Humanitarians

Many moguls and entrepreneurs have put themselves in the spotlight for reasons apart from their bread-winning professions. They have earned the title of humanitarian by risking the public’s cynicisms and going the mile to lend a helping hand to those in dire need of help, around the world. Some of them have even taken the step to bid their glamorous careers goodbye and switch gears to spend every waking hour doing their bit to change the world for the impoverished. True humanitarianism shows no boundaries- age, gender, sexual orientation, religious views, nationality, and with these established names doing their bit to reach out, sets an example to the rest of the world. With their untiring dedication and efforts, these famous celebs have helped throw light on critical issues- both domestic and international, inspiring the rest of the world to help spread joy and health. There are tons of charities and initiatives that dig deep into the crucial matters of the poverty-stricken and the resource-deprived, which are either headed by famous celebs or play an important role in it. Stars like Angelina Jolie, Shakira, Bill Gates, and Warren Buffett are known for their selfless approach when it comes to humanitarianism. There are humanitarians who also spare no time to help those affected by disasters and natural calamities; one being the famous actor Jackie Chan who has raised millions during cases like these. From initiatives that help prevent HIV to trusts and charities that bring education to the forgotten lands, it is the sole efforts of these humanitarians that help restore complete faith in humanity.

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

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 1 Madam C. J. Walker

Madam C. J. Walker
10
Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: December 23, 1867
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Delta, Louisiana, United States
Died: May 25, 1919

 2 Amitabh Bachchan

Amitabh Bachchan
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 11, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Prayagraj, Uttar Pradesh, India
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 3 Terry Fox

Terry Fox
8
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Athlete, Activist
Birthdate: July 28, 1958
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Winnipeg, Canada
Died: June 28, 1981

 4 Arnold Palmer

Arnold Palmer
9
Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Golf Player
Birthdate: September 10, 1929
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Latrobe
Died: September 25, 2016

 5 Fidel Castro

Fidel Castro
65
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Cuba
Birthdate: August 13, 1926
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Birán, Cuba
Died: November 26, 2016

 6 Joan Collins

Joan Collins
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 23, 1933
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Paddington, London, United Kingdom
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 7 Avicenna

Avicenna
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Famous As: Persian polymath the most significant physiciansand writers of the Islamic Golden Age, and the father of early modern medicine.
Birthdate: 0980 AD
Birthplace: Afshona, Uzbekistan
Died: May 31, 1037
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 8 William Wilberforce

William Wilberforce
2
Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Abolitionist
Birthdate: August 24, 1759
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kingston upon Hull
Died: July 29, 1833

 9 Angela Davis

Angela Davis
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Political Activist
Birthdate: January 26, 1944
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Birmingham

 10 Nick Carter

Nick Carter
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: January 28, 1980
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Jamestown, New York, United States
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 11 Julian Lennon

Julian Lennon
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Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: April 8, 1963
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Liverpool, United Kingdom
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 12 Rachel Carson

Rachel Carson
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Marine biologist
Birthdate: May 27, 1907
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Springdale
Died: April 14, 1964

 13 Mary Seacole

Mary Seacole
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Heroine of the Crimean War
Birthdate: November 23, 1805
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Kingston, Jamaica
Died: May 14, 1881

 14 Kristin Davis

Kristin Davis
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 24, 1965
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Boulder, Colorado, U.S
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 15 Queen Rania of Jordan

Queen Rania of Jordan
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Famous As: Queen consort of Jordan.
Birthdate: August 31, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Kuwait City
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 16 Cliff Richard

Cliff Richard
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 14, 1940
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Lucknow
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
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 17 Richard Marx

Richard Marx
2
Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer-songwriter
Birthdate: September 16, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Chicago
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 18 David Mustaine

David Mustaine
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: American musician
Birthdate: September 13, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: La Mesa
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)

 19 Al-Waleed bin Talal

Al-Waleed bin Talal
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Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Business magnate
Birthdate: March 7, 1955
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Riyadh
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 20 Dorothy Day

Dorothy Day
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Famous As: Journalist, Social Activist
Birthdate: November 8, 1897
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brooklyn, New York, United States
Died: November 29, 1980

 21 Jane Russell

Jane Russell
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 21, 1921
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bemidji, Minnesota
Died: February 28, 2011

 22 Joyce Meyer

Joyce Meyer
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: June 4, 1943
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: St. Louis

