Public Speakers

Public Speakers are individuals who speak to a large group of people with the motive of informing, motivating, influencing or entertaining the audiences. Public speakers primarily aim to persuade the audience to think about a pressing issue, motivate them to take actions or influence them to embark on a path of self-development. Public speaking is an art as it is no small feat to address large gathering and communicate to them effectively what one intends to inform them about. Greek philosopher Aristotle was one of the most prominent public speakers in ancient Greek where the art of public speaking first developed. Public speaking is a powerful medium and good orators from time immemorial have used their skills to influence people and move them to action. Abraham Lincoln, Adolf Hitler and Barack Obama are men who with the help of their oratory skills achieved tremendous political success. Leaders like Martin Luther King, Jr., and Winston Churchill were popular public speakers who left considerable impact on society. People flock to listen to motivational speakers like Wayne Dyer, Mark Victor Hansen, and Deepak Chopra who are blessed with the ability to inspire people through their talks. Browse on to learn more about the famous public speakers from around the world who inspire, motivate and influence through their speeches.

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 1 Jordan Belfort

Jordan Belfort.
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: July 9, 1962
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: The Bronx, New York, United States
The former stock broker, who was convicted for stock-market manipulation and cheating several investors, Jordan Belfort spent 22 months in prison before he was released and altered his way of living. Using his life experiences, he became a motivational speaker and also authored two memoirs, one of which, The Wolf of Wall Street, was adapted into an award winning film.

 2 David Icke

David Icke.
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: April 29, 1952
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Leicester

A popular English conspiracy theorist, David Icke has written books and delivered lectures on various theories, such as infinite dimensions, reptoid humanoids, and the Illuminati. While he has faced criticisms and accusations, he also has a large following and has influenced people who support counter-cultural movement and ancient astronaut theories.

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 3 Brian Cox

Brian Cox.
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Famous As: Physicist
Birthdate: March 3, 1968
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Oldham, Lancashire, England

Brian Cox is an English physicist and former musician. He has presented numerous science programs for BBC radio and TV, especially the Wonders of... series. He is also the author of several popular science books. He has been lauded for his efforts to publicize science and was awarded the British Association's Lord Kelvin Award in 2006. 

 4 Nick Vujicic

Nick Vujicic.
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Famous As: Evangelist
Birthdate: December 4, 1982
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Melbourne

Nick Vujicic is an Australian American motivational speaker and Christian evangelist. Born with a rare disorder called tetra-amelia syndrome, which is characterized by the privation of arms and legs, Vujicic founded an international non-profit organization called Life Without Limbs in 2005. In 2007, he established a motivational speaking company named Attitude is Altitude.

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 5 Mike Farrell

Mike Farrell.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: February 6, 1939
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Saint Paul, Minnesota

Mike Farrell is an American actor known for playing, Captain B.J. Hunnicutt, in the popular war comedy-drama TV series, M*A*S*H. Farrell's journey from being born into a working-class family to becoming a famous Hollywood actor is quite inspiring. Also a political and social activist, Farrell has worked on several activist campaigns. In 2001, he was honored with PETA's Humanitarian Award.

 6 Simon Sinek

Simon Sinek.
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: October 9, 1973
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wimbledon, London, England

The London-born American is a noted author and motivational speaker who has written five books including Leaders Eat Last, which made to the bestseller lists of the Wall Street Journal and The New York Times. Sometimes criticized for ‘self-promotion’, Simon Oliver Sinek also worked with Ernst & Young and provided leadership training. He is an instructor at Columbia University.

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 7 Aron Ralston

Aron Ralston.
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Famous As: Outdoorsman, Motivational Speaker
Birthdate: October 27, 1975
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Marion, Ohio, United States
Rock climber Aron Ralston survived a canyoneering accident during a solo adventure in Utah. He escaped after remaining stuck for 5 days, by cutting off his right arm. He later related his tale in the autobiography Between a Rock and a Hard Place, which inspired the movie 127 Hours.
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 8 Deepak Chopra

Deepak Chopra.
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Famous As: Motivational Speaker, Writer
Birthdate: October 22, 1946
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: New Delhi

Deepak Chopra is an Indian-American alternative-medicine advocate and author. After emigrating to the United States in 1970, Chopra went on to become an important figure in the New Age movement. Credited with co-founding the Chopra Center for Wellbeing, Chopra is one of the wealthiest personalities in alternative medicine. He has also drawn criticisms, thanks to his tall and ridiculous claims.

