We are all unique, with quirks that distinguish us from one another. Some of us are natural-born travelers able to explore any new location like it's home. Others are conversationalists who, at the snap of their fingers, can make new friends and acquaintances.
But a small portion of the population (10 percent to be exact) stand out from the crowd thanks to one eccentricity: They're left-handed. Despite this relatively low proportion, some of our favorite actors, athletes, politicians and more are in the left-handed club. Learn more about a few influential figures who also happen to be southpaws.
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As if having a net worth of $104.5 billion and being named one of the richest people in the world wasn't enough, Bill Gates, best known as the principal founder of Microsoft, is also left-handed. In addition to his work in technology, Gates is also the founder of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, the world's largest private charity, which works to improve global health.
Prince William, the Duke of Cambridge, has a few special things about him - like being actual royalty. He also happens to be left-handed.
Prince Charles, the Prince of Wales and heir to the British throne, joins his son as a left-handed royal. He has been the Duke of Cornwall and Rothesay since 1953 and is the father of Prince Harry and Prince William.
Oprah Winfrey, host of the highest-rated talk show ever and a pop culture icon, is left-handed. Other than being known for giving away luxurious gifts to her guests ("You get a car!"), Winfrey has been nominated for two Academy Awards, won the Jean Hersholt Humanitarian Award, and was given the Presidential Medal of Freedom by fellow leftie, President Barack Obama.
Bill Clinton, the 42nd president of the United States and husband of Hillary Clinton, was the third consecutive president to be left-handed. Here's a fun fact: Clinton is a pretty good saxophone player and made a splash playing the horn on "The Arsenio Hall Show."
A legend in professional basketball, Bill Russell led the Boston Celtics to 11 championships during his 13 seasons with the team in the 1950s and 60s. Before the reign of Michael Jordan, Russell was touted as the greatest player in the history of the NBA and won five season MVP awards all while being one of a relatively few lefty basketball pros in history. Like Oprah Winfrey, he was awarded the Medal of Freedom by President Barack Obama.
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Apple users across the globe know the iconic black turtleneck and blue jeans that defined the look of Steve Jobs, but did you know he was also left-handed? Jobs is best known for co-founding Apple at the young age of 21, but he also contributed to the multibillion-dollar film company that is Pixar as one of the three founders. Under Jobs, fan favorites like "Monsters, Inc." came to fruition.
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Paul McCartney, the 18-time Grammy Award winner and frontman of the Beatles, is also left-handed. McCartney has been proclaimed one of the best guitarists of our time, and he does it all while playing a left-handed Hofter violin bass. Ringo Starr, the drummer for the Beatles, is also left-handed but plays a right-handed kit.
Ruth Bader Ginsburg
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is not just a lefty in her interpretation of the Constitution, she's also left-handed! Ginsburg is one of only four women to have ever served on the Supreme Court and was one of nine women in her graduating class at Harvard Law, making her a force to be reckoned with.
Tom Cruise is known for doing his own stunts despite any risks. The two-time Academy Award-nominated actor is also left-handed. Fun fact: The animators who created "Aladdin" used a picture of Cruise while sketching the overall look of the title character. They simply removed Cruise's shirt and added a bit more hair, and the Disney star was born.
George Herman Ruth, or "Babe" Ruth as he was famously called, both batted and threw with his left hand at every game. He was a seven-time World Series champion and was voted Athlete of the Century in 1999 by The Associated Press. The legacy Ruth left behind has influenced generations of athletes since he put his jersey down in 1935.
Keanu Reeves first made waves after the film "Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure" hit theaters in 1989, and he's been a fan-favorite actor ever since, most recently starring in the $580 million "John Wick" franchise. Reeves, along with being left-handed, is also Canadian.
Tina Fey is always dishing out the jokes and has nine Emmy awards and two Golden Globes to prove why she's the queen of funny. Hilarity and left-handedness must go hand in hand.
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Brad Pitt has dreamy good looks and is one of the most widely known actors in Hollywood, and the Academy Award winner also happens to be left-handed.
In a 15-year career, WWE professional wrestler John Cena has won a total of 467 fights, 13 WWE championships, and five United States championships. The left-handed star has transcended the ring to dabble in acting, television hosting and even rapping all while maintaining a steady gym regimen.
Surprise, Luke Skywalker is left-handed, too. Mark Hamill - who's voiced iconic characters like the Joker and the newest rendition of Chucky - can be seen wielding his lightsaber with his left hand in the "Star Wars" franchise.
Celine Dion began her career at an early age. Her first albums, all recorded in French, pushed her toward stardom at the age of 18. The left-handed Canadian singer broke into the pop music scene after recording the theme song for "Beauty and the Beast." But it was the theme song for the fifth highest-grossing film of all time, "Titanic," that put Dion on the global map. Her heart, as well as her left-handedness, will go on.
