Famous People of the Twenty First Century

A list of people who have influenced the world in the Twenty-First Century.

  1. Donald Trump (1946 – ) Businessman, politician
  2. Barack Obama – First black US president
  3. Osama Bin Laden – Leader of Al-Qaeda
  4. Tony Blair – Prime Minister of UK 1997–2007
  5. Angela Merkel (1954 – ) Chancellor of Germany since 2005
  6. Silvio Berlusconi – Controversial Italian Prime Minister
  7. J.K.Rowling – Bestselling author of Harry Potter series
  8. Kim Jong Un – Leader of North Korea
  9. Usain Bolt – World Record breaker at 100m and 200m
  10. Malala Yousafzai (1997 – ) Pakistani human rights activist
  11. Stephen Hawking (1942 – 2018) – Scientist
  12. Linus Torvalds – creator of Linux operating system
  13. George Bush Jr. – US president 2001–2009
  14. Jimmy Wales – Creator of Wikipedia
  15. Steve Jobs – Entrepreneur and founder of Apple
  16. Hilary Clinton – Leading Democrat politician
  17. Queen Elizabeth II (1926 – ) (British Queen from 1953- )
  18. Jimmy Carter – Former US President still active in Peace negotiations.
  19. George Clooney – American actor and political activist
  20. Oprah Winfrey US media celebrity
  21. Paul Krugman – Nobel Prize-winning economist
  22. Tim Berners-Lee – Creator of World Wide web and proponent of free internet
  23. Lance Armstrong – Seven Times Tour De France Winner, later disqualified for drug use
  24. Prince William – heir to British throne
  25. Kate Middleton (Catherine) – Duchess of Cambridge married to Prince William
  26. Lionel Messi – Argentinian footballer, playing for Barcelona FC
  27. Rupert Murdoch – Media owner of News Corporation
  28. Al Gore – US presidential candidate and environmental campaigner
  29. Hilary Clinton (1947 – ) US politician. Candidate in 2016 election
  30. Cristiano Ronaldo – Portuguese footballer
  31. Sachin Tendulkar – Indian cricketer
  32. Emma Watson (15 April 1990 – ) British actress. Social activist.
  33. Beyonce – American singer, dancer and actress
  34. Lady Gaga (1986(- American singer
  35. Angelina Jolie (1976 – ) Actress, film director, humanitarian
  36. Vladimir Putin – Russian President
  37. Roman Abramovich – Russian oligarch
  38. David Cameron – British conservative Prime Minister
  39. Will Smith – American actor
  40. Larry Page (co-founder of Google)
  41. Angelina Jolie – American actress and film producer
  42. Sergey Brin – co-founder of Google
  43. Ivanka Trump (1981 – ) American model businesswoman and advisor to father Donald Trump.
  44. Shakira – Colombian singer and musician
  45. Serena Williams (1981 – ) (US, tennis) 20 single grand slam titles,
  46. Michael Bloomberg – Mayor of New York
  47. Mark Zuckerberg – founder, Facebook
  48. Lakshmi Mittal – Steel producer. One of the world’s richest people
  49. Luiz Incio Lula da Silva – Brazilian president
  50. Prince William (1982- ) Eldest child of Prince Charles and Diana.
  51. Elon Musk – co-founder of Paypal
  52. Sacha Baron Cohen – English actor
  53. Jon Stewart – American comedian and TV presenter
  54. Scarlett Johansson – American actress
  55. Stephen Colbert – American tv presenter
  56. Prince Charles (1948 – ) Eldest child of Queen Elizabeth II
  57. Bashar Assad – Syrian Prime Minister
  58. E.L. James – American author
  59. Rihanna – singer
  60. Novak Djokovic – Serbian tennis player
  61. Warren Buffett – Investor
  62. Xi Jinping – Chinese politician
  63. Prince Harry (1984 – ) 2nd child of Charles and Diana.
  64. Meghan Markle (1981) Actress. Wife of Prince Harry.
  65.  Muhammad Yunus (1940 – ) Nobel Peace Prize 2006 for his work on Micro-lending
  66. Roger Federer (1981 – ) (Switzerland, tennis) Most dominant player of his generation

Citation: Pettinger, Tejvan. + “People of the Twenty-First Century”, Oxford, www.biographyonline.net, 01/10/2013 updated 22 February 2018.

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