Most Successful People Everby horne_jeffrey | created - 31 Jan 2013 | updated - 14 Feb 2015 | Public
Producer | The Oprah Winfrey Show
Oprah Winfrey was born Orpah Gail Winfrey in Kosciusko, Mississippi, to Vernita Lee, a former maid, and Vernon Winfrey, a coal miner, barber, and city councilman.
While Winfrey has been cited as the richest African American of the 20th century, she does not come from a rich, or even middle class, ...
Oprah Winfrey is probably the first African American billionaire in history. Her net worth is around 2 billion dollars. According to sources, she is the most influential and powerful women in the world. Due to her connections, she helped Barack Obama become the first African American president in American history. She enjoyed a highly successful career with her television show remaining near or at the top of the ratings for 25 years (1986-2011). She also had a pretty good acting career since she was nominated for an Oscar and a Golden Globe in 1986 for her role in the color purple. Due to her charitable work, Oprah has also been called one of the most generous celebrities of all time.
Soundtrack | Michael Jackson: Thriller
Michael Joseph Jackson was born in Gary, Indiana on August 29, 1958, and entertained audiences nearly his entire life. His father, Joe Jackson, had been a guitarist, but was forced to give up his musical ambitions following his marriage to Katherine Jackson (née Katherine Esther Scruse). Together, ...
Considered the most successful entertainer in music history. He has won 13 Grammies award, which includes Lifetime Grammy award. I still cannot get over the fact of him shattering the record with eight Grammy wins during the 1984 Grammies. All of artist have won 8 or less Grammies throughout their career, but MJ was not an ordinary performer. MJ has also sold 400 million albums throughout his famous career. Even though he is no longer alive, his music will live on forever.
3. Tiger Woods
At age 21, Tiger Woods became the youngest Masters champ and the first golfer since Jerry Pate in 1976 to win in the first major he played. In 1997, Woods took the lead at the Augusta golf classic and then put on a golf clinic never seen before. He fired a 3-under-par 69 and broke the tournament 72...
Widely considered the most successful golfer of all time. He has won 78 PGA tours (second to Sam Snead with 82 wins) and 14 major championships(second to Jack Nicklaus with 18 wins). Tiger has also conquer 17 World Golf Championships. He held the record for being the world's number one golfer for the greatest number of weeks. He was also the highest paid golfer for the greatest number of weeks as well. Tiger Woods has come a long way because he was in a slump from 2009 to 2011. However, he upped his game in late 2011 into 2012, which put him back on top in 2013. If he continues to play at a high level, he will have a special place in history as the all time greatest golfer ever.
Actor | Space Jam
Michael Jeffrey Jordan was born in Brooklyn, New York on February 17, 1963. He was the fourth of five children born to James and Deloris. James Jordan was a mechanic and Deloris Jordan was a bank teller. Soon after Michael's birth, James and Deloris felt that the streets of Brooklyn were unsafe to ...
MJ is widely considered the greatest NBA player on the basketball court. He is a 5 time MVP as well as 6 time NBA Finals MVP. He has won scoring champion a whopping 10 times. His career high game was 69 points; also, he scored 63 points during the NBA playoffs, which is the best scoring performance to date. MJ also scored 64, 61, 61, 59, 57, 55 (the comeback), and much more 50 point games. He is also well known for his athleticism by making circus shots and lay ups more common in the NBA. MJ circus moves have been compared to NBA greats, such Julius Erving and Elgin Baylor.
Soundtrack | The Bodyguard
Whitney Elizabeth Houston was born into a musical family on 9 August 1963, in Newark, New Jersey, the daughter of gospel star Cissy Houston, cousin of singing star Dionne Warwick and goddaughter of soul legend Aretha Franklin.
She began singing in the choir at her church, The New Hope Baptist ...
Has sold 200 million albums throughout her legendary career. There will not be another Whitney Houston. She also enjoyed a successful career as a talented actress. While she is no longer with us, Whitney gave us countless memories through her music and movies.
Actress | Evita
The remarkable, hyper-ambitious Material Girl who never stops reinventing herself, Madonna is a seven-time Grammy Award-winner who has sold over three hundred million records and CDs to adoring fans worldwide. Her film career, however, is another story. Her performances have consistently drawn ...
Has sold 300 million albums to her name as well as win an Golden Globe award.
7. Mariah Carey
Actress | Precious
Mariah Carey was born in Long Island, New York. She is the daughter of Patricia (Hickey), a singer and vocal coach, and Alfred Roy Carey, an engineer. Her mother's ancestry is Irish, and her father was of Afro-Cuban and African-American descent. Mariah attended Greenlawn's Harborfields High School....
Has sold 200 million albums to her name.
8. Woody Allen
Writer | Manhattan
Woody Allen was born Allan Stewart Konigsberg on December 1, 1935 in Brooklyn, New York, to Nettie (Cherrie), a bookkeeper, and Martin Konigsberg, a waiter and jewellery engraver. His father was of Russian Jewish descent, and his maternal grandparents were Austrian Jewish immigrants. As a young boy...
Woody Allen has been called the most awarded celebrity in Hollywood history.
Actress | The Philadelphia Story
Born May 12, 1907 in Hartford, Connecticut, she was the daughter of a doctor and a suffragette, both of whom always encouraged her to speak her mind, develop it fully, and exercise her body to its full potential. An athletic tomboy as a child, she was also very close to her brother, Tom, and was ...
Long before Meryl Streep and Jack Nicholson, Katharine Hepburn paved the way for dominance at the Oscars in the 20th century. She has won 4 Oscars, which includes her being nominated for the award 12 times.
10. Meryl Streep
Actress | Out of Africa
Considered by many critics to be the greatest living actress, Meryl Streep has been nominated for the Academy Award an astonishing 20 times, and has won it three times. Meryl was born Mary Louise Streep in 1949 in Summit, New Jersey, to Mary Wolf (Wilkinson), a commercial artist, and Harry William ...
Has won 3 Oscars, which includes her being nominated actress an impressive 17 times. She is also the most acclaimed Golden Globe nominated actress with 26 nominations to her name.
11. Jack Nicholson
Actor | Chinatown
Jack Nicholson, an American actor, producer, director and screenwriter, is a three-time Academy Award winner and twelve-time nominee. Nicholson is also notable for being one of two actors - the other being Michael Caine - who have received Oscar nomination in every decade from the 1960s through the...
