There are certain known benefits that a child gets when he grows up with his biological parents. These benefits include genuine love, comfort, mentorship and a sense of belonging. However, some kids are not opportune to be around their parents while growing up, they find themselves in the care of other people and such experience may either be nice, not so nice, or not nice at all, depending on the person adopting. Often, such children struggle through their situation and become successful adults. This article highlights famous people, including world leaders, who were adopted at some point of their lives. Though this men and women were brought up by parents other than their own biological parents, they grew up to be wealthy, famous and influential.

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1. Bill Clinton

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42nd President of the United States, William Jefferson Clinton, was raised by his grandparents after the death of his father. Clinton later adopted the name of his stepfather when he was 15 years old.

2. Lance Armstrong


Lance Edward Armstrong is an American former professional road racing cyclist. He was adopted by his stepfather at age 3.

3. Eric Clapton


Eric Patrick Clapton is an English rock and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. Eric grew up believing his grandparents were his parents and that his mother who was only sixteen years older than him, was his sister.

4. Andy Dick


American comedian, actor, musician and television/film producer, Andrew Roane popularly known as Andy Dick, was adopted at birth.

5. Ice-T


Popular American rapper, singer, and actor, Tracy Lauren Marrow, better known by his stage name Ice-T, was raised by aunts following the death of his parents when he was 8 and 12 years old.

6. Debbie Harry


Deborah Ann “Debbie” Harry is an American singer-songwriter and actress, best known as the lead singer of the new wave and punk rock band Blondie. She was given up at 3 months and adopted shortly thereafter.

7. Sarah McLachlan


Canadian musician, singer, songwriter and pianist Sarah Ann McLachlan, was given up and adopted at a young age.

8. Truman Capote

Truman Streckfus Persons, known as Truman Capote, was an American author, screenwriter, playwright, and actor. He was raised by relatives after the divorce of his young parents.

9. Tim McGraw


Samuel Timothy “Tim” McGraw is an American singer, songwriter, actor and husband to Singer Faith Hill. He was raised by his mother and stepfather, who he believed was his father.

10. Nelson Mandela


World Legend and former President of South Africa, Nelson Mandela, was raised by a tribe chief after his father’s death when he was 9 years old.

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11. Gerald Ford


38th President of the United States, Gerald Rudolph Ford Jr. was raised by his stepfather from the age of 2, after which his mother completely changed his name.

12. Trace Cyrus


Trace Dempsey Cyrus is an American musician, son of country singer, Billy Ray Cyrus and brother of Miley Cyrus. The backing vocalist and lead guitarist of the band Metro Station was adopted by his stepfather when he was only 4.

13. Keyshia Cole


After the death of her biological father at age two, popular American singer, songwriter, record producer, businesswoman and television personality was adopted.


Allan Pineda Lindo better known as, is a Filipino American rapper, and a member of the Grammy Award-winning group ‘Black Eyed Peas’. He was adopted from the Philippines at age 14 by an American sponsor for young abandoned and orphaned children.

15. Frances McDormand

Oct. 27, 2014 - New York, New York, USA - Frances McDormand attends the 'Olive Kitteridge' New York Premiere at SVA Theater on October 27, 2014 in New York City (Credit Image: © Future-Image/ZUMA Wire)

American actress, Frances Louise McDormand was adopted alongside with her siblings by a minister and his wife.

16. Dean Cain

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Best known as ‘Superman’ in the television series Lois & Clark, Dean George, American actor, producer, and director was adopted by his stepfather at age 3.

17. Michael Bay


Michael Benjamin Bay is an American filmmaker. He was given up and adopted at a young age.

18. Gary Coleman

Gary Coleman, of the teelvison series "Diff'rent Strokes" and his wife Shannon Price, appear on the the NBC "Today" television program in New York, Tuesday Feb. 26, 2008. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Ranked on ‘Best Short Actors, Greatest Former Child Stars’ among other rankings, American actor and comedian, Gary Wayne Coleman was given up and adopted at a young age.

19. Ingrid Bergman


Ingrid Bergman was a Swedish actress who starred in a variety of European and American films. She was raised by aunts and uncles after the deaths of her parents when she was 3 and 13.

20. Steve Jobs

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Founder of Apple, and one of the most irreplaceable CEOs of all time, Steve Jobs was given up and adopted at birth.

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22. Jesse Jackson


Reverend Jesse Louis Jackson, Sr. is an American civil rights activist, Baptist minister, and politician. He was born to a 16 year-old girl and a married man. His mother’s new husband adopted him when he was a year old.

