Celebrity Alumni

Some colleges have a knack for churning out graduates destined for bigger and better things. Here are a few that produced several students who climbed to great heights—without any Ivy to cling to.

01.26.09 6:05 AM ET

Case Western
Craig Newmark, founder of Craigslist
Dennis Kucinich, congressman and former Democratic presidential candidate
T. William Samuels, CEO and chief distiller of Maker's Mark bourbon whisky

University of Hawaii
Dick Parsons, chairman of Citigroup
Bette Midler, actress
Ann Durham, President Obama’s mother
Beau Bridges, actor

Hofstra University
Francis Ford Coppola, director
Norm Coleman, US senator from Minnesota
Avi Arad, CEO of Marvel Studios
Steve Bartels, president/COO of Island Def Jam Music Group
Carol Alt, model

Indiana University
Mark Cuban, entrepreneur
John Chambers, chairman and CEO of Cisco Systems
Joe Buck, sportscaster
James Watson, co-discoverer of DNA structure

Reed College
Steve Jobs, founder and CEO of Apple Computer
Ry Cooder, songwriter
Barbara Ehrenreich, author
Emilio Pucci, fashion designer

University of Rochester
Steven Chu, Nobel Laureate and Energy secretary
Barry Meyer, chairman and CEO of Warner Bros.
Debra Jo Rupp, actress

Santa Clara University
Leon Panetta, former Clinton chief of staff and nominee to be director of the CIA
Dee Dee Myers, former Clinton spokeswoman and political commentator
Janet Napolitano, former governor of Arizona and secretary of Homeland Security
Khaled Hosseini, author

William and Mary
Jon Stewart, comedian
Robert Gates, secretary of Defense
Glenn Close, actress

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The original version of this article incorrectly stated that Renee Fleming attended the University of Rochester. She attended SUNY Pottsdam.