- Hon Sui Sen(1916–1983), Minister for Finance, Singapore from 1970 to 1983
- Tan Sri Dato' Justice Michael Chang Min Tat - Federal Court judge and Commissioner of Law Revision and Law Reform
- Kapitan Chung Thye Phin - son of Kapitan Chung Keng Quee and last Kapitan China of Perak (Jalan Chung Thye Phin in Ipoh is named after him) - his father erected a new building for the school in 1895 and was a guest of honour, together with the Resident Councillor, at its inauguration
- Dato Dr Lee Tiang Keng, Malaya's first Ambassador to Japan (1958), Municipal Commissioner, Penang settlement advisory councillor
- Choong Tet Foong, BE (Mining), Inspector of Mines
- Lim Eu Toh, co- founder, senior partner and international representative of Messrs. Tiang Lee & Co. one of the first Chinese firms in Penang to open direct business with Europe and America on western lines.
- Gan Ngoh Bee a contemporary of Chung Thye Phin
- Queen's Scholar (1902) Tan Seng Suan, B.A., M.B., B.C., at Cambridge University
- Y.M. Tuan Syed Safi ibni al-Marhum Syed Alawi Jamal ul-Lail - Raja of Perlis Indra Kayangan (1897–1904)
- H.H. Raja Tuan Syed Alwi ibni Al-Marhum Raja Syed Safi Jamal ul-Lail - Raja of Perlis Indra Kayangan (1904–1943)
- H.H. Raja Tuan Syed Hamza ibni al-Marhum Syed Safi Jamal ul-Lail - Raja of Perlis Indra Kayangan (1943–1945)
- Khoo Peng Loong PNBS, OBE, MP (Jalan Khoo Peng Loon in Sibu, Sarawak, is named after him)
- Tan Sri Wong Pow Nee - the first Chief Minister of Penang
- James W Boyle (1922–1971) AMN, more popularly known as Jimmy Boyle was a copmoser and arranger. Among his notable compositions were: "Putera Puteri", "Ingat Ingat", "Jauh Jauh' "Rayuan Mesra", or "Melody Of Love", "Api Dan Air", "Bunga Negara", "Megah Rasa", "Chendering", "Tepi Pantai", "Berdendang Ria", Sang Bayu", "Ke-Hulu Ke-Hilir", "Pantun Melayu", "Gemaran Bulan", "Bertugas", and "Sungai Pahang".
- Datuk Khor Cheang Kee - Star journalist, Chairman of the Board of Governors of St. Xavier's
- Dato' Ng Poh Tip - former Editor-in-chief of the Star Publications
- Wong Sulong -(class of 1965) former Editor-in-chief of the Star Publications
- Michael Aeria - Group Chief Editor for the Star Publications
- Wong Chun Wai -(class of 1977) Deputy Group Chief Editor for the Star Publications
- Tan Sri Dato' Seri Nor Mohamed Yakcop - Finance Minister II, Malaysia
- Datuk Wong Kam Hoong - Deputy Heritage Minister
- Karpal Singh -(class of 1960) DAP Leader.
- Tan Sri Dato' Dr. Ani bin Arope - former Chairman of Tenaga Nasional Berhad
- Professor Dr. Tarcissius Chin - former CEO of Malaysian Institute of Management
- Professor Lee Hoong Phun - Deputy Dean, Faculty of Law, Monash University, Australia (Sir John Latham Professor of Law)
- Datuk Nik Sapeia Nik Yusof - Kelantan-born marine tycoon
- Datuk James Frederick Augustin (1898–1985) - headmaster of Sultan Abdul Hamid College and Ibrahim School (now known as Sekolah Menengah Ibrahim) in Sungai Petani, assistant superintendent of education for Kedah and Perlis until (1953–1958), Federal Legislative Council member.
