Philanthropists

There have been philanthropists who have donated huge sums of money to causes dear to them. Here is a list of famous philanthropists who have helped make the world a better place.
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 1 Warren Buffett

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Famous As: Business Magnate, Investor, Philanthropist
Birthdate: August 30, 1930
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Omaha, Nebraska, United States

American investor, business tycoon and philanthropist Warren Buffett is considered one of the most successful investors in the world by the media. The chairman and largest shareholder of the firm, Berkshire Hathaway, he is often called as the ‘Oracle’ or ‘Sage’ of Omaha. Notably, he has pledged to give away a sizable portion of his wealth to philanthropic causes.

 2 John D. Rockefeller

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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: July 8, 1839
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Richford, New York, United States
Died: May 23, 1937

Widely regarded as the richest person in modern history and the wealthiest American ever, John D. Rockefeller was a business magnate who founded the Standard Oil Company. He was America’s first billionaire. He also defined the structure of modern philanthropy as the foundations created by him had a major effect on scientific research, medicine, and education.

 3 Muhammad Ali

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Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: January 17, 1942
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Louisville, Kentucky, United States
Died: June 3, 2016

Widely regarded as one of the greatest boxers of all time, Muhammad Ali was a major figure of the 20th century. He was an inspirational figure for African-Americans during the civil rights movement. Because of his opposition to Vietnam War and his refusal to be drafted into military, Muhammad Ali became an icon for the larger counterculture generation.

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 4 Rihanna

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 20, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Saint Michael, Barbados

For anyone who has a penchant for music, Rihanna needs no introduction. Born as Robyn Rihanna Fenty, Rihanna is one of the most influential names in the music and fashion industry. Her effortless singing, catchy tunes and inimitable dance moves have won her eight Grammy Awards, eight American Music Awards, twelve Billboard Music Awards and two BRIT Awards.

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 5 Jimmy Carter

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Famous As: 39th President of the United States
Birthdate: October 1, 1924
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Plains, Georgia, United States

Jimmy Carter, the 39th President of USA, is one of the rare Presidents whose legacy continues even after leaving office. He is known as a champion of human rights and a mediator of peace efforts across the world. His humanitarian works earned him the prestigious Nobel Peace Prize in 2002.

 6 Jamsetji Tata

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Famous As: Father of Indian Industry
Birthdate: March 3, 1839
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Navsari, Gujarat, India
Died: May 19, 1904
Legendary Indian industrialist Jamsetji Nusserwanji Tata established the Tata Group and the city of Jamshedpur, too. The Father of Indian Industry also founded the Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai, which was the only Indian hotel with electricity back then. His legacy was carried forward by subsidiaries such as Tata Steel.
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 7 Gaten Matarazzo

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 8, 2002
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Connecticut, United States

Gaten Matarazzo is best known for his SAG Award-winning performance as Dustin Henderson from the Netflix series Stranger Things. He has also hosted the show Prank Encounters and has been part of the Broadway shows Priscilla and Les Misérables. He has cleidocranial dysplasia and helps raise awareness about the condition.

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 8 Edmond James de Rothschild

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Famous As: Businessperson
Birthdate: August 19, 1845
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Boulogne-Billancourt, France
Died: November 2, 1934
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 9 Maya Harris

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Famous As: Lawyer
Birthdate: January 30, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Champaign-Urbana Metropolitan Statistical Area

A lawyer, law professor, political analyst and a civil rights activist, Maya Harris’s list of achievements is huge. One of the youngest in the US to become a law school dean, Maya Harris has worked with Hillary Clinton and her own sister Kamala Harris in their respective presidential campaigns.

 10 Sarah Ferguson

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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 15, 1959
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: The London Welbeck Hospital, London, England, United Kingdom

Sarah Ferguson is one of the members of the British royal family. She started working with several charity organizations after marrying Prince Andrew, Duke of York. Even after her divorce, she has continued working with organizations like the American Cancer Society. In 2020, she set up her own foundation called Sarah's Trust.

