120 Famous ADHDers

According to some, the following people are suspected of having ADHD:*

The Artists

  • Agatha Christie (Author)
  • Ansel Adams (Photographer)
  • August Rodin (Artist, Sculptor)
  • Beethoven (Composer)
  • Charlotte Bronte (Author)
  • Danny Glover (Actor)
  • Dustin Hoffman (Actor)
  • Edgar Allan Poe (Author, Poet)
  • Emily Bronte (Author)
  • Emily Dickenson (author)
  • Ernest Hemingway (Author)
  • F. Scott Fitzgerald (Author)
  • Frank Lloyd Wright (Architect)
  • Georg Frideric Handel (Composer)
  • George Bernard Shaw (Author)
  • Hans Christian Anderson (Author)
  • Henry David Thoreau (Author)
  • John Denver (Musician)
  • John Lennon (Musician)
  • Jules Verne (Author)
  • Leo Tolstoy (Russian Author. Flunked out of college.)
  • Lewis Carroll (Author)
  • Mariel Hemingway (Actress)
  • Ozzy Osbourne (Musician)
  • Pablo Picasso (Artist)
  • Rachmaninov (Composer)
  • Ralph Waldo Emerson (Author)
  • Robert Frost (Author)
  • Salvador Dali (Artist)
  • Samuel Clemens (Mark Twain, author)
  • Samuel Johnson (Author)
  • Steven Spielberg (Filmmaker)
  • Stevie Wonder (Musician)
  • Tennessee Williams (Author)
  • Tracey Gold (Actress)
  • Vincent van Gogh (Artist)
  • Virginia Woolf (Author)
  • Whoopi Goldberg (Actress)
  • William Butler Yeats (Irish Author)
  • Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Composer)

The Stars

  • "Magic" Johnson (Basketball Player)
  • Alberto Tomba (Italian Alpine Ski Champion)
  • Ann Bancroft (Actress), 
  • Babe Ruth (Baseball Player)
  • Bill Cosby (Actor)
  • Bruce Jenner (Athlete)
  • Cher (Actress/Singer)
  • Frederick Carlton (Carl) Lewis (Olympic Gold Metalist, American track-and-field athlete)
  • George Burns (Actor)
  • George C. Scott (Actor)
  • Greg Louganis (Olympic Gold Medalist, Diving)
  • Harry Andersen (Actor)
  • Harry Belafonte (Actor, Vocalist)
  • Henry Winkler (Actor, Fonzie)
  • Jackie Stewart (Grand Prix Hall of Famer)
  • James Stewart (Actor)
  • Jim Carrey (Comedian)
  • Kirk Douglas (Actor)
  • Lindsay Wagner (Actress, Bionic Woman)
  • Michael Jordan (Basketball Player)
  • Michael Phelps (Olympic Gold Medalist, swimmer)
  • Nolan Ryan (Baseball Player)
  • Pete Rose (Baseball Player)
  • Robin Williams (Comedian)
  • Solange Knowles (singer)
  • Steve McQueen (Actor)
  • Suzanne Somers (Actress)
  • Sylvester Stallone (Actor)
  • Terry Bradshaw (Football Quarterback)
  • Tom Cruise (Actor)
  • Tom Smothers (Actor, Singer, Entertainer)
  • Will Smith (Actor, Rapper, Entertainer)

The Thinkers

  • Albert Einstein (Physicist)
  • Alexander Graham Bell (Telephone Inventor)
  • Galileo Galilei (Mathematician, Astronomer)
  • Harvey Cushing M.D.  (Greatest Neurosurgeon of the 20th Century)
  • James Clerk Maxwell (British Physicist)
  • Leonardo da Vinci (Inventor, Artist)
  • Louis Pasteur (Scientist. Rated as mediocre in chemistry when he attended the Royal College.)
  • Michael Faraday (Physicist, Chemist)
  • Orville Wright (Airplane Developer)
  • Russell Varian (Inventor)
  • Sir Issac Newton (Scientist, Mathematician. Did poorly in grade school.)
  • Socrates (Philosopher)
  • Thomas Carlyle (Scottish historian, critic, and sociological writer)
  • Thomas Edison (Inventor. His teacher told him he was too stupid to learn anything)
  • Werner von Braun (Rocket Scientist. Flunked 9th grade algebra.)
  • Wilber Wright (Airplane Developer)

The Brave

  • Admiral Richard Byrd (Aviator. Was retired from the navy as,"Unfit for service.")
  • Col. Gregory "Pappy" Boyington (WWII Flying Ace)
  • Eddie Rickenbacker (WWI Flying Ace)
  • Evil Knievel (Daredevil)
  • Gen. William C. Westmoreland (U.S. Military, Vietnam Era)
  • General George Patton (U.S. General)
  • Sir Richard Francis Burton (Explorer, Linguist, Scholar, Writer)

The Leaders

  • Abraham Lincoln (U.S. President)
  • Andrew Carnegie (Industrialist)
  • Benjamin Franklin (Politician, Elder Statesman, inventor, innovator)
  • Bill Gates (Founder of Microsoft)
  • David Neeleman (Founder of Jetblue Airways)
  • Dwight D. Eisenhower (U. S. President, Military General)
  • F. W. Woolworth (Department Store Innovator. While working in a dry goods store at 21, his employers wouldn't let him wait on a customer because he "Didn't have enough sense.")
  • Gamal Abdel-Nasser (Egyptian Leader)
  • Henry Ford (Automobile Innovator)
  • James Carville (political consultant)
  • John D. Rockefeller (Founder, Standard Oil Company)
  • Malcolm Forbes (Forbes Magazine Founder & Publisher)
  • Milton Hershey (Founder of Hershey’s Chocolate)
  • Muhammad Anwar al-Sadat (Egyptian President, Nobel Peace Prize Winner in 1976)
  • Napoleon Bonaparte (French Emperor)
  • Nelson Rockefeller (U.S. Vice President)
  • Paul Orfalea (Founder of Kinko’s)
  • Prince Charles
  • Sir Richard Branson (founder of Virgin Airlines)
  • Ted Turner (Business Leader)
  • Walt Disney (A newspaper editor fired him because he had "No good ideas.")
  • William Randolph Hearst (Newspaper Magnate)
  • William Wrigley, Jr. (Chewing Gum Maker)
  • Winston Churchill (British Statesman, failed the sixth grade)
  • Woodrow Wilson (U. S. President)


*This list is complied from lists found online, I can not vouch for the accuracy of the diagnosis for any individual on this list.  Some of these individuals have made public statements stating that they have ADHD, others have not.  I apologize for any individual who was wrongly placed on this list.  The intent of this list is to demonstrate that there are many successful people who have had ADHD symptoms.

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