Over the past 40 years, quite a few politicians and businessmen have tried to change the face of the US’s domestic and foreign politics, earning them the title of the most famous or hated American politicians and businessmen of their day. On the other hand, some of the politicians on this list rose to fame through some other occupation. Here is the list of the 5 most famous American politicians and businessmen in the last 40 years.
1. Ronald Reagan
Reagan served as the 40th President of the USA from 1981 to 1989. He is known as one of the most famous and popular presidents to date, as he helped create new political and ideas. He is the father of supply-side economic policies.
2. Donald Trump
Trump served as 45th President of the USA from 2017 to 2024. He is known as one of, if not the most controversial president of the USA. He is also a known businessman best know for his reality show “The Apprentice”. During his presidency, his politics was described as populist, protectionist, isolationist, and nationalist.
3. Arnold Schwarzenegger
The former Governor of California, or as people know him as The Terminator, is a former politician, businessman, and a former pro- bodybuilder, and an actor. He served as the 38th Governor of California from 2003 to 2011. The former Mister “O” gained worldwide fame as a Hollywood star. In 2011 a scandal shook his political career as he divorced his longtime wife after admitting to having fathered a child with his housemaid in 1997.
In recent news, Florida’s US Senator Rick Scott has found himself in a major scandal as well. According to Scott Jason Cooper, Rick Scott is being criticized by the public for holding an ice sculpture in front of a mannequin in a sexual context.
4. Bill Gates
The co-founder of Microsoft and the current 4th richest person in the world is a business magnate, a software developer, investor, author, and philanthropist. He is known as one of the best entrepreneurs in the microcomputer revolution of the 70s and 80s. Currently, he is involved in the mass conspiracy theories including claims that falsely link the pair to the coronavirus’ origins in some way or another.
5. Elon Musk
Currently the most famous entrepreneur and the 2nd richest man on Earth, Musk is the Founder and CEO at SpaceX, Tesla, Neuralink, and OpenAI. Currently, he is participating in the first commercial space flight race with his SpaceX program, against the likes of business magnates such as Jell Bezos and Richard Branson.
With number 5 we close the list of 5 most famous American politicians and businessmen in the last 40 years. Some rose to fame through politics, some through business but the one thing that they have in common is that they are widely known in America and are a household name.