Has won 3 Oscars while being nominated for the award 17 times. He is also a very successful Golden Globe winner by winning the trophy 6 times while being nominated for it 17 times.
12. Adam Copeland
Actor | Haven
Adam Copeland, formerly known as WWE Superstar Edge, is an actor and retired professional wrestler, who is currently starring as one of the leads in the fifth season of the popular television series HAVEN for Syfy. Canadian born, Copeland's life in wrestling spanned two decades, and through his ...
Edge is one of the most successful wrestlers of all time. He has won a title of 31 championships throughout his storied career. He is a 11 time World Champion. He also won 2001 King of the Ring, 2005 and 2007 Money in the Bank, and 2010 Royal Rumble. Edge is probably the most successful tag team champion with 11 victories of gold to his name. In early 2011, he was force to retired due to his serve neck injuries. During his retirement speech on Raw, he implied if he took one more hit in the ring, he would probably be in a wheel chair for the rest of his life. I am glad he walked away from the ring without being paralyzed. Most of all, he left the WWE as a world champion, which is the best way to depart from this sport. A year later, he added another accomplishment to his resume when he was inducted into WWE Hall of Fame.
13. Dwayne Johnson
Actor | Moana
Dwayne Douglas Johnson, also known as The Rock, was born on May 2, 1972 in Hayward, California, to Ata Johnson (born Feagaimaleata Fitisemanu Maivia) and Canadian-born professional wrestler Rocky Johnson (born Wayde Douglas Bowles). His father is black (of Black Nova Scotian descent), and his ...
The Rock has done it all, he has done it all. He is one of the best box office draws along with Hulk Hogan and Stone Cold Steve Austin. He has won everything from the 2000 Royal Rumble, been 10 time world champion, has won tag team title gold. In Hollywood, he is the first actor to receive 5.5 million dollars during his debut as a leading actor. The Rock has several movies that has been blockbuster hits, particularly the Fast Furious 5 and 6, which made 600 million dollars worldwide. He also enjoyed a successful college football career in Miami where he helped his team to the college football championship. Above all, The Rock has transitioned him from wrestler, actor, entertainer, and one day he will be a future WWE Hall of Famer. I hope WWE gives The Great One an invitation for the HOF by the time WrestleMania 30 takes place.
14. Chris Jericho
Actor | MacGruber
American-born, Canadian-raised professional wrestler, rock singer, actor and author. Debuted in 1990 in Calgary after training in the Hart Family Dungeon. He competed for Stampede Wrestling, for the Canadian National Wrestling Alliance (no connection to the National Wrestling Alliance) and West ...
The talented and successful Chris Jericho has done it all from winning the back one from The Rock and Stone Cold, which made he the first ever Undisputed Champion. This was a huge deal to win the WWE belts from two top dogs, such as The Rock and Austin since they are the two biggest names in WWE history. Chris Jericho has won a total of 30 championships, which includes 6 world championship titles. Not only that, Y2J is the most celebrated IC champion ever with 9 trophies to his name. When he is not in the ring, he can be found entertaining the fans as a Rock and Roll artist. Y2J can do it all: wrestle in the ring, make fans laugh, cry, and boo him out of the building. He is that gifted. You never know what you are going to get from Chris Jericho because this man is full of surprises.
15. Steve Austin
Actor | The Condemned
'Stone Cold' Steve Austin was born in Victoria, Texas, as Steven James Anderson, on December 18, 1964, the youngest of five children. His mother, Beverly Jane (Harrison), remarried to Kenneth Williams, and he took his stepfather's surname. He played football at the North Texas State University. He ...
Stone Cold Steve Austin is probably the best box office wrestler ever just beating legends, such as Hulk Hogan and The Rock. He enjoyed a short yet success wrestling career as a top wrestler from the late 1990s into the early 2000s. He was the winner of 1996 King of the Ring. The toughest SOA also is the only 3 time Royal Rumble winner in WWE history, he has won the event in 1997, 1998, and 2001. SCSA has won 25 championships throughout his career. Back in 2001, he was one of the very few wrestlers to win 6 WWE championships. The Rock and Hulk Hogan were the other wrestlers who won 6 WWE titles with Stone Cold Steve Austin. He retired from wrestling in 2003 due to nagging neck and knee injuries, but had several appearances to the WWE thereafter. However, he has not made a WWE appearance since June 13, 2011. Hopefully, SCSA makes a special appearance by stunning everyone at WrestleMania 30, which promises to be an event for the ages.
16. Kurt Angle
Actor | Warrior
Kurt Steven Angle was born in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. He is a 1996 Olympic Gold Medal winner in the 220lbs weight category. First ever wrestler to hold the WCW and WWF World Championships during the same calendar year, and has held WWF, Intercontinental, European and Hardcore championships ...
Kurt Angle has enjoyed a successful career as an Olympian and wrestler. Back in the 1996 Olympics, he won a gold medal with a messed freaking neck. When he entered the WWE, the wrestling would not be the same again, it is true, it is really true. He has won everything from 2000 King of the Ring, WWE championship, IC title, European title, and tag team title. In general, he has won 20 championships, which includes 12 world championships. In 2006, he left WWE for TNA due to not being pleased with the direction of the WWE. In TNA, he continue to dominated the wrestling ring, which caused him to be inducted into the TNA Hall of Fame. Please note, he is in TNA HOF while still being an active wrestler, which is a rarity in my humble opinion. While I feel his home is at the WWE, I respect Angle's decision to go to TNA so he could broaden his horizon as a wrestler. Hopefully, WWE inducts Angle into the WWE HOF sooner rather than later.
17. Stephen Farrelly
Sheamus O'Shaunessy began his wrestling career in The Monster Factory in April 2002 where he trained under the supervision of former WWF professional wrestler Larry Sharpe along with former ECW referee Jim Molineaux. SOS made his wrestling debut 6 weeks later against WWA and TNA star Robert ...
AKA Sheamus (This wrestler has only been in the WWE for three years. He has the type of resume most wrestlers dream of. For example, he is 2012 Royal Rumble winner, 2010 King of the Ring winner, 3 time World Champion, and 1 time US champion). The sky is the limit for this wrestler. He has earned his success because he is a good worker in the ring.