23. Kelly Preston


American actress and wife of John Travolta, Kelly Preston, was adopted by her stepfather after her biological father drowned when she was 3 years old.

24. David Berkowitz – The Son of Sam


David Richard Berkowitz, born Richard David Falco, is also known as the Son of Sam. He was adopted a few days after his birth due to the divorce of his birth parents during the pregnancy.

25. John Lennon


John Winston Ono Lennon MBE was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the band the Beatles. He was raised by his maternal aunt and uncle from age 5 after his father’s military desertion.

26. Marilyn Monroe


Marilyn Monroe was an American actress, model, and singer. Famous for playing “dumb blonde” characters, she became one of the most popular sex symbols of the 1950s. Marilyn grew up with foster parents, family friends, and various aunt and uncles as a ward of the state.

27. Jamie Foxx

Jamie Foxx arrives for the UK Premiere of Django Unchained at a central London cinema, Thursday, Jan. 10, 2013. (Photo by Joel Ryan/Invision/AP)

Jamie Foxx is one of the best assets in Hollywood. He  was adopted when he was 7 months old by his maternal grandmother after the separation of his young parents.

28. Nicole Richie


Nicole Camille Richie is an American fashion designer, author, actress and television personality. She was raised by a family friend, Lionel Richie from age 3 and was legally adopted at age 9.

29. Faith Hill


Faith Hill was given up and adopted at birth. Funnily, she is married to an american actor, Tim McGraw, who had similar adoption experience like her.

30. Nicole “Snooki” Polizzi


American reality television personality and dancer, Nicole Elizabeth “Snooki” LaValle was adopted at 6 months old.

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31. Ray Liotta


American actor, film producer, and voice actor, Raymond Allen “Ray” was also adopted when he was 6 months old.

32. Babe Ruth


The American professional baseball player, born as George Herman was raised in an orphanage, St. Mary’s Industrial School for Boys, from age 7.

33. JC Chasez


American singer, songwriter, dancer, record producer, Joshua Scott “JC” Chasez was raised by foster parents who eventually adopted him at age 5.

34. Richard Burton

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Richard Burton, CBE was a Welsh stage and cinema actor noted for his mellifluous baritone voice and his great acting talent. He was raised by his sister and her husband following the death of their mother before he turned 2.

35. Edgar Allan Poe


The central figure of Romanticism, Edgar Allan Poe is known for his outstanding literally works. He was raised by a foster family from age 2, following his mother’s death and his father’s abandonment.

36. Lee Majors

Lee Majors attends the 2012 Chiller Theatre Expo at the Sheraton Parsippany Hotel on October 26, 2012 in Parsippany, New Jersey.

Lee Majors was adopted by an aunt an uncle at age 2, following the deaths of his parents in unrelated accidents.

37. Melissa Gilbert


This 2016 Democratic candidate for Michigan’s 8th congressional and American actress, was not so lucky to enjoy the presence of her biological parents. She was given up and adopted at birth.

38. Louis Armstrong


Louis Armstrong was one of the pivotal and most influential figures in jazz music. He was raised by his grandmother, and uncle, and a foster family following his parents abandonment when he was very young.

39. Scott Hamilton

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Scott Scovell Hamilton is a retired American figure skater and Olympic gold medalist. He won four consecutive U.S. championships, four consecutive World Championships and a gold medal in the 1984 Olympics. He was adopted when he was only 6 weeks old.

40. Kristin Davis


Popularity known for playing ‘Charlotte York Golden blatt on Sex and the City, the american actress was adopted by her stepfather when she was 3 years old.

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41. Newt Gingrich

Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich walks into Trump Towers for a meeting with real estate investor Donald Trump on 5th Avenue in New York December 5, 2011. REUTERS/Andrew Burton (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS ELECTIONS)

Newton Leroy “Newt” Gingrich was once a Republican on Georgia’s 6th congressional district. The American politician, historian, author and political consultant was adopted by his stepfather at age 3 after the divorce of his young parents.

42. Langston Hughes


James Mercer Langston Hughes was an American poet, social activist, novelist, playwright, and columnist from Joplin, Missouri. He was raised by his maternal grandmother after his parents divorced.

43. James Baldwin


James Arthur Baldwin was an American novelist, essayist, playwright, poet, and social critic. He was adopted by his stepfather as an infant after his mother divorced his father due to drug abuse.