 23 Mary McLeod Bethune

Mary McLeod Bethune
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Educator
Birthdate: July 10, 1875
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Mayesville, South Carolina, United States
Died: May 18, 1955

 24 Gloria Allred

Gloria Allred
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Listed In: Lawyers & Judges
Famous As: Attorney
Birthdate: July 3, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA
Height: 5'2" (157 cm)

 25 Nicholas Winton

Nicholas Winton
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Banker
Birthdate: May 19, 1909
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: London, England
Died: July 1, 2015

 26 Anita Roddick

Anita Roddick
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Listed In: Business People
Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: October 23, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Littlehampton, England
Died: September 10, 2007

 27 George Berkeley

George Berkeley
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Famous As: philosopher
Birthdate: March 12, 1685
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: County Kilkenny, Ireland
Died: January 14, 1753

 28 Abdul Sattar Edhi

Abdul Sattar Edhi
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Humanitarian
Birthdate: February 28, 1928
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bantva, Gujarat, India
Died: July 8, 2016

 29 Alice Roosevelt Longworth

Alice Roosevelt Longworth
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: February 12, 1884
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: New York City
Died: February 20, 1980

 30 Alan Kay

Alan Kay
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Computer Scientist
Birthdate: May 17, 1940
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Springfield, Massachusetts

 31 Chiranjeevi

Chiranjeevi
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 22, 1955
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Mogalthur, Andhra State, India
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 32 John Newton

John Newton
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: British Sailor and Anglican Clergyman
Birthdate: July 24, 1725
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Wapping, London
Died: December 21, 1807

 33 Nancy Ajram

Nancy Ajram
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 16, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Achrafieh
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 34 Vlade Divac

Vlade Divac
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Famous As: Basketball Player
Birthdate: February 3, 1968
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Prijepolje, Serbia, Yugoslavia
Height: 7'1" (216 cm)

 35 Saul Alinsky

Saul Alinsky
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Community Organizer
Birthdate: January 30, 1909
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Chicago
Died: June 12, 1972

 36 Dolley Madison

Dolley Madison
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: May 20, 1768
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Guilford County
Died: July 12, 1849

 37 Cindy McCain

Cindy McCain
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: May 20, 1954
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Phoenix, Arizona, United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)

 38 Edith Cavell

Edith Cavell
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Nurse
Birthdate: December 4, 1865
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Swardeston, Norfolk, England
Died: October 12, 1915
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 39 Fulton J. Sheen

Fulton J. Sheen
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Archbishop
Birthdate: May 8, 1895
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: El Paso, Illinois
Died: December 9, 1979

 40 Jim Elliot

Jim Elliot
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Missionary
Birthdate: October 8, 1927
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Portland, Oregon
Died: January 8, 1956

 41 Tessa Sanderson

Tessa Sanderson
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: A six-time Olympian in the javelin from 1976 to 1996
Birthdate: March 14, 1956
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: St. Elizabeth Parish, Jamaica
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)

 42 Barbara Ehrenreich

Barbara Ehrenreich
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Famous As: Writer & Activist
Birthdate: August 26, 1941
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Butte, Montana, United States

 43 Martin Bayfield

Martin Bayfield
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: December 21, 1966
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Bedford, Bedfordshire, England, UK
Height: 6'10" (208 cm)

 44 Paul Rusesabagina

Paul Rusesabagina
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Humanitarian
Birthdate: June 15, 1954
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Ruanda-Urundi

 45 Mary Edwards Walker

Mary Edwards Walker
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Listed In: Activists
Famous As: Surgeon, Feminist, Activist
Birthdate: November 26, 1832
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Oswego
Died: February 21, 1919

 46 Kris Allen

Kris Allen
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: American singer-songwrite
Birthdate: June 21, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Jacksonville, Arkansas
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)

 47 Jazmin Grace Grimaldi

Jazmin Grace Grimaldi
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Famous As: Albert II, Prince of Monaco's Daughter, Actress
Birthdate: March 4, 1992
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Palm Springs, California, United States

 48 Paul Farmer

Paul Farmer
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Birthdate: October 26, 1959
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: North Adams, Massachusetts
Died: February 21, 2022

 49 James Oglethorpe

James Oglethorpe
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Founder of the colony of Georgia
Birthdate: December 22, 1696
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Surrey
Died: June 30, 1785

 50 Sri Sri Ravi Shankar

Sri Sri Ravi Shankar
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Spiritual & humanitarian leader
Birthdate: May 13, 1956
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Papanasam, Tamil Nadu, India