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 11 Paul Allen

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Famous As: Co-founder of Microsoft, Philanthropist
Birthdate: January 21, 1953
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Seattle
Died: October 15, 2018

Paul Allen was an American investor, business magnate, and philanthropist. He is credited with co-founding one of the most popular multinational technology companies in the world, Microsoft Corporation. Along with his philanthropic activities and ownership of several other companies and sporting clubs, Paul Allen had a major impact on sports, wildlife, education, arts, healthcare, community services, environmental conservation, and more.

 12 Ole Gunnar Solskjær

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Famous As: Football Manager
Birthdate: February 26, 1973
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kristiansund

Former Norwegian football player, Ole Gunnar Solskjær was one of the most successful players of Manchester United and scored 126 goals for it. He famously scored the winning goal against Bayern Munich in the 1999 Champions League final to secure a treble for the Manchester United. Post retirement, he began his coaching career and is currently the manager of Manchester United.

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 13 Fran Drescher

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 30, 1957
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Kew Gardens, New York, United States

Fran Drescher is an American actress and comedian. Characterized by her thick New York accent and nasal voice, Fran Drescher serves as an inspiration to many cancer patients as she successfully fought off the disease after suffering from uterine cancer. She is also an outspoken LGBT rights activist and healthcare advocate.

 14 Abdul Sattar Edhi

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Famous As: Philanthropist, humanitarian
Birthdate: January 1, 1928
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bantva, Gujarat, India
Died: July 8, 2016

Abdul Sattar Edhi was a Pakistani ascetic, philanthropist, and humanitarian. He is credited with founding the Edhi Foundation, which operates a volunteer ambulance network as well as several animal shelters, orphanages, homeless shelters, and rehabilitation centres across Pakistan. He was often nominated for the Nobel Peace Prize during his lifetime.

 15 Bill Ackman

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Famous As: CEO of Pershing Square Capital Management
Birthdate: May 11, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New York City, New York

Bill Ackman is an American hedge fund manager and investor. He is credited with founding the popular hedge fund management company, Pershing Square Capital Management. Also a philanthropist, Ackman has donated millions of dollars to various charitable causes like the Center for Jewish History. In 2006, he founded the Pershing Square Foundation, which supports various sectors like education and healthcare.

 16 Isabella Rossellini

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 18, 1952
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Rome, Italy

Italian-American actress Isabella Rossellini has made an important contribution to the American and Italian film industry. She has also appeared on stage, including an Off-Broadway production of The Stendhal Syndrome.  Also known for her involvement in conservation efforts, Rossellini serves as the director and president of the Howard Gilman Foundation, which focuses on the preservation of arts, photography, and wildlife.

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 17 Steve Howey

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: July 12, 1977
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, United States
Steve Howey is best known as Van Montgomery from the comedy series Reba and as Kevin Ball from Shameless. He has also been part of movies such as Bride Wars and DOA: Dead or Alive. He also appeared in and produced the film Class, written and directed by his father.

 18 Florence Foster Jenkins

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Famous As: Socialite
Birthdate: July 19, 1868
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, United States
Died: November 26, 1944

Florence Foster Jenkins was an American socialite who was often ridiculed and mocked for her poor singing ability, which in turn made her popular. Known as the world's worst opera singer, Jenkins became a musical cult-figure in New York City due to her technical incompetence as an amateur soprano. Her life inspired several plays and films, including Florence Foster Jenkins.

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 19 Max Greenfield

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: September 4, 1980
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Dobbs Ferry, New York
Max Greenfield is best known for his Emmy- and Golden Globe-nominated performance as Schmidt in the series New Girl. Fans also loved him in Veronica Mars and The Neighborhood and as the voice of Roger in Ice Age: Collision Course. Greenfield is also associated with the non-profit Young Storytellers Foundation.

 20 Doris Roberts

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 4, 1925
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: St. Louis, Missouri, United States
Died: April 17, 2016

Five-time Emmy Award-winning actor Doris Roberts is best remembered as Marie Barone from the sitcom Everybody Loves Raymond and as Mildred Krebs from Remington Steele. She also appeared on various talk/game shows and in films such as The Honeymoon Killers. She was a prominent animal rights activist, too.