18. John Cena
Actor | Trainwreck
John Felix Anthony Cena, better known as WWE superstar John Cena, was born on April 23, 1977 in West Newbury, Massachusetts, to Carol (Lupien) and John Cena. He is of Italian (father) and French-Canadian and English (mother) descent, and is the grandson of baseball player Tony Lupien. When he was ...
This man has done it all, he has done it all. Mainevented at PPVs, starred in leading pictures, and release a rap album. JC is a 12 time world champion, 2 time Royal Rumble winner (2008 & 2013), 2012 Money in the Bank winner, 3 time WWE United States Champion, and he held the WWE title for 380 days from 2006-2007.
19. C.M. Punk
Born in 1978, Phil Brooks had a hard life growing up on the streets where he was confronted by drugs and alcohol. Instead of giving into them, he turned away from them and decided to join the Straight Edge movement of being Alcohol, Drug and Cigarette free. In his teen years, Brooks become a highly...
This highly successful and talented wrestler has come a long way. At first, I said I did not know about CM Punk because he looked like every other wrestler. However, the more I watched his matches, the more I became impressed with his work. Particularly, I am a fan of his mic work as I think he is an elite speaker on the cailber of The Rock and Chris Jericho. He is a 2 time Money in the Bank winner, 5 time World Champion, and recently held the championship for 434 days, which is the longest reign in the last 25 years.
20. Paul Wight
Actor | The Waterboy
Paul also played college basketball at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville from 1992 to 1993, and was a member of the National Collegiate Athletic Association (NCAA) Division II Cougars basketball team. Paul is a member of the Xi Beta Chapter of Tau Kappa Epsilon fraternity at Southern ...
This 7 foot is the first WWE wrestler to hold every single championship in the WWE. He has won everything from tag team champion, hardcore champion, IC title, US belt, and much more. During his WCW wrestling days, he was also the youngest world champion in history; he won the WCW title at the age of 26 or 27 in 1999. Overall, the Big Show has a won a total of 23 championships. He seems to show no signs of slowing down anytime soon.
21. Mark Calaway
Actor | Suburban Commando
Born on March 24, 1965. Best known as "The Undertaker" from World Wrestling Entertainment. He first came to the WWF in 1990 as Ted DiBiase's mystery partner at The Survivor Series (1990). At first, he was a heel, but later turned face, around WrestleMania VIII (1992). He has held the WWF World ...
This legend has been in the WWE for a LONG time, since 1990. He has paid his dues by putting the time in. He is 2007 Royal Rumble winner, 7 time World Champion, and is well known for his famous 20-0 Wrestlemania record, which may go to 21-0, if he shows up for WM 29.
22. Shawn Michaels
Self | King of the Ring
Began his career in Texas. Trained by the legendary Jose Lothario, Shawn Michaels wrestled in Kansas, where he met fellow wrestler, Marty Jannetty. A year later, after sending tapes of his matches to the major wrestling companies at the time, he was contacted by the AWA, who proposed that he team ...
The showstopper was not the beloved and respect wrestling legend people come to admire. Back in the 1990s, he had the reputation of being difficult to get along with in the locker room. However, he turned his life around when he found Christ Jesus in the late 90s or early 00s. After a 4 year hiatus, HBK returned to the ring better than ever in 2002. Most of all, he returned with a better attitude. This first time Grand Slam Champion has won it all. He was 1995 & 1996 Royal Rumble winner, won 4 World Championships, PWI Match of the Year Award 11 times, and was inducted into WWE Hall of Fame in 2011.
Like him or not. There is no denying this WWE legend is worthy of some respect. Sure he may have mainevented longer than people would have liked, but he worked his butt to reach the top. HHH is a 1997 King of the Ring winner, 2002 Royal Rumble winner, 13 time World Champion, and the second Grand Slam champion after HBK.
24. Ric Flair
Actor | World Wide Wrestling
Richard Morgan Fliehr isn't what you'd expect from a professional wrestler. A medical student at Minnesota University (his father was a doctor, his mother an actress), Flair dropped out college to train for the mat wars under legendary former AWA World champ Verne Gagne. He made his professional ...
Ric Flair is probably the most award world champion of all time with 16 championships to his resume. He also won the 1992 Royal Rumble by also being the first competitor to duke it out in the ring for one hour. Ric Flair is one of the oldest wrestlers who continues to put on entertaining matches with almost any opponent. He has a special place in history as one of the greatest wrestlers of all time.
25. Tom Cruise
Actor | Top Gun
In 1976, if you had told fourteen year-old Franciscan seminary student Thomas Cruise Mapother IV that one day in the not too distant future he would be Tom Cruise, one of the top 100 movie stars of all time, he would have probably grinned and told you that his ambition was to join the priesthood. ...
This pretty boy ruled the world in the 1980s and 1990s. He is a talented dude who can win awards will selling out the movie theaters. He has been nominated for 3 Oscars while winning 3 Golden Globes. Tom Cruise has numerous movies that grossed more than 100 million at the box office.
26. Tom Hanks
Producer | Cast Away
Thomas Jeffrey Hanks was born in Concord, California, to Janet Marylyn (Frager), a hospital worker, and Amos Mefford Hanks, an itinerant cook. His mother's family, originally surnamed "Fraga", was entirely Portuguese, while his father was of mostly English ancestry. Tom grew up in what he has ...
If there is an actor who can gross 100 million dollars worldwide and a dozen awards, that man would be Tom Hanks. His highest grossing movie is Toy Story 3, which grossed over 1 billion dollars globally. He has also win 2 Oscars out of 5 nominations. He has won 4 Golden Globes as well.
27. Will Smith
Music_department | The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air
Willard Carroll "Will" Smith, Jr. (born September 25, 1968) is an American actor, comedian, producer, rapper, and songwriter. He has enjoyed success in television, film, and music. In April 2007, Newsweek called him "the most powerful actor in Hollywood". Smith has been nominated for five Golden ...
This blockbuster king is higher than life. Will Smith has several movies that gross 100,000,000 dollars worldwide. The Fresh Prince of Bel Air has gone from rapper, comedian, serious actor, to role model by helping his son shine in the spotlight. He has been nominated for 2 Oscars and 4 Golden Globes during his career.