44. Eleanor Roosevelt


Anna Eleanor Roosevelt was an American politician, diplomat, and activist. She was the longest-serving First Lady of the United States, holding the post from March 1933 to April 1945 during her husbands tenure. Mrs Roosevelt was raised by her maternal grandmother from age 10, after the deaths of her parents.

45. Tallulah Bankhead


American actress of the stage and screen, talk-show host, Tallulah Brockman Bankhead, was raised by her paternal grandmother from 3 weeks old, following the death of her mother.

46. Daunte Culpepper

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Daunte Rachard Culpepper is a former American football quarterback. He was adopted a day after he was born by a worker in the correctional facility where his mother was being held at his birth.

47. John Hancock


John Hancock was a merchant, smuggler, statesman, and prominent Patriot of the American Revolution. The former president of the Second Continental Congress and first and third Governor of the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, was raised by his uncle and aunt from age 7, after the death of his father.

48. Michael Oher


Michael Jerome Oher is an American football offensive tackle for the Carolina Panthers of the National Football League. He was drafted by the Baltimore Ravens in the first round of the 2009 NFL Draft and has also played for the Tennessee Titans. He was adopted when he was almost an adult – at 17, after spending years in different foster homes.

49. Eartha Kitt


Eartha Mae Kitt was an American actress, singer, cabaret star, dancer, stand-up comedian, activist and voice artist, known for her highly distinctive singing style. She was raised by foster parents and learned of her adoption when she was 10 years old.

50. Priscilla Presley

LOS ANGELES, CA - JUNE 06: Actress Priscilla Presley attends Simin Hope Foundation's "Celebration Of All Fathers" Gala Dinner at Paramount Studios on June 6, 2013 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic)

American actress and business magnate, Priscilla Ann Presley is the former wife of singer Elvis Presley and the co-founder and former chairwoman of Elvis Presley Enterprises. Priscilla was raised by her stepfather after her biological father was killed in a plane crash when she was 6 months old.

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51. Soon-Yi Previn

NEW YORK - APRIL 20: Actor and director Woody Allen (R) walks down Fifth Avenue during the Easter Parade with his wife Soon-Yi Previn and children April 20, 2003 in New York City. (Photo by Stephen Chernin/Getty Images)

Soon-Yi Previn was adopted when she was 6 years old from Korea. She is the third wife of famous American actor, writer, and director, Woody Allen,

52. Nancy Reagan


Former first Lady of the United States and widow of the 40th President of the United States, Ronald Reagan, Nancy Davis Reagan was raised by an aunt and uncle for several years, and later adopted by her stepfather at age 8.

53. Leo Tolstoy


Count Lev Nikolayevich Tolstoy, usually referred to in English as Leo Tolstoy, was a Russian novelist regarded as one of the greatest of all time. He was raised by relatives from a young age after the death of his parents.

54. Tommy Davidson


American comedian, film and television actor, Tommy Davidson was adopted when he was only two years old.

55. Liz Phair

NEW YORK, NY - APRIL 17: Liz Phair attends the "Farmland" screening at Tribeca Cinemas on April 17, 2014 in New York City. (Photo by John Lamparski/WireImage)

Liz Phair born as Elizabeth Clark is an American singer, songwriter, and guitarist. She is also an adopted child and was raised by people other than her biological parents.

56. Ric Flair


Richard Morgan is best known by his ring name Ric Flair. The American semi retired professional wrestler was given up and adopted at birth.

57. George Washington Carver

George Washington Carver, was an American botanist and inventor. He was born into slavery in Missouri and was raised by his master and his wife after the abolition of slavery when he was a year old.

58. Alonzo Mourning


Retired professional basketball player, Alonzo Harding Mourning, Jr. was raised by a foster-mother following the divorce of his parents when he was 10 years old.

59. Christina Crawford

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 02: Christina Crawford attends a photo call for her new show "Surviving Mommie Dearest" at The Snapple Theater Center on May 2, 2013 in New York City. (Photo by Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic)

Christina Crawford is an American writer and actress. She was adopted at a young age and is best known as the author of ‘Mommie Dearest,’ an autobiographical account of alleged child abuse by her adoptive mother, famous Hollywood actress Joan Crawford.

60. Malcolm X


Malcolm X, born as Malcolm Little and also known as el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz, was an American Muslim minister and a human rights activist. He grew up in an orphanage and foster care following his father’s suspicious death and mother’s mental breakdown.

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