Lou Gehrig, nicknamed "The Iron Horse," played 17 seasons for the New York Yankees. He led his team to six World Series wins, made history for the most consecutive games played and, in 1932, became the first American League baseball player to hit four home runs in a game.
Judy Garland wowed audiences when she appeared as the adventurous yet shy Dorothy in 1939's "The Wizard of Oz," and she went on to great acclaim in films including "Meet Me in St. Louis" and a legendary stage show. Garland's left-handed legacy endures.
Rafael Nadal is currently ranked as the No. 2 tennis player in the world in men's singles by the Association of Tennis Professionals. Nadal trained himself to play tennis left-handed and is among few players able to dominate the sport with his left.
David Robert Jones - or David Bowie to some and Ziggy Stardust to others - was naturally left-handed, but he learned to play the guitar on a right-handed model. The five-time Grammy winner, best known for breaking the classic rules of fashion and rock 'n' roll, claimed his spot on the scene with 1969's "Space Oddity" and stayed prominent thanks to songs like "Heroes" and films like 1986's "Labyrinth."
Jim Carrey may be able to transform into any character with the right outfit and makeup, but the Canadian comedian is only able to write and, recently, paint with his left hand.
Jerry Seinfeld, most notably known as the creator and star of the show "Seinfeld" - or "Bee Movie," depending on what you're into - is one of many comedians who are members of the left-handed club. In his Netflix series "Comedians in Cars Getting Coffee," Seinfeld can also be seen navigating his cars with his left hand.
David Letterman dominated late-night television starting with the 1982 debut of his show "Late Night With David Letterman." For 33 years, Letterman hosted a myriad of guests ranging from future President Donald Trump to Bill Murray. Letterman even surpassed Johnny Carson as the longest-running talk show host.
Gordan Ramsay, in spite of his potty mouth, knows how to throw down a mean meal. With a string of restaurants from France to Hong Kong, this left-handed chef knows how to cook healthy masterpieces and savory dinners all while teaching others the culinary arts.
In the digital age, Mark Zuckerberg's name ranks at the top of the list of technological innovators. The left-handed CEO and co-founder of Facebook began creating his empire when he was only a sophomore at Harvard. These days, Zuckerberg is worth a hefty $72.1 billion with stakes in multiple technological and social enterprises like Instagram.
Academy Award winner Spike Lee has worked with megastars like Denzel Washington and Michael Jackson to create cinematic wonders. With more than 35 films under his belt, the left-handed Lee has been one of the world's most influential directors since winning a Student Academy Award with his master's thesis in 1983.
Winston Churchill is primarily known for serving as the prime minister of the United Kingdom while leading Britain to triumph in World War II, but the leader was also left-handed. His "V" for victory became an archetypal symbol for hope in Britain's darkest days.
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Martina Navratilova, a member of the International Tennis Hall of Fame and one of the greatest female tennis players of all time, is a lefty. In the past century, only 10 left-handed players have won singles titles at Wimbledon, making Navratilova a rarity and a legend.
James Harden, best known as "The Beard," is one of the NBA's top players. He was voted the NBA's Most Valuable Player in 2018 and has led his team to the playoffs multiple times. Harden is left-handed and can be seen dominating the court with free throws and shots from the left.
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Tim Tebow - a two-time national champion and Heisman Trophy winner in college - is also left-handed, a dying skill in the NFL. Currently, you can catch Tebow on a different field and in another uniform. These days he's a professional baseball outfielder for the Syracuse Mets.
George H.W. Bush
George H.W. Bush, 41st president of the United States and father of the 43rd president, George W. Bush, worked as vice president under another left hander, Ronald Reagan. Unlike Bush, however, Reagan was urged by his teachers to use his right hand.
Randy Johnson, nicknamed "The Big Unit" because of his staggering height, was inducted into the National Baseball Hall of Fame in 2015. The lanky lefty pitched for 22 seasons, won five Cy Young Awards as the league's best pitcher, finished with the second highest number of career strikeouts in Major League history, and even recorded a perfect game in 2004.
On July 20, 1969, Edwin E. "Buzz" Aldrin made history for left-handed people across the globe by becoming one of the first two humans to walk on the moon. Approximately 600 million people tuned in to witness Aldrin's moonwalk alongside crewmate Neil Armstrong. NASA recently celebrated the 50th anniversary of the historic Apollo 11 mission. If you're in Florida you can visit Kennedy Space Center, the base from which the mission launched and one of the most historical places in the United States.
Many of our past presidents have been left-handed. Most recently, Barack Obama, the 44th president of the United States, joined the long list of politicians with this cool quirk. Fun fact: Before he got into politics, Obama was one of the many famous people who got their start as a teacher.More from The Active Times:
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