28. Kanye West
Soundtrack | The Great Gatsby
Kanye West was born on June 8, 1977 in Atlanta, Georgia, USA as Kanye Omari West. He has been married to Kim Kardashian West since May 24, 2014. They have two children.
Love him, heat him, or both, this highly controversial rapper is well known for giving you his all when it comes to producing good music. If he releases another album as he says, he might win more Grammies than the great Stevie Wonder. So far, he has 21 Grammies to his name, which is a remarkable feat. He has a special spot at the Grammies as one of the most awardable artist of all time. If he plays his cards right, he might be the most successful Grammy winner of all time.
29. Alicia Keys
Soundtrack | The Secret Life of Bees
Alicia Keys was born in Hell's Kitchen, Manhattan, to Teresa (Augello), a paralegal who was also an occasional actress, and Craig Cook, a flight attendant. Her father is African-American, and her mother, who is caucasian, is of Italian and English/Irish/Scottish ancestry. Alicia began taking piano ...
My boo has sold 65 million albums worldwide. My girl graduated from high school at the age of 16 (huh?) Let me say this again. She graduated from high school at freaking 16. If that is not amazing, I do not know what is. Oh I know. She also won 5 Grammies during a single night during the 2002 Grammies. Overall, she has won about 14 Grammies to her name.
Soundtrack | Dreamgirls
Beyoncé was born & raised in Houston, Texas. Her father, Mathew Knowles, manages Destiny's Child. Her mother, Tina Knowles designs their glittering costumes. Solange, her sister (they're about 5 years apart), has released her debut album. She dances with her big sister during DC-3 concerts. Beyoncé...
Probably my second boo, after Alicia Keys, has sold 75 million albums to date. She has been nominated for 2 Golden Globes. She has broken numerous records, which includes winning 6 Grammies during the 2010 Grammys. Overall, she has won 20 Grammies throughout her amazing career. Her acting career has not been too shabby either, some of her movies have done well at the box office. Her and Jay Z definitely represent the powerful music couple that everyone can look up to and respect.
31. Taylor Swift
Soundtrack | Taylor Swift: Bad Blood
Taylor Alison Swift is a multi-Grammy award-winning American singer/songwriter who, in 2010 at the age of 20, became the youngest artist in history to win the Grammy Award for Album of the Year. In 2011 Swift was named Billboard's Woman of the Year. She also has been named the American Music Awards...
Sold 100 million albums already in her young career. Nominated for a Golden Globe.
32. Queen Latifah
Actress | Chicago
Often considered hip-hop's first lady (though some would attribute that to Roxanne Shanté), the woman behind the moniker Queen Latifah was born Dana Elaine Owens on March 18, 1970, in East Orange, New Jersey. She is the daughter of Rita (Bray), a teacher, and Lancelot Owens, Sr. She came from a ...
Queen Latifah is a gifted entertainer who has been nominated for an Oscar, BAFA award, won a Golden Globe, a Grammy, and then some. Her career as transitioned dramatically. One day she was a rapper, the next she was an actress singing in during movies, such as Chicago.
33. Kobe Bryant
Actor | Daddy's Home
Kobe Bryant was born on August 23, 1978 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA as Kobe Bean Bryant. He is an actor and producer, known for Daddy's Home (2015), Moesha (1996) and The Black Mamba (2011). He has been married to Vanessa Laine Bryant since April 18, 2001. They have three children.
5 time NBA champion. Scored 81 points in a game. Also, scored 65, 62, 61, and 60 points in a game. Won scoring champion in 2006 and 2007. Won 2008 and 2012 Olympic gold. Won NBA slam dunk contest. Won MVP award in 2008. Won NBA Finals MVP in 2009 and 2010. All time LA Laker scoring. Is 4th on NBA all time scoring list with 30,000 plus points. Need I say more?
34. Stevie Wonder
Soundtrack | The Woman in Red
Born Stevland Hardaway Judkins in Saginaw, Michigan, United States, to Calvin Judkins and Lula Mae Hardaway. Due to being born six weeks premature, Stevie Wonder was born with a condition called retinopathy of prematurity, which made him blind. Stevie Wonder, even with this disability, made his ...
Sold 100 million albums to his name. Has won an Oscar and a record of 22 Grammies.
35. Frank Sinatra
Actor | The Manchurian Candidate
Frank Sinatra was born in Hoboken, New Jersey, to Italian immigrants Natalina Della (Garaventa), from Northern Italy, and Saverio Antonino Martino Sinatra, a Sicilian boxer, fireman, and bar owner. Growing up on the gritty streets of Hoboken made Sinatra determined to work hard to get ahead. ...
Sold 150 million albums to his name. Also won an Oscar for acting.
Actress | Moonstruck
The beat goes on ... and on ... and as strong as ever for this superstar entertainer who has well surpassed the four-decade mark while improbably transforming herself from an artificial, glossy "flashionplate" singer into a serious, Oscar-worthy, dramatic actress ... and back again! With more ups ...
Sold 100 million albums as well as won an Oscar, Grammy, 3 Golden Globes, and an Emmy award.
37. Barbra Streisand
Soundtrack | Funny Girl
Barbra Streisand is an American singer, actress, director and producer and one of the most successful personalities in show business. She is the only person ever to receive all of the following: Oscar, Tony, Emmy, Grammy, Golden Globe, Cable Ace, National Endowment for the Arts, and Peabody awards,...
Sold 145 million albums as well as won 2 Oscars, 8 Grammy, Golden Globe, Tony, Day time Emmy, and 5 Emmy awards.
38. Robert De Niro
Actor | Cape Fear
One of the greatest actors of all time, Robert De Niro was born on August 17, 1943 in Manhattan, New York City, to artists Virginia (Admiral) and Robert De Niro Sr. His paternal grandfather was of Italian descent, and his other ancestry is English, Dutch, German, French and Irish. He was trained at...
Robert De Niro is widely considered one of the greatest actors of all time, with good reason too. This successful and legendary actor has been nominated at the Oscars seven times. Most importantly, he is a two time Oscar winner. De Niro is also a Golden Globe winner as well. Some of his movies have been box office hits too, particularly his Meeting with the Parents sequels with Ben Stiller. No matter what movie De Niro is in, he will deliever, whether it is a drama or comedy movie. He is that talented.
