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14th Dalai Lama
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14th Dalai Lama

The 14th Dalai Lama (religious name: Tenzin Gyatso, shortened from Jetsun Jamphel Ngawang Lobsang Yeshe Tenzin Gyatso, born Lhamo Thondup, 6 July 1935) is the current Dalai Lama. Dalai Lamas are important monks of the Gelug school...
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Angelina Jolie
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Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie Pitt (née Voight; June 4, 1975) is an American actress, filmmaker, and humanitarian. She has received an Academy Award, two Screen Actors Guild Awards, and three Golden Globe Awards, and has been cited as Hollywood'...
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Audrey Hepburn
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Audrey Hepburn

Audrey Hepburn (born Audrey Kathleen Ruston; 4 May 1929 – 20 January 1993) was a British actress and humanitarian. Born in Ixelles, a district of Brussels, Hepburn spent her childhood between Belgium, England, and the Netherlands,...
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Bono
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Bono

Paul David Hewson (born 10 May 1960), known by his stage name Bono, is an Irish singer-songwriter, musician, venture capitalist, businessman, and philanthropist. He is best recognized as the frontman of the Dublin-based rock band...
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Brigitte Bardot
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Brigitte Bardot

Brigitte Anne-Marie Bardot (born 28 September 1934) is a French former actress, singer and fashion model, who later became an animal rights activist. Starting in 1969, Bardot became the official face of Marianne (who had previousl...
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Charles Koch
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Charles Koch

Charles de Ganahl Koch (born November 1, 1935) is an American businessman, philanthropist, and political activist. He is co-owner, chairman of the board, and chief executive officer of Koch Industries, while his brother David H. K...
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David Koch
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David Koch

David Hamilton Koch (born May 3, 1940) is an American businessman, philanthropist, political activist, and chemical engineer. He joined the family business Koch Industries, a conglomerate that is the second-largest privately held...
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Eddie Vedder
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Eddie Vedder

Eddie Vedder (born Edward Louis Severson December 23, 1964) is an American musician who is best known for being the lead vocalist and one of three guitarists of the grunge band Pearl Jam...
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Edward Snowden
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Edward Snowden

Edward Joseph Snowden (born June 21, 1983) is an American privacy activist, computer professional, former CIA employee, and former government contractor who leaked classified information from the United States National Security Ag...
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Elizabeth Taylor
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Elizabeth Taylor

Dame Elizabeth Rosemond Taylor (February 27, 1932 – March 23, 2011) was a British-American actress, businesswoman and humanitarian. She began her career as a child actress in the early 1940s, and was one of the most popular stars...
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Emma Watson
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Emma Watson

Emma Charlotte Duerre Watson (born 15 April 1990) is a British actress, model, and activist. Watson rose to prominence as Hermione Granger in the Harry Potter movie series, appearing in all eight Harry Potter films from 2001 to 20...
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Garry Kasparov
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Garry Kasparov

Kasparov announced his retirement from professional chess on 10 March 2005, so that he could devote his time to politics and writing. He formed the United Civil Front movement, and joined as a member of The Other Russia, a coaliti...
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George Clooney
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George Clooney

George Timothy Clooney (born May 6, 1961) is an American actor, screenwriter, producer, director, and activist. He has received three Golden Globe Awards for his work as an actor and two Academy Awards, one for acting and the othe...
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Ivanka Trump
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Ivanka Trump

Ivanka Marie Trump (born October 30, 1981) is an American businesswoman and former fashion model. She is the daughter of real estate developer and President-elect of the United States, Donald Trump and his first wife, former model...
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Jane Fonda
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Jane Fonda

Jane Fonda (born Jayne Seymour Fonda; December 21, 1937) is an American actress, writer, political activist, former fashion model and fitness guru. She is a two-time Academy Award winner. In 2014, she was the recipient of the Amer...
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Jeff Bridges
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Jeff Bridges

In 1984, Bridges and other entertainment industry leaders founded the End Hunger Network aimed at encouraging, stimulating and supporting action to end childhood hunger. He supports President Obama's initiative to End Childhood Hu...
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Jessica Alba
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Jessica Alba

Jessica Marie Alba (born April 28, 1981) is an American actress, model and businesswoman. She has won various awards for her acting, including the Choice Actress Teen Choice Award and Saturn Award for Best Actress on Television, a...
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Joaquin Phoenix
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Joaquin Phoenix

Joaquín Rafael Phoenix (born Joaquín Rafael Bottom, October 28, 1974), known formerly as Leaf Phoenix, is an American actor, producer, music video director, musician and activist. For his work as an artist, Phoenix has received a...
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Julian Assange
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Julian Assange

Julian Paul Assange (born 3 July 1971) is an Australian computer programmer, publisher, journalist, and activist. He is editor-in-chief of the organization WikiLeaks, which he founded in 2006...
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Lawrence Lessig
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Lawrence Lessig

Lawrence "Larry" Lessig (born June 3, 1961) is a Harvard law professor, a political activist, and a candidate for the presidency of the United States. He is the Roy L. Furman Professor of Law at Harvard Law School and the director...
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M.I.A.
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M.I.A.