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 21 Adam Weitsman

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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: June 13, 1968
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Owego, New York, United States

 22 Master P

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: April 29, 1970
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States
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 23 Marlo Thomas

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 21, 1937
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Detroit, Michigan, USA

 24 Rick Harrison

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Famous As: Businessman
Birthdate: March 22, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ladywood High School, Livonia, Michigan, United States
Rick Harrison, co-owner of the Gold & Silver Pawn Shop, shot to fame with the History Channel show Pawn Stars. His memoir, License to Pawn, became a New York Times bestseller. Named the National Pawnbrokers Association’s 2010 Pawnbroker of the Year, he also appeared on the game show Pawnography
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 25 Catriona Gray

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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: January 6, 1994
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cairns, Queensland, Australia
Filipino-Australian model Catriona Gray soared to fame after winning the 2018 Miss Universe pageant, thus becoming the fourth from her country to win the title. Apart from winning Miss Universe Philippines 2018, she had also been named Miss World Philippines 2016. She has worked for the OTOP initiative, too.

 26 Sela Ward

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 11, 1956
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Meridian, Mississippi

Sela Ann Ward is best known for her Emmy-winning role of Teddy Reed in Sisters. She won another Emmy and a Golden Globe for playing Lily Manning in Once and Again. Fans also loved her in the series House and CSI: NY, and the movie The Day After Tomorrow.

 27 Clayton Kershaw

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Famous As: Baseball Pitcher
Birthdate: March 19, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Dallas, Texas, United States

An eight-time MLB All-Star, Clayton Kershaw is an American professional baseball player, often described as the best pitcher in the history of baseball. Also known for his humanitarian work, Clayton Kershaw has been honored with the Branch Rickey Award and Roberto Clemente Award. A prolific donator, Kershaw donated $260,000 to build an orphanage called Hope's Home.

 28 Dana White

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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: July 28, 1969
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Manchester, Connecticut, United States
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 29 Katie Piper

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Famous As: Philanthropist
Birthdate: October 12, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Andover

Model Katie Piper made headlines after being attacked with acid by her former boyfriend. She underwent a face restoration surgery to rebuild her damaged face. She then became an activist, released an autobiography, and created a documentary. She also owns a foundation to help burn victims and has hosted Bodyshockers.

 30 Eunice Kennedy Shriver

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Famous As: Philanthropist
Birthdate: July 10, 1921
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Brookline, Massachusetts, United States
Died: August 11, 2009
Eunice Shriver, sister of American president John F. Kennedy and wife of diplomat Sargent Shriver, was an avid philanthropist. Motivated by her mentally challenged sister Rosemary’s condition, she began working for the disabled and eventually founded the Special Olympics. She received the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her philanthropic work.
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 31 John Paul Getty Jr.

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Famous As: Philanthropist
Birthdate: September 7, 1932
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Italy
Died: April 17, 2003

 32 Mena Suvari

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 13, 1979
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Newport, Rhode Island, United States
Mena Suvari soared to fame with her SAG Award-winning role of Angela Hayes in American Beauty. Fans also loved her in the American Pie movies and the horror anthology American Horror Story. She also appeared as Edie in Six Feet Under. Mena endorses Lancôme cosmetics and uses cruelty-free products only.
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 33 Adrienne Maloof

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Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: September 4, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

Adrienne Maloof is an American businesswoman and television personality. As the co-owner of the several business holdings of Maloof Companies, Adrienne Maloof has been playing an important role in controlling the Companies' marketing operations for the past 20 years. Also a well-known philanthropist, Maloof has supported several charity organizations, such as the Good News Foundation and School On Wheels.

 34 Diane Guerrero

Diane Guerrero
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 21, 1986
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: New Jersey, USA

 35 George Soros

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Famous As: Investor, Philanthropist
Birthdate: August 12, 1930
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Budapest, Hungary
A Hungarian-American financier, philanthropist, activist and author, George Soros is the founder of Soros Fund Management and the Open Society Foundations. Amongst the country’s most successful investors, he made a huge profit during the 1992 Black Wednesday crisis and became famous as the man who broke the Bank of England.

