Columbia University Notable Alumni

Discover the notable alumni of Columbia University. The list includes people like Alexander Hamilton, Jake Gyllenhaal, Warren Buffett, B. R. Ambedkar & James Franco. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as writers, intellectuals & academics, media personalities, film & theater personalities and miscellaneous etc.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Barack Obama

Barack Obama
83
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: 44th President of the United States
Birthdate: August 4, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 2 Jake Gyllenhaal

Jake Gyllenhaal
53
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 19, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 3 Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett
27
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Business Magnate, Investor, Philanthropist
Birthdate: August 30, 1930
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 4 Alicia Keys

Alicia Keys
12
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: January 25, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York, United States

 5 Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson
13
Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Astrophysicist
Birthdate: October 5, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 6 Leonard Cohen

Leonard Cohen
10
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 21, 1934
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Westmount
Died: November 7, 2016

 7 B. R. Ambedkar

B. R. Ambedkar
65
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Indian Jurist
Birthdate: April 14, 1891
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Dr. Ambedkar Nagar, Madhya Pradesh, India
Died: December 6, 1956
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 8 Anna Paquin

Anna Paquin
18
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 24, 1982
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 9 Lauryn Hill

Lauryn Hill
8
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: May 26, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: South Orange, New Jersey, United States
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)

 10 Hunter S. Thompson

Hunter S. Thompson
8
Famous As: Journalist and Author
Birthdate: July 18, 1937
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Louisville
Died: February 20, 2005
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)

 11 Isaac Asimov

Isaac Asimov
10
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: January 2, 1920
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Petrovichi, Russia
Died: April 6, 1992

 12 Art Garfunkel

Art Garfunkel
8
Famous As: Singer, Actor
Birthdate: November 5, 1941
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Forest Hills, New York City, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 13 Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes
6
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: February 1, 1901
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Joplin, Missouri, United States
Died: May 22, 1967

 14 Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell
5
Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: June 30, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Gastonia, North Carolina

 15 Milton Friedman

Milton Friedman
6
Famous As: Economist, Statistician
Birthdate: July 31, 1912
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, USA
Died: November 16, 2006

 16 J. D. Salinger

J. D. Salinger
14
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: January 1, 1919
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Died: January 27, 2010

 17 Jack Kerouac

Jack Kerouac
4
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Novelist, Poet
Birthdate: March 12, 1922
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Lowell, Massachusetts, United States
Died: October 21, 1969

 18 Madeleine Albright

Madeleine Albright
5
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Politician & Diplomat
Birthdate: May 15, 1937
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Prague, Czechia
Height: 4'10" (147 cm)

 19 Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton
21
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Founding Father of the United States
Birthdate: January 11, 1755
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Charlestown, Saint Kitts and Nevis
Died: July 12, 1804

 20 Raymond Burr

Raymond Burr
1
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 21, 1917
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New Westminster, Canada
Died: September 12, 1993
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 21 Yo-Yo Ma

Yo-Yo Ma
4
Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Cellist
Birthdate: October 7, 1955
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Paris, France

 22 Timothée Chalamet

Timothée Chalamet
103
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 27, 1995
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States

 23 David Rockefeller

David Rockefeller
7
Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Banker
Birthdate: June 12, 1915
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City
Died: March 20, 2017

 24 Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg
11
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: Associate Justice of US Supreme Court
Birthdate: March 15, 1933
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: September 18, 2020

 25 Allen Ginsberg

Allen Ginsberg
3
Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Poet, Writer
Birthdate: June 3, 1926
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States
Died: April 5, 1997

 26 Abraham Maslow

Abraham Maslow
1
Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: April 1, 1908
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: June 8, 1970

 27 Kathryn Bigelow

Kathryn Bigelow
1
Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: November 27, 1951
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Carlos, California, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 28 James Franco

James Franco
28
Famous As: Actor, Filmmaker, Writer
Birthdate: April 19, 1978
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Palo Alto, California, United States
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 29 Joseph Gordon-Levitt

