We’ve said it time and time again: Adopted kids can truly do anything. When a child is raised in a loving, stable home, there’s nothing they can’t achieve if they put their minds to it. Need proof? We guarantee you’ve heard of these 10 influential people who were placed for adoption at birth or later in life:
1. Bill Clinton
Clinton was the 42nd President of the United States from 1993 to 2001. He once said, “We must work tirelessly to make sure that every boy and girl in America who is up for adoption has a family waiting to reach him or her. This is a season of miracles, and perhaps there is no greater miracle than finding a loving home for a child who needs one.”
2. Dave Thomas
You may know Dave Thomas primarily from his role as the founder and chief of Wendy’s, but he was also an adoptee who founded the Dave Thomas Foundation for Adoption with one goal: to help children in the foster care system to find permanent homes.
3. John Lennon
A co-founder of the Beatles, John Lennon is one of the most successful singers and songwriters in the world. Also a peace activist, Lennon was adopted by his aunt after his father when missing on a naval ship and his mother was unable to care for him.
4. Nelson Mandela
Mandela, who helped to free South Africa from white rule and became the country’s first black president, was adopted at age 9 by the regent of the Thembu people.
5. Babe Ruth
Otherwise known as “the Babe” and perhaps the most famous slugger in baseball history, Babe Ruth and his sister were both placed in orphanages. In fact, this is where he learned to play baseball!
6. Truman Capote
At age 8, the author of such famous works as Breakfast at Tiffany’s and In Cold Blood was sent to live with his mother’s relatives.
7. Steve Jobs
Jobs was adopted at birth by Paul and Clara Jobs — and chances are good that you’re using a piece of his technology to read this article right now!
8. Edgar Allan Poe
Best known for his short stories and poems of mystery and horror, Poe is one of the most famous names in literature today. Poe’s biological mother died a year after he was born, which led him to be adopted by another family in Virginia.
9. Eleanor Roosevelt
Wife of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, Eleanor Roosevelt was the first woman to become an active political force as First Lady. Her parents died when she was young, and she was adopted by her grandmother.
10. Malcolm X
Malcolm X was a minister and activist who passionately advocated for the rights of black Americans. Malcom was raised in an orphanage and various foster homes after the death of his father and subsequent nervous breakdown of his mother.
Interested in learning more about influential people who were placed for adoption at birth? Check out this list!