Famous People Of The 20th Century

The 20th century was a highly dynamic period in the human history. The period saw tremendous growth in scientific accomplishments, explorations of new regions, discovery of new elements and minerals, advancement in technology, and the emergence of several social justice movements. Many great souls were born in the 20th century in different parts of the world which helped in giving a new direction to world history through their contributions. In world politics, one of the most influential figures to emerge was Nelson Mandela, former president of South Africa and an anti-apartheid activist, revolutionary and politician. The recipient of more than 100 awards and honors, he was indeed one of the most influential people in the 20th century. Talking of science and technology, the 20th century saw the invention of the most revolutionary concept in human history: the internet. Tim Berners Lee, the man who is credited with inventing the World Wide Web (WWW) is another major figure born in this era. Martin Luther King, Elvis Presley, Desmond Tutu, Mother Teresa, Muhammad Ali, and Richard Attenborough are among the other famous figures of the 20th century. Read on to discover more about these amazing people and their contributions to the world.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

Vote for Your Favourite People Of The 20th Century

 1 Elon Musk

Elon Musk
132
Listed In: Business People
Famous As: CEO of Tesla
Birthdate: June 28, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pretoria, South Africa

 2 Betty White

Betty White
43
Famous As: Actress, Comedian
Birthdate: January 17, 1922
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Oak Park, Illinois, United States
Died: December 31, 2021
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)

 3 Puneeth Rajkumar

Puneeth Rajkumar
33
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 17, 1975
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Madras, Tamil Nadu, India
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
Recommended Lists:

 4 Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman

Zendaya Maree Stoermer Coleman
66
Famous As: Actress, Singer
Birthdate: September 1, 1996
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Oakland, California
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 5 Vicky Kaushal

Vicky Kaushal
13
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 16, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 6 Ansel Adams

Ansel Adams
12
Listed In: Photographers
Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: February 20, 1902
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: April 22, 1984

 7 Queen Elizabeth II

Queen Elizabeth II
48
Famous As: Queen of the United Kingdom
Birthdate: April 21, 1926
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Mayfair, London, England
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
You May Like

 8 Patrizia Reggiani

Patrizia Reggiani
23
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Socialite
Birthdate: December 2, 1948
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Vignola, Italy
Recommended Lists:

 9 Daniel Craig

Daniel Craig
18
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 2, 1968
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Chester, Cheshire, England
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 10 Keanu Reeves

Keanu Reeves
41
Famous As: Television actor, Film actor, Actor, Film producer, Film director, Singer, Voice actor, Musician
Birthdate: September 2, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Beirut, Lebanon
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
Recommended Lists:

 11 Tyson Fury

Tyson Fury
43
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: August 12, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Wythenshawe, Manchester, England
Height: 6'9" (206 cm)

 12 Alec Baldwin

Alec Baldwin
53
Famous As: Actor, Producer
Birthdate: April 3, 1958
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Amityville, New York, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
Recommended Lists:

 13 John Madden

John Madden
17
Famous As: American football coach
Birthdate: April 10, 1936
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Austin, Minnesota, United States
Died: December 28, 2021
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)

 14 Maurizio Gucci

Maurizio Gucci
18
Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: September 26, 1948
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Florence, Italy
Died: March 27, 1995

 15 Ralf Rangnick

Ralf Rangnick
16
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Association football player, Association football manager
Birthdate: June 29, 1958
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Backnang
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 16 Jonathan Larson

Jonathan Larson
7
Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Composer, Writer
Birthdate: February 4, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: White Plains
Died: January 25, 1996

 17 Colin Powell

Colin Powell
27
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: 65th United States Secretary of State (2001-2005)
Birthdate: April 5, 1937
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Harlem, New York, United States
Died: October 18, 2021

 18 Ryan Reynolds

Ryan Reynolds
40
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 23, 1976
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Vancouver, Canada
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)

 19 Tobey Maguire

Tobey Maguire
13
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: June 27, 1975
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States

 20 Dwayne Johnson

Dwayne Johnson
87
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Actor, Professional wrestler
Birthdate: May 2, 1972
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Hayward, California, United States
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
Recommended Lists:

