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Forté who studied violin at the prestigious Phillips Exeter Academy in New Hampshire as a youth co-wrote and produced two songs on the Fugees’ Grammy-winning 1996 smash, The Score. Two years later, he released his debut, Poly Sci, on which Fugees member Wyclef Jean has an executive-producer credit.
Here are a handful of Exeter’s most notable alumni:
Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook. Since dropping out of Harvard to work on Facebook full-time in 2004, Zuckerberg has grown the social network into a $300 billion company.
Franklin Pierce, the 14th president of the United States. In 1854, Pierce signed the Kansas-Nebraska Act, which mandated that settlers themselves could decide if slavery was allowed or not within a territory’s borders. The controversial bill overturned the Missouri Compromise and angered anti-slavery activists, helping to pave the way for the Civil War.
Gore Vidal, author and TV personality. A prolific writer, Vidal wrote 25 novels throughout his life, as well as memoirs, plays, TV shows, and a flood of essays.
Dan Brown, best-selling author of “The Da Vinci Code.” Brown’s also been recognized for his other novels, including “Angels and Demons” and “Inferno.”
Win Butler, founder and lead singer of rock band Arcade Fire. Butler’s younger brother, Will, is also a member of the band, as well as a fellow Exeter alum.
Roxane Gay, author of “An Untamed State” and “Bad Feminist.” Gay’s work has also appeared in The New York Times, Slate, and The Guardian, among others.
Tom Steyer, billionaire hedge fund manager who founded and ran Farallon Capital Management for 26 years. Steyer sold his stake in the company in 2012 and now focuses on politics and environmental issues.
John Irving, author and screenwriter, known for “The World According to Garp” and “The Cider House Rules.” In 2000, Irving won an Academy Award for best adapted screenplay for “The Cider House Rules.”
Adam D’Angelo, cofounder of Quora. Friends with Zuckerberg since their days at Exeter, D’Angelo served as Facebook’s Chief Technology Officer until 2010, when he quit to build Quora.