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Who are the most famous man and woman in the world?

Discussion in 'Anything goes' started by Mizzougrad96, Jun 15, 2007.

  1. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    I was having a late-night discussion with a few journalists the other night and this topic came up...

    Most of us were stumped... One of the journalists who was with us, who is in his 60s and has pretty good perspective, said,

    Men: Muhammad Ali
    Women: Angelina Jolie

    The answer stunned me. I don't know if he's right or wrong, but it was one hell of an interesting discussion. Some of the names that were bantered about were the Pope, the President, Ali, Jolie, Queen Elizabeth...

    Curious what your thoughts are...

    My friend made a hell of a case for Ali... For the women, I'd probably have to go with Queen Elizabeth, but obviously there are no right or wrong answers...
  2. alleyallen

    alleyallen Guest

    I'd have agreed with Ali up until the 1980s and since then. Certainly, there was a time when Ali was known everywhere in the civilized and most of the uncivilized world. Now, I wouldn't think as much.
  3. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    Tiger Woods.

    The Olson Twins.
  4. playthrough

    playthrough Moderator Staff Member

    Agree with AlleyAllen on Ali (that's a lot of A's)...the last time he was in the world spotlight was, what, when he lit the torch at the '96 Olympics? That's too long ago. I'd say President Bush and the Queen. Boring but safe answers.
  5. Huggy

    Huggy Well-Known Member

    First male I thought of was Ali. I'm 41 so that probably has something to do with that. I'd have to think Pope John Paul II would have been in the running when he was alive.
  6. Captain_Kirk

    Captain_Kirk Well-Known Member

    From a less US centric perspective, a few names to consider for men might be Beckham, Yao Ming, and OSama Bin Laden

    Tougher for me on the female side. One for consideration: Madonna.
  7. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Yeah, I definitely agree that Pope John Paul II was the obvious answer when he was alive...
  8. Huggy

    Huggy Well-Known Member

    Don't know if I'd buy that now. Ten, 15 years ago, definitely.
  9. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Madonna's name came up in the conversation. So did Paul McCartney's. Tom Cruise, Tiger Woods, David Beckham, the Governator...
  10. Cansportschick

    Cansportschick Active Member

    how about the Pope?
  11. Mizzougrad96

    Mizzougrad96 Active Member

    Madonna is an interesting choice because she's been around so long and living overseas doesn't hurt that claim... I hate to say it, but Oprah probably deserves to be somewhere on the list for women, maybe in the top 10...
  12. Songbird

    Songbird Well-Known Member

    Pope ... he's so 1970s.
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