39. Ingrid Bergman
Actress | Spellbound
Ingrid Bergman was one of the greatest actresses from Hollywood's lamented Golden Era. Her natural and unpretentious beauty and her immense acting talent made her one of the most celebrated figures in the history of American cinema. Bergman is also one of the most Oscar-awarded actresses, tied with ...
This old fashioned beauty has won 3 Oscar while being nominated for the award 3 times. She was the Meryl Streep and Kate Winslet of the during the 1960s and 1970s.
40. Barack Obama
U.S. President Barack Hussein Obama II was born in Honolulu, Hawaii. His mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, was a white American from Wichita, Kansas. His father, Barack Obama Sr., who was black, was from Alego, Kenya. They were both young college students at the University of Hawaii. When his father left...
The first ever African American president has done a lot for this country since 2009, in my humble opinion. He has helped a lot of Americans with health care since 2010. He brought home a lot of the troops from Iraq. He help spot and kill one of the world's infamous terrorists in May of 2011.
41. Bill Gates
Actor | Frasier
Born William Henry III is an American entrepreneur, business mogul, investor, philanthropist, and widely known as one of the most richest and influential people in the world. William Henry III was born to attorney, William Henry II and teacher, Mary Maxwell Gates in Seattle, Washington, USA.
Bill Gates was once the richest man in the world for a long time. While he may no longer be the richest, he is still near the top of the list when it comes to being a billionaire. At one top, he almost had 100 billion dollars in his banking account during the late 1990s and 2000s. He is the founder of Microsoft, which is a extremely successful computer software that a lot of people use to this very day. I am glad he was able to chase after his dream when no one believed in his vision of creating his own computer company.
42. Michael Phelps
Self | Unfiltered
Michael Fred Phelps II was born in Towson, Maryland, to Deborah Sue (Davisson), a middle school principal, and Michael Fred Phelps, a state trooper. Before the 2004 Olympics started, rumor had it that 19 year-old Phelps was thinking of trying to match or even surpass Mark Spitz's legendary seven ...
43. Carl Lewis
Actor | Alien Hunter
Frederick Carlton "Carl" Lewis (born July 1, 1961) is an American former track and field athlete, who won 10 Olympic medals, including nine gold, and 10 World Championships medals, including eight gold. His career spanned from 1979 to 1996 when he last won an Olympic title and subsequently retired.
44. Usain Bolt
Producer | The Boy Who Learned to Fly
Usain Saint Leo Bolt is a Jamaican sprinter. Regarded as the fastest human being ever timed, he is the first man to hold both the 100 metres and 200 metres world records since fully automatic time became mandatory. He also holds the world record in the 4 × 100 metres relay. He is the reigning World...
45. Babe Ruth
Actor | Speedy
Most of Babe Ruth's records have been broken. In 1961, not only did Roger Maris break The Babe's 34-year-old record for most home runs in a season with 61* (2001), but Maris' teammate on the '61 Yankees, pitcher 'Whitey Ford' broke The Babe's 43-year-old record for most scoreless innings pitched in...
46. Bill Russell
Actor | On the Right Track
The term Dynasty might have never applied to Basketball had it not been for Bill Russell. In the History of professional sports there has never been an athlete who has more accolades or championships, in other words Bill Russell is not only a champion, but he is perhaps the definition of a champion...
Actor | Airplane!
Legendary US NBA basketball player with the Milwaukee Bucks (1969-1975) and the Los Angeles Lakers (1975-1989), the 7' 2" Kareem Abdul-Jabbar (born Lew Alcindor) has made numerous guest appearances on US TV shows including Man from Atlantis (1977), 21 Jump Street (1987), Tales from the Darkside (...
48. Magic Johnson
Producer | Obsessed
Magic Johnson was born on August 14, 1959 in Lansing, Michigan, USA as Earvin Johnson. He is a producer and actor, known for Obsessed (2009), Dead Tone (2007) and Brown Sugar (2002). He has been married to Cookie Johnson since September 14, 1991. They have two children.
49. Larry Bird
Actor | Space Jam
Larry Bird graduated from Springs Valley High School in French Lick, Indiana in 1974. He attended Indiana University briefly, then transferred to Indiana State University in Terre Haute. He then embarked on an outstanding basketball career, establishing himself as one of the best shooting forwards ...
50. Whoopi Goldberg
Actress | Ghost
Whoopi Goldberg was born Caryn Elaine Johnson in the Chelsea section of Manhattan on November 13, 1955. Her mother, Emma (Harris), was a teacher and a nurse, and her father, Robert James Johnson, Jr., was a clergyman. Whoopi's recent ancestors were from Georgia, Florida, and Virginia. She worked in...
Whoopi is one of the very few entertainers to win a Oscar, Golden Globe, Tony, Emmy, and Grammy award. She is a talented actress who can star in comedy and serious movies. Believe it or not, despite being a comedian, one of her very first movies was Color Purple, which was a drama film. Outside of acting, I truly respect Whoopi for her wisdom and being outspoken on the View. She does not care what people think nor does she back down from a fight whenever she speaks her mind.
51. Jack Lemmon
Actor | The Apartment
Jack Lemmon was born in Newton, Massachusetts, to Mildred Burgess LaRue (Noel) and John Uhler Lemmon, Jr., the president of a doughnut company. His ancestry included Irish (from his paternal grandmother) and English. Jack attended Ward Elementary near his Newton, MA home. At age 9 he was sent to ...
52. Mark Zuckerberg
Actor | The Simpsons
Mark Zuckerberg was born on May 14, 1984 in Dobbs Ferry, New York, USA as Mark Elliot Zuckerberg. He is an actor and executive, known for The Simpsons (1989), Terms and Conditions May Apply (2013) and The Virtual Revolution (2010). He has been married to Priscilla Chan since May 19, 2012. They have...
53. Wilt Chamberlain
Actor | Conan the Destroyer
Wilton Norman Chamberlain was born in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, to Olivia Ruth (Johnson), a domestic worker, and William Chamberlain, a welder, custodian, and handyman. Wilt didn't come from a race of giants as many thought. Both his parents were no bigger than 5-9, but as a young boy he began a ...
