the autobiography Between a Rock and a Hard Place, which inspired the movie 127 Hours.
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 8 Rudy Ruettiger

Rudy Ruettiger
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Famous As: Motivational speaker
Birthdate: August 22, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 9 Donna Douglas

Donna Douglas
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 26, 1932
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: January 1, 2015
Donna Douglas is best known as Elly May Clampett from the sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies. After retiring from acting, she juggled with a number of careers, becoming a real-estate agent, a motivational speaker, and a gospel singer. She has also written a Bible-themed children’s book and a cookbook.

 10 Ben Shapiro

Ben Shapiro
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Famous As: Political Commentator, Public Speaker
Birthdate: January 15, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

A strong conservative political commentator, author, media host and lawyer, Ben Shapiro became the youngest nationally syndicated columnist in the US at the age of seventeen and at twenty published his first book. The host of a daily political podcast ,The Ben Shapiro Show, he has frequently invited criticism for his views on various issues like same-sex marriage and abortion.

 11 Lizzie Velásquez

Lizzie Velásquez
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Famous As: Motivational Speaker
Birthdate: March 13, 1989
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Lizzie Velásquez is an American activist, author, motivational speaker, and YouTuber. Velásquez was subjected to bullying and cyberbullying due to Marfanoid–progeroid–lipodystrophy syndrome, a rare congenital disease, which prevents her from gaining weight. The hardship that she faced because of her condition inspired her to become a motivational speaker. Her story inspired the 2015 documentary film, A Brave Heart.

 12 Rudy Giuliani

Rudy Giuliani
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Famous As: Former Mayor of New York City, U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York
Birthdate: May 28, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

American politician Rudy Giuliani, who served as the Mayor of New York City from 1994 to 2001, received major attention and praise for his handling of crisis in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks in his city. He was named Time magazine’s Person of the Year in December 2001 for his efforts. However, there have also been allegations of corruption against him.

 13 Brene Brown

Brene Brown
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Famous As: Researcher
Birthdate: November 18, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 14 Kevin Mitnick

Kevin Mitnick
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Famous As: Consultant
Birthdate: August 6, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

First a convicted hacker and then a computer security consultant, Kevin Mitnick’s life is all about how ingenuity can be used negatively and positively. Currently a security consultant for top-notch companies and the FBI, the American also teaches government agencies on social engineering. His sentencing for wire fraud is controversial and often considered excessive by some quarters.

 15 Jonathan Lipnicki

Jonathan Lipnicki
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 22, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 16 Dale Carnegie

Dale Breckenridge Carnegie
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Famous As: Self-Help Writer, Motivational Guru, Public Speaker
Birthdate: November 24, 1888
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Died: November 1, 1955
Writer and academic Dale Carnegie is best remembered for his work on courses in areas such as corporate training, self-improvement, and salesmanship. He started his career as a salesperson. He wrote many books, including the international bestseller How to Win Friends and Influence People, and was a successful lecturer, too.

 17 Kim Peek

Kim Peek
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Famous As: Megasavant
Birthdate: November 11, 1951
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: December 19, 2009

 18 Lisa Whelchel

Lisa Whelchel
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 29, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 19 Steve Schmidt

Steve Schmidt
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 28, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 20 Dave Ramsey

Dave Ramsey
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Famous As: Radio host
Birthdate: September 3, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

Dave Ramsey is an American radio show host, personal finance advisor, businessman, and author. He is best known for hosting The Dave Ramsey Show. He is also famous for authoring many books, including The Total Money Makeover, which featured on the New York Times bestseller list. He is also credited with founding a financial counseling service called the Lampo Group.

 21 Buck Angel

Buck Angel
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Famous As: Adult Film Stars
Birthdate: June 5, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 22 Frank Reich

Frank Reich
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Famous As: Football Coach
Birthdate: December 4, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

Frank Reich is an American former football player who played as a quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) for 14 seasons. He is currently serving as the head coach for the popular NFL team, The Indianapolis Colts. Over the years, he has also been part of the coaching team for Arizona Cardinals, San Diego Chargers, and Philadelphia Eagles.

 23 Apolo Ohno

Apolo Ohno
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Famous As: Short track speed skater
Birthdate: May 22, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: American

 24 Richard Hatch

Richard Hatch
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 21, 1945
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Died: February 7, 2017

 25 Kyle Carpenter

Kyle Carpenter
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Famous As: Military Officer
Birthdate: October 17, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 26 Rodney Mullen

Rodney Mullen
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Famous As: Skateboarder
Birthdate: August 17, 1966
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 27 Esther Hicks

Esther Hicks
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 5, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 28 Mary Matalin

Mary Matalin
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Famous As: Political Consultant
Birthdate: July 19, 1953
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

Mary Matalin is an American political consultant. Renowned for her work with the Republican Party, Matalin has worked with prominent personalities like Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, and Dick Cheney. Mary Matalin is also known for her work as an animal rights activist and was honored with PETA's Person of the Year award in December 2016.

 29 Dave Pelzer

Dave Pelzer
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Famous As: Autobiographer
Birthdate: December 29, 1960
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 30 Zig Ziglar

Hilary Hinton Ziglar
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 6, 1926
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Died: November 28, 2012

 31 Iyanla Vanzant

Iyanla Vanzant
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Famous As: Motivational speaker
Birthdate: September 13, 1953
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 32 Victoria Arlen

Victoria Arlen
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Famous As: Television personality
Birthdate: September 26, 1994
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 33 Les Brown

Les Brown
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: February 17, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

 34 Jim Abbott

Jim Abbott
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Famous As: Baseball Player
Birthdate: September 19, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 35 Chris Herren

Chris Herren
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Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: September 27, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 36 Jo Anne Worley

Jo Anne Worley
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 6, 1936
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 37 iO Tillett Wright

iO Tillett Wright
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Famous As: Television host
Birthdate: September 2, 1985
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 38 Greg Valentine

Greg Valentine
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Famous As: Wrestlers
Birthdate: September 20, 1951
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

 39 Naomi Wolf

Naomi Wolf
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Famous As: Political writer
Birthdate: November 12, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 40 Randy Pausch

Randy Pausch
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Famous As: Motivational Speaker, Educationist, Professor
Birthdate: October 23, 1960
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American
Died: July 25, 2008

 41 Richard Marcinko

Richard Marcinko
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Famous As: Navy officer
Birthdate: November 21, 1940
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

 42 Larry Csonka

Larry Csonka
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Famous As: American footballer
Birthdate: December 25, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 43 Kathy Garver

Kathy Garver
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 13, 1945
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

 44 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

 45 Ilyasah Shabazz

Ilyasah Shabazz
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: July 22, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American

 46 Erin Gruwell

Erin Gruwell
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Famous As: Teacher
Birthdate: August 15, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 47 Tucker Max

Tucker Max
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: September 27, 1975
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

 48 Rob Bell

Rob Bell
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: August 23, 1970
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: American

 49 Glennon Doyle Melton

Glennon Doyle Melton
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Famous As: Author, Activist, Public Speaker
Birthdate: March 20, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

 50 James Arthur Ray

James Arthur Ray
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Famous As: Motivational speaker, Actor
Birthdate: November 22, 1957
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American