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The International Baccalaureate  Course is one of the most prestigious courses in the world. As expected, several outstanding students have sat for their IB exams and gone on to be successful in the fields of Finance, Politics, Entertainment and more. We have compiled a list of the most famous International Baccalaureate Students of all time.  

Julie Payette

Julie Payette is a successful astronaut and at one time served as the chief astronaut for the CSA.  She has also worked for NASA. She is the first female to stay in space for over 25 days. She completed her IB course in 1982 and this enabled her to pursue her illustrious career in space and achieve much in such a short time. If it were not for the several IB courses that she took she would not have been able to undergo the vigorous CSA selection process where she was picked as one of four astronauts from a field of 5,330 applicants.

Jorma Ollila

Jorma Ollila completed his IB course and went ahead to achieve a Masters Degree in three different areas. Ollila then moved on to accomplish great things in the corporate world as the CEO of Nokia:He was at the helm of Nokia when it was the world largest mobile phone manufacturer. He then went on to become the first  non-British/Dutch Chair of the Shell corporation.

Willem-Alexander of the Netherlands

At 47 year old he is world youngest European Monarch. He got his IB diploma and later got involved with some of the largest organisations in the world. He then became an International Olympic Committee member and always works in organizing winter and summer games every four years. He has also chaired several international water management organisations.  

Marina Diamandis

She is a British musician who is popularly known as the frontwoman of Marina and the Diamonds. She received her IB diploma in Greece and has since risen on to perform at some of the largest live events in Britain such as he Reading and Leeds Festivals, the Glastonbury Festival and  BBC Radio 1’s Big Weekend.

Lupita Nyong’o

She is a an Oscar winning actress. She won an Oscar as the Best Supporting Actress for her exceptional role in the film ’12 years a slave’. She also has an acting degree from the Yale School of Drama.

Justin Trudeau

He is the Canadian Prime Minister and the Leader of the Canadian Liberal Party of Canada. He obtained his IB Diploma from the Collège Jean-de-Brébeuf in 1991.


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