Harvard University is one of the most prestigious universities in the world. In fact, The Center for World University Rankings recently ranked Harvard as the best university in the world.
As expected, many impressive people have walked the halls of Harvard since it was founded in 1636. These people have gone on to pursue careers in politics, finance, entertainment, and more.
We've compiled a list of the 25 most famous Harvard students of all time. Some, like Jeremy Lin, graduated as recently as 2010; others, like Ralph Waldo Emerson, graduated way back in 1821.U.S. President Barack Obama entered Harvard Law School in 1988 and eventually became the first black president of the Harvard Law Review. During his time at the school, he also played basketball on the black law students' association team.
Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore graduated cum laude from Harvard in 1969 with a degree in government. He wrote a great senior thesis titled, "The Impact of Television on the Conduct of the Presidency, 1947-1969."
Ben Bernanke, former chairman of the Federal Reserve, graduated summa cum laude in 1975 with a degree in economics. He earned a 1590 out of 1600 on his SATs.
Bill Gates began studying at Harvard in 1973 and decided to major in applied math. He dropped out two years later to found Microsoft with his friend Paul Allen. One of Gates' former roommates told Harvard Magazine that Gates would study for 36 hours at a time, with 10 hour breaks in between.
Source: Harvard Magazine
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