Media Personalities

Who can be classified as a media personality? It could be said that people who are involved in presenting shows on the TV can be termed as media personalities. Such presenters would include people who host shows like chat shows, news programs, interviews, commentators, TV shows and even reality and game shows. Some of the most notable names in this category would be people like Oprah Oprah Winfrey, who hosts her own chat show, and the hosts of popular TV show Top Gear, Jeremy Clarkson, Richard Hammond and James May. However, the profession is not limited only to these TV presenters; it also includes people like movie actors, radio and video jockeys and even journalists. With the advent of the internet and the penetration of its many services into our lives even people who run podcasts and are generally quite active on the internet, with the help of social media platforms, can be counted as a part of this profession. Having read so much about this profession, it’s now time to take a closer look at some of the famous people from this line of work. Listed on this page is a collection of biographies, timelines and trivia of some of the most famous media personalities.

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 1 Ellen DeGeneres

Ellen DeGeneres
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Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: January 26, 1958
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

Comedian, television host and actress Ellen DeGeneres is the first actress to win a Saturn Award for a voice performance, winning the accolade for her role in the film Finding Nemo. She has hosted the Academy Awards and has published four books. She is openly lesbian and supports LGBTQA+ rights. She has been accused of workplace harassment.

 2 David Attenborough

David Attenborough
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Famous As: Broadcaster
Birthdate: May 8, 1926
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: British

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.

 3 Megyn Kelly

Megyn Kelly
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Listed In: Journalists
Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: November 18, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

Megyn Kelly is a well-known American journalist and political commentator. She had a successful career at Fox News and NBC News, where she did reporting and anchored many shows. She quit television and launched her media production company in 2020. She hosts the The Megyn Kelly Show podcast. She has also written an autobiography titled Settle for More.

 4 Steve Irwin

Steve Irwin
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Famous As: Television Personality
Birthdate: February 22, 1962
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Australian
Died: September 4, 2006

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.

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 5 Oprah Winfrey

Oprah Winfrey
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Famous As: Media proprietor
Birthdate: January 29, 1954
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

Oprah Winfrey is arguably one of the most iconic figures in America who broke many barriers to become one of the most influential women in the country. She is a role model for the black community and is also a fierce feminist. Her path-breaking The Oprah Winfrey Show mostly based on lives of common people catapulted her to unprecedented stardom.

 6 Kimberly Guilfoyle

Kimberly Guilfoyle
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Famous As: News Anchor
Birthdate: March 9, 1969
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American

One of the prominent speakers at the Republican National Convention 2020 and a vocal supporter of American President, Donald Trump, Kimberly Ann Guilfoyle is a senior advisor and top fundraiser at Trump’s re-election campaign. A former deputy district attorney, prosecutor, legal analyst at CNN and TV host at Fox News, Guilfoyle is rumoured to be the Donald Trump Jr.’s partner.  

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 7 Dr. Seuss

Dr. Seuss
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: March 2, 1904
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: American
Died: September 24, 1991

Dr. Seuss was an American children's author, illustrator, and political cartoonist. He is credited with writing some of the most famous children's books ever, including The Cat in the Hat. His works were translated into over 20 languages and sold more than 600 million copies by the time of his death. Many of his creations were adapted into animated cartoons.

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 8 Rush Limbaugh

Rush Limbaugh
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Famous As: Radio Host, Political Commentator, Author, Former Television Host
Birthdate: January 12, 1951
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American
Mostly known for his controversial comments on the LGBT community, sexual consent, and climate change, Rush Limbaugh has hosted The Rush Limbaugh Show, one of the highest-rated in the U.S. He has also hosted a TV show, written several books, including two bestsellers, and won the Presidential Medal of Freedom
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 9 Steve Harvey

Steve Harvey
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Listed In: Actors, Comedians
Famous As: Comedian
Birthdate: January 17, 1957
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

Comedian, businessman and entertainer Steve Harvey has been active in the entertainment world since 1985. Born to parents who were avid movie lovers, he developed an early love for performing. He began his entertainment career as a stand-up comedian and soon started performing in TV shows and films. Also an entrepreneur, he founded Steve Harvey Global (SHG).