Joseph Gordon-Levitt
9
Famous As: Actor, Director
Birthdate: February 17, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 30 Alan Greenspan

Alan Greenspan
3
Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: March 6, 1926
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Washington Heights, New York, United States

 31 Emmy Rossum

Emmy Rossum
6
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 12, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 32 John Jay

John Jay
0
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: First Chief Justice of the United States
Birthdate: December 12, 1745
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: New York City
Died: May 17, 1829

 33 Katie Holmes

Katie Holmes
14
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 18, 1978
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Toledo, Ohio, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 34 Zora Neale Hurston

Zora Neale Hurston
3
Famous As: Folklorist, Anthropologist
Birthdate: January 7, 1891
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Notasulga
Died: January 28, 1960

 35 Julia Stiles

Julia Stiles
11
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 28, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 36 Casey Affleck

Casey Affleck
11
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 12, 1975
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Falmouth, Massachusetts, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 37 Christy Turlington

Christy Turlington
2
Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: January 2, 1969
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Walnut Creek, California
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 38 Maggie Gyllenhaal

Maggie Gyllenhaal
10
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 16, 1977
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Lower East Side, New York, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 39 Federico García Lorca

Federico García Lorca
0
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet, playwright
Birthdate: June 5, 1898
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Fuente Vaqueros, Spain
Died: August 19, 1936

 40 Carl Rogers

Carl Rogers
3
Famous As: Psychologist
Birthdate: January 8, 1902
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Oak Park
Died: February 4, 1987

 41 James Gunn

James Gunn
8
Famous As: Filmmaker
Birthdate: August 5, 1966
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 42 Famke Janssen

Famke Janssen
11
Famous As: Film actor, Actor, Model, Film director, Film producer, Screenwriter
Birthdate: November 5, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Amstelveen
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 43 Jonathan Taylor Thomas

Jonathan Taylor Thomas
9
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 8, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 44 Margaret Mead

Margaret Mead
2
Famous As: Cultural Anthropologist
Birthdate: December 16, 1901
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, US
Died: November 15, 1978

 45 Brian Dennehy

Brian Dennehy
1
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 9, 1938
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bridgeport, Connecticut, United States
Died: April 15, 2020
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)

 46 Brian De Palma

Brian De Palma
3
Famous As: Film director, Screenwriter
Birthdate: September 11, 1940
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, United States
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 47 Robert Kraft

Robert Kraft
5
Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Chairman and CEO of the Kraft Group
Birthdate: June 5, 1941
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brookline, Massachusetts, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 48 Ed Harris

Ed Harris
5
Famous As: Film actor
Birthdate: November 28, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Englewood, New Jersey, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 49 Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan
1
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Author, Journalist
Birthdate: February 6, 1955
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Long Island, New York, United States

 50 Julia Garner

Julia Garner
4
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 1, 1994
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Riverdale, New York, United States
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
The Columbia University, located in Manhattan, New York, is one of the most preferred study destinations for students from around the world. Unlike many famous universities, around 20 graduate schools are affiliated to this esteemed institution. The ‘Columbia University’ also has study centers in different cities across the world, such as Mumbai, Istanbul, Rio de Janeiro and Nairobi. A degree from this notable university adds a lot of value to an individual’s profile, especially in terms of job prospects. This famous university has been an alma mater to several noteworthy celebrities, known for their outstanding accomplishments. The list of notable alumni includes Former American president Barack Obama, acclaimed writer J.D Salinger, actors Jake Gyllenhaal and Joseph Gordon Levitt. Barack Obama is one of the finest examples of a great leader to many, immensely praised for his remarkable achievements during his tenure as the President. Several former students are also patrons who try doing their bit for the betterment of the university. If sources are to be believed, American business honcho and media baron John Kluge is one such alumnus who donated a whopping $ 600 Million to his alma mater, which speaks volumes about his love for this famous university. Not many know that the ‘Columbia University’ plays a pivotal role in conducting the prestigious ‘Pulitzer Prize’ ceremony every year. Here’s a list of notable Columbia University students who have reached great heights and have been a source of inspiration for many people across the world.