Famous, Powerful And Successful People Who Are Introverts

Photo of Bill Gate, Barack Obama, Michael Jordan, Mark Zuckerberg, J. K. Rowling, Abraham Lincoln, Mahatma Gandhi and Warren Buffet.

Are you an introvert and you feel so bad about it? Are some of your friends or relatives an introvert and their way of doing things sometimes make you think introversion is a disability? If yes then here is the right place to be.

Introversion has been misconceived by a lot of people making it difficult for people to realize the importance associated with it.

Some of these misconceptions are “they are shy”, “they can’t speak in public”, “they don’t like people”, “they are afraid to be around people” etc. but one thing you should know is that these can be seen in everybody regardless of your personality trait.

There are a lot of famous, powerful and successful people in the world who are introvert and yet they achieved what they want to.

This article is going to highlight some famous and successful people in the world who are introverts just to clear your thoughts of introversion being disability and embrace it with all joy.

Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg is the chairman and chief executive officer of Facebook, Inc. He is also a co-founder of Solar Sail spacecraft development project.

In 2007, Mark was only 23 years and was named the youngest self-made billionaire.

According to the 2019 Forbes ranking, he is the only person under 50 years among the list of first ten richest people in the world, and also the only person under 40 years seen among the Top 20 Billionaires on Earth.

Do you know that Zuckerberg is named among the 100 wealthiest and most influential people in the world since 2010 and also ranked 10th in the list of World's Most Powerful People in 2016 according to Time magazine and Forbes respectively?

According to Sheryl Sandberg, the Chief Operating Officer of Facebook, he told The New York Times that Mark "is shy and introverted and he often does not seem very warm to people who don't know him, but he is warm."

If an introvert like Mark Zuckerberg has made it this far, that is a clear indication that introvert is never a disability.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama is the 44th president of the United States of America and once the most powerful man on earth.

In 2008, he was elected into the office of the US presidency which made him the first and only African American to lead the United States of America.

He may seem so confident especially when he mounts the stage and deliver some awesome speeches, but he is the type of person who loves to spend some good time alone.

He enrolled in Harvard Law School in 1988 where he was also elected as the first black president of the Harvard Law Review.

Obama served as an Illinois state senator from 1997 to 2004 and a U.S senator from Illinois 2005 to 2008.

Abraham Lincoln

Abraham Lincoln is the 16th president of the United States. He served from March 1861 until he was assassinated in April 1865.

He was a lawyer and has the ability to deliver dynamic public speeches. He is known to have given one of the most famous speeches of all time.

If you've ever been thought of the definition of democracy as "the government of the people, by the people and for the people" then you should give thanks to this man because he coined that popular definition of democracy.

J. K. Rowling

Are you a fan of the Harry Potter movie? Then gather here and let's hail this superwoman because she is the brain behind this wonderful piece.

She is also the author of the popular crime fiction novel "The Cuckoo's Calling", which was published under the pseudonym Robert Galbraith.

J. K. Rowling is one of the most famous and successful authors in the world. She started writing at the age of 6.

Her net worth was estimated at $650 million as of 2017.

Bill Gate

Bill Gate is an American business magnate, a philanthropist and a co-founder of Microsoft Corporation.

Bill Gate in one of the people who took advantage of his introversion and made something good out of it. He spent most of his precious time in solitude most of the time with his computer thinking of what to do next.

He is known to be an introvert but not a shy person. He is an excellent public speaker with enviable social skills.

He has been included in the Forbes list of the world's wealthiest people since 1995.

According to Forbes, in 2000, 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, 2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017, Bill Gate was ranked the most wealthy man on earth.

Since he is the owner of the wealthiest charitable foundation (Bill and Melinda Gate Foundation), it is a clear indication that he takes his philanthropic business so serious.

In 2020, Gate became the first person to own a £500M Hydrogen-Powered Super Yacht.

Albert Einstein


Albert Einstein is one of the greatest physicists the world has ever produced. In fact, most people regard him as the most intelligent person ever lived.

With his introverted tendencies, he was able to develop the theory of relativity. He laid the groundwork for Atomic Energy. 

He is also known for his great influence on the philosophy of science.

In 1921 Einstein received the Noble Price in Physics.

Einstein being an introvert has contributed immensely in his success. His lone time is when he does most of his creative thinking.

During his lifetime, he was able to publish more than 300 scientific papers and more than 150 non-scientific works.

According to him, "The monotony and solitude of a quiet life stimulate the creative mind."

Mahatma Gandhi

"In a gentle way, you can shake the world". These are the words of Mahatma Gandhi, the man who is being known as the master of nonviolent resistance.

Mahatma Gandhi was an Indian Lawyer, a political ethicist and an anti-colonial nationalist who led Indians to gain independence from British rule.

He inspired movements for civil rights and freedom across the globe.

In 1930, Gandhi was named by the Times magazine as the man of the year.

He was awarded a Legum Doctor (LL.D) in 1937 by the University of Nagpur.

In 1999, he was named the runner-up to Albert Einstein as the 'person of the Century'.

His works and achievements have proved that you don't need to be an extrovert to be able to take the responsibility of a leader.

This article is not meant to give you the historical background of those great people their names were mentioned but to highlight some of their achievements so as to encourage you to do more even if you are an introvert.


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