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Famous Harvard University Alumni

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List RulesPeople 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.
  • Mark Zuckerberg1

    Mark Zuckerberg

    Programmer, Businessperson


    BirthplaceWhite Plains, New York

    Mark Elliot Zuckerberg (; born May 14, 1984) is an American technology entrepreneur and...  more

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  • Conan O'Brien2

    Conan O'Brien

    Talk show host, Comedian


    BirthplaceBrookline, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Conan Christopher O'Brien (born April 18, 1963) is an American television host, comedian,...  more

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  • John F. Kennedy3

    John F. Kennedy

    Politician, Soldier

    AgeDec. at 46 (1917-1963)

    BirthplaceBrookline, Massachusetts, USA

    John Fitzgerald Kennedy (May 29, 1917 – November 22, 1963), often referred to by initials JFK...  more

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  • Natalie Portman4

    Natalie Portman

    Film Producer, Model


    BirthplaceJerusalem, Israel

    Natalie Portman (born Neta-Lee Hershlag; June 9, 1981) is an actress and filmmaker with dual...  more

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  • Bill O'Reilly5

    Bill O'Reilly

    Commentator, Journalist


    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    William James O'Reilly Jr. (born September 10, 1949) is an American journalist, author, and...  more

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  • Amy Poehler6

    Amy Poehler

    Television director, Comedian


    BirthplaceNewton, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Amy Meredith Poehler (; born September 16, 1971) is an American actress, comedian, director,...  more

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  • Tyra Banks7

    Tyra Banks

    Businessperson, Television producer


    BirthplaceLos Angeles, Inglewood, California, United States of America

    Tyra Lynne Banks (born December 4, 1973), also known as BanX, is an American television...  more

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  • Matt Damon8

    Matt Damon

    Spokesperson, Television producer


    BirthplaceCambridge, USA, Massachusetts

    Matthew Paige Damon (born October 8, 1970) is an American actor, film producer and...  more

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  • Al Gore9

    Al Gore

    Politician, Environmentalist


    BirthplaceContiguous United States, United States of America, United States, with Territories, Area code 202

    Albert Arnold Gore Jr. (born March 31, 1948) is an American politician and environmentalist...  more
  • Greg Giraldo10

    Greg Giraldo

    Comedian, Film Producer

    AgeDec. at 45 (1965-2010)

    BirthplaceNew York City, New York, United States of America

    Gregory C. Giraldo (December 10, 1965 – September 29, 2010) was an American stand-up comedian,...  more

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  • Robert F. Kennedy11

    Robert F. Kennedy

    Politician, Writer

    AgeDec. at 43 (1925-1968)

    BirthplaceBrookline, Massachusetts, USA

    Robert Francis Kennedy (November 20, 1925 – June 6, 1968) was an American politician and...  more

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  • Alek Keshishian12

    Alek Keshishian

    Screenwriter, Film Director


    BirthplaceLebanon, Beirut, Arab world

    Alek Keshishian (Armenian: Ալեք Գևորգի Քեշիշյան, born 30 July 1964 in Beirut, Lebanon) is an...  more
  • Ralph Nader13

    Ralph Nader

    Activist, Politician


    BirthplaceWinsted, Connecticut, United States of America

    Ralph Nader (; born February 27, 1934) is an American political activist, author, lecturer,...  more

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  • Paul G. Kirk, Jr.14
    Paul Grattan Kirk Jr. (born January 18, 1938) is an American lawyer and politician who served...  more
  • Buckminster Fuller15

    Buckminster Fuller

    Industrial designer, Poet

    AgeDec. at 88 (1895-1983)

    BirthplaceMilton, Massachusetts

    Richard Buckminster "Bucky" Fuller was an American neo-futuristic architect, systems theorist,...  more
  • Michael Bloomberg16

    Michael Bloomberg

    Business magnate, Businessperson


    BirthplaceSt. Elizabeth's Medical Center

    Michael Rubens Bloomberg KBE (born February 14, 1942) is an American businessman, politician,...  more

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  • Brian Steel17

    Brian Steel

  • Ted Kennedy18

    Ted Kennedy

    Statesman, Politician

    AgeDec. at 77 (1932-2009)

    BirthplaceEastern United States, Boston, New England, United States of America, Dorchester

    Edward Moore "Ted" Kennedy (February 22, 1932 – August 25, 2009) was an American politician...  more

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  • John Simon19

    John Simon

    As a Managing Director of General Catalyst Partners, John invests in both new and existing...  more
  • Enrique Hernandez Jr.20

    Enrique Hernandez Jr.

    Enrique Hernandez Jr. (born November 2, 1955) is an American lawyer and business executive. He...  more
  • Kaleil Isaza Tuzman21


    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts, United States of America

    Kaleil Isaza Tuzman is a former entrepreneur associated with digital media, who spent more...  more
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson22

    AgeDec. at 79 (1803-1882)

    BirthplaceBoston, Massachusetts

    Ralph Waldo Emerson (May 25, 1803 – April 27, 1882) was an American essayist, lecturer,...  more

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  • Robert R. Glauber23
    Robert R. Glauber serves on the board of directors of Freddie Mac. Mr. Glauber was Chairman...  more
  • Nicholas Stoller24

    Nicholas Stoller

    Film Producer, Screenwriter


    BirthplaceEurope, Eurasia, United Kingdom, London, England

    Nicholas Stoller is a British-American director, producer and screenwriter. He is known mainly...  more

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  • Ping Li25

    Ping Li

    Entrepreneur, Consultant
    Ping Li joined Accel Partners in 2004 and focuses primarily on information technology...  more