Harvard University Notable Alumni

Discover the notable alumni of Harvard University. The list includes people like Kamala Harris, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, John F. Kennedy, Natalie Portman & Theodore Roosevelt. This list of notable alumni is loosely sorted by popularity and has people from different domains of life, such as intellectuals & academics, writers, scientists, leaders and media personalities 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
158
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 John F. Kennedy

John F. Kennedy
69
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: 35th President of the United States
Birthdate: May 29, 1917
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Brookline, Massachusetts, United States
Died: November 22, 1963

 3 Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg
236
Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Co-founder of Facebook
Birthdate: May 14, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: White Plains, New York, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 4 Natalie Portman

Natalie Portman
51
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 9, 1981
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Jerusalem, Israel
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)

 5 Matt Damon

Matt Damon
47
Famous As: One of the Highest-grossing Actors of All Time
Birthdate: October 8, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cambridge, Massachusetts, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 6 Neil deGrasse Tyson

Neil deGrasse Tyson
21
Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Astrophysicist
Birthdate: October 5, 1958
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 7 Conan O’Brien

Conan O’Brien
19
Famous As: Television Host
Birthdate: April 18, 1963
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Brookline, Massachusetts, United States
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
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 8 Tommy Lee Jones

Tommy Lee Jones
23
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 15, 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: San Saba, Texas, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 9 Pierre Trudeau

Pierre Trudeau
16
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: 15th Prime Minister of Canada
Birthdate: October 18, 1919
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Montreal, Canada
Died: September 28, 2000

 10 W. E. B. Du Bois

W. E. B. Du Bois
20
Famous As: Civil Rights Activists
Birthdate: February 23, 1868
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Great Barrington, Massachusetts, United States
Died: August 27, 1963

 11 Susan Wojcicki

Susan Wojcicki
46
Listed In: Business People
Famous As: CEO of YouTube
Birthdate: July 5, 1968
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Santa Clara County, California, United States

 12 Robert Frost

Robert Frost
21
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: March 26, 1874
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: January 29, 1963

 13 David Foster Wallace

David Foster Wallace
16
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: February 21, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ithaca, New York, United States
Died: September 12, 2008

 14 Jack Lemmon

Jack Lemmon
9
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 8, 1925
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Newton, Massachusetts, United States
Died: June 27, 2001
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 15 William Randolph Hearst

William Randolph Hearst
11
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Newspaper Baron
Birthdate: April 29, 1863
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: August 14, 1951

 16 Thomas Sowell

Thomas Sowell
8
Famous As: Economist
Birthdate: June 30, 1930
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Gastonia, North Carolina

 17 Tom Morello

Tom Morello
8
Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: May 30, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York City, United States
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 18 Leonard Bernstein

Leonard Bernstein
19
Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Conductor, Composer
Birthdate: August 25, 1918
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Lawrence, Massachusetts, United States
Died: October 14, 1990

 19 Ruth Bader Ginsburg

Ruth Bader Ginsburg
33
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

 20 T. S. Eliot

T. S. Eliot
58
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: September 26, 1888
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: January 4, 1965

 21 Sheryl Sandberg

Sheryl Sandberg
13
Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Chief Operating Officer of Facebook
Birthdate: August 28, 1969
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 22 Michelle Obama

Michelle Obama
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: First Lady of the United States (2009-17)
Birthdate: January 17, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 23 B. F. Skinner

B. F. Skinner
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Famous As: American psychologist
Birthdate: March 20, 1904
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Susquehanna, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: August 18, 1990

 24 Robert F. Kennedy

Robert F. Kennedy
16
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: United States Senator, Brother of President John F. Kennedy
Birthdate: November 20, 1925
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brookline, Massachusetts
Died: June 6, 1968

 25 David Rockefeller

David Rockefeller
13
Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Banker
Birthdate: June 12, 1915
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York, New York, United States
Died: March 20, 2017

 26 Robert Todd Lincoln

Robert Todd Lincoln
7
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Politician, Son of Abraham Lincoln
Birthdate: August 1, 1843
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Springfield, Illinois, United States
Died: July 25, 1926
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 27 Rashida Jones

Rashida Jones
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Famous As: Actress - Known for Her Roles in TV Comedies
Birthdate: February 25, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)

 28 Elisabeth Shue

Elisabeth Shue
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 6, 1963
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wilmington, Delaware, United States
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)