 21 Jake Gyllenhaal

Jake Gyllenhaal
59
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 19, 1980
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 22 Zodiac Killer

Zodiac Killer
24
Listed In: Criminals
Famous As: Serial killer
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: United States
Recommended Lists:

 23 Leonardo DiCaprio

Leonardo DiCaprio
46
Famous As: Actor, Producer
Birthdate: November 11, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 24 Macaulay Culkin

Macaulay Culkin
36
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 26, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Manhattan, New York, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 25 Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie
88
Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 4, 1975
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 26 Lucille Ball

Lucille Ball
20
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 6, 1911
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Jamestown, New York, United States
Died: April 26, 1989
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 27 Freddie Mercury

Freddie Mercury
63
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter, Record Producer
Birthdate: September 5, 1946
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Stone Town, Tanzania
Died: November 24, 1991
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)

 28 Kanye West

Kanye West
96
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper, Husband of Kim Kardashian
Birthdate: June 8, 1977
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 29 Ghislaine Maxwell

Ghislaine Maxwell
58
Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Socialite
Birthdate: December 25, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Maisons-Laffitte, France

 30 Paul McCartney

Paul McCartney
37
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter & Musician
Birthdate: June 18, 1942
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Liverpool, England
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)

 31 John Lennon

John Lennon
52
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: October 9, 1940
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Liverpool, England
Died: December 8, 1980

 32 Joe Biden

Joe Biden
161
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: 46th President of the United States
Birthdate: November 20, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Scranton, Pennsylvania, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 33 Virgil Abloh

Virgil Abloh
3
Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Fashion designer
Birthdate: September 30, 1980
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Rockford, Illinois, U.S.

 34 Lady Gaga

Lady Gaga
86
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: March 28, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City, New York, United States
Height: 5'1" (155 cm)

 35 Stephen Sondheim

Stephen Sondheim
9
Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: American composer
Birthdate: March 22, 1930
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: New York City
Died: November 26, 2021

 36 Michael Jackson

Michael Jackson
106
Listed In: Dancers
Famous As: King of Pop
Birthdate: August 29, 1958
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Gary, Indiana, United States
Died: June 25, 2009
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 37 Jennifer Lawrence

Jennifer Lawrence
46
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: August 15, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Indian Hills, Kentucky, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 38 Donald Trump

Donald Trump
352
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: 45th President of the United States
Birthdate: June 14, 1946
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: New York, United States
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)

 39 George Harrison

George Harrison
28
Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: February 25, 1943
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Liverpool, England
Died: November 29, 2001

 40 Serena Williams

Serena Williams
52
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: September 26, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Saginaw, Michigan, United States
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 41 Max Verstappen

Max Verstappen
25
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Racing driver
Birthdate: September 30, 1997
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hasselt, Flanders, Belgium

 42 Jeff Bezos

Jeff Bezos
127
Listed In: Engineers
Famous As: Founder of Amazon.com
Birthdate: January 12, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 43 Adolf Hitler

Adolf Hitler
364
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Dictator of Germany (1933-1945)
Birthdate: April 20, 1889
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Braunau am Inn, Austria
Died: April 30, 1945
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)

 44 Bruce Lee

Bruce Lee
32
Famous As: Actor, Martial Artist
Birthdate: November 27, 1940
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, United States
Died: July 20, 1973
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 45 Andie MacDowell

Andie MacDowell
13
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: April 21, 1958
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Gaffney, South Carolina, United States
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 46 Venus Williams

Venus Williams
18
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: June 17, 1980
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Lynwood, California, United States
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)

 47 Lilly Wachowski

Lilly Wachowski
22
Famous As: Known as the Wachowskis
Birthdate: December 29, 1967
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)

 48 Lana Wachowski

Lana Wachowski
20
Famous As: Film director
Birthdate: June 21, 1965
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

 49 Brandon Lee

Brandon Lee
18
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 1, 1965
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Oakland, California, United States
Died: March 31, 1993
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 50 Dave Chappelle

Dave Chappelle
11
Famous As: Stand-up comedian
Birthdate: August 24, 1973
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Washington, D.C., United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)