List of Top 100 Famous People

A list of famous people, chosen mainly from the Ninenteenth, Twentieth or Twenty First Century. This list includes famous actors, politicians, entrepreneurs, writers, artists and humanitarians.

  1. Marilyn Monroe (1926 - 1962) American actress / singer / model.
  2. Abraham Lincoln (1809 - 1865) US President during American civil war
  3. Mother Teresa (1910 - 1997) Catholic missionary nun / charity worker
  4. John F. Kennedy (1917 – 1963) US President
  5. Martin Luther King (1929 – 1968) - American civil rights campaigner
  6. Nelson Mandela (1918 - ) - South African President anti-apartheid campaigner.
  7. Winston Churchill (1874- 1965) - British Prime Minister during WWII
  8. Bill Gates (1955 - ) American businessman, founder of Microsoft
  9. Muhammad Ali (1942 - ) American Boxer and civil rights campaigner.
  10. Mahatma Gandhi (1869 - 1948) Leader of Indian independence.
  11. Margaret Thatcher (1925 - ) British Prime Minister.
  12. Charles de Gaulle (1890 - 1970) French resistance leader and President.
  13. Christopher Columbus (1451 – 1506) - Italian explorer
  14. George Orwell (1903 - 1950) British author of 1984, Animal farm
  15. Charles Darwin (1809 - 1882) British scientist proposed theory of evolution.
  16. Elvis Presley (1935 - 1977) American pop singer.
  17. Albert Einstein (1879 - 1955) German scientist - theory of relativity.
  18. Paul McCartney (1942 - ) British musician, member of Beatles.
  19. Plato (423 BC – 348 BC) Greek philosopher
  20. Queen Elizabeth II (1926 - ) British monarch since 1954.
  21. Queen Victoria ( 1819 –1901) British Queen during Nineteenth Century
  22. John M Keynes (1883 – 1946) British economist.
  23. Mikhail Gorbachev (1931 - ) Russian President during end of Cold War.
  24. Jawaharlal Nehru (1889-1964) Indian Prime Minister
  25. Leonardo da Vinci (1452 – 1519) Italian, painter, scientist, polymath
  26. Louis Pasteur (1822-1895) - French chemist and microbiologist.
  27. Leo Tolstoy (1828 - 1910 ) - Russian author and philosopher.
  28. Pablo Picasso (1881-1973) - Spanish modern artists
  29. Vincent Van Gogh (1853 – 1890) Dutch artist
  30. Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882 – 1945) - US President 1932 - 1945.
  31. Pope John Paul II (1920 - 2005) Polish Pope.
  32. Thomas Edison ( 1847 – 1931) - American inventor
  33. Rosa Parks (1913 – 2005) - American civil rights activist
  34. Aung San Suu Kyi (1945 - ) Burmese opposition leader.
  35. Lyndon Johnson (1908 – 1973) - US President 1963-69
  36. Ludwig Beethoven (1770 - 1827) - German composer
  37. Oprah Winfrey (1954 - ) US media celebrity.
  38. Indira Gandhi (1917 – 1984) - Third Prime Minister of India.
  39. Eva Peron (1919 – 1952) - First Lady of Argentina
  40. Benazir Bhutto (1953 – 2007) - Prime Minister of Pakistan
  41. Desmond Tutu (1931 - ) South African Bishop and opponent of apartheid
  42. Dalai Lama (1938 - ) Spritual and political leader of Tibetans
  43. Walt Disney (1901 – 1966) American film producer
  44. Neil Armstrong (1930 – 2012) US Pilot , first person to land on moon.
  45. Peter Sellers (1925 – 1980) British film actor and comedian
  46. Barack Obama (1961- ) US President
  47. Malcolm X (1925 – 1965) American Black nationalist leader
  48. J.K.Rowling (1965 - ) British author of Harry Potter series.
  49. Richard Branson (1950 - ) British entrepreneur founder of Virgin.
  50. Pele (1940 - ) Brazilian footballer, considered greatest of 20th Century.
  51. Jesse Owens (1913-1980) US track athlete won 4 golds at 1936 Olympics.
  52. Ernest Hemingway (1899 – 1961) American author
  53. John Lennon (1940 – 1980) British popstar and member of the Beatles.
  54. Henry Ford (1863 – 1947) US Industrialist
  55. Haile Selassie (1892 - 1975) head of state of Ethiopia
  56. Joseph Stalin (1879 - 1953) Soviet leader from 1924-1953.
  57. Lord Baden Powell (1857 – 1941) British Founder of scout movement
  58. Michael Jordon (1963 - ) US Basketball star.
  59. George Bush jnr (1946 - ) US President 2000-2008.
  60. V.Lenin (1870-1924) - Leader of Russian Revolution 1917.
  61. Osama Bin Laden (1957-2011) Leader of Al Qaeda
  62. Fidel Castro (1926-) Cuban revolutionary leader.
  63. Oscar Wilde (1854- 1900) Irish author, poet, playwright.
  64. Coco Chanel (1883-1971) - French Fashion designer
  65. Pope Francis (1936 - ) - First pope from the Americas.
  66. Amelia Earhart (1897– 1937) - Female aviator
  67. Adolf Hitler (1889 - 1945) - leader of Nazi Germany 1933-45.
  68. Sting (1951 - ) British musician.
  69. Mary Magdalene (4 BC - 40AD) - devotee of Jesus Christ
  70. Alfred Hitchcock (1899 – 1980) - English / American film producer
  71. Michael Jackson (1958 – 2009) - American Pop singer
  72. Madonna (1958 - ) American Pop singer
  73. Mata Hari (1876-1917) Dutch exotic dancer, executed as spy.
  74. Cleopatra (69 -30 BC) Queen of Egypt.
  75. Steve Jobs (1955 - 2012) Key figure in Apple computers
  76. Ronald Reagan (1911 – 2004) - US President.
  77. Lionel Messi (1987- ) Argentinian footballer
  78. Babe Ruth (1895 – 1948) American baseball player
  79. Bob Geldof - Irish musician, charity worker
  80. Leon Trotsky (1879-1940) Russian Marxist revolutionary
  81. Roger Federer (1981 - ) Swiss Tennis player
  82. Sigmund Freud (1856 – 1939) Austrian psychoanalyst
  83. Woodrow Wilson ( 1856 – 1924) US president.
  84. Mao Zedong (1893-1976) Leader of Chinese Communist revolution
  85. Katherine Hepburn (1907-2003) - American actress.
  86. Audrey Hepburn (1929 – 1993) British actress and humanitarian.
  87. David Beckham - English footballer
  88. Tiger Woods - American golfer
  89. Usain Bolt - Jamaican athlete. Record holder at 100m and 200m
  90. Bill Cosby (1937 - ) - US entertainer
  91. Carl Lewis (1961 - ) - US athlete and Olympian
  92. Prince Charles - Heir to British throne
  93. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis - American wife of JF. Kennedy
  94. C.S. Lewis - British author
  95. Billie Holiday (1915 – 1959) American jazz singer.
  96. J.R.R. Tolkien - British author of Lord of the Rings
  97. Tom Cruise (1962 ) - American actor
  98. Billie Jean King - American tennis players and campaigner for equality.
  99. Simon Bolivar (1783 – 1830) 'Liberator' of Latin America.
  100. Anne Frank (1929-1945) - Dutch Jewish author who died in Holocaust.