54. Bruce Willis
Actor | Die Hard
Actor and musician Bruce Willis is well known for playing wisecracking or hard-edged characters, often in spectacular action films. Collectively, he has appeared in films that have grossed in excess of $2.5 billion USD, placing him in the top ten stars in terms of box office receipts.
Walter Bruce ...
Actor | Pulp Fiction
Samuel L. Jackson is an American producer and highly prolific actor, having appeared in over 100 films, including Die Hard with a Vengeance (1995), Unbreakable (2000), Shaft (2000), Formula 51 (2001), Black Snake Moan (2006), Snakes on a Plane (2006), and the Star Wars prequel trilogy (1999-2005), ...
56. Eddie Murphy
Actor | The Nutty Professor
Edward Regan Murphy was born April 3, 1961 in Brooklyn, New York, to Lillian (Laney), a telephone operator, and Charles Edward Murphy, a transit police officer who was also an amateur comedian and actor. After his father died, his mother married Vernon Lynch, a foreman at a Breyer's Ice Cream plant...
57. Harrison Ford
Actor | Raiders of the Lost Ark
Harrison Ford was born on July 13, 1942 in Chicago, Illinois, to Dorothy (Nidelman), a radio actress, and Christopher Ford (born John William Ford), an actor turned advertising executive. His father was of Irish and German ancestry, while his maternal grandparents were Jewish immigrants from Minsk,...
58. Johnny Depp
Johnny Depp is perhaps one of the most versatile actors of his day and age in Hollywood.
He was born John Christopher Depp II in Owensboro, Kentucky, on June 9, 1963, to Betty Sue (Wells), who worked as a waitress, and John Christopher Depp, a civil engineer.
Depp was raised in Florida. He dropped ...
Soundtrack | 8 Mile
Eminem was born Marshall Bruce Mathers III in St. Joseph, Missouri, to Deborah R. (Nelson) and Marshall Bruce Mathers, Jr., who were in a band together, Daddy Warbucks. He is of English, as well as some German, Scottish, and Swiss-German, ancestry. Marshall spent his early childhood being shoved ...
The Real Slimshay has sold over 155 million albums to his name. He has won about 15 Grammies to his resume too.
60. Jay Z
Soundtrack | The Great Gatsby
Shawn Corey Carter was born 4 December 1969 in Brooklyn, New York, USA. Raised in Brooklyn, Carter was a school friend of The Notorious B.I.G.. He first started releasing records in the late 1980s. In 1990, he appeared on records by his close friend, Jaz ("The Originators") and Original Flavor ("...
This famous and respected rapper has sold 100 million albums worldwide. HOVA has also won 20 Grammies to his name. Jayz is also owner of the NBA NY Nets. His net worth exceeds 520 million dollars.
Actress | Battleship
Robyn Rihanna Fenty was born in a parish in Barbados called St. Michael, to Monica (Braithwaite), an accountant, and Ronald Fenty, a warehouse supervisor. Her mother is Afro-Guyanese and her father is of Afro-Barbadian and British Isles ancestry (known as "Redlegs" in the Caribbean). Rihanna lived ...
The princess or even queen of Barbados has sold over 150 million albums worldwide.
62. Kenny Rogers
Soundtrack | The Big Lebowski
Born in Texas, the fourth of eight children, singer Kenny Rogers grew up in a poor area of Houston where his father worked in a shipyard and his mother in a hospital. He became the first member of his family to graduate from high school. He took an interest in singing while quite young and as a ...
Kenny Rogers is an singer, musician, actor, photographer, entrepreneur, and author. He has sold over 100 million albums worldwide. KG has released over 120 singles throughout his career. He has top the pop and country charts for 200 weeks. He is inducted into the country music hall of fame.
Soundtrack | Skyfall
Adele was born on May 5, 1988 in Tottenham, London, England as Adele Laurie Blue Adkins. She has been married to Simon Konecki since 2017. They have one child.
This successful, talented, and beautiful artist won an Oscar and Golden Globe for his soundtrack in the successful movie, Skyfall. She has sold between 50 and 75 million albums worldwide. She might be perceived as the most successful female British singer of all time. She still has a ways to go before she surpasses the Beatles as the most successful British act of all time. Not only does Adele known how to sing, but she can also play the guitar as well as possibly knowing how to play the piano. is there anything this performer can't do?
64. Norah Jones
Soundtrack | Ted
Norah Jones (born Geetali Norah Jones Shankar; March 30, 1979) is an American singer-songwriter, musician, and actress. She is a daughter of sitar virtuoso Ravi Shankar and Sue Jones. She is Anoushka Shankar's half-sister.
In 2002, she launched her solo music career with the release of the ...
This beautiful lady has sold over 50 million albums as well as won 9 Grammies to her name. One of her albums is certified diamond by selling over 26 million albums, which is a very rare. Speaking of rare, she joins the elite list of women, Lauren Hill, Alicia Keys, Amy Winehouse, Beyoncé, and Adele, to win 5 or more Grammies in a single night.
65. Tyra Banks
Actress | Coyote Ugly
Tyra Banks was born on December 4, 1973 in Los Angeles, California, USA as Tyra Lynne Banks. She is a producer and writer, known for Coyote Ugly (2000), America's Next Top Model (2003) and Halloween: Resurrection (2002).
Tyra Banks enjoyed a successful career as a top model for many years. Then, she decided to lunge out into television by having her own talk show by helping other women fulfilling their dreams as aspiring models. If that was not enough, she decided to have her own talk show in general. At the rate Tyra was going, she was on her way to receiving Oprah Winfrey status as the most successful talk show host ever. However, in 2010, she decided to end her talk show due to 5 years of the Tyra Banks show being on top. While I was disappointed in the show ending, I was happy she was able to experience all the success as a model and talk show host. Her Emmy win is proof that her talk shows were not a flop or a failure.
66. Tupac Shakur
Soundtrack | Poetic Justice
Born in New York City, Tupac grew up primarily in Harlem. In 1984, his family moved to Baltimore, Maryland where he became good friends with Jada Pinkett Smith. His family moved again in 1988 to Oakland, California. His first breakthrough in music came in 1991 as a member of the group Digital ...
