Fun Facts

Many former Montessori students have become trail-blazers who have followed their dreams, and believed in their ability to excel at their passion.
Some of these are:

Entrepreneurs:

Jeff Bezos – Founder of Amazon.com
Sergey Brin and Larry Page – Founders of Google
Jim Wales – Co-founder of Wikipedia (online non-profit encyclopedia) and Wikia (for-profit web hosting company)
Will Wright – Video game pioneer and creator of The Sims

Actors:

George Clooney – Academy Award-winning actor, director, producer, and UN Messenger of Peace
Helen Hunt – Academy Award-winning actor

Music:

Beyonce Knowles – Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter, actress, and fashion designer
Yo-Yo Ma – Grammy Award-winning cellist, UN Peace Ambassador, and winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom and National Medal of the Arts
Taylor Swift – Grammy Award-winning singer/songwriter

Writers:

Helen Keller – Author, lecturer, political activist, winner of the Presidential Medal of Freedom, and one of Gallup’s most admired people of the 20th century
Katharine Graham – Pulitzer Prize-winner, and former owner/editor of the Washington Post
Anne Frank – Memoirist and author

Other well-known people:

Prince William
Prince Harry
Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis
Former U.S. First Lady and Doubleday editor

Those who chose Montessori for their children include:

Prince William
Yo-Yo Ma – Cellist
Michael Douglas – Actor
Bill and Hillary Clinton – Former U.S. President and New York senator
Willie Nelson – Musician, with a Montessori school on his ranch
Stephen J. Cannell – Screenwriter, producer, director

…others with a Montessori connection include:

Thomas Edison
Scientist and inventor, who helped found a Montessori.

Jean Piaget
Noted Swiss psychologist who observed Montessori children for his ground-breaking research on child development, and was head of the Swiss Montessori Society.

Alexander Graham Bell
Inventor and co-founder (with his wife, Mabel) of the Montessori Education Society in 1913; they also provided financial support to Dr Maria Montessori and helped establish Montessori education in Canada and the United States.