More famous people

  1. Marie Antoinette (1755 – 1793) French Queen, executed during the French revolution
  2. Christiano Ronaldo - Portuguese footballer.
  3. Emmeline Pankhurst  1858-1928 - English suffragette.
  4. Yoko Ono (1933- ) Japanese / US artist, musician
  5. Emile Zatopek - Czech athlete
  6. Lech Walesa - Polish leader of Solidarity movement
  7. Julie Andrews - British singer
  8. Florence Nightingale - British nurse
  9. Marie Curie - Polish / French scientist
  10. Stephen Hawking - British scientist
  11. Tim Berners Lee (1955- ) English creator of World Wide Web
  12. Beyonce (1981- ) American singer, dancer and actress
  13. Lady Gaga (1986-) American singer
  14. Lance Armstrong (1971- ) American cyclist.
  15. Shakira - Colombian singer
  16. Jon Stewart (1962 - ) - American comic and tv presenter New York.
  17. Scarlett Johansson (1984 - ) - American actress
  18. Larry Page (1973 - ) American co-founder of Google
  19. Sergey Brin (1973 - ) Russian co-founder of Google
  20. Wright Brothers - Orville and Wilbur Wright who made first flight in 1903.
  21. Roman Abramovich - Russian oligarch.
  22. Rupert Murdoch - Media owner of News Corporation.
  23. Al Gore - US presidential candidate and environmental campaigner
  24. Sacha Baron Cohen (1971 - ) - English comedian
  25. George Clooney (1961 - ) - American actor and political activist.
  26. Paul Krugman - American Nobel Prize winning economist
  27. Jimmy Wales - American creator of Wikipedia
  28. Brad Pitt (1963 - ) Actor
  29. Kylie Minogue - Australian singer and actress
  30. Malala Yousafzai - (1997- ) Pakistani human rights activist.
  31. Stephen King (1947 - ) Contemporary horror and fantasy writer.

Famous Historical Figures

See also: Famous historical figures - which include people from ancient civilisation to the present.

Famous People Through History

Famous by Nationality

Citation: Pettinger, Tejvan. + "Top 100 Famous People ", Oxford, www.biographyonline.net, 01/02/2013

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Famous People by Category

Famous by religion