 10 Lizzo

Lizzo
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 27, 1988
Sun Sign: Taurus
Nationality: American
Three-time Grammy-winning rap and hip-hop sensation Lizzo is also a queer and body-positivity icon. She began singing with groups such as The Chalice and Grrrl Prty, and graced the Billboard 200 with the album Cuz I Love You. Time’s 2019 Entertainer of the Year, Lizzo is also a talented flute-player.
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 11 Amanda Holden

Amanda Holden
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 16, 1971
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: British

Amanda Holden is an English actress, TV personality, author, and musician. Her autobiography book No Holding Back was ranked first on the Sunday Times bestseller list. Apart from being a media personality, Amanda Holden is also known for her charity work; in 2018, she posed as a mermaid underwater as part of a PETA awareness campaign against the SeaWorld.

 12 Jimmy Kimmel

Jimmy Kimmel
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Listed In: Talk Show Hosts
Birthdate: November 13, 1967
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American

Jimmy Kimmel is an American TV host and writer. He is credited with creating one of the most popular American late-night talk shows of all time, Jimmy Kimmel Live! He is also credited with co-founding The Feast of San Gennaro. In 2018, he was named in Time magazine's list of The World's 100 Most Influential People.

 13 Nigella Lawson

Nigella Lawson
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Famous As: Television Personality, Gourmet, Food Writer
Birthdate: January 6, 1960
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British
Daughter of Nigel Lawson, former Chancellor of the Exchequer, Nigella Lawson has written several bestselling cookbooks and hosted many culinary shows. Winner of the British Book Award and the Guild of Food Writers Award, Nigella has previously worked as an editor and freelance journalist and also owns a cookware range.

 14 Mary Berry

Mary Berry
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Famous As: Food Writer, TV Presenter
Birthdate: March 24, 1935
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: British

Author of over 75 cookbooks, Mary Berry has also hosted several culinary shows, such as Mary Berry Cooks. The Guardian ranked her the second-best-dressed person over 50. A CBE and DBE recipient, she has also received the Guild of Food Writers Lifetime Achievement Award and an honorary degree.

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 15 Gloria Steinem

Gloria Steinem
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Listed In: Journalists
Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: March 25, 1934
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: American

Hailing from a humble background, Gloria Steinem went on to become a celebrated journalist and an iconic feminist. Founder of the New York magazine and Ms Magazine, her life has been dedicated to writing, talking and fighting for women’s rights, gender equality, legalisation of abortion, among other things. She brought issues like female genital mutilation to the forefront in America.

 16 Paul Hollywood

Paul Hollywood
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Famous As: Chef
Birthdate: March 1, 1966
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British
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 17 Ben Shapiro

Ben Shapiro
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Famous As: Political Commentator, Public Speaker
Birthdate: January 15, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

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.

 18 Malaika Arora

Malaika Arora
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Listed In: Models, Video Jockeys
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 23, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: Indian

The quintessential item girl of Bollywood, Malaika Arora is known for her sultry looks and dance moves. She has the reputation of drawing audiences into theatres despite appearing in just one song in the entire film. Malaika Arora ended her 18 years old marriage to actor Arbaaz Khan in 2017. 

 19 David Muir

David Muir
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: November 8, 1973
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: American
Multiple Emmy- and Edward R. Murrow Award-winning anchor David Muir is best known as a co-host of 20/20 and ABC's World News. His coverage of the 9/11 attacks earned him a National Headliner Award. One of the most-watched U.S. journalists, he was named to People's 2014 Sexiest Men Alive list. 

 20 Meghan McCain

Meghan McCain
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Famous As: Columnist & TV Host
Birthdate: October 23, 1984
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

The daughter of popular American politician John McCain, Meghan McCain has established herself as a noted columnist and TV personality, working for TV channels like Fox News, ABC News, and MSNBC. As an author, she has had a major impact upon the release of books, such as Dirty Sexy Politics and My Dad, John McCain. She also supports gay rights.

 21 Bar Refaeli

Bar Refaeli
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Listed In: Models, TV Presenters
Famous As: Fashion Model, TV Host, Businesswoman
Birthdate: June 4, 1985
Sun Sign: Gemini
Nationality: Israeli
One of the highest-paid Israeli models, Bar Refaeli topped Maxim’s Hot 100 in 2012 and has worked for GQ and Elle. She has also hosted Germany's Next Top Model, The X Factor Israel, and the Eurovision Song Contest 2019. She faced criticism for avoiding Israel’s mandatory military service recruitment.