- Tan Sri Karnail Singh Nijhar (K.S. Nijhar) - Member of the Malaysian Parliament representing the Subang constituency and also one of the three vice-presidents of the Malaysian Indian Congress
- Kedah-born Tun Haji Abdul Daim Zainuddin - Minister of Finance
- Sonni Pillai, Assistant City Secretary (1956–62) and then as City Secretary (Chief Administrative Officer) of the City Council of George Town (1962–1970)
- N.Patkunam, one of the Founder Members of the Labour Party of Malaya, George Town City Councillor, Deputy Mayor, Commissioner appointed under the Wages Council Ordinance
- N.K. Menon son of P.K. Nambyar, Municipal Councillor, Settlement Councillor in Penang and a member of the Settlement Executive Committee, President of the British Medical Association of Malaya, President of the North Malaya Kerala Samajam, President of the Malaysian-German Society
- Colin Rozells, national sprint champion, teacher, discipline master, Secretary-General of the Malaysian Red Cross/Red Crescent Society
- Huang Soon Ngak B.Sc. (Econ.) Hons. (London), Banker
- Leong Eng Khean, eldest son of Federal Legislative Councillor Leong Fee, who built the Sun Cinema (originally known as the Oriental Cinema) in Ipoh - Leong Fee's Mansion served to house St Xavier's Institution for a number of years after WWII
- Chee Wor Lok, JP, The Penang Po Leung Kuk Committee Member, Vice President of the Trustees and Committee of the Penang Chinese Town Hall, vice president of the Penang Chinese Chamber of Commerce, patron of the Malayan Chinese Athletic Meet, a community leader who hailed from Toi San, Canton, China
- Justice Denis D’Cotta, Puisne Judge, Singapore
- Lim Cheng Ean (father of Lim Kean Chye, Lim Kean Siew and PG Lim), Barrister, Judge and Federal Legislative Councillor
- Lim Huck Aik, chairman of the Penang Bar Committee, municipal commissioner, Straits Settlements Councillor and Federal Legislative Councillor, director of Bank Negara and pro-Chancellor of the Universiti Sains. He was a president of the Straits Chinese British Association
- Kenneth Michael Byrne MA and HCL (Oxford), Permanent Secretary to the Min of Commerce and Industry, Singapore
- Lee Joo For (b 1929), contemporary artist, Head of the Art Dept, Malaysian Teacher's College, playwright, poet, novelist, director, choreographer (he also taught art at St. Xavier's)
- Tan Sri Leslie C. Hoffman, Editor-in-Chief, Straits Times Group, Singapore
- Dr Sir Kamil Mohamed Ariff bin Kadir, CBE (1956)
- Assoc. Prof. Lawrence Loh, architect, conservationist, co-owner of the Cheong Fatt Tze mansion, Chairman of the Malaysian Architects Association (PAM), Deputy-President of Badan Warisan Malaysia (National Trust of Malaysia) and the chairman of the Art Gallery Committee, Penang, Technical Advisor and Trustee of the Penang Heritage Trust
- See Ewe Boon, Compradore of the Hong Kong and Shanghai Bank, Singapore, 1890–1909
- Cecil Rajendra
- LP Rodrigo, Lawyer, Singapore Parliamentary Secretary, Member of Parliament, Secretary-Treasurer of the Asian Pacific Socialist Organisation,
- Ooi Kee Beng, author, political scientist, Sinologist, fellow at Singapore's Southeast Asian Studies (ISEAS) and co-ordinator of its Malaysia Studies program
- Born in 1881 Goh Hock Huat once popularly known as the 'Pineapple King of Malaya" was orphaned shortly after his birth and placed under the care of the Christian Brothers at SXI - Jalan Goh Hock Huat in Klang where he later settled, is named after him.
- Iam-Choon Khoo (b 1949), Distinguished Professor of Electrical Engineering, Penn State, author of over 390 technical publications, Editor-in-Chief for the journal Nonlinear Optical Physics and Materials, inventor with several patents to his name
- Datuk AR. A. Nachiappan (1922–2002) JP. AMN, SMK, a keen Rotarian, Kota Baru Town Board member, Kelantan State and Executive Councillor, Trustee Kelantan Stadium; On Board of Governors Sultan Ismail College; Zainab School and Pengkalan Chepa Welfare Home; Member, MAPTB, Kelantan; Kota Bharu Welfare Committee.
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