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. Ingrid Bergman (1915-1982) Swedish actress. Featured in Casablanca.
  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. Grace Kelly (1929-1982) American actress and later Princess of Monaco.
  76. Steve Jobs (1955 – 2012) Key figure in Apple computers
  77. Ronald Reagan (1911 – 2004) – US President.
  78. Lionel Messi (1987- ) Argentinian footballer
  79. Babe Ruth (1895 – 1948) American baseball player
  80. Bob Geldof – Irish musician, charity worker
  81. Leon Trotsky (1879-1940) Russian Marxist revolutionary
  82. Roger Federer (1981 – ) Swiss Tennis player
  83. Sigmund Freud (1856 – 1939) Austrian psychoanalyst
  84. Woodrow Wilson ( 1856 – 1924) US president.
  85. Mao Zedong (1893-1976) Leader of Chinese Communist revolution
  86. Katherine Hepburn (1907-2003) – American actress.
  87. Audrey Hepburn (1929 – 1993) British actress and humanitarian.
  88. David Beckham – English footballer
  89. Tiger Woods – American golfer
  90. Usain Bolt – Jamaican athlete. Record holder at 100m and 200m
  91. Bill Cosby (1937 – ) – US entertainer
  92. Carl Lewis (1961 – ) – US athlete and Olympian
  93. Prince Charles – Heir to British throne
  94. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis – American wife of JF. Kennedy
  95. C.S. Lewis – British author
  96. Billie Holiday (1915 – 1959) American jazz singer.
  97. J.R.R. Tolkien – British author of Lord of the Rings
  98. Tom Cruise (1962 ) – American actor
  99. Billie Jean King – American tennis players and campaigner for equality.
  100. Anne Frank (1929-1945) – Dutch Jewish author who died in Holocaust.

More famous people

  1. Simon Bolivar (1783 – 1830) ‘Liberator’ of Latin America.
  2. Marie Antoinette (1755 – 1793) French Queen, executed during the French revolution
  3. Christiano Ronaldo – Portuguese footballer.
  4. Emmeline Pankhurst  1858-1928 – English suffragette.
  5. Yoko Ono (1933- ) Japanese / US artist, musician
  6. Emile Zatopek – Czech athlete
  7. Lech Walesa – Polish leader of Solidarity movement
  8. Julie Andrews – British singer
  9. Florence Nightingale – British nurse
  10. Marie Curie – Polish / French scientist
  11. Stephen Hawking - British scientist
  12. Tim Berners Lee (1955- ) English creator of World Wide Web
  13. Beyonce (1981- ) American singer, dancer and actress
  14. Lady Gaga (1986-) American singer
  15. Lance Armstrong (1971- ) American cyclist.
  16. Shakira – Colombian singer
  17. Jon Stewart (1962 – ) – American comic and tv presenter New York.
  18. Scarlett Johansson (1984 – ) – American actress
  19. Larry Page (1973 – ) American co-founder of Google
  20. Sergey Brin (1973 – ) Russian co-founder of Google
  21. Wright Brothers – Orville and Wilbur Wright who made first flight in 1903.
  22. Roman Abramovich – Russian oligarch.
  23. Rupert Murdoch – Media owner of News Corporation.
  24. Al Gore – US presidential candidate and environmental campaigner
  25. Sacha Baron Cohen (1971 – ) – English comedian
  26. George Clooney (1961 – ) – American actor and political activist.
  27. Paul Krugman – American Nobel Prize winning economist
  28. Jimmy Wales – American creator of Wikipedia
  29. Brad Pitt (1963 – ) Actor
  30. Kylie Minogue – Australian singer and actress
  31. Malala Yousafzai - (1997- ) Pakistani human rights activist.
  32. 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

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