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

List of famous alumni from Harvard University, with photos when available. Prominent graduates from Harvard University include celebrities, politicians, business people, athletes and more. This list of distinguished Harvard University alumni is loosely ordered by relevance, so the most recognizable celebrities who attended Harvard University 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 University.

The list you're viewing is made up of graduates like Natalie Portman, Tyra Banks and many other Harvard Crimson.

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

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Mark Zuckerberg is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous Harvard University Alumni
Programmer, Businessperson, Entrepreneur Mark Elliot Zuckerberg is an American computer programmer and Internet entrepreneur. He is best known as one of five co-founders of the social networking website Facebook. Zuckerberg was made ...more

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Conan O'Brien is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous Harvard University Alumni
Talk show host, Comedian, Television producer Conan Christopher O'Brien is an American television host, comedian, writer, producer, musician, and voice actor. He is best known for hosting several late-night talk shows through Conan, which ...more

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John F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous Harvard University 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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Natalie Portman is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous Harvard University 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 O'Reilly is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous Harvard University Alumni
Commentator, Journalist, Television producer William James "Bill" O'Reilly, Jr. is an American television host, author, syndicated columnist, and political commentator. He is the host of the political commentary program The ...more

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Amy Poehler is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous Harvard University Alumni
Television director, Comedian, Television producer Amy Meredith Poehler is an American actress, comedian, voice artist, director, producer and writer. She was raised in Burlington, Massachusetts, graduated from Boston College in 1993 and moved ...more

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Tyra Banks is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous Harvard University Alumni
Businessperson, Television producer, Model Tyra Lynne Banks is an American television personality, former talk show host, producer, author, actress, and former model. She first became famous as a model, appearing twice on the cover of ...more

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Matt Damon is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous Harvard University Alumni
Spokesperson, Television producer, Film Producer Matthew Paige "Matt" Damon is an American actor, screenwriter and producer. His career was launched with the success of his and Ben Affleck's Academy Award-winning screenplay, Good ...more

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Al Gore is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous Harvard University 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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Greg Giraldo is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous Harvard University Alumni
Comedian, Film Producer, Screenwriter Gregory C. "Greg" Giraldo was an American stand-up comedian, television personality, and lawyer. Giraldo was best known for his appearances on Comedy Central's televised roast ...more

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Robert F. Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous Harvard University 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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Alek Keshishian is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Harvard University Alumni
Screenwriter, Film Director Alek Keshishian is a Lebanese-born American film director. He is best known for his 1991 film Madonna: Truth or Dare which was, at the time, the highest-grossing documentary of all time.

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Ralph Nader is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Harvard University Alumni
Activist, Politician, Lecturer Ralph Nader is an American political activist of Lebanese origin, as well as an author, lecturer, and attorney. Areas of particular concern to Nader include consumer protection, humanitarianism, ...more

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Paul G. Kirk, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous Harvard University Alumni
Paul Grattan Kirk, Jr. is an American lawyer and politician who served as a United States Senator from Massachusetts from 2009 to 2010, having been appointed to fill the vacancy created by the ...more

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Buckminster Fuller is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous Harvard University Alumni
Industrial designer, Poet, Visionary Richard Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller was an American neo-futuristic architect, systems theorist, author, designer, and inventor. Fuller published more than 30 books, coining or ...more

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Michael Bloomberg is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous Harvard University Alumni
Business magnate, Businessperson, Politician Michael Rubens Bloomberg is an American business magnate, politician, and philanthropist. He served as the 108th Mayor of New York City, holding office for three consecutive terms beginning with ...more

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Brian Steel is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Harvard University Alumni
Brian Steel

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Ted Kennedy is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous Harvard University 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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John Simon is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous Harvard University Alumni
Entrepreneur As a Managing Director of General Catalyst Partners, John invests in both new and existing technology businesses. Areas of special interest include technology-intensive, industry-leading ...more

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Enrique Hernandez Jr. is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous Harvard University Alumni
Enrique Hernandez Jr. Enrique Hernandez, Jr. is an American business executive. He is president and chief executive officer of Inter-Con Security Systems, Inc., and a director of Wells Fargo & Company and

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Kaleil Isaza Tuzman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Harvard University Alumni
Entrepreneur Kaleil Isaza Tuzman is an entrepreneur and Managing Partner of KIT Capital. Isaza Tuzman started his career at Goldman Sachs, and has been in the digital media industry for more than 20 years, ...more

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Ralph Waldo Emerson is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous Harvard University 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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Robert R. Glauber is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous Harvard University Alumni
Robert R. Glauber serves on the board of directors of Freddie Mac. Mr. Glauber was Chairman and Chief Executive Officer of the NASD from September 2001 to September 2006.