 36 Nicole Ari Parker

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 7, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Baltimore, Maryland

Nicole Ari Parker is best known for her role as Becky Barnett in the movie Boogie Nights. Fans also loved her as Teri Joseph in Soul Food and as Giselle Barker in the soap Empire. She also plays Samantha Miller in Chicago P.D. Nicole is an active Democrat.

 37 Phillip Schofield

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Famous As: Television Presenter
Birthdate: April 1, 1962
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Oldham, Lancashire, England

Phillip Schofield is an English TV presenter. Over the years, Schofield has been playing an important role in the success of ITV's This Morning and Dancing on Ice. He is also a humanitarian as he has been serving as a patron of Shooting Star Children's Hospices, which aids families of children with terminal illnesses.

 38 AnnaLynne McCord

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: July 16, 1987
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, USA

 39 Bonnie Tyler

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: June 8, 1951
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Skewen, Neath, Wales

 40 Donna Douglas

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: September 26, 1932
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pride, Louisiana, United States
Died: January 1, 2015
Donna Douglas is best known as Elly May Clampett from the sitcom The Beverly Hillbillies. After retiring from acting, she juggled with a number of careers, becoming a real-estate agent, a motivational speaker, and a gospel singer. She has also written a Bible-themed children’s book and a cookbook.

 41 Shaunie O’Neal

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Famous As: Producer, Philanthropist
Birthdate: November 27, 1974
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Wichita Falls, Texas, United States

 42 Vince Staples

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Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: July 2, 1993
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Compton, California, United States

 43 Rose Kennedy

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Famous As: Philanthropist
Birthdate: July 21, 1890
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: January 22, 1995
Rose Kennedy, wife of investor and U.S. ambassador to the U.K., Joseph P. Kennedy Sr., and mother of President John F. Kennedy, was an avid philanthropist. She was also the sixth American lady to become a Papal countess and was later named to the International Best Dressed List.

 44 Savitribai Phule

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Famous As: Social Reformer, Poet
Birthdate: January 3, 1831
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Naigaon, British India (now in Satara district, Maharashtra)
Died: March 10, 1887

Savitribai Phule was a revolutionary social reformer who dedicated her life to educate girls and bring about gender equality in the face of resistance from the conservative Indian society. Phule, who was illiterate till her marriage, went on to become a teacher, a feat considered first by an Indian woman. With her husband, she established schools for girls in Maharashtra.

 45 Ronan Keating

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 3, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Swords, Dublin, Ireland

 46 Aaron Lewis

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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 13, 1972
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Springfield, Vermont, USA

Aaron Lewis is an American singer, musician, and songwriter. He is credited with founding the rock band Staind where he also serves as the rhythm guitarist and lead vocalist. Also known for his philanthropic efforts, Aaron Lewis works closely with a non-profit organization called It Takes a Community.

 47 Nita Ambani

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Famous As: Indian philanthropist
Birthdate: November 1, 1963
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Mumbai, Maharashtra, India
Philanthropist Nita Ambani, wife of Indian business magnate and Reliance Industries MD and chairman Mukesh Ambani, founded the Reliance Foundation. Nita co-owns the IPL team Mumbai Indians, has established an international school, and became the first Indian woman IOC member. She was initially a teacher and is trained in Bharatnatyam.

 48 Eva LaRue

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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 27, 1966
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Long Beach, California

 49 A'Lelia Walker

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Famous As: Businesswoman
Birthdate: June 6, 1885
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vicksburg, Mississippi, United States
Died: August 17, 1931

 50 Barkhad Abdi

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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 10, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Mogadishu, Banaadir, Somalia

Somali-American actor, Barkhad Abdi, is best known for his role in the film Captain Phillips, for which he received a British Academy Film Award. Born in Somalia, he relocated to USA after the Somali Civil War broke out. After working in a few odd jobs as a young man, he took up acting and soon found success.

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