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List Rules People on this list must have gone to Harvard College and be of some renown.

List of famous alumni from Harvard College, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Harvard College include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Harvard College alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Harvard College are at the top of the list. This directory is not just composed of graduates of this school, as some of the famous people on this list didn't necessarily earn a degree from Harvard College.

List is made up of many different graduates, including Natalie Portman and John F. Kennedy.

This list answers the questions “Which famous people went to Harvard College?” and “Which celebrities are Harvard College alumni?”

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Natalie Portman is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Harvard College Alumni
Film Producer, Model, Actor
Natalie Portman is an Israeli-born American actress, producer, and director. Her first role was in the 1994 action thriller Léon: The Professional, opposite Jean Reno, but mainstream ...more

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Bill Gates is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Harvard College Alumni
Programmer, Software Architect, Businessperson
William Henry "Bill" Gates III is an American business magnate, philanthropist, investor, computer programmer, and inventor. Gates originally established his reputation as the ...more

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John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Harvard College Alumni
Politician, Military Officer, Author
John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), also referred to as John F. Kennedy, JFK, John Kennedy or Jack Kennedy, was the 35th President of the United States. He served from ...more

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Al Gore is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Harvard College Alumni
Politician, Environmentalist, Advocate
Albert Arnold Gore, Jr., is an American environmental activist, author, businessperson, former politician and former journalist. He served as the forty-fifth Vice President of the United States ...more

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Robert F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Harvard College Alumni
Politician, Writer, Lawyer
Robert Francis "Bobby" Kennedy, commonly known by his initials RFK, was an American politician from Massachusetts. He served as a Senator for New York from 1965 to 1968. He was ...more

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Ted Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Harvard College Alumni
Statesman, Politician, Lawyer
Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy was a United States Senator from Massachusetts and a member of the Democratic Party. He was the second most senior member of the Senate when he died and was ...more

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Ralph Waldo Emerson is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Harvard College Alumni
Poet, Author, Essayist
Ralph Waldo Emerson was an American essayist, lecturer, and poet, who led the Transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He was seen as a champion of individualism and a prescient ...more

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Michael Crichton is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Harvard College Alumni
Television producer, Film Producer, Screenwriter
John Michael Crichton, MD was an American best-selling author, physician, producer, director, and screenwriter, best known for his work in the science fiction, medical fiction, and thriller ...more

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Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Harvard College Alumni
Politician, Soldier, Corporate lawyer
Franklin Delano Roosevelt (January 30, 1882 – April 12, 1945), often referred to by his initials FDR, was an American statesman and political leader who served as the 32nd President of the ...more

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Al Franken is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Harvard College Alumni
Commentator, Politician, Comedian
Alan Stuart Franken (born May 21, 1951) is an American comedian, writer, producer, author, and politician who served as a United States Senator from Minnesota from 2009 to 2018. He became well ...more

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Ben Bernanke is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Harvard College Alumni
Businessperson, Professor, Economist
Ben Shalom Bernanke is an American economist at the Brookings Institution who served two terms as chairman of the Federal Reserve, the central bank of the United States from 2006 to 2014. During ...more

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Sheryl Sandberg is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Harvard College Alumni
Businessperson, Entrepreneur
Sheryl Kara Sandberg is an American technology executive, activist, and author. She is the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook. In June 2012, she was elected to the board of directors by the ...more

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Barney Frank is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Harvard College Alumni
Politician
Barnett "Barney" Frank is an American politician who served as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Massachusetts from 1981 to 2013. A member of the Democratic Party, he ...more

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William Kristol is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Harvard College Alumni
Editor, Commentator, Journalist
William Kristol is an American neoconservative political analyst and commentator. He is the founder and editor of the political magazine The Weekly Standard and a political commentator on ...more

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Lloyd Blankfein is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Harvard College Alumni
Businessperson, Lawyer
Lloyd Craig Blankfein is an American business executive. He is the CEO and Chairman of Goldman Sachs. He assumed this position upon the May 2006 nomination of former CEO Henry Paulson to United ...more

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Henry David Thoreau is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Harvard College Alumni
Poet, Writer, Philosopher
Henry David Thoreau was an American author, naturalist, transcendentalist, tax resister, development critic, surveyor, sage writer and philosopher. He is best known for his book Walden, a ...more

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George B. Kaiser is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Harvard College Alumni
Businessperson, Entrepreneur
George B. Kaiser is an American businessman. He is the chairman of BOK Financial Corporation in Tulsa, Oklahoma. He is among the 100 richest people in the world and one of the top 50 American ...more

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Steve Ballmer is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Harvard College Alumni
Businessperson
Steven Anthony "Steve" Ballmer is an American businessman who was the chief executive officer of Microsoft from January 2000 to February 2014, and is the current owner of the Los ...more

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William Randolph Hearst is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Harvard College Alumni
Publisher, Politician, Film Producer
William Randolph Hearst was an American newspaper publisher who built the nation's largest newspaper chain and whose methods profoundly influenced American journalism. Hearst entered the ...more

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Cass Sunstein is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Harvard College Alumni
Legal Scholar, Author, Teacher
Cass Robert Sunstein is an American legal scholar, particularly in the fields of constitutional law, administrative law, environmental law, and law and behavioral economics, who was the ...more

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Henry Kissinger is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Harvard College Alumni
Statesman, Businessperson, Politician
Henry Alfred Kissinger is an American diplomat and political scientist. He served as National Security Advisor and later concurrently as Secretary of State in the administrations of Presidents ...more

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John Hancock is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Harvard College Alumni
John Hancock was a merchant, statesman, and prominent Patriot of the American Revolution. He served as president of the Second Continental Congress and was the first and third Governor of the ...more

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Robert F. Kennedy, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Harvard College Alumni
Activist, Author, Writer
Robert Francis Kennedy, Jr., is an American radio host, environmental activist, author and attorney specializing in environmental law. He is a son of Robert Francis "Bobby" Kennedy, ...more

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John Updike is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Harvard College Alumni
Poet, Literary critic, Novelist
John Hoyer Updike was an American novelist, poet, short story writer, art critic, and literary critic. Updike's most famous work is his "Rabbit" series, which chronicles the life of ...more

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Tommy Lee Jones is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Harvard College Alumni
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Actor
Tommy Lee Jones is an American actor and film director. He has received four Academy Award nominations, winning one as Best Supporting Actor for his performance as U.S. Marshal Samuel Gerard. ...more