 22 Bill Nye

Bill Nye
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Famous As: Television Presenter
Birthdate: November 27, 1955
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

Bill Nye is an American mechanical engineer, television presenter, and science communicator. He is known for hosting the live-action science program Bill Nye the Science Guy. He is credited with inventing a hydraulic resonance suppressor tube, which is used on the Boeing 747 airplanes. He also helped develop MarsDial, a sundial that became part of the Mars Exploration Rover missions.

 23 Cha Eun-woo

Cha Eun-woo
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 30, 1997
Sun Sign: Aries
Nationality: South Korean

Cha Eun-woo is a South Korean model, actor, and singer. He achieved popularity as part of the famous boy band Astro. His popularity increased after playing Do Kyung-seok in a television series titled Gangnam Beauty, after which he was named in GQ Korea magazine's Men of the Year list in 2018.

 24 Mia Khalifa

Mia Khalifa
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Famous As: Sports commentator
Birthdate: February 10, 1993
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Lebanese, American

 25 Hunter S. Thompson

Hunter S. Thompson
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Famous As: Journalist and Author
Birthdate: July 18, 1937
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: American
Died: February 20, 2005

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.

 26 Victoria Coren Mitchell

Victoria Coren Mitchell
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Listed In: TV Presenters
Famous As: Television Presenter
Birthdate: August 18, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British
Victoria Coren Mitchell is the first woman to win a European Poker Tour contest. She has hosted the BBC game show Only Connect and written several books, including a poker-centered memoir. The Women in Poker Hall of Fame inductee has also written columns for The Guardian and The Observer

 27 Dr. Phil McGraw

Dr. Phil McGraw
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Listed In: Talk Show Hosts
Famous As: Television Host
Birthdate: September 1, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Phil McGraw, or Dr. Phil, is a well-known psychologist and TV personality. He gained fame with his frequent appearances on The Oprah Winfrey Show and then launched his advice show Dr. Phil. He owns the charity Dr. Phil Foundation and has a “star” on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.

 28 James May

James May
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Famous As: TV Presenter
Birthdate: January 16, 1963
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British

James May is an English journalist and television presenter. May is known for co-presenting the popular factual television show Top Gear alongside Richard Hammond and Jeremy Clarkson. James May is credited with co-founding the independent TV production company W. Chump and Sons.

 29 Ayushmann Khurrana

Ayushmann Khurrana
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Listed In: Actors, Video Jockeys
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 14, 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Indian

 30 Nicolle Wallace

Nicolle Wallace
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Listed In: TV Presenters
Famous As: Former White House Communications Director
Birthdate: February 4, 1972
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: American

Nicolle Wallace has been Jeb Bush's press secretary, the White House communications director under George W. Bush, and John McCain’s senior political advisor. She has also hosted Deadline: White House and The View, and written three political novels, including Eighteen Acres. A self-proclaimed “non-practicing Republican,” she supports same-sex marriage.

 31 Preity Zinta

Preity Zinta
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Famous As: Actor, Model, Journalist
Birthdate: January 31, 1975
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Indian

 32 Jeannie Mai

Jeannie Mai
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Famous As: Reality TV Personality
Birthdate: January 4, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 33 Danny Dyer

Danny Dyer
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 24, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: British

 34 Rachel Riley

Rachel Riley
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Listed In: TV Presenters
Famous As: TV Presenter
Birthdate: January 11, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: British
Rachel Riley is best known as a co-host of the puzzle show Countdown and its spin-off, 8 Out of 10 Cats Does Countdown. An avid mathematician, she also co-hosted The Gadget Show and It's Not Rocket Science. She also participated in the 11th season of Strictly Come Dancing.

 35 Stacey Dooley

Stacey Dooley
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Listed In: TV Presenters
Famous As: TV Presenter
Birthdate: March 9, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British
Investigative journalist Stacey Dooley is best known for presenting socially relevant BBC documentaries with themes such as child labor and gender equality. Some of her notable works are Blood, Sweat and T-shirts and the series Stacey Dooley Investigates. The MBE recipient has also won the reality contest Strictly Come Dancing

 36 Dick Strawbridge

Dick Strawbridge
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Listed In: TV Presenters
Famous As: Engineer, TV Presenter
Birthdate: September 3, 1959
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: British

 37 Sharon Osbourne

Sharon Osbourne
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Famous As: Television host
Birthdate: October 9, 1952
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: British
Heavy metal singer Ozzy Osbourne’s wife, Sharon Osbourne is a music manager. She rejuvenated Ozzy’s career by organizing the Ozzfest tour. She was the star of the reality show The Osbournes, wrote several books, was a panelist on Loose Women, and judged America's Got Talent and The X Factor.