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 9 Jiddu Krishnamurti

Jiddu Krishnamurti.
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Famous As: Public Speaker & Philosopher
Birthdate: May 12, 1895
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Madanapalle
Died: February 17, 1986

Jiddu Krishnamurti was an Indian philosopher, speaker, and writer. Many years after his death, Krishnamurti's supporters oversee several schools based on his views and ideas. The Krishnamurti Foundation runs several schools in India and foreign countries. Among those who were influenced by his works were Toni Packer, Dada Dharmadhikari, and Achyut Patwardhan.

 10 Donna Douglas

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.
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 11 Chetan Bhagat

Chetan Bhagat.
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: April 22, 1974
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: New Delhi, India
Indian investment banker-turned-writer Chetan Bhagat is known for his bestselling novels such as Five Point Someone and One Night @ the Call Center. Many Bollywood movies, such as Kai Po Che! and 3 Idiots, have been adapted from his novels, with the former winning him a Filmfare Award.

 12 Lizzie Velásquez

Lizzie Velásquez.
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Famous As: Motivational Speaker
Birthdate: March 13, 1989
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Austin, Texas, United States
Lizzie Velásquez is an American activist, author, motivational speaker, and YouTuber. Velásquez was subjected to bullying and cyberbullying due to Marfanoid–progeroid–lipodystrophy syndrome, a rare congenital disease, which prevents her from gaining weight. The hardship that she faced because of her condition inspired her to become a motivational speaker. Her story inspired the 2015 documentary film, A Brave Heart.
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 13 Rudy Ruettiger

Rudy Ruettiger
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Famous As: Motivational speaker
Birthdate: August 22, 1948
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Joliet, Illinois, United States

Daniel Eugene Ruettiger, better known as Rudy Ruettiger, remains an icon of the football team of the University of Notre Dame. One of his parents’ 14 children, he suffered from dyslexia, before finding his calling in football. His life later inspired the film Rudy, with actor Sean Astin playing his role.

 14 Dale Carnegie

Dale Carnegie.
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Famous As: Self-Help Writer, Motivational Guru, Public Speaker
Birthdate: November 24, 1888
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Maryville, Missouri, United States
Died: November 1, 1955
Writer and academic Dale Carnegie is best remembered for his work on courses in areas such as corporate training, self-improvement, and salesmanship. He started his career as a salesperson. He wrote many books, including the international bestseller How to Win Friends and Influence People, and was a successful lecturer, too.

 15 Fran Lebowitz

Fran Lebowitz
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: October 27, 1950
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Morristown, New Jersey, United States

Author and public speaker Fran Lebowitz is best known for her book The Fran Lebowitz Reader, which combined the two books Metropolitan Life and Social Studies. She also gained fame with her 2021 Netflix docuseries Pretend It's a City. Openly lesbian, she has often spoken about feminism, politics, and AIDS.

 16 Kevin Mitnick

Kevin Mitnick.
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Famous As: Consultant
Birthdate: August 6, 1963
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Van Nuys, Los Angeles, California, United States

First a convicted hacker and then a computer security consultant, Kevin Mitnick’s life is all about how ingenuity can be used negatively and positively. Currently a security consultant for top-notch companies and the FBI, the American also teaches government agencies on social engineering. His sentencing for wire fraud is controversial and often considered excessive by some quarters.

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 17 Glennon Doyle Melton

Glennon Doyle Melton.
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Famous As: Author, Activist, Public Speaker
Birthdate: March 20, 1976
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Burke, Virginia

The author of New York Times bestsellers such as Untamed and Love Warrior, Glennon Doyle Melton was once described as the patron saint of female empowerment by People magazine. She is also an avid philanthropist, who heads the all-woman non-profit Together Rising, which caters to women and children.

 18 Jonathan Lipnicki

Jonathan Lipnicki
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 22, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Westlake Village, California, USA

Jonathan Lipnicki soared to fame as a child actor, rubbing shoulders with top-notch stars in movies such as Jerry Maguire and Stuart Little. He has also been part of several hit series and the indie When Zachary Beaver Came to Town. He boasts of a blue belt in Brazilian Jiu-jitsu.

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 19 Lisa Whelchel

Lisa Whelchel
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: May 29, 1963
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Littlefield, Texas, United States

Best remembered as rich and spoiled Blair Warner on NBC sitcom, The Facts of Life, actress Lisa Whelchel is also a well-known singer and songwriter. She reached No. 17 on the Billboard Contemporary Christian music charts with her Christian pop album, All Because of You. Founder of Momtime Ministers and author of ten books, she is also known for her motivational speeches.