 29 Isoroku Yamamoto

Isoroku Yamamoto
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Japanese Naval Officer Who Conceived The Pearl Harbor Attack in 1941
Birthdate: April 4, 1884
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Nagaoka, Niigata, Japan
Died: April 18, 1943

 30 Steve Ballmer

Steve Ballmer
13
Listed In: Business People
Famous As: CEO of Microsoft (2000-2014)
Birthdate: March 24, 1956
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, United States
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)

 31 William James

William James
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Famous As: Philosopher, Psychologist
Birthdate: January 11, 1842
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Died: August 26, 1910

 32 Pete Buttigieg

Pete Buttigieg
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: United States Secretary of Transportation
Birthdate: January 19, 1982
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: South Bend, Indiana, United States

 33 Jon Bernthal

Jon Bernthal
26
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 20, 1976
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States

 34 Ratan Tata

Ratan Tata
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Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Chairman Emeritus of Tata Sons
Birthdate: December 28, 1937
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Surat
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 35 John Lithgow

John Lithgow
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 19, 1945
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rochester, New York, United States
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)

 36 Dustin Moskovitz

Dustin Moskovitz
13
Listed In: Engineers
Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: May 22, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Gainesville, Florida, United States

 37 Colin Jost

Colin Jost
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Famous As: Screenwriter, Actor
Birthdate: June 29, 1982
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Staten Island, New York, United States
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 38 Jeremy Lin

Jeremy Lin
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 23, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Torrance, California, United States
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)

 39 Chuck Schumer

Chuck Schumer
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: November 23, 1950
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States

 40 Ben Shapiro

Ben Shapiro
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Famous As: Political Commentator
Birthdate: January 15, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Burbank, California, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 41 Lisa Brennan-Jobs

Lisa Brennan-Jobs
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Daughter of Steve Jobs
Birthdate: May 17, 1978
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Oregon, United States

 42 Chris Hughes

Chris Hughes
8
Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Co-Founder of Facebook
Birthdate: November 26, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hickory, North Carolina
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 43 Buckminster Fuller

Buckminster Fuller
4
Famous As: Architect
Birthdate: July 12, 1895
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Milton, Massachusetts, United States
Died: July 1, 1983
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)

 44 John Roberts

John Roberts
10
Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: Chief Justice of the United States (Since 2005)
Birthdate: January 27, 1955
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Buffalo, New York, United States

 45 Jonathan Taylor Thomas

Jonathan Taylor Thomas
12
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 8, 1981
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 46 Pete Seeger

Pete Seeger
6
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 3, 1919
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York City, United States
Died: January 27, 2014

 47 Yara Shahidi

Yara Shahidi
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Famous As: Actress, Model
Birthdate: January 31, 2000
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States
Height: 5'3" (160 cm)

 48 Ted Kennedy

Ted Kennedy
20
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: United States Senator from Massachusetts (1962 – 2009)
Birthdate: February 22, 1932
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dorchester, Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: August 25, 2009

 49 Robert Kraft

Robert Kraft
6
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)

 50 Mira Sorvino

Mira Sorvino
7
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 28, 1967
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
Harvard is one of the most prestigious and top-ranked universities in the world. At some point of time we have all dreamed to be an alumnus of this premier educational institute. Founded in the year 1636, the Harvard University invariably stands among top 5 best universities /educational institutions in the world, year-after-year. Over several centuries since its formation, thousands of extraordinary and impressive students have walked through the halls of Harvard. These notable Harvard alumni have made their mark in various spheres of life. These accomplished individuals/alumni have shone in the field of politics, finance, science, art, entertainment, business, sports and more.

We know many successful political leaders, celebrities and business experts who have graduated from Harvard and that is the reason why many government agencies, top law firms and Fortune 500 companies make a beeline to recruit Harvard graduates. Some of the eminent personalities who were former students of Harvard are Bill Gates – the founder of the multi-Billion dollar ‘Microsoft’ corporation, actors Natalie Portman and Matt Damon, ‘Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg. Former first lady of the United States, Michelle Obama, is also an alumnus of Harvard.

Besides numerous successful businessmen, scientists, scholars, writers, there are many celebrity actors and artists that have also been Harvard alumni. We've compiled a list of some of the most famous Harvard students of all time, along with the field/area of their achievements. This list of notable Harvard University alumni is based on the individual’s achievements and fame. We are quite certain that you will be surprised by some of the notable Harvard alumni who made it to this list.