Editor’s Note: While the contours that lead to children entering their family through adoption are immensely broad, the list of people below represent the lives of those who have each been directly impacted by adoption. We acknowledge the unique nature of each story and celebrate the beauty of families built by adoption.

30 Famous People Who Were Adopted

Today and throughout history, there have been many well-known individuals whose lives have been directly impacted by adoption. From the list below, we see those who have made amazing strides in their respective fields, from athletes to entertainers, entrepreneurs to humanitarians, authors to politicians.

While we celebrate the significant accomplishments of each of these individuals, we know that the lives of all children are valuable not because of what they accomplish, but because their Creator has given their lives meaning and purpose. It is with this in mind that caring for orphans in distress carries its proper significance. Show Hope recognizes the inherent dignity of each child as we work to restore the hope of a family to orphans around the world. Click here to learn more about how you can help provide care to orphans with pressing medical needs through our Special Care Centers. Click here for more information about helping waiting children find their forever families by contributing to adoption aid!

1. Maya Angelou (poet and author)

“Love recognizes no barriers. It jumps hurdles, leaps fences, and penetrates walls to arrive at its destination full of hope.” – Maya Angelou

2. Augustus Caesar (emperor of Rome)

3. Truman Capote (author)

4. Kristin Chenoweth (actress)

5. Eric Clapton (singer)

6. President Bill Clinton

“Perhaps there is no greater miracle than finding a loving home for a child who needs one.” – President Bill Clinton

7. Nat King Cole (singer)

8. Bo Diddley (musician)

9. President Gerald Ford

10. Jamie Foxx (singer, actor)

11. Newt Gingrich (politician)

12. Faith Hill (singer)

“I have a lot of respect for my birth mother…I know she must have had a lot of love for me to want to give me what she felt was a better chance.” – Faith Hill

13. Scott Hamilton (professional skater)

14. John Hancock (U.S. Founding Father)

15. Steve Jobs (co-founder of Apple)

16. Eartha Kitt (singer, actress)

17. John Lennon (singer)

18. Art Linkletter (TV personality)

19. Nelson Mandela (human rights activist)

“There can be no keener revelation of a society’s soul than the way in which it treats its children.” – Nelson Mandela

20. Tim McGraw (singer)

21. Sarah McLachlan (singer)

22. Marilyn Monroe (actress)

23. Michael Oher (professional football, story inspired The Blind Side)

“It’s true that we can’t help the circumstances we’re born into and some of us start out in a much tougher place than other people. But just because we started there doesn’t mean we have to end there.” – Michael Oher

24. Edgar Allen Poe (author)

25. Priscilla Presley (actress)

26. First Lady Nancy Reagan

27. First Lady Eleanor Roosevelt

28. Babe Ruth (professional baseball player)

29. Dave Thomas (founder of Wendy’s, children’s advocate)

“Everyone’s got to be for a child to have a home and love. I mean, I don’t know anyone who would be against that.” – Dave Thomas

30. Leo Tolstoy (author)

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