 20 Dave Ramsey

Dave Ramsey.
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Famous As: Radio host
Birthdate: September 3, 1960
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Antioch, Nashville, Tennessee, United States

Dave Ramsey is an American radio show host, personal finance advisor, businessman, and author. He is best known for hosting The Dave Ramsey Show. He is also famous for authoring many books, including The Total Money Makeover, which featured on the New York Times bestseller list. He is also credited with founding a financial counseling service called the Lampo Group.

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 21 Monty Don

Monty Don.
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Famous As: TV Presenter
Birthdate: July 8, 1955
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Iserlohn, West Germany

 22 Van Jones

Van Jones
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Famous As: Motivational speaker
Birthdate: September 20, 1968
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Jackson, Tennessee Jackson, Tennessee, United States U.S.

Especially known for his honest and poignant commentaries, Van Jones is an award-winning political contributor, commentator, and the host of popular CNN programs like Van Jones Show and The Redemption Project. Also a leader in the fight for criminal justice reform for more than twenty-five years, he has founded number of non-profit organizations and authored several best-selling books.

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 23 Kim Peek

Kim Peek.
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Famous As: Megasavant
Birthdate: November 11, 1951
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Salt Lake City, Utah, United States
Died: December 19, 2009

Kim Peek was a savant who suffered from the rare genetic syndrome, FG syndrome. Often called a “megasavant,” he had an exceptional memory and appeared in many documentaries. He was the inspiration for the character of Raymond Babbitt in the film Rain Man. He was born with macrocephaly and damage to the cerebellum and experienced considerable social difficulties. 

 24 Ben Shapiro

Ben Shapiro.
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Famous As: Political Commentator, Public Speaker
Birthdate: January 15, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States

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.

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 25 Anita Sarkeesian

Anita Sarkeesian.
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Famous As: Feminist Media Critic, Blogger
Birthdate: 1983 AD
Birthplace: Ontario, Canada

Born to Iraqi immigrants to Canada, Anita Sarkeesian later moved to the U.S. and soared to fame as a feminist media critic and YouTuber. Her site Feminist Frequency explores the treatment of women in socio-cultural scenarios. Her Tropes vs Women project invited serious sexist and racist attacks online.

 26 Bristol Palin

Bristol Palin.
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Famous As: Public Speaker
Birthdate: October 18, 1990
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Wasilla, Alaska, United States
Bristol Palin, the eldest daughter of Todd and Sarah Palin, is best known for her stint on the reality show Dancing with the Stars and her performance in the series The Secret Life of the American Teenager. She is also a real-estate agent and has written a memoir. 
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 27 Steve Schmidt

Steve Schmidt
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: September 28, 1970
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: North Plainfield, New Jersey, United States

 28 Rudy Giuliani

Rudy Giuliani.
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Famous As: Former Mayor of New York City
Birthdate: May 28, 1944
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: East Flatbush, New York, United States

American politician Rudy Giuliani, who served as the Mayor of New York City from 1994 to 2001, received major attention and praise for his handling of crisis in the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terror attacks in his city. He was named Time magazine’s Person of the Year in December 2001 for his efforts. However, there have also been allegations of corruption against him.

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 29 Frank Reich

Frank Reich.
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Famous As: Football Coach
Birthdate: December 4, 1961
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Freeport, New York, United States

Frank Reich is an American former football player who played as a quarterback in the National Football League (NFL) for 14 seasons. He is currently serving as the head coach for the popular NFL team, The Indianapolis Colts. Over the years, he has also been part of the coaching team for Arizona Cardinals, San Diego Chargers, and Philadelphia Eagles.

 30 Brene Brown

Brene Brown
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Famous As: Researcher
Birthdate: November 18, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Antonio, Texas, U.S.

Apart from being a University of Houston research professor, Brene Brown has also been a successful author of New York Times bestsellers such as Braving the Wilderness, and a podcast host. She also has a lecture featured on Netflix, while her Ted Talk is one of the world’s top-five most-viewed. 

