Thích Nhất Hạnh, the Buddhist monk, teacher, author, and peace activist has had an incredible life. He was exiled from his native Vietnam in 1966 after urging for the reunification of Northern and Southern Vietnam and wasn’t permitted to return for 39 years. He gained the support of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. who called him an “apostle of peace” and nominated him for the Nobel Peace Prize in 1967.
Whether you like her or not, Kim Kardashian has built a multi-million dollar brand and has been immensely successful at monetizing fame—possibly better than anyone else.
Born and raised in Los Angeles, Kim first gained attention through her friendship with Paris Hilton. Appearing as Paris’s stylist on The Simple Life in the early 2000s, Kim’s media attention skyrocketed in 2007 when a sex tape of her and former boyfriend, singer Ray J, was leaked on to the Internet. Kim confessed to Oprah that the tape humiliated her and her family; but nevertheless, she was able to leverage the media attention at this time into the now famous reality show, Keeping Up With The Kardashians.