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15 Celebrities: The Most Famous People in the World

Ask a roomful of children what they want to be when they grow up, and more than likely, a handful will answer “famous.” But how exactly does someone become “famous”? Keep reading and discover fifteen celebrities: the most famous people in the world.

What Makes a Person Famous?

Famous

There are many pathways to fame, including striking appearance, virtuosic skills, grand achievements, positions of power, riches, heroic or notable deeds, or even vile, deplorable crimes.

Nevertheless, fame is often fleeting, as social perceptions, structures, circumstances, and dynamics constantly change. So whether gained from incredible talents or prestigious accomplishments, one must remain relevant in the public eye to uphold their stardom.

How to Measure Fame

Measure Fame

Simply put, the scope of a celebrity’s public recognition determines their level of fame. Still, public recognition is difficult to measure due to constantly developing variables such as differing populations and ever-changing social perspectives.

In a recent statistical experiment, researchers Edward D. Ramirez and Stephen J. Hagan from the physics department of the University of Florida sought to investigate this tricky statistical distribution. This article, however, uses net worth, social media following, web search metrics, survey data, and specialized statistical reports to determine renown.

15 Most Famous People in the World

1). Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos

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With a net worth of around 208.3 billion dollars, Jeff Bezos is the world’s richest person. Entrepreneur and investor, the 57-year-old American rose to fame when he founded Amazon (a multinational conglomerate and the most prominent online retailer). Recently, he has garnered attention for his space pursuits with his new company Blue Origin, as he competes with a couple of other billionaires in a space race.

2). Cristiano Ronaldo

Cristiano Ronaldo

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Internationally renowned soccer player Cristiano Ronaldo has the world’s most extensive social media following with nearly 150,000,000 likes on his official Facebook page and around 341 million Instagram followers.

Celebrated for his game-changing soccer skills, the Manchester United forward and Portugal team captain even holds the Guinness World Record title for most goals scored during international soccer games. While his professional career began in 2002, rumors have it that Ronaldo plans to retire from soccer at 37 following the Qatar World Cup.

3). Kobe Bryant

Kobe Bryant

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According to the 2020 Google Trends “Year in Search” results, Kobe Bryant was the most searched individual listed as #3 in the general search category. Sadly, this data correlates with Bryant’s untimely passing when a helicopter transporting the famous basketball player and his young daughter crashed, leaving no survivors. Kobe Bryant is remembered as a multi-championship-winning basketball player for the Los Angeles Lakers.

4). Donald J. Trump

Donald J. Trump

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Ranking #2 on Wikipedia’s Top 100 List of popular pages, Donald J. Trump is second only to the United States of America page with a staggering 230 million views. Famous for the Trump family business and his entertainment and media presence, Trump is most well known as the 45th President of the United States. Undeniably one of the most controversial figures in America’s history, Trump continues to maintain a massive political following.

5). B.T.S.

B.T.S.

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Although B.T.S. is a group of seven K-pop band members rather than an individual musician, B.T.S. lands as the top IFIP Global Artist of 2020. Comprised of the members V, Jungkook, Park Ji-min, Jin, Suga, R.M., and J-Hope, the boy group is rapidly gaining international fame for its unique look, impressive dance moves, and catchy songs. Their most recent single, “Butter,” featuring Megan Thee Stallion, already has an awe-inspiring 35,495,302 plays on Spotify.

6). Ed Asner

Ed Asner

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According to popular online database and film site IMDb, actor Ed Asner is currently the celebrity with the highest-ranked star power. Sadly, the actor passed away of natural causes on August 29th, 2021, Asner received seven Emmys throughout this career, the most won by a single male actor to date.

Ed Asner’s incredible acting is preserved in several unforgettable roles, such as Lou Grant in The Mary Tyler Moore Show, Carl Frederickson in Up, and Santa in Elf.

7). Samuel L. Jackson

Samuel L. Jackson

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The highest-grossing actor of all time, earning a mind-boggling 5,655,200 dollars, is Samuel L. Jackson. A household name, Jackson is known for his portrayals of Mace Windu in the Star Wars prequel trilogy, Jules Winnfield in Pulp Fiction, and Nick Fury in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. Samuel L. Jackson’s current project is The Last Days of Ptolemy Grey, a limited television series for the Apple TV+ Streaming Service.

8). Ryan Newman

Ryan Newman

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An American NASCAR race car driver, Ryan Newman, ranked as Google’s most searched athlete of 2020. Newman experienced a multi-car collision that resulted in severe injury on February 17th, 2020. Thankfully Newman, or “Rocket Man,” as called by fans, was able to make a full recovery and return to the race track earlier this year.

9). Joe Biden

Joe Biden

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46th and sitting President of the United States of America, Joe Biden, peaked in political popularity during the historic 2020 American presidential election.

Alongside his Vice President Kamala Harris, Biden was named the TIME magazine “Person of the Year” in 2020. As of the 237th day of his presidency, the FiveThirtyEight Project has Joe Biden’s approval rating at 46.1%.

10). Barack Obama

Barack Obama

44th American President Barack Obama is yet another politician with stardom. With just about 130 million Twitter followers, he has the most followed and famous profile on the site. Additionally, Obama’s 2020 memoir “A Promised Land” was the top-selling book of the year, with over 2,500,000 copies sold.

11). Charli D’Amelio

Charli D'Amelio

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The youngest member of this list, 17-year old Charli D’Amelio, came to fame via the relatively new social media platform TikTok. D’Amelio, now a teen icon, is widely known for her shenanigans with sister Dixie D’Amelio as well as her impressive dance skills.

Recently the streaming platform Hulu added “The D’Amelio Show” to their content, a reality show starring Charli and her family.

12). PewDiePie

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With 110 million subscribers, PewDiePie is the most popular YouTube channel headed by a personality rather than a company. Felix Arvid Ulf Kjellberg, better known as PewDiePie, is a 31-year-old Swedish content creator famous for his comedic game-play videos.

In 2017 PewDiePie lost sponsorships with Disney due to several accusations of racism. Still, PewDiePie’s estimated net worth falls somewhere between 35 and 55 million dollars.

13). Tucker Carlson

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Paleoconservative television personality Tucker Carlson hosts the most-viewed American cable news show so far in 2021. His program, Tucker Carlson Tonight, began airing on FOX News in 2016, and he as well as the program have only gained popularity since. In July of 2020, Carlson hosted an average of 4.33 million viewers per night.

14). Megan Thee Stallion

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Named one of TIME Magazine’s Top 100 Most Influential People of 2020, Megan Thee Stallion is a notable rap star and songwriter. With fellow artist Cardi B, Stallion took the internet by storm last year with her controversial hit song W.A.P. Recently, she was featured on the popular boy band B.T.S.’s single “Butter.” In addition to her musical achievements, Megan Thee Stallion plans to graduate this fall from Texas Southern University.

15). Gigi Hadid

Gigi Hadid

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Gigi Hadid is the most famous supermodel, according to the popular survey site Ranker.com. Most famous for her work as a Victoria’s Secret Angel, Hadid has walked the ramp across the world for designers ranging from Marc Jacobs to Michael Kors. Last year Hadid and her husband Zayn Malik had a baby girl whom they named Khai.