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 31 Apolo Ohno

Apolo Ohno
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Famous As: Short track speed skater
Birthdate: May 22, 1982
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington (state) Washington

 32 Buck Angel

Buck Angel
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Famous As: Adult Film Stars
Birthdate: June 5, 1972
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, USA
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 33 Richard Hatch

Richard Hatch.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 21, 1945
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Santa Monica, California, United States
Died: February 7, 2017

 34 Conor Woodman

Conor Woodman.
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Famous As: Film Director
Birthdate: March 21, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Galway

Irish author, director, and broadcaster Conor Woodman is best known for hosting the TV show Around the World in 80 Trades. Starting his career as a financial analyst, he eventually became an investigative journalist. With time, he branched out into film-making as well. Also a fiction writer, he is planning to launch a novel series soon.

 35 Natalia Vodianova

Natalia Vodianova.
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: February 28, 1982
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Gorky, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Named the new UN goodwill ambassador, Russian supermodel Natalia Vodianova, or Supernova, remains determined to work to remove social reservations associated with issues such as menstruation. Growing up with her fruit-seller single mother had made her join modeling at 15. She even has a Russian Barbie modeled on her.

 36 Rodney Mullen

Rodney Mullen
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Famous As: Skateboarder
Birthdate: August 17, 1966
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Gainesville, Florida, USA

 37 William Tell

William Tell
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Famous As: Folk hero
Birthdate: 0000 AD

 38 Kyle Carpenter

Kyle Carpenter.
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Famous As: Military Officer
Birthdate: October 17, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Jackson, Mississippi, United States

 39 Jennifer O'Neill

Jennifer O'Neill
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 20, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Rio de Janeiro, Brazil

Born to an English mother and a Brazilian father, actor Jennifer O'Neill had begun modeling at 15. She later became part of films such as Summer of '42. She had attempted suicide at 14 and had later got married nine times to eight men. She was also a promising equestrienne.

 40 Maria Belon

Maria Belon
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Famous As: Physician
Birthdate: May 12, 1966
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Madrid, Spain

 41 Mary Matalin

Mary Matalin.
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Famous As: Political Consultant
Birthdate: July 19, 1953
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chicago Illinois, U.S.

Mary Matalin is an American political consultant. Renowned for her work with the Republican Party, Matalin has worked with prominent personalities like Ronald Reagan, George H. W. Bush, George W. Bush, and Dick Cheney. Mary Matalin is also known for her work as an animal rights activist and was honored with PETA's Person of the Year award in December 2016.

 42 Yossi Ghinsberg

Yossi Ghinsberg
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: April 25, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Tel Aviv, Israel

Yossi Ghinsberg is an Israeli adventurer, entrepreneur, author, motivational speaker, and humanitarian. He is best known for his survival story which happened in 1981 when he was stranded in the Amazon jungle for three weeks. The story inspired the 2017 Australian biographical film Jungle and was featured in Discovery Channel's popular documentary series I Shouldn't Be Alive.

 43 Naomi Wolf

Naomi Wolf
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Famous As: Political writer
Birthdate: November 12, 1962
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: San Francisco, California, U.S.

 44 Esther Hicks

Esther Hicks
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 5, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Coalville, Utah, U.S.

 45 Zig Ziglar

Zig Ziglar
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: November 6, 1926
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Coffee County, Alabama, United States
Died: November 28, 2012

 46 Dave Pelzer

Dave Pelzer
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Famous As: Autobiographer
Birthdate: December 29, 1960
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Daly City, California, United States

Best known for his 1995 memoir, A Child Called "It", David James Pelzer is an American author of four autobiographical work and three self-help books. Raised by abusing parents until the age of twelve, he has described his childhood, adolescence and adulthood in the first three books. Also a motivational speaker, his message is all about triumph of human spirit.

 47 Robin Sharma

Robin Sharma.
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Famous As: Writer, Public Speaker
Birthdate: June 16, 1964
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Port Hawkesbury

Canadian writer Robin Sharma is best known for his The Monk Who Sold His Ferrari book series. A qualified lawyer, he is an alumnus of the Schulich School of Law at Dalhousie University. He has published several books on stress management and spirituality. He is the founder of the training company Sharma Leadership International.

 48 Les Brown

Les Brown.
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Famous As: Author
Birthdate: February 17, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Liberty City, Miami, Florida, United States

 49 Robert Greene

Robert Greene.
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Famous As: Writer, Playwright
Birthdate: May 14, 1959
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, U.S.

Robert Greene is best known for his international bestsellers such as The 48 Laws of Power, The 33 Strategies of War, and The Art of Seduction. Some of his books have been banned in American prisons and have been described as manipulative, while some have been mentioned in popular songs.

 50 Marc Randolph

Marc Randolph
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Famous As: Entrepreneur
Birthdate: April 29, 1958
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Chappaqua, New York, United States
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