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 Warren Buffett

Warren Buffett.
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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)

 2 Jake Gyllenhaal

Jake Gyllenhaal.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 19, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 3 Amelia Earhart

Amelia Earhart.
5
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Aviator, Pilot
Birthdate: July 24, 1897
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Atchison, Kansas, United States
Died: January 5, 1939

 4 Neil deGrasse Tyson

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

 5 Leonard Cohen

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

 6 B. R. Ambedkar

B. R. Ambedkar.
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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

 7 Lauryn Hill

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

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

 9 Langston Hughes

Langston Hughes.
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Poet, Novelist, Playwright, & Columnist
Birthdate: February 1, 1902
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Joplin, Missouri, United States
Died: May 22, 1967

 10 Art Garfunkel

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

 11 Georgia O'Keeffe

Georgia O'Keeffe.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Artist
Birthdate: November 15, 1887
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, United States
Died: March 6, 1986

 12 Thomas Sowell

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

 13 Milton Friedman

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

 14 Madeleine Albright

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

 15 James Cagney

James Cagney.
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Famous As: Actor, Dancer
Birthdate: July 17, 1899
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New York City
Died: March 30, 1986
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 16 Allen Ginsberg

Allen Ginsberg.
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: June 3, 1926
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Newark, New Jersey, U.S.
Died: April 5, 1997

 17 Alexander Hamilton

Alexander Hamilton.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Founding Father of the USA, Political Philosopher
Birthdate: January 11, 1755
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nevis, British West Indies
Died: July 12, 1804

 18 Abraham Maslow

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

 19 Alan Greenspan

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

 20 James Franco

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

 21 Emmy Rossum

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

 22 John Jay

John Jay.
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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

 23 Joseph Gordon-Levitt

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

 24 Zora Neale Hurston

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

 25 Kathryn Bigelow

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

 26 Julia Stiles

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

 27 David Rockefeller

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

 28 Anna Paquin

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

 29 Katie Holmes

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

 30 Federico García Lorca

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

 31 Carl Rogers

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

 32 Christy Turlington

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

 33 Lauren Graham

Lauren Graham.
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Birthdate: March 16, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 34 Jonathan Taylor Thomas

Jonathan Taylor Thomas.
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Famous As: Actor, Voice Actor
Birthdate: September 8, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 35 Margaret Mead

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

 36 Brian Dennehy

Brian Dennehy.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 9, 1938
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bridgeport, Connecticut
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)

 37 James Gunn

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

 38 Robert Kraft

Robert Kraft.
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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)

 39 Sidney Lumet

Sidney Lumet.
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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: June 25, 1924
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.
Died: April 9, 2011

 40 Virginia Apgar

Virginia Apgar.
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Listed In: Physicians
Famous As: Physician and Anesthesiologist
Birthdate: June 7, 1909
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Westfield, New Jersey, United States
Died: August 7, 1974

 41 Michael Pollan

Michael Pollan.
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Famous As: Author, Journalist, Activist
Birthdate: February 6, 1955
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Long Island, New York, United States

 42 Neil Gorsuch

Neil Gorsuch.
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States
Birthdate: August 29, 1967
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Denver, Colorado, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 43 Famke Janssen

Famke Janssen
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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)

 44 Chelsea Clinton

Chelsea Clinton.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Bill Clinton's Daughter
Birthdate: February 27, 1980
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Little Rock
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 45 Philip Hamilton

Philip Hamilton.
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Alexander Hamilton's Son
Birthdate: January 22, 1782
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Albany, New York, United States
Died: November 24, 1801

 46 Anthony Perkins

Anthony Perkins
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Famous As: Film actor, Film director, Singer, Screenwriter, Stage actor
Birthdate: April 4, 1932
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City
Died: September 12, 1992

 47 Telly Savalas

Telly Savalas.
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Famous As: American singer
Birthdate: January 21, 1922
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Garden City, New York, USA
Died: January 22, 1994

 48 Raymond Burr

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

 49 Julia Garner

Julia Garner.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 1, 1994
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Riverdale, New York, United States
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)

 50 Jane Jacobs

Jane Jacobs.
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Famous As: Journalist, Author, Activist
Birthdate: May 4, 1916
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: April 25, 2006
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