This famous and controversial rapper was known for speaking the truth worth people wanted to hear it or not. Most of all, 2pac changed the game when he was the first rapper to sell 75 million albums worldwide. He also won Grammies for his rap songs during the early to mid 1990s. On top of that, he was a talented and convincing actor who starred in good films, such as Juice, Poetic Justice, and Above the Rim.
67. Rita Moreno
Actress | West Side Story
Rita Moreno has had a thriving acting career for the better part of six decades. One of the very few performers (and the very first) to win an Oscar, an Emmy, a Tony and a Grammy, she was born Rosita Dolores Alverío in Humacao, Puerto Rico, on December 11, 1931, to seamstress Rosa María (Marcano) ...
One of the few entertainers to win an Oscar, Tony, Emmy, and Grammy award.
68. Britney Spears
Soundtrack | Crossroads
Britney Jean Spears was born in McComb (Mississippi) and raised in rural Louisiana (Kentwood) to Jamie Spears and Lynne Spears. As a child, Britney attended dance classes, and she was great at gymnastics, winning many competitions and the like. But, most of all, Britney loved to sing. At age 8, ...
69. Diana Ross
Actress | Lady Sings the Blues
Best known as the the lead singer of the popular 1960s singing group The Supremes, Diana Ernestine Earle Ross was born on March 26, 1944, in Detroit, Michigan, the second of six children of African-American parents Ernestine Lillian (Moten), a schoolteacher, and Fred Earl Ross, who served in the ...
Soundtrack | The Voice
Christina Maria Aguilera was born on December 18, 1980, in Staten Island, New York, to Shelly Loraine (Fidler) and Fausto Wagner Xavier Aguilera, a U.S. army sergeant. Her father is Ecuadorian and her mother, who is American-born, has English, Scots-Irish, and German ancestry. Her parents divorced ...
71. Elton John
Soundtrack | Kingsman: The Golden Circle
Sir Elton John is one of pop music's great survivors. Born 25 March, 1947, as Reginald Kenneth Dwight, he started to play the piano at the early age of four. At the age of 11, he won a scholarship to the Royal Academy of Music. His first band was called Bluesology. He later auditioned (...
Actor | Fences
Denzel Hayes Washington, Jr. was born on December 28, 1954 in Mount Vernon, New York. He is the middle of three children of a beautician mother, Lennis, from Georgia, and a Pentecostal minister father, Denzel Washington, Sr., from Virginia. After graduating from high school, Denzel enrolled at ...
73. Muhammad Ali
Actor | The Greatest
Muhammad Ali beat more champions and top contenders than any heavyweight champion in history. He defeated heavyweight kings Sonny Liston (twice), Floyd Patterson (twice), Ernie Terrell, Jimmy Ellis, Ken Norton (twice), Joe Frazier (twice), George Foreman and Leon Spinks. He defeated ...
74. Dustin Hoffman
Actor | Rain Man
Dustin Lee Hoffman was born in Los Angeles, California, to Lillian (Gold) and Harry Hoffman, who was a furniture salesman and prop supervisor for Columbia Pictures. He was raised in a Jewish family (from Ukraine, Russia-Poland, and Romania). Hoffman graduated from Los Angeles High School in 1955, ...
75. Marlon Brando
Actor | Apocalypse Now
Marlon Brando is widely considered the greatest movie actor of all time, rivaled only by the more theatrically oriented Laurence Olivier in terms of esteem. Unlike Olivier, who preferred the stage to the screen, Brando concentrated his talents on movies after bidding the Broadway stage adieu in ...
76. Gene Hackman
Actor | The French Connection
Eugene Allen Hackman was born in San Bernardino, California, the son of Anna Lyda Elizabeth (Gray) and Eugene Ezra Hackman, who operated a newspaper printing press. He is of Pennsylvania Dutch (German), English, and Scottish ancestry, partly by way of Canada, where his mother was born. After ...
Actor | Terminator 2: Judgment Day
With an almost unpronounceable surname and a thick Austrian accent, who would have ever believed that a brash, quick talking bodybuilder from a small European village would become one of Hollywood's biggest stars, marry into the prestigious Kennedy family, amass a fortune via shrewd investments and...
This man has done it all. He was a bodybuilder, actor, governor, and then turned back to actor. He is one of my favorite action stars growing up along with Bruce Willis, Sly Stallone, and Wesley Snipes. He was one of the top paid actors in Hollywood due to his success in his Terminator films. He is also very smart with an IQ around 125 or 128.
78. Janet Jackson
Soundtrack | Poetic Justice
Janet Damita Jo Jackson was born on May 16, 1966 in Gary, Indiana, to Katherine Jackson (née Katherine Esther Scruse) and Joe Jackson, a musician. She is the youngest of ten children. After her birth, her brothers formed a band later called The Jackson 5. She lived at home with her sisters, while ...
79. Jane Fonda
Actress | Klute
Born in New York City to legendary screen star Henry Fonda and New York socialite Frances Seymour Brokaw, Jane Seymour Fonda was destined early to an uncommon and influential life in the limelight. Although she initially showed little inclination to follow her father's trade, she was prompted by ...
80. Dolly Parton
Soundtrack | The Porter Wagoner Show
Dolly Rebecca Parton was born on January 19, 1946, one of 12 children of Robert Lee Parton, a tobacco farmer, and Avie Lee Parton (née Owens). Dolly grew up on a run-down farm in Locust Ridge, Tennessee. At 12, she was appearing on Knoxville TV and, at 13, she was already recording on a small label...
81. Vanessa Williams
Actress | Ugly Betty
Vanessa Lynn Williams was born in Millwood, New York, to Helen L. (Tinch) and Milton Augustine Williams, Jr., both music teachers. Vanessa and her brother grew up in suburban New York in comfortable surroundings. Vanessa sang and danced in school productions and signed her high school yearbook with...
82. Halle Berry
Actress | Catwoman
Halle Berry was born in Cleveland, Ohio. Her father, Jerome Jesse Berry, was African-American, and worked as a hospital attendant. Her mother, Judith Ann (Hawkins), who is Caucasian, has English and German ancestry, and is a retired psychiatric nurse. Halle has an older sister, Heidi Berry. Halle ...
