Widely regarded as a national treasure in the United Kingdom, Sir David Attenborough is the only person to have received BAFTAs for TV shows meant for different television sets, such as black and white, color, 3D, HD, and 4K. In 2002, he was mentioned in BBC's 100 Greatest Britons list.
A strong conservative political commentator, author, media host and lawyer, Ben Shapiro became the youngest nationally syndicated columnist in the US at the age of seventeen and at twenty published his first book. The host of a daily political podcast ,The Ben Shapiro Show, he has frequently invited criticism for his views on various issues like same-sex marriage and abortion.
Married to Ivanka Trump, Jared Kushner is a senior advisor to his father-in-law and US President, Donald Trump. This has led to concerns about nepotism and conflicts of interest. His proximity with Russian officials came under scrutiny during a federal investigation regarding Russian interference in the 2016 U.S. presidential elections. Jared Kushner is also an investor, real estate developer and newspaper publisher.
Rupert Murdoch’s company News Corp owns hundreds of publishing outlets and TV channels around the world, including The Sun, The Wall Street Journal, The New York Post and Fox News. His media houses have been accused of hacking the phones of celebrities and public citizens. He has also had to face allegations of bribery and corruption in the UK and the US.
10 John Roberts
The current chief White House correspondent for the Fox News Channel, John Roberts has, in his journalistic career, worked for various television and radio channels before joining CTV, CBS News and CNN. The notable works of the veteran award winning journalist and Canadian Broadcast Hall of Famer include coverage of Presidential debates, Hurricane Irene, Iraq invasion and the Israel war.
11 Akshay Kumar
Television presenter and political commentator, Tucker Carlson, is both a popular and controversial figure. His support for Donald Trump has made him popular among Republicans while his racist, misogynistic, and anti-immigration stance has earned him the ire of progressive citizens. He is the author of two books, one of which is a New York Times #1 bestseller.
13 Bob Woodward
14 Fred Rogers
TV personality, musician, and author, Fred Rogers, is best remembered for hosting the preschool TV series, Mister Rogers' Neighborhood, which ran for over 30 years, from 1968 to 2001. His work was widely lauded and he was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom in 2002. Besides his TV career, he was also an ordained Presbyterian minister.
16 Steve Irwin
Australian Steve Irwin was a world famous, high-spirited, lively host of The Crocodile Hunter television series. A conservationist, he was also part of other shows and documentaries on wildlife and environment. He was known for close encounters with some of the most dangerous and endangered animals in various jungles. He died after being pierced in the chest by a stingray barb while filming in Australia's Great Barrier Reef.
17 Bill Burr
Timothy Olyphant became known to a wider audience when he portrayed the character of a righteous, brooding Sheriff in the HBO series Deadwood, which ran from 2004 to 2006. He later played the same role in the 2019 film Deadwood: The Movie. He received critical acclaim for playing the role of a deputy US Marshall in the television series Justified.
20 Stan Lee
Stan Lee was one of the most popular comic book writers, thanks to his appearances in several Marvel movies. He is well-known as the co-creator of many famous superheroes, including Iron Man, Spider-Man, and the Hulk. He pioneered a naturalistic method to writing superhero comics and challenged the Comics Code Authority, which ultimately led to changes in its policies.
John F Kennedy Jr was the son of former US President John F Kennedy. He tragically died at a young age of 38 when the plane he was flying crashed into the Atlantic Ocean off Martha's Vineyard, Massachusetts in 1999. He was a lawyer and a journalist and had founded the trendy political magazine, George, which stopped publication in 2001.
22 Dan Bongino
One of the best-performing Republican commentators on social media, Dan Bongino has donned many hats, from being an NYPD officer and a secret-service agent, to hosting a top-20 podcast and writing bestselling books. Though he was thrice unsuccessful in his run for Congress, Dan claims he loves “owning the libs.”
Julian Assange made headlines all over the world in 2010 when WikiLeaks, a non-profit organization founded by him, gained international attention after publishing leaks, such as the Afghanistan war logs and Iraq war logs. After dodging arrest for several years, he was finally arrested in 2019 and is currently imprisoned in HM Prison Belmarsh.
24 Roger Ailes
Roger Ailes played a key role in shaping American media before he was forced to step down as the CEO of 20th Television after allegations of sexual misconduct. He also played an important role in shaping America's politics in the late 20th century as he served as a media consultant for Richard Nixon, George H. W. Bush, and Ronald Reagan.
25 Sean Hannity
Sean Hannity is a conservative political commentator and talk show host. As one of the most-watched and most-listened-to hosts, he has played a key role in shaping American politics in the last decade or so. Due to his closeness to President Donald Trump, he is characterized as the shadow Chief of Staff.
