It’s difficult to ignore the peculiarity of left handed people as they seem to perform excellently well on either side of the extremes; good and bad. It’s no coincidence that we have had 5 lefthanders as presidents of the United States out of the last 7. Furthermore, some of the world’s most successful, smart and innovative people are also on this list we have meticulously compiled.
10 Famous Left Handed People Who Are Also Smart
1. Leonardo Da Vinci
Leonardo da Vinci was famous for his creative works as he showcased his talent in several artworks like the Mona Lisa painting and The Last Super. This left handed man might have been born way back in 1452 but his works remain evergreen from generation to generation.
Going down memory lane, Leonardo did not just become a great artist over time as records hold that he was once an apprentice for the then-popular artist, sculptor, as well as goldsmith Verrocchio. His master was known to be very keen in the portrayal of his ideas on his canvas and most of Leonardo’s subsequent skills and style can be traced to Verrocchio. With time, Leonardo became his own boss and his interest shifted to scientific observations and expressions. It is also worthy to note that it was this talented left handed man’s innovativeness in his paintings that brought about present-day parachute and Helicopter.
2. Albert Einstein
Next on the list of famous left handed people who are also smart is Albert Einstein, the renowned German Scientist, born on 14th of March 1879. He is known for his contribution to Physics through the development of the Theory of Relativity. Einstein also put together the Law of Photoelectric Effect which led to the discovery of Quantum Mechanics.
For his contributions to modern day physics, he was awarded a Nobel prize in Physics in 1921, Gold medal of the Royal Astronomical Society in 1926 and had received many other prestigious accolades.
3. Ford Henry
Ford Henry born on July 30, 1863, at Green Field Township, Michigan is known for his contribution to the automobile industry in America and this famous left handed man started the Ford motor company.
This genius was also the first to manufacture an automobile that the middle class could afford. As a business tycoon, Ford Henry was known to have contributed immensely to the economic growth of the United States and was one of the wealthiest men in the world in his days, and of course, one of the wealthiest and famous left handed people at the time.
The list of left handed people who are also smart cannot be completed without mentioning John Davidson Rockefeller Sr, the famous founder of the Rockefeller fortune. During his hay days, he was known as the richest American with about 90% of America’s oil under his control. He grew his oil business alongside his partners to a point where his wealth came up to 2% of the nation’s economy.
Notably, Rockefeller was the 1st billionaire in America and at the time of his death in 1937 he had amassed about $1.4 billion which sources recalculate as approximately $23 billion in 2015 (adjusted for inflation). Furthermore, the lefty pioneered the establishment of the University of Chicago, Central Philippines University and the Rockefeller Foundation.
5. Walt Disney
Thanks to the brain behind Disneyland, parents have the perfect wonderland to visit with their children for a fun-filled adventure. Notably, Walter Elias Disney, the founder of the Walt Disney World was one of the left handed people who was popular for his work as a cartoonist at the time. He made appearances in top film animations like Pinocchio, Cinderella, Snow White, and The Seven Dwarfs and many others.
Furthermore, Walter Disney ventured into film production and he has earned a plethora of Academy Awards which include 22 prestigious Oscars awards, 2 Golden Globe Special Achievement Awards, and one Emmy Award to name a few. This smart left handed man has also been honored by having his films listed on the National Film Registry of the Library of Congress, U.S.A.
6. George Bush
Known as the 43rd President of the United States and the 46th Governor of Texas State, George Walker Bush is the next on our list of famous left handed people who are also smart. The former US president was born in New Haven in Connecticut on July 6, 1946, but he was brought up in Texas State. He received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in History from Yale’s University and an MBA degree from Harvard Business School.
The fruit that did not fall far from the tree is the ideal description of George .W. Bush who took after his father’s footsteps George H. W. Bush who had served as the 41st United States president and the 43rd vice president of the U.S. Bush did not have a smooth sail during his tenure as president as barely few months after he was sworn in, Bin Laden launched the September 11, 2001 attack that devastated the United States. This attack made Bush declare a war on terror throughout his two terms as president. Furthermore, he was known to bring tangible development in the education system in America with the No Child Left Behind Act and he has been rated as the first president in history who really helped Africa in combating AIDS through the program PEPFAR- The President’s Emergency Plan For AIDS Relief and was known to have released aids to some African Nations to the tune of $15 billion.
7. Bill Gates
William Henry Gates is one of the richest men in the world and interestingly he is left handed! As one of our famous left handed people, Bill Gates as he is commonly known, is a name synonymous with Microsoft- which is the world’s largest software firm he developed alongside his friend and partner; Paul Allen. Furthermore, it is worth knowing that this tech genius also owns one of the biggest charity foundations in the world which was named after himself and the wife namely Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation.
A look at his birth details shows that this famous lefty was born on 28 October 1955 in the city of Seattle in Washington DC. During his growing years, Bill was known to be a bookworm and he would spend hours reading rather than indulging in normal stuff kids did at that age. By the time he turned 13, Bill developed his first software program and as time passed his interest in software deepened. However, Bill Gates got enrolled in Harvard to study Law but the decision was futile as two years into the program he abandoned it to develop Microsoft. Known to have thrived in the tech world for decades now, Bill has his net worth estimated at $95.6 billion
8. Barrack Obama
On our number eight spot of left handed people who are also smart is no other than Barack Obama, the 44th President of the United States and the first African American to occupy the seat of president in the U.S. Former President Obama was born in Honolulu Hawaii in the U.S on August 4, 1961. Right from his college days, Barrack Obama was known to be a highly intelligent student. He holds two degrees, the first being a B.sc in Political Science from Columbia University while his second degree is from the prestigious Harvard Law school.
During his tenure as president, Barrack Obama also achieved notable milestones which can be credited to the depth of his knowledge and inhabit smartness. As president, it is on record that Obama’s tenure witnessed a massive drop in recession d from 10% to 4.7% which was achieved via the creation of employment opportunities. Furthermore, the highly smart left handed president was able to trigger economic growth, create access to healthcare for millions of Americans, bring the Iraq war to an end, stop Osama Bin Laden and recorded many other significant achievements. He even received the Nobel Peace Prize in 2009 for strengthening international diplomacy and cooperation in the world.
9. Oprah Winfrey
You can’t talk about TV shows in America without making mention of Oprah Winfrey. Amazingly, this left handed lady was born into poverty but turned out one of the wealthiest black American women and one of the most influential females known. in the world.
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Oprah Winfrey has also ventured into the film industry over the years and she is known to be an internationally recognized actress. Moreso, she is the Chairwoman and CEO of Harpo Productions, Chairwoman, CEO and CCO of the Oprah Winfrey Network as well as an accomplished author with several books to her credit. There is, therefore, no doubt that this left handed African -American is truly a leading lady. She has to her name, a whopping $2.6 billion as net worth!
10. Mark Zuckerberg
Mark Elliot Zuckerberg is the co-founder of the popular social media platform Facebook. He was born on May 14, 1984, and he is regarded as one of the youngest richest men in the world with an estimated net worth of $64.1 billion.
This popular social media figure who happens to be left handed had always been interested in computers as well as penning down software programs. Records also have it that while he was a high school student, Mark was enrolled at Mercy College to study software and in addition, he had a private tutor named David Newman. Over the years as his skill developed, Mark Zuckerberg was able to create a program named ZukerNet that was able to link the computers in their home to the ones in his father’s dental office. He subsequently had his breakthrough when he launched the world’s number one social media platform Facebook on the 4th of February, 2004 in his Harvard hostel.