83. Shaquille O'Neal
Actor | Steel
Shaquille O'Neal is regarded as one of the most dominant athletes and arguably the most gregarious personality in sports history. He wrote an autobiography (Shaq Talks Back), preserves an online presence for his fan base and produced a number of albums (Biological Didn't Bother, Shaq-Fu: Da Return,...
84. LeBron James
Actor | Trainwreck
LeBron James was born on December 30, 1984 in Akron, Ohio, USA as LeBron Raymone James. He is a producer and actor, known for Trainwreck (2015), Survivor's Remorse (2014) and Space Jam 2. He has been married to Savannah Brinson James since September 14, 2013. They have three children.
Actor | A Minor Miracle
Simply he was, and for many people still is, the greatest football player of the world. Not a single thing was impossible for him: he won three World Cup with his National Team of Brazil (Sweden 1958, Chile 1962, Mexico 1970). He scored more than 1.200 goals during his long career (more than 1.300 ...
Considered the greatest soccer player of all time.
87. Bob Dylan
Soundtrack | Renaldo and Clara
Robert Allen Zimmerman was born 24 May 1941 in Duluth, Minnesota; his father Abe worked for the Standard Oil Co. Six years later the family moved to Hibbing, often the coldest place in the US, where he taught himself piano and guitar and formed several high school rock bands. In 1959 he entered the...
Soundtrack | Across the Universe
Bono was born Paul David Hewson in Dublin, Ireland on May 10, 1960, to Iris (Rankin) and Brendan Robert Hewson. He has been the lead singer of the rock band U2 since 1976. U2 has won 22 Grammy Awards to date, and was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2005. Lauded by fans and critics ...
Soundtrack | Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle
Pink was born Alecia Beth Moore in Doylestown, Pennsylvania, and was later raised in Philadelphia. Her parents, Judith Moore (née Kugel), a nurse, and Jim Moore, a Vietnam veteran, divorced when she was very young. Her mother is from an Ashkenazi Jewish family, while her father has Irish, German, ...
Pink has been called the queen of pop music.
90. Trish Stratus
Actress | WWE Monday Night RAW
Patricia Anne Stratigeas, better known as Trish Stratus, is marketed as a former wrestler for World Wrestling Entertainment (WWE). Before she became a mainstay in professional wrestling, she was a student at York University in Toronto, Canada where she majored in Biology and Kinesiology. While in ...
Actor | Iron Man
Robert Downey Jr. has evolved into one of the most respected actors in Hollywood. With an amazing list of credits to his name, he has managed to stay new and fresh even after over four decades in the business.
Downey was born April 4, 1965 in Manhattan, New York, the son of writer, director and ...
92. Oscar Robertson
Producer | Something to Cheer About
Oscar Robertson was born on November 24, 1938 in Charlotte, Tennessee, USA as Oscar Palmer Robertson. He is a producer, known for Something to Cheer About (2002), Triumph, the Untold Story of Perry Wallace (2017) and The Way It Was (1974). He has been married to Yvonne Crittenden since June 25, ...
93. Céline Dion
Soundtrack | Titanic
Hailing from the small town of Charlemagne, Québec, Céline Dion has become one of the all-time greatest singers. Céline was born in 1968, the youngest of 14 children. Early in childhood, she sang with her siblings in a small club owned by her parents. From these early experiences, Céline gained the...
Actress | Devdas
Born into a traditional south Indian family, Aishwarya started modeling at a young age. This green-blue-eyed beauty appeared in advertisements for many prestigious firms; the ones that brought her into the limelight were the garden sari and the Pepsi ad. Crowned Miss India 1994 runner-up, she was a...
She has been cited the most beautiful woman in the world who won the Miss World pageant in 1994. In the early 1990s, she placed second in Miss India pageant. She enjoyed a highly successful Bollywood career by making multiple blockbuster films since the mid to late 1990s. She was awarded the Padma Shri (4th highest civilian honor) by the Governor of Indian. Additionally, she was also issued the Ordre des Arts et des Lettres by French in 2012. Before acting, she enjoyed a decent run as a model during her college days. Outside of acting, she is an Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations who raise awareness for HIV/AIDS.
95. Serena Williams
Actress | Pixels
Serena Williams, is one of the top female tennis player in the world, has always maintained a level of interest. She earned her first grand slam singles title at the U.S. Open back in 1999, and made a string of four straight grand slam singles title wins - the 2002 French, Wimbledon, and U.S. Open ...
96. Jamie Foxx
Actor | Django Unchained
Jamie Foxx is an American actor, singer and comedian. He won an Academy Award for Best Actor, BAFTA Award for Best Actor in a Leading Role, and Golden Globe Award for Best Actor in a Musical or Comedy, for his work in the biographical film Ray (2004). The same year, he was nominated for the Academy...
97. Jerry Rice
Actor | The Game
The finest wide receiver in the history of NFL football, bar none. The incredibly athletic Rice has scored the most touchdowns in NFL history, plus he holds virtually every career record for receptions, yards receiving, all-purpose yards, touchdown receptions and yards from scrimmage, and most ...
Jerry Rice is widely considered the best wide receiver of all time as well as the best NFL player ever.
98. Jim Brown
Actor | Mars Attacks!
Often mentioned as the greatest player in NFL history, this ruggedly handsome African American fullback for the Cleveland Browns first appeared on movie screens in the western Rio Conchos (1964), followed by a strong supporting role as convict commando "Jefferson" in the terrific WW2 action film ...
Jim Brown is widely considered the best running back ever. Before Jerry Rice, he was thought of as the best NFL player ever.
99. Lawrence Taylor
Actor | Any Given Sunday
Lawrence Taylor was born on February 4, 1959 in Williamsburg, Virginia, USA as Lawrence Julius Taylor. He is an actor and writer, known for Any Given Sunday (1999), The Waterboy (1998) and In Hell (2003). He has been married to Lynette since 2007. He was previously married to Maritza Cruz and ...
LT has been considered one of the best NFL players ever as well as the best defensive player in NFL history.
100. Jack Nicklaus
Actor | Shell's Wonderful World of Golf
Jack William Nicklaus (born January 21, 1940), nicknamed "The Golden Bear", is a retired American professional golfer. He is widely regarded as the greatest golfer of all time, winning a total of 18 career major championships, while producing 19 second-place and 9 third-place finishes in them, over...
Before Tiger, he was widely considered the greatest golfer of all time.