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Nicholas Stoller is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous Harvard University Alumni
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Film Director Nicholas Stoller is an English–American screenwriter and director. He is known mainly for directing the 2008 comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall, and its 2010 spin-off/sequel, Get Him to the

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Ping Li is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous Harvard University Alumni
Entrepreneur, Consultant Ping Li joined Accel Partners in 2004 and focuses primarily on information technology infrastructure (compute, networking, security and storage), as well as digital media solutions. He currently ...more

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Michael Crichton is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Famous Harvard University 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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David Viniar is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Famous Harvard University Alumni
Mr. Viniar has been an Executive Vice President of Goldman Sachs and our Chief Financial Officer since May 1999. He has been the head of Operations, Technology, Finance and Services Division ...more

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Lou Dobbs is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Famous Harvard University Alumni
Editor, Commentator, Journalist Louis Carl "Lou" Dobbs is an American television personality, author and radio host on the Fox Business Network. He anchored CNN's Lou Dobbs Tonight until November 2009 when he ...more

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Leonard Bernstein is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Famous Harvard University Alumni
Conductor, Film Score Composer, Pianist Leonard Bernstein was an American composer, conductor, author, music lecturer, and pianist. He was among the first conductors born and educated in the United States of America to receive ...more

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Gregory B. Kenny is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Famous Harvard University Alumni
Gregory B. Kenny Gregory B. Kenny served as Chief Executive Officer of General Cable Corporation.

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Jack Lemmon is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Famous Harvard University Alumni
Musician, Actor John Uhler "Jack" Lemmon III was an American actor and musician. Lemmon was an eight time Academy Award nominee, with two wins. He starred in over 60 films, such as Some Like It Hot, ...more

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Marc J Shapiro is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Famous Harvard University Alumni
Marc J Shapiro

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Franklin D. Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Famous Harvard University 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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William S. Burroughs is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Famous Harvard University Alumni
Novelist, Screenwriter, Actor William Seward Burroughs II was an American novelist, short story writer, essayist, painter, and spoken word performer. A primary figure of the Beat Generation and a major postmodernist author, ...more

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Karen M. Hoguet is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Famous Harvard University Alumni
Businessperson Karen M. Hoguet has been an Executive Vice President of Federated Department Stores Inc. since June 1, 2005 and its Chief Financial Officer since October 31, 1997. Mrs. Hoguet served as Senior ...more

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Abigail Johnson is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Famous Harvard University Alumni
Businessperson, Entrepreneur Abigail Pierrepont "Abby" Johnson is an American businesswoman. Since 2014, Johnson is President and Chief Executive Officer of US investment firm Fidelity Investments, and chairman of ...more

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Kenneth C. Frazier is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Famous Harvard University Alumni
Kenneth Carleton Frazier is an American business executive. He is the Chairman and CEO of the pharmaceutical company Merck & Co. After joining Merck as general counsel, he directed the ...more

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Rashida Jones is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Famous Harvard University Alumni
Film Producer, Screenwriter, Author Rashida Leah Jones is an American film and television actress, comic book author, screenwriter, and occasional singer. Jones played the role of Ann Perkins on NBC's comedy Parks and Recreation, ...more

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Karen Mills is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Famous Harvard University Alumni
Venture capitalist Karen Gordon Mills served as the 23rd Administrator of the Small Business Administration. She was nominated by President-elect Barack Obama on December 19, 2008, confirmed unanimously by the ...more

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Theodore Roosevelt is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Famous Harvard University Alumni
Statesman, Politician, Police officer Theodore "T.R." Roosevelt Jr. was an American politician, author, naturalist, soldier, explorer, and historian who served as the 26th President of the United States. He was a leader of ...more

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David Rockefeller is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Famous Harvard University Alumni
Statesman, Businessperson, Banker David Rockefeller is an American banker and philanthropist who served as chairman and chief executive of Chase Manhattan Corporation. He is the oldest living member of the Rockefeller family and ...more

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Al Franken is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Famous Harvard University 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) 43 on the list Famous Harvard University 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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Burton Malkiel is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Famous Harvard University Alumni
Professor, Author, Economist Burton Gordon Malkiel is an American economist and writer, most famous for his classic finance book A Random Walk Down Wall Street. He is a leading proponent of the efficient-market hypothesis, ...more

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Cornel West is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Famous Harvard University Alumni
Activist, Author, Actor Cornel Ronald West is an American philosopher, academic, activist, author, public intellectual, and prominent member of the Democratic Socialists of America. The son of a Baptist minister, West ...more

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Leo F. Mullin is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Famous Harvard University Alumni
Leo F. Mullin was elected to the Board of Directors of Johnson Johnson in 1999 and is a member of the Audit Committee and the Chairman of the Public Policy Advisory Committee. Mr. Mullin retired ...more

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Barney Frank is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Famous Harvard University 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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Sandra O. Moose is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list Famous Harvard University Alumni
Dr. Sandra O. Moose is the Senior Advisor at The Boston Consulting Group. She joined the firm in 1968, and has been a Director since 1975, and was a Senior Vice President until 2004.

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Ansel Adams is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list Famous Harvard University Alumni
Conservationist, Artist, Photographer Ansel Easton Adams was an American photographer and environmentalist. His black-and-white landscape photographs of the American West, especially Yosemite National Park, have been widely ...more

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Robert E. Denham is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list Famous Harvard University Alumni
Businessperson Mr. Denham has been a partner of Munger, Tolles Olson LLP, a law firm, since 1998 and from 1973 to 1991. He has been a director of Chevron Corporation since 2004.