The Famous of the Famous

The passing of Michael Jackson last week sparked some conversation as to how famous he was. A colleague of mine, Coodz, went ahead and compiled this list of the Most Famous People of the Last 100 Years. It’s about pure famousness and name recognition, for good or bad, and just being big time in America won’t cut it. Here’s what he came up with, in no particular order:

Winston Churchhill, Adolf Hitler, Bill Clinton, Michael Jordan, Frank Sinatra, Mother Teresa, Bill Gates, Pablo Picasso, Charlie Chaplin, Babe Ruth, Muhammad Ali, Pope JP II, Charles Lindbergh, Joseph Stalin, Ernest Hemingway, Douglas Fairbanks, Mao Tse Tung, Mahatma Gandhi, Bob Marley, Albert Einstein, Leonard Bernstein, The Dalai Lama, FDR, Obama, Dwight Eisenhower, Haile Selassie, Gary Cooper, Cary Grant, Bob Hope, Grace Kelly, Madonna, Elvis, Charles DeGaulle, Pele, Albert  Schweitzer, John Wayne, Martin Luther King, Paul McCartney, Michael Jackson, Stephen King, Princess Di, Queen Elizabeth, Tiger Woods and Bill Cosby.

Now I think John Lennon, Jonny Carson and Walt Disney should be included and maybe even Arnold Schwarzenegger, Steve Jobs and Tubesteak (just kidding). What do you think? Leave a comment on who should stay, who should go or who should join this decent party of famous people.

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4 Responses

  1. You have FDR twice. Lennon, Carson and Disney should definitely be on that list. How about Jackie Robinson, Babe Ruth or Bill Gates?

    • Thanks MDL for the FDR correction. I’m actually not sure Babe Ruth’s legacy carried across the ocean, although baseball is mega huge in Japan

  2. Some omitted names that come to mind:

    JFK, Osama Bin Laden, Nelson Mandela, Margaret Thatcher, Sadam Hussein, Richard Nixon, Ronald Reagan, Oprah, Mussolini, Francisco Franco, Fidel Castro, Ronald McDonald, Marilyn Monroe.

    I think some of the entertainers listed may be washed up. There’s a few others I’d get rid of (Stephen King, Schweitzer, Fairbanks).

    Should there be more literary types? Orwell? Kipling? James? Fitzgerald? I’m having trouble there.

    I’d also add Belichick, Jerry, and Ralph Machio. But some may disagree with that.

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