Mathangi "Maya" Arulpragasam (born 18 July 1975), better known by her stage name M.I.A., is an English recording artist of Sri Lankan Tamil heritage. She is also a songwriter, painter and director...
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Malcom X
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Malcom X

Malcolm X born Malcolm Little and also known as el-Hajj Malik el-Shabazz was an American Muslim minister and a human rights activist. To his admirers he was a courageous advocate for the rights of blacks, a man who indicted white...
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Martin Luther King Jr.
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Martin Luther King Jr.

Martin Luther King, Jr. was an American Baptist minister, activist, humanitarian, and leader in the African-American Civil Rights Movement. He is best known for his role in the advancement of civil rights using nonviolent civil di...
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Michael J. Fox
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Michael J. Fox

Fox was diagnosed with Parkinson's disease in 1991 and disclosed his condition to the public in 1998. Fox semi-retired from acting in 2000 as the symptoms of his disease worsened. He has since become an advocate for research towar...
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Mos Def
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Mos Def

Yasiin Bey ( born Dante Terrell Smith; December 11, 1973), better known by his former stage name Mos Def ), is an American hip hop recording artist, actor, comedian, and activist from Brooklyn, New York City, New York...
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Nelson Mandela
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Nelson Mandela

Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela (born Rolihlahla Mandela); 18 July 1918 – 5 December 2013) was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician, and philanthropist, who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He w...
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Nicole Kidman
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Nicole Kidman

Kidman has been a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF since 1994. and for UNIFEM since 2006.
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Noam Chomsky
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Noam Chomsky

Avram Noam Chomsky (born December 7, 1928) is an American linguist, philosopher, cognitive scientist, logician, political commentator, social justice activist, and anarcho-syndicalist advocate. He has spent most of his career at t...
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Paul Newman
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Paul Newman

Paul Leonard Newman (January 26, 1925 – September 26, 2008) was an American actor, film director, entrepreneur, professional racing driver and team owner; he was also an environmentalist, activist, and philanthropist. He won numer...
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River Phoenix
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River Phoenix

River Jude Phoenix (born River Jude Bottom; August 23, 1970 – October 31, 1993) was an American actor, musician, and activist. He was the older brother of Rain Phoenix, Joaquin Phoenix, Liberty Phoenix and Summer Phoenix. Phoenix'...
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Roger Waters
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Roger Waters

George Roger Waters (born 6 September 1943) is an English singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and composer. In 1965, he co-founded the progressive rock band Pink Floyd with drummer Nick Mason, keyboardist Richard Wright and...
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Rooney Mara
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Rooney Mara

Mara is also known for her charity work and oversees the charity Uweza Foundation, which supports empowerment programs for children and families in the Kibera slum in Nairobi, Kenya, one of the largest slums in Africa.
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Sting
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Sting

Gordon Matthew Thomas Sumner (born 2 October 1951), known professionally by his stage name Sting, is an English musician, singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, activist, actor, and philanthropist. He was the principal songwrit...
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Sugar Ray Leonard
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Sugar Ray Leonard

Sugar Ray Leonard (born Ray Charles Leonard; May 17, 1956) is an American former professional boxer, motivational speaker, and occasional actor.
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Ted Nugent
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Ted Nugent

Theodore Anthony "Ted" Nugent ( born December 13, 1948) is an American musician, singer, songwriter, hunter, and political activist. Nugent initially was the lead guitarist of The Amboy Dukes before embarking on a solo career. Nug...
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The Edge
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The Edge

David Howell Evans (born 8 August 1961), better known by his stage name The Edge (or just Edge), is a British-born Irish musician and songwriter best known as the lead guitarist, keyboardist and backing vocalist of the rock band U...
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Tracy Chapman
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Tracy Chapman

Tracy Chapman (born March 30, 1964) is an American singer-songwriter. She is a multi-platinum and four-time Grammy Award-winning artist.
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Uma Thurman
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Uma Thurman

Thurman has been involved in various philanthropic and activist causes. She supports the United States Democratic Party, and has given money to the campaigns of John Kerry, Hillary Clinton, and Joseph R. Driscoll. She supports gun...
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Woody Harrelson
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Woody Harrelson

Woodrow Tracy "Woody" Harrelson (born July 23, 1961) is an American actor, activist and playwright. He is a two-time Academy Award nominee and has won one Emmy Award out of seven nominations. His breakout role came in 1985, joinin...
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