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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, Soldier, Screenwriter 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 Fright Night is a 1985 American horror comedy film written and directed by Tom Holland and produced by Herb Jaffe. It stars William Ragsdale, Chris Sarandon, Roddy McDowall and Amanda Bearse. ...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, smuggler, statesman, and prominent Patriot of the American Revolution. He served as president of the Second Continental Congress and was the first and third Governor ...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

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John Quincy Adams is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Harvard College Alumni
Politician, Diplomat, Attorney at law John Quincy Adams was an American statesman who served as the sixth President of the United States from 1825 to 1829. He also served as a diplomat, a Senator and member of the House of ...more

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William James Sidis is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Harvard College Alumni
Inventor, Scientist William James Sidis was an American child prodigy with exceptional mathematical abilities and a claimed mastery of many languages. After his death, his sister made the unverifiable claim that ...more

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Henry Hobson Richardson is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Harvard College Alumni
Architect Henry Hobson Richardson was a prominent American architect who designed buildings in Albany, Boston, Buffalo, Chicago, Pittsburgh, Milwaukee and other cities. The style he popularized is named ...more

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James Russell Lowell is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Harvard College Alumni
Poet, Diplomat, Lawyer James Russell Lowell was an American Romantic poet, critic, editor, and diplomat. He is associated with the Fireside Poets, a group of New England writers who were among the first American poets ...more

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Michael LeMoyne Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Harvard College Alumni
Lawyer Michael LeMoyne Kennedy was the sixth of eleven children of Robert F. Kennedy and Ethel Skakel.

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John Lithgow is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Harvard College Alumni
Poet, Musician, Author John Arthur Lithgow is an American actor, musician, and author. Lithgow has received acclaim and many accolades in his career including two Tony Awards, five Emmy Awards, two Golden Globe ...more

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Deval Patrick is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Harvard College Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Deval Laurdine Patrick is an American politician and civil rights lawyer who served as the 71st Governor of Massachusetts from 2007 to 2015. A member of the Democratic Party, Patrick served as ...more

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Joseph P. Kennedy, Sr. is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Harvard College Alumni
Businessperson, Politician, Diplomat Joseph Patrick "Joe" Kennedy, Sr. was an American businessman, investor, and government official. Kennedy was the husband of Rose Kennedy. Their children included President John F. ...more

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Francis Parkman is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Harvard College Alumni
Historian, Writer Francis Parkman, Jr. was an American historian, best known as author of The Oregon Trail: Sketches of Prairie and Rocky-Mountain Life and his monumental seven-volume France and England in North ...more

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Robert Todd Lincoln is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Harvard College Alumni
Politician, Lawyer Robert Todd Lincoln was an American lawyer and businessman. He was the first son of President Abraham Lincoln and Mary Todd Lincoln. Born in Springfield, Illinois, United States, he was the only ...more

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Keith A. Meister is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Harvard College Alumni
Businessperson Keith Meister, a managing director of the Icahn investment funds and principal executive officer of Icahn Enterprises, has been appointed to the Board of Directors of Motorola, Inc. Keith ...more

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Soledad O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Harvard College Alumni
Journalist, Television producer, Actor María de la Soledad Teresa O'Brien is an American broadcast journalist, executive producer, and philanthropist. She is the chairman of Starfish Media Group, a 360-media production company ...more

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George Santayana is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Harvard College Alumni
Poet, Novelist, Writer Jorge Agustín Nicolás Ruiz de Santayana y Borrás, known as George Santayana, was a philosopher, essayist, poet, and novelist. Santayana was raised and educated in the United ...more

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Mike Driscoll is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Harvard College Alumni
Consultant

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Andrew Tobias is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Harvard College Alumni
Journalist, Author, Writer Andrew Tobias is an American journalist, author, and columnist. His main body of work is on investment, but he has also written on politics, insurance, and other topics. Since 1999, he has been ...more

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Melissa Scott is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Harvard College Alumni
Novelist, Writer Melissa Scott is a science fiction and fantasy author noted for her science fiction novels featuring LGBT characters and elaborate settings.

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Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Harvard College Alumni
Lawrence La Fountain-Stokes is a gay Puerto Rican author, scholar, and performer. He is better known as Larry La Fountain. He has received several awards for his creative writing and scholarship ...more

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Kenneth Reeves is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Famous Harvard College Alumni
Politician Kenneth Reeves appeared in the 2011 documentary film Taboo Yardies.

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Jeff Zucker is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Harvard College Alumni
Businessperson, Television producer Jeff Zucker was named president and chief executive officer of NBC Universal in February 2007. NBC Universal is one of the world's leading media and entertainment content companies, with ...more

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Guy Steele is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Harvard College Alumni
Computer scientist Guy Lewis Steele Jr, also known as "The Great Quux", and GLS, is an American computer scientist who has played an important role in designing and documenting several computer

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Thomas Sowell is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Harvard College Alumni
Journalist, Professor, Author Thomas Sowell is an American economist, social theorist, political philosopher, and author. He is currently Senior Fellow at the Hoover Institution, Stanford University. Sowell was born in North ...more

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John L. Thornton is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Harvard College Alumni
Businessperson, Educator Mr. Thornton retired in 2003 as president and co-chief operating officer of the Goldman Sachs Group and as a member of that firm's board of directors. He is a professor and director of global ...more

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Anthony Lake is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Harvard College Alumni
Businessperson, Professor, Political scientist William Anthony Kirsopp Lake, best known as Tony Lake, is the Executive Director of the United Nations Children's Fund, author, academic, and former American diplomat, Foreign Service Officer, ...more

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Tim O'Reilly is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Harvard College Alumni
Businessperson, Writer Tim O'Reilly is the founder of O'Reilly Media. He popularized the terms open source and Web 2.0.

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John Adler is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Harvard College Alumni
Politician, Lawyer John Herbert Adler was a U.S. Representative for New Jersey's 3rd congressional district, serving from 2009 until 2011. He was a member of the Democratic Party. He was formerly a member of the ...more