List of Top 100 Famous People

A list of famous people, chosen mainly from the nineteenth, twentieth or twenty-first centuries. 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. Nelson Mandela (1918 – 2013)  South African President anti-apartheid campaigner
  4. John F. Kennedy (1917 – 1963) US President 1961 – 1963
  5. Martin Luther King (1929 – 1968)  American civil rights campaigner
  6. Queen Elizabeth II (1926 – ) British monarch since 1954
  7. Winston Churchill (1874 – 1965) British Prime Minister during WWII
  8. Donald Trump (1946 – ) Businessman, US President.
  9. Bill Gates (1955 – ) American businessman, founder of Microsoft
  10. Muhammad Ali (1942 – 2016) American Boxer and civil rights campaigner
  11. Mahatma Gandhi (1869 – 1948) Leader of Indian independence movement
  12. Margaret Thatcher (1925 – 2013) British Prime Minister 1979 – 1990
  13. Mother Teresa (1910 – 1997) Macedonian Catholic missionary nun
  14. Christopher Columbus (1451 – 1506) Italian explorer
  15. Charles Darwin (1809 – 1882) British scientist, theory of evolution
  16. Elvis Presley (1935 – 1977) American musician
  17. Albert Einstein (1879 – 1955) German scientist, theory of relativity
  18. Paul McCartney (1942 – ) British musician, member of Beatles
  19. Queen Victoria ( 1819 – 1901) British monarch 1837 – 1901
  20. Pope Francis (1936 – ) First pope from the Americas
  21. Jawaharlal Nehru (1889 – 1964) Indian Prime Minister 1947 – 1964
  22. Leonardo da Vinci (1452 – 1519) Italian, painter, scientist, polymath
  23. Vincent Van Gogh (1853 – 1890) Dutch artist
  24. Franklin D. Roosevelt (1882 – 1945) US President 1932 – 1945
  25. Pope John Paul II (1920 – 2005) Polish Pope
  26. Thomas Edison ( 1847 – 1931) American inventor
  27. Rosa Parks (1913 – 2005)  American civil rights activist
  28. Lyndon Johnson (1908 – 1973) US President 1963 – 1969
  29. Ludwig Beethoven (1770 – 1827) German composer
  30. Oprah Winfrey (1954 – ) American TV presenter, actress, entrepreneur
  31. Indira Gandhi (1917 – 1984) Prime Minister of India 1966 – 1977
  32. Eva Peron (1919 – 1952) First Lady of Argentina 1946 – 1952
  33. Benazir Bhutto (1953 – 2007) Prime Minister of Pakistan 1993 – 1996
  34. George Orwell (1903 – 1950) British author
  35. Desmond Tutu (1931 – ) South African Bishop and opponent of apartheid
  36. Dalai Lama (1938 – ) Spiritual and political leader of Tibetans
  37. Walt Disney (1901 – 1966) American film producer
  38. Neil Armstrong (1930 – 2012) US astronaut
  39. Peter Sellers (1925 – 1980) British actor and comedian
  40. Barack Obama (1961 – ) US President 2008 – 2016
  41. Malcolm X (1925 – 1965) American Black nationalist leader
  42. J.K.Rowling (1965 – ) British author
  43. Richard Branson (1950 – ) British entrepreneur
  44. Pele (1940 – ) Brazilian footballer, considered greatest of 20th century.
  45. Angelina Jolie (1975 – ) Actress, director, humanitarian
  46. Jesse Owens (1913 – 1980) US track athlete, 1936 Olympics
  47. John Lennon (1940 – 1980) British musician, member of the Beatles
  48. Henry Ford (1863 – 1947) US Industrialist
  49. Haile Selassie (1892 – 1975) Emperor of Ethiopia 1930 – 1974
  50. Joseph Stalin (1879 – 1953) Leader of Soviet Union 1924 – 1953
  51. Lord Baden Powell (1857 – 1941) British Founder of scout movement
  52. Michael Jordon (1963 – ) US Basketball star
  53. George Bush Jnr (1946 – ) US President 2000-2008
  54. Vladimir Lenin (1870 – 1924) Leader of Russian Revolution 1917
  55. Ingrid Bergman (1915 – 1982) Swedish actress
  56. Fidel Castro (1926 – ) President of Cuba 1976 – 2008
  57. Leo Tolstoy (1828 – 1910) Russian author and philosopher
  58. Greta Thunberg (2003 – ) Environmentalist activist)
  59. Pablo Picasso (1881 – 1973) Spanish modern artist
  60. Oscar Wilde (1854 – 1900) Irish author, poet, playwright
  61. Coco Chanel (1883 – 1971) French fashion designer
  62. Charles de Gaulle (1890 – 1970) French resistance leader and President 1959 – 1969
  63. Amelia Earhart (1897 – 1937) Aviator
  64. John M Keynes (1883 – 1946) British economist
  65. Louis Pasteur (1822 – 1895) French chemist and microbiologist
  66. Mikhail Gorbachev (1931 – ) Leader of Soviet Union 1985 – 1991
  67. Plato (423 BC – 348 BC) Greek philosopher
  68. Adolf Hitler (1889 – 1945) leader of Nazi Germany 1933 – 1945
  69. Sting (1951 – ) British musician
  70. Mary Magdalene (4 BCE – 40CE) devotee of Jesus Christ
  71. Alfred Hitchcock (1899 – 1980) English / American film producer, director
  72. Michael Jackson (1958 – 2009) American musician
  73. Madonna (1958 – ) American musician, actress, author
  74. Mata Hari (1876 – 1917) Dutch exotic dancer, executed as spy
  75. Cleopatra (69 – 30 BCE) Queen of Egypt
  76. Grace Kelly (1929 – 1982) American actress, Princess of Monaco
  77. Steve Jobs (1955 – 2012) co-founder of Apple computers
  78. Ronald Reagan (1911 – 2004) US President 1981-1989
  79. Lionel Messi (1987 – ) Argentinian footballer
  80. Babe Ruth (1895 – 1948) American baseball player
  81. Bob Geldof (1951 – ) Irish musician, charity worker
  82. Leon Trotsky (1879 – 1940) Russian Marxist revolutionary
  83. Roger Federer (1981 – ) Swiss Tennis player
  84. Sigmund Freud (1856 – 1939) Austrian psychoanalyst
  85. Woodrow Wilson (1856 – 1924) US president 1913 – 1921
  86. Mao Zedong (1893 – 1976) Leader of Chinese Communist revolution
  87. Katherine Hepburn (1907 – 2003) American actress
  88. Audrey Hepburn (1929 – 1993) British actress and humanitarian
  89. David Beckham (1975 – )  English footballer
  90. Tiger Woods (1975 – ) American golfer
  91. Usain Bolt (1986 – ) Jamaican athlete and Olympian
  92. Carl Lewis (1961 – ) US athlete and Olympian
  93. Prince Charles (1948 – )  Heir to British throne
  94. Jacqueline Kennedy Onassis (1929 – 1994) American wife of JF Kennedy
  95. C.S. Lewis (1898 – 1963) British author
  96. Billie Holiday (1915 – 1959) American jazz singer
  97. J.R.R. Tolkien (1892 – 1973) British author
  98. Billie Jean King (1943 – ) American tennis player and human rights activist
  99. Anne Frank (1929 – 1945) Dutch Jewish author who died in Holocaust

