Hailed as the most successful driver in the World Rally Championship history, Sebastien Loeb is the only person to have won the world championship for nine times in a straight row. An accomplished professional race car driver, Sebastien has not only won championships as numerous rallies but also holds numerous records for various racing events for having most points, wins and podium finishes.
Barack Obama is the very first African American to have become the President of the United States, and among the very few black people who have served in the highest offices in the country – the U.S. Senate and the White House. Barack is a Democrat, and has been part of the party since his first entry to politics. Prior to entering politics, he was also an accomplished civil rights attorney and professor, and once served as the president of the Harvard Law Review.
Kathy Giusti is the founder of the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation, a charitable organization that is devoted to helping patients suffering from multiple myeloma a currently-incurable blood cancer that threatens over fifty thousand people in the United States alone every year. She started the foundation with her twin sister after she was diagnosed with the disease and found that there was no research at that time to combat the disease. From its inception, the MMRF has raised over one hundred seventy million dollars and is currently the largest funder in the field of myeloma research.
Arianna Huffington is one of the most influential and well-known columnists, widely known for her work in founding the Huffington Post, one of the world’s most popular news websites. She was also known for her liberal views in the mid-1990s for supporting the Democratic Party. Arianna also became popular when she went against Arnold Schwarzenegger for the post of Governor of California.
Wu Jiefang, internationally known as Sheryl WuDunn, is world-renowned journalist, author and business executive who is famous for becoming the first Asian American to win a Pulitzer Prize alongside her husband Nicholas Kristof. As a journalist, she has had an extensive reporting career, having covered numerous places in Asia such as the Philippines, Burma and North Korea, as well as Australia.
Shakira Isabel Mebarak Ripoll, more popularly known by her stage name “Shakira,” is a world-renowned singer, dancer, and model who is famous for her unique belly dancing style and songs, such as “Hips Don’t Lie,” “Whenever, Wherever,” and “Waka Waka (This Time for Africa)”. Her upbeat and lively style of songs and dancing has greatly appealed to literally millions of people, making Shakira one of the world’s best-selling international artists.
Jamie Oliver is one of the most renowned chefs in the world and probably the youngest who has ever reached the kind of fame and fortune he is enjoying today. He has been featured in numerous television shows and has even created a number of his own, starting from the award-winning series “The Naked Chef.” He has also won numerous awards for his cooking skills, television shows and books, and is often ranked among the top five most influential people in the United Kingdom hospitality industry.
A world-renowned economist and philanthropist, Esther Duflo has spent her entire career fighting against poverty and promoting the welfare of the people living below the poverty line. She has co-founded and directed several organizations that are designed to reduce poverty levels by providing assistance to the poor and the needy—the most notable among them is the Abdul Latif Jameel Poverty Action Lab.
Ron Bruder is one of the most influential businessmen in the United States, having founded The Brookhill Group, a successful real-estate company that has been leading in the market for 30 years. A man with “The Midas Touch,” Ron has helped establish numerous successful businesses in his entire career. He is also a contributor to many well-known newspapers such as The New York Times, The American Banker, The New York Law Journal, and The CPA Journal.
Nicknamed “Captain Fantastic,” Mahendra Singh Dhoni—more popularly known as M.S. Dhoni—is a very popular cricket player in India, having broken numerous records and captained teams to many victories in different competitions. He is also the person who led the Indian team to top the ICC rankings in Test cricket, the first ever top ranking that the team has ever received.