Top 10 People Who Can Be Argued to Be Cults of Personality

For those of you who don't know, a cult of personality is anyone who becomes the object of peoples' obsessions as they rise onto the public scene due to their charisma, interests, and methods and become something to defend until the end. This glorification can be inadvertent or it can be entirely in the person's intentions. The person themselves might not be bad at all, or they might exploit those who come to their aid. And the person may not even come to mind when people talk about cults of personality. The last of these is what this list is made to explore.

The Top Ten

1 Steve Jobs Steve Jobs Steven Paul Jobs (February 24, 1955 – October 5, 2011) was an American entrepreneur and business magnate. He was the chairman, chief executive officer (CEO), and a co-founder of Apple Inc., chairman and majority shareholder of Pixar, a member of The Walt Disney Company's board of directors following more.

His name is a synonym of the phrase "cult of personality". Everyone talks about how he rose onto the scene from Anakin Skywalker beginnings making a multibillion dollar company in his garage, but nobody talks about how rocky his personal relationships were or how he tried to hide scandals in his company such as how it obtained cheap labor by underpaying citizens of third world countries. - UndaDaSea

Nope .

He was a workaholic, hot tempered like many of us. He always wanted to give public something better and had strive for perfection.

How rocky his personal relationships were? I think everyone has some issues with their relationships. And, After being fired by Scully he returned to save the company and accepted ONLY $1 per year to show he cared for the company he found 2 decades before in his parents garage . The company was in great trouble without him and thereby he had no time for other things, would check and approve everything related to the company ( even recruit employees himself ) even ads, billboards , commercials etc.

Underpaying Citizens? China is not a third world country secondly, it was an unproven accusation made by a very few number of people in 2011 when he died ..He stopped working way before that and..the company didn't constitute only him .

The company had absolutely no need to expand itself yet they created thousands of jobs ...more - Ananya

The accusation was made before he died because he was alive to lie about it to one of his last conference audiences. - UndaDaSea

2 Walt Disney Walt Disney Walter Elias "Walt" Disney was an American entrepreneur, animator, voice actor and film producer. A pioneer of the American animation industry, he introduced several developments in the production of cartoons.

For a man who a worldwide culture revolves around, there are many morally questionable things he's done. For example, he was instrumental in McCarthyism and could be a jerk to people he didn't like. - UndaDaSea

3 William Shakespeare William Shakespeare William Shakespeare was an English poet, playwright, and actor, widely regarded as the greatest writer in the English language and the world's pre-eminent dramatist.

The author of the most famous plays of all time, even to this day, you'd have to be brave to disagree with his work in front of his fans, as famous author Tolkien learned. - UndaDaSea

4 Stephen Hawking Stephen Hawking Stephen William Hawking (January 8, 1942 - March 14, 2018) was an English theoretical physicist, cosmologist, author and Director of Research at the Centre for Theoretical Cosmology within the University of Cambridge.

His fans make it hard to criticize this person. His tragic backstory and works on physics compel them to exalt him enough that he has a movie based on his love life, which Mrs. Hawking herself likened to fan fiction. - UndaDaSea

5 Baha'u'llah

While not a bad person, his followers, who also follow his son and great grandson, take their loyalty to him a wee bit far, which ends up fueling aversion to a decent movement. - UndaDaSea

6 Michael Jackson Michael Jackson Michael Joseph Jackson was an American singer, dancer, and songwriter born on August 29, 1958 in Gary, Indiana and passed away on June 25, 2009. He donated (at least) a remarkable 500,000,000 dollars to charity. Michael is also known as The King of Pop (a title given to him by Elizabeth Taylor) or under more.

Even today, it's difficult to criticize him without upsetting a world of fans, so be extra careful if you ever decide to make a joke about him. - UndaDaSea

7 Ayn Rand Ayn Rand

Her fans are still alive and well. Fortunately the rocky relationship is warming up. - UndaDaSea

8 Gordon Ramsay Gordon Ramsay Gordon James Ramsay is a Scottish-born British chef, restaurateur, and television personality. He is famous for being the host of shows like Hell's Kitchen, Kitchen Nightmares, and Hotel Hell.

