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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?”

Check out these notable Harvard 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 (; born May 14, 1984) is an American technology entrepreneur and philanthropist. Zuckerberg is known for co-founding and leading Facebook as its chairman and chief ...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 (born April 18, 1963) is an American television host, comedian, writer, and producer. He is best known for hosting several late-night talk shows; since 2010, he has ...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), often referred to by initials JFK and Jack, was an American politician who served as the 35th president of the United States 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 (born Neta-Lee Hershlag; June 9, 1981) is an actress and filmmaker with dual Israeli and American citizenship. She is the recipient of various accolades, including an Academy ...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 O'Reilly Jr. (born September 10, 1949) is an American journalist, author, and former television host. During the late 1970s and 1980s, he reported for local television stations in ...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 (; born September 16, 1971) is an American actress, comedian, director, producer, and writer. After studying improv at Chicago's Second City and ImprovOlympic in the early ...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 (born December 4, 1973), also known as BanX, is an American television personality, producer, businesswoman, actress, author, model, and occasional singer. Born in Inglewood, ...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 Damon (born October 8, 1970) is an American actor, film producer and screenwriter. He is ranked among Forbes magazine's most bankable stars and is one of the highest-grossing ...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. (born March 31, 1948) is an American politician and environmentalist who served as the 45th vice president of the United States from 1993 to 2001. Gore was Bill Clinton's ...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. Giraldo (December 10, 1965 – September 29, 2010) was an American stand-up comedian, television personality, and lawyer. He is remembered for his appearances on Comedy Central's ...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 Kennedy (November 20, 1925 – June 6, 1968) was an American politician and lawyer who served as the 64th United States Attorney General from January 1961 to September 1964, and as ...more

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Alek Keshishian is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous Harvard University Alumni
Screenwriter, Film Director
Alek Keshishian (Armenian: Ալեք Գևորգի Քեշիշյան, born 30 July 1964 in Beirut, Lebanon) is an Armenian-American film and commercial director, writer, producer and music video director. He is best ...more
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Ralph Nader is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous Harvard University Alumni
Activist, Politician, Lecturer
Ralph Nader (; born February 27, 1934) is an American political activist, author, lecturer, and attorney, noted for his involvement in consumer protection, environmentalism and government reform ...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. (born January 18, 1938) 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 ...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 KBE (born February 14, 1942) is an American businessman, politician, author, and philanthropist. As of April 2019, his net worth was estimated at $62.1 billion, making ...more

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Brian Steel is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous Harvard University Alumni
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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 (February 22, 1932 – August 25, 2009) was an American politician who served as a U.S. Senator from Massachusetts for almost 47 years, from 1962 until his ...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. (born November 2, 1955) is an American lawyer and business executive. He is president and chief executive officer (CEO) of Inter-Con Security Systems, Inc., and a director ...more
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Kaleil Isaza Tuzman is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous Harvard University Alumni
Entrepreneur
Kaleil Isaza Tuzman is a former entrepreneur associated with digital media, who spent more than 20 years in that industry before being convicted of multiple counts of fraud in 2017. Tuzman ...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 (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882) was an American essayist, lecturer, philosopher, and poet who led the transcendentalist movement of the mid-19th century. He was seen as a ...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 a British-American director, producer and screenwriter. He is known mainly for directing the 2008 comedy Forgetting Sarah Marshall, its 2010 spin-off/sequel, Get Him to the ...more

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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