5 Most Famous People in the World

1 Tiger Woods- Considered to being the most famous person today in the sports field, was born in 1975, on December 30. His achievements hold him to be among the top successful professional golfers, also being the highest paid athlete in 2008. His fame is credited to being the highest rated watched golfer on television, known in history.

Tiger had parents totally devoted to him, with two half-brothers, from his fathers’ first marriage. Tiger is not his birth name, but a nickname his father gave him, after he gained prominence in national and junior golf, so the nickname stuck with him.

2 Bill Gates- He is from a family of entrepreneurs, known for making strides in business and finance and was born in 1955, October 28. His father is an attorney and his mother was a school teacher. At an early age, he had an interest in software, and proceeded at the age of 13, to begin programming computers. As a young teenager, he partnered with a friend and ran a small company, in Seattle.He bought his computer to count the traffic in the city.

Along with this friend, before graduating from Harvard, they planned to develop a software for personal computer use. His company called Microsoft became well known for his business deals and their operating systems for computers. In New York city, the Microsoft corporation announced that Microsoft Windows is the next generation operating system.

3 Oprah Winfrey- She is known as a top actress, producer, magazine publisher, literary critic and a media personality, born in 1954, January 29. Known world-wide for her talk show, becoming the highest rated program ever, of its kind. According to some people, she is the most influential woman of the world.

She was born to a single mother in rural poverty, experiencing a difficult childhood. While still in high school, she procured a job on the radio and  then at the age of 19, co-anchored the local evening news. The way she ab-libbed her delivery, she soon received a transfer to the talk show area, and the rest is history.

Later in her career she focused on spirituality, self-improvement and literature. Some people criticized her for some of her methods, but because she is also known to promoting the helping of others, who are less fortunate, she is a woman who is admired.

4 Nelson Mandela- He was born to a chief of a South African tribe in 1918, July 18. He was imprisoned for trying to overthrow the government with violence. He spent years enduring hard labour, along with seven others and sentenced to life in prison. His reputation grew, as being a black leader and a symbol of resistance, as the anti-apartheid movement became stronger. He would not compromise his political position to gain his freedom.

He was released after spending 27 years in prison. He then became so involved in his life’s work to attain the goals, then became the president of the African National Congress, elected a year later.

5 Madonna- She was born to a father, who became an engineer, and her mother, an x-ray technician and formerly a dancer, in 1958, August 16. As she grew up in a very strict Catholic family, (five siblings) and  her mother was diagnosed with breast cancer while she was pregnant with Madonna’s youngest sister. The cancer developed, as treatments couldn’t proceed because of the pregnancy, and after the birth, her mother died when she was only five.

Her drive for perfectionism and high achievement, gained her to be a disciplined, accomplished dancer, a cheer leader, straight A student and then she went on to graduate before the other students in her age group. She was offered a full scholarship in a dance program and went on from therein her singing and dancing career.

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