He may not sound like he fits the mold, but there is a huge contrast to how he is in public and how he is in private that pointing out is taken to heart by many of his fans. His biography shows people really will do anything. - UndaDaSea

9 John Lennon John Lennon John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE was an English singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a co-founder of the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. He was assassinated by Mark David Chapman on December 8, 1980 at age 40.

His demise was tragic, yes, and his songs aren't bad, but he is really just like everyone else. His band's famous claim that he is "above Jesus" shows he did have the personality cult undertone in mind. His songs are also formulaic to an extent. - UndaDaSea

You should do more research. If you are referring to The Beatles as "his band", they never claimed he was "above Jesus". That is factually untrue.

There's nothing wrong with criticizing his music if you choose, but that's far from any legitimate support for your theory of presenting him as a "cult personality" or whatever.

You're trying to hard to force your hypothesis.
Seems to me that those who want to denigrate to this extent are the ones with the cult mentality, not the fans of this man. - Billyv

False, neither he nor his band claimed to be "above Jesus".

Don't take my word, take the word of the videos people have uploaded. - UndaDaSea

10 Winston Churchill Winston Churchill Sir Winston Leonard Spencer-Churchill was a British statesman who was the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom from 1940 to 1945 and again from 1951 to 1955. Churchill was also an officer in the British Army, a historian, and a writer.

He is great as far as leaders go, but he is in absolute loads upon loads of YouTube videos praising him that don't talk about the rough parts of his rule, how he gave India the cold shoulder and made way for the pet holocaust. His association with anything makes the item's price skyrocket, and people continue to express the same sentiment towards him as they would to someone they'd jump in front of a double decker bus for. - UndaDaSea

The Contenders

11 Joseph Stalin Joseph Stalin Joseph Vissarionovich Stalin was a Georgian dictator, and was the leader of the Soviet Union from the mid-1920s until his death in 1953. Holding the post of the General Secretary of the Central Committee of the Communist Party of the Soviet Union, he was effectively the dictator of the state.

HE is so amazing because he kills people. - DarkBoi-X

12 CM Punk CM Punk Phillip Jack "Phil" Brooks, also known by the ring name CM Punk, is an American comic book writer, actor, upcoming mixed martial artist and retired professional wrestler who is signed with the Ultimate Fighting Championship. more.


13 Donald Trump Donald Trump Donald John Trump (born June 14, 1946) is an American businessman, television personality, politician, and the 45th President of the United States. Born and raised in Queens, New York City, Trump received an economics degree from the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania in 1968. In 1971, more.
14 Benito Mussolini Benito Mussolini Benito Amilcare Andrea Mussolini was an Italian politician, journalist, and leader of the National Fascist Party, ruling the country as Prime Minister from 1922 until he was ousted in 1943. He ruled constitutionally until 1925, when he dropped all pretense of democracy and set up a legal dictatorship. more.
15 Mao Zedong Mao Zedong Mao Zedong, also transliterated as Mao Tse-tung and commonly referred to as Chairman Mao, was a Chinese communist revolutionary and founding father of the People's Republic of China, which he governed as Chairman of the Communist Party of China from its establishment in 1949, until his death in 1976. more.

Wait?! People outside of mainland China like this monster?! - PerfectImpulseX

Biggest mass killer of civilians in history, and yet while he was killing, western hipsters were carrying around his "Little Red Book" to make themselves appear wise.

To be fair, it wasn't entirely clear what was going on. News of his murders is a recent discovery. - UndaDaSea

The Left still likes to cover up his massive killings.