 38 Anna Wintour

Anna Wintour
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Listed In: Journalists, Editors
Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: November 3, 1949
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Nationality: British

Anna Wintour is a British-American journalist. She has been working as Vogue's Editor-in-Chief since 1988. Known for having an eye for emerging fashion trends, Wintour is credited with reviving Vogue as it was viewed as a stagnating publication when she assumed control in 1988. Nicknamed Nuclear Wintour due to her demanding personality, Wintour inspired the story The Devil Wears Prada.

 39 Virginia Vallejo

Virginia Vallejo
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Listed In: Journalists
Famous As: Author
Birthdate: August 26, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: Colombian

Virginia Vallejo is a Colombian journalist and author. After Vallejo claimed that many Colombian politicians and presidents were benefiting from the leading cocaine cartels, she was granted asylum in the USA in order to help the DEA and the Justice Department in cases pertaining to the Colombian drug cartels. Her book, Loving Pablo, Hating Escobar, was made into a film.

 40 Hoda Kotb

Hoda Kotb
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Famous As: Journalist, Author, TV Anchor
Birthdate: August 9, 1964
Sun Sign: Leo
Nationality: Egyptian, American
Egyptian-American TV journalist Hoda Kotb is best known as the co-host of the shows NBC Morning Show, Dateline NBC, Today. Named to Time 100, she has also authored several books, including a bestselling autobiography. A breast cancer survivor, she now also works to raise awareness about the disease.

 41 Arnab Goswami

Arnab Goswami
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Listed In: Journalists
Famous As: journalist
Birthdate: March 7, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: Indian

 42 Savannah Guthrie

Savannah Guthrie
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Famous As: Broadcaster
Birthdate: December 27, 1971
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Nationality: American

 43 Barbara Walters

Barbara Walters
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: September 25, 1929
Sun Sign: Libra
Nationality: American

Barbara Walters is an American retired television personality and broadcast journalist. Renowned for her popularity with viewers, Walters appeared as the host of several popular TV shows. A pioneer for women in broadcasting, Walters became the first woman to co-host shows like Today and ABC Evening News. In 1996, she was named in TV Guide’s 50 Greatest TV Stars list.

 44 John Barrowman

John Barrowman
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: March 11, 1967
Sun Sign: Pisces
Nationality: British, American

 45 Nora Lum

Nora Lum
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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: December 14, 1988
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American
Nora Lum, or Awkwafina, soared to fame with the song My Vag, which became a YouTube hit. She then delivered her album Yellow Ranger and appeared in the series Girl Code. With The Farewell, she became the first Asian woman to win a Golden Globe for the lead female.

 46 Tamron Hall

Tamron Hall
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Listed In: Journalists
Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: September 16, 1970
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American

Broadcast journalist and television talk show host Tamron Hall is best known for her eponymous award-winning syndicated daytime talk show. She has previously worked for NBC News and MSNBC. An alumnus of Temple University, she is a member of the National Association of Black Journalists. She is actively involved in anti-domestic violence campaigns.

 47 Wagner Moura

Wagner Moura
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: June 27, 1976
Sun Sign: Cancer
Nationality: Brazilian

 48 Ronan Farrow

Ronan Farrow
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Famous As: Journalist, Activist, Human Rights Lawyer
Birthdate: December 19, 1987
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Nationality: American

American journalist Ronan Farrow played a major role in reporting the sexual abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein. His work, which was published in The New Yorker, earned the magazine the 2018 Pulitzer Prize for Public Service. He is also responsible for exposing allegations against personalities like jurist Brett Kavanaugh, media executive Les Moonves, and politician Eric Schneiderman.

 49 Malcolm Gladwell

Malcolm Gladwell
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Listed In: Journalists
Famous As: Writer, Journalist
Birthdate: September 3, 1963
Sun Sign: Virgo
Nationality: American
Malcolm Gladwell is best known for his bestselling books The Tipping Point, Blink, and Outliers. He has also written for The New Yorker and The Washington Post. His writings encompass subjects such as psychology, economics, and sociology. Gladwell has also co-founded a podcast company and hosts the podcast Revisionist History.

 50 Bal Thackeray

Bal Thackeray
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Famous As: Politician, Journalist, Painter
Birthdate: January 23, 1926
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Nationality: Indian
Died: November 17, 2012
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