The king of dystopia and satire, George Orwell, the pen name adopted by Eric Arthur Blair, was a well-known novelist and critic of the 20th century. A man with a strong mind of his own, Orwell never backed down from stating his views on the socio-political climate he lived in, which he expressed profusely through his influential essays and novels.
27 Alex Jones
Widely regarded as America's leading conspiracy theorist, Alex Jones is also a political extremist and radio show host. One of the most controversial figures in the United States, Alex Jones has accused the US government of executing the September 11 attacks and the Oklahoma City bombing. He also believes in weather weapons and claims that Hurricane Irma could've been geo-engineered.
Starting off as a radio weatherman, David Letterman has come a long way. He has been the longest-serving American late-night talk-show host and ranked 45th on TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Stars of All Time list. He later dabbled in production, with hit sitcoms such as Everybody Loves Raymond.
As one of the leading television journalists for the past 10 years, Anderson Cooper has played a prominent role in influencing several important events in the United States of America. An openly gay man, Anderson Cooper has also served as an inspiration to the entire LGBTQ community.
Social reformer and abolitionist, Frederick Douglass was a national leader of the abolitionist movement in Massachusetts and New York. Born into slavery, he had a difficult early life. Eventually, he managed to escape and dedicated the rest of his life to promoting the cause of abolition. He was a great orator and writer.
33 Hugh Hefner
As the founder of Playboy magazine, Hugh Hefner changed the way people viewed nudity. Known for his enviable lifestyle, he resided in luxury mansions along with his Playboy Playmates. Also a well-known philanthropist, Hefner made significant donations to various causes. He also supported freedom of expression and sexual liberation.
34 Jonah Falcon
35 Bear Grylls
A former Special Air Service serviceman and honorary lieutenant-colonel, Bear Grylls is best known as an adventurer who does interesting things—from eating goat testicles to drinking elephant dung juice—in the TV series Man vs. Wild. Also known for his charity and humanitarian efforts, Bear was appointed OBE in 2019 for services to charity, young people, and the media.
36 Larry King
Regarded as one of the most popular American TV and radio hosts, Larry King is famous for hosting the successful and popular TV program, Larry King Live. The recipient of several awards, King is an iconic figure on American television. Also known for his charitable works, he founded the Larry King Cardiac Foundation to help poor people undergo cardiac procedures.
Jeremy Clarkson has come a long way from being a local journalist to becoming a recognized public personality, thanks to his appearance as a presenter in the popular TV show Top Gear. He is credited with making Top Gear one of the most successful shows in the UK. His tongue-in-cheek presenting style and writing often provoke a public reaction.
39 Mike Wallace
A popular American journalist and media personality, Mike Wallace is credited with bringing important information to the household of several Americans during his illustrious career that spanned nearly 70 years; he interviewed prominent personalities like Donald Trump, Vladimir Putin, Ayn Rand, and Salvador Dalí among others. His life and career inspired several films and he was portrayed by popular actors.
40 James Gunn
42 Chris Cuomo
Peabody-winner Chris Cuomo, best known for hosting the CNN morning show, has also been associated with Fox and the show 20/20. His work on the ABC show Good Morning America won him an Emmy. He has covered sensitive issues such as heroin addiction and the war on terror, with finesse.
43 Alex Trebek
An eminent television personality, Alex Trebek is best known for hosting the popular game show Jeopardy since it was revived in 1984. He has also hosted many other game shows, both in America and Canada. In February 1991, he became the first person to host three American game shows at the same time. He is currently undergoing treatment for pancreatic cancer.
45 David Muir
46 Howard Stern
Howard Stern is an American television and radio personality who played a major role in popularizing Transcendental Meditation in the United States. He claimed that the technique cured his mother of depression, helped him quit smoking, and beat obsessive-compulsive disorder. Howard Stern is also a prominent fund raiser for an animal rescue organization called North Shore Animal League America.
47 Don Lemon
48 Nev Schulman
Nev Schulman is an American TV host and the subject of a documentary film titled Catfish. Following the success of Catfish, Schulman hosted and executive produced MTV's Catfish: The TV Show. Apart from being a TV personality, Nev Schulman is also a founding member of the Young Leadership Committee for Leave Out Violence, a youth organization.
Hunter S. Thompson was an American author and journalist. He is credited with creating his own subgenre of New Journalism called the gonzo journalism. The author of Fear and Loathing in Las Vegas, which was later adapted into a film, Thompson was famous for his lifelong use of drugs and alcohol. His books have had a major impact on counterculture.