More famous people

  1. Simon Bolivar (1783 – 1830) Venezuelan independence activist in South America.
  2. Marie Antoinette (1755 – 1793) French Queen, executed during the French revolution
  3. Cristiano Ronaldo (1985 – ) Portuguese footballer.
  4. Emmeline Pankhurst  (1858 – 1928) English suffragette.
  5. Emile Zatopek (1922 – 2000) Czech athlete
  6. Lech Walesa (1943 – ) Polish leader of Solidarity movement
  7. Julie Andrews (1935 – ) British singer, actress
  8. Florence Nightingale (1820 – 1910) British nurse
  9. Marie Curie (1867 – 1934) Polish / French scientist
  10. Stephen Hawking (1942 – ) British scientist
  11. Tim Berners Lee (1955 – ) English creator of World Wide Web
  12. Aung San Suu Kyi (1945 – ) Burmese opposition leader
  13. Lance Armstrong (1971 – ) American cyclist
  14. Shakira (1977 – ) Colombian singer
  15. Jon Stewart (1962 – ) American comedian
  16. Wright Brothers  Orville (1871 – 1948) and Wilbur (1867 – 1912) American inventors, aviation pioneers
  17. Ernest Hemingway (1899 – 1961) American author
  18. Roman Abramovich (1966 – ) Russian oligarch
  19. Tom Cruise (1962 – ) American actor
  20. Rupert Murdoch (1931 – ) Media owner of News Corporation
  21. Al Gore (1948 – ) US presidential candidate and environmental campaigner
  22. Sacha Baron Cohen (1971 – ) English comedian
  23. George Clooney (1961 – ) American actor and political activist
  24. Paul Krugman (1953 – ) American Nobel Prize winning economist
  25. Jimmy Wales (1966 – ) American creator of Wikipedia
  26. Brad Pitt (1963 – ) Actor
  27. Kylie Minogue (1968 – ) Australian singer and actress
  28. Malala Yousafzai (1997 – ) Pakistani human rights activist
  29. Stephen King (1947 – ) American author

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Citation: Pettinger, Tejvan. “Top 100 Famous People”, Oxford, UK. www.biographyonline.net, 31/01/2016. Last updated 228 Sep 2019.

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