16 Vladimir Lenin Vladimir Lenin Vladimir Ilyich Ulyanov, better known by the alias Lenin, was a Russian communist revolutionary, politician, and political theorist.
17 Fidel Castro Fidel Castro Fidel Alejandro Castro Ruz, known as Fidel Castro (August 13, 1926 – November 25, 2016), was a Cuban politician and revolutionary who governed the Republic of Cuba as Prime Minister from 1959 to 1976 and then as President from 1976 to 2008. Politically a Marxist–Leninist and Cuban nationalist, he more.
18 Che Guevara Che Guevara Ernesto "Che" Guevara, commonly known as El Che or simply Che, was an Argentine Marxist revolutionary, physician, author, guerrilla leader, diplomat, and military theorist.
19 Martin Luther King Jr Martin Luther King Jr Martin Luther King, Jr. was an American Baptist minister, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement.

His predilection for hookers would not be a deal breaker in today's world, but the ages he sometimes preferred might be.

20 Mahatma Gandhi Mahatma Gandhi Mohandas Karamchand Gandhi was the preeminent leader of the Indian independence movement in British-ruled India.
21 Christopher Nolan Christopher Nolan Christopher Edward Nolan is an English film director, producer, and screenwriter who holds both British and American citizenship. He is one of the highest-grossing directors in history, and among the most successful and acclaimed filmmakers of the 21st century.
22 Bill Gates Bill Gates William Henry "Bill" Gates III is an American business magnate, entrepreneur, philanthropist, investor, and programmer.
23 Johnny Depp Johnny Depp John Christopher "Johnny" Depp II is an American actor, producer, and musician. He has won the Golden Globe Award and Screen Actors Guild Award for Best Actor. His role in a movie is often rather big. His character is often on the "loopy side" and his character being in a darker state of mind, etc.
24 Barack Obama Barack Obama Barack Hussein Obama II served as the 44th president of the United States of America. He was elected in 2008 after serving in the Senate from 2005-08, beating John McCain and becoming the first African-American to be elected President of the United States. He was elected again in 2012, beating Mitt more.
25 Paul McCartney Paul McCartney Sir James Paul McCartney is an English singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer . With John Lennon, George Harrison, and Ringo Starr, he gained worldwide fame with the rock band the Beatles, one of the most popular and influential groups in the history of pop and rock music .
26 Steven Spielberg Steven Spielberg Steven Allan Spielberg is an American director, producer, and screenwriter. He is considered one of the founding pioneers of the New Hollywood era, as well as being viewed as one of the most popular directors and producers in film history.
27 Oprah Winfrey Oprah Winfrey Oprah Gail Winfrey is an American media proprietor, talk show host, actress, producer, and philanthropist.
28 Michelle Obama Michelle Obama Michelle LaVaughn Robinson Obama is an American lawyer and writer who was the First Lady of the United States from 2009 to 2017. She is married to the 44th President of the United States, Barack Obama, and is the first African-American First Lady of the United States.
29 Elvis Presley Elvis Presley Elvis Presley was an American musician and actor. Known as "The King" He was mostly known for his number 1 singles including "Heartbreak Hotel" "Hound Dog" "Jailhouse Rock" "Love me Tender" Elvis debuted in the movie "Love me Tender" and focused less on his music and continued that way. more.
30 Sandra Bullock Sandra Bullock Sandra Annette Bullock is an American actress and producer. She is one of Hollywood's highest-paid actresses, and is an Academy Award and Golden Globe Award winner.
31 George Clooney George Clooney George Timothy Clooney is an American actor, filmmaker and activist. He has received three Golden Globe Awards for his work as an actor and two Academy Awards, one for acting and the other for producing.
32 Kevin Smith Kevin Smith Kevin Patrick Smith is an American filmmaker, actor, comedian, comic book writer, author, and podcaster.
33 Jennifer Garner Jennifer Garner Jennifer Anne Garner is an American actress and film producer. She made her film debut in the comedy Dude, Where's My Car.
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