Famous People with Narcissism

“I don’t care what you think unless it is about me.”- Kurt Cobain

There are many people all around us that suffer from Narcissistic Personality Disorder (NPD), more commonly referred to as narcissism. There are many well known individuals who display characteristics of narcissism, if not full blown NPD. They range from politicians to celebrities, from ministers to business leaders. Some writers and researchers believe that successful and famous people have acquired or situational narcissism; they do show narcissistic traits but only after they have worked hard, sometimes for years, to get there. But that success often produces a personality pattern replete with narcissistic traits. Others believe that these people were narcissistic to begin with and sought out opportunities and fields that would satisfy their narcissistic needs. Either way, once they become famous it leads to narcissistic thinking and behaviors; they have lots of money and/or fame, don’t wait in line at restaurants or events, have limo service, and are asked for photographs and so on. This often leads to demanding behavior, feeling they are above the law, becoming more exhibitionistic and many have public social or emotional meltdowns (frequent run-ins with the law, drug and alcohol abuse, attempting suicide, etc.).

Let’s take a look at some of the famous people who show personality traits that suggest narcissism. Most of them show grandiose thinking and exaggerated self-importance, many believe or fantasize about the power they have, most believe they are special, need to be admired and feel entitled. Many dictators and criminals had or have narcissistic personalities as well as the Hollywood celebrities; some are negative role models and some are positive. Hitler and Stalin both had grandiose self-images as did Casanova, Marquis de Sade, Peter Sellers, and the heart surgeon Christiaan Barnard. Other likely suspects are Madonna, Margaret Thatcher, Paris Hilton and O.J. Simpson. Here are just a few of the many that come to mind:

  • Jim Jones
  • Saddam Hussein
  • Warren Beatty
  • Ryan O’Neal
  • Alec Baldwin
  • Sharon Stone
  • Elvis Presley,
  • William Shatner
  • Joan Crawford
  • Pablo Picasso
  • Ike Turner
  • Lee Harvey Oswald
  • Donald Trump
  • Kayne West
  • Charlie Chaplin
  • Marlon Brando
  • Eva Peron
  • Simon Cowell
  • Liberace

Here is a portrait gallery of some of the more famous suspected narcissists:

Adolph Hitler:
Man with a spirit face appearingHe was self- centered, preoccupied with power, control, prestige, and grandiosity thinking.

Joseph Stalin:

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Political opposition was eliminated during the Stalin era. Stalin was so preoccupied with having power, control, prestige and vanity that he jailed and sent to Gulags anyone who disagreed with him. He sent his henchmen to Mexico to kill Leon Trotsky, whom he felt was a threat.

Joseph Mengele:

JosephMengele This doctor was known as the ‘Angel of Death’ during WWII. He was known for his grandiose ideas, irrational thinking and especially his sadistic exploitation of people.

Ted Bundy:

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This psychopathic serial killer had a number of characteristics of a narcissist like grandiosity and manipulation. He was also self-centered and enjoyed being in the public eye.

Marilyn Manson:

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When confronted over the allegation that his music inspired Columbine Shootings, he simply denied any responsibility and stated that the killers needed more attention. Manson appeared self-centered, is exhibitionistic and enjoys being in the public eye.

O.J. Simpson:

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Simpson lacks empathy and is often envious of others. He also believes that he is special and deserves merit.

Paris Hilton:

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Paris lives in front of the camera-the world is her stage; she has been arrested for DUI, and seems to lack empathy.

Madonna

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Madonna has claimed that she used “Cabbala fluid” to neutralize radiation at a Ukrainian lake. Her exhibitionism and larger-than-life ego is well known.

References:

  1. http://answers.yahoo.com/question/index?qid=20101202013744AAWIRAv
  2. http://www.psychologytoday.com/blog/homo-consumericus/200906/the-narcissism-and-grandiosity-celebrities
  3. http://askthepsych.com/atp/2007/09/13/narcissism-and-success/
  4. http://blogcritics.org/culture/article/study-finds-celebrties-to-be-narcissistic
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  1. Adam says:

    Such a great article until you threw it all away with Manson. Unless of course, you can provide a rationale basis/evidence that his music did inspire/make the shooters.

  2. Anne says:

    Also probably meant they needed more attention, that the guys had never had any or had any parental guidance at all, and that they were more psychopathic and falling under the spectrum of Antisocial Personality Disorder than NPD as even APD lack empathy. Anywhere were bullying has taken place and driven a child to feel such anger (as it was said they were) would cause a personality disorder and thoughts of revenge if it was traumatic enough for them. Especially if they were also on any meds for ADD or ADHD etc. Who knows.

    I would also say that Manson’s success (re his target audience) is based around him being as he is – weird and almost psychotic persona, and possibly could be an act, but as an act, it’s not condusive to show his “feelings” or too much in the way of “empathy” in any interview as he would come across as human and that’s not the whole point with his “persona”.

    The very fact he showed empathy towards the actual perpetrators to me illustrated that he was be able to get beyond hating them and feel sorry for them knowing possibly that they had to be troubled in some way. It’s a given he would have felt for the victims, but sometimes society can be cruel in rejecting people or having that “mob mentality” if you study the psychological affects of mobbing, and drives people to do desperate things when they are pushed into a corner and also neglected by their families? Or not guided properly by their families.

  3. Gabriel says:

    I agree with Matt. Manson indicates that he thought that the shooters were neglected and if someone had noticed their repeated cries for help then their aggression could have been minimized. So yeah they needed more attention but not in an arrogant way that you have claimed. In addition, your references are cringeworthy, especially for someone that claims that they attended a university.

  4. Wendy says:

    Well, that’s a pretty good list. However, you somehow forgot LEANN RIMES!!!!! OMG!!! SHE’S THE WORST YET!! You also left out Omarosa, Justin Bieber, Niaomi Campbell, Joan Rivers

  5. Mary jones says:

    I dont think marlon manson is cold harted.I could be wrong.If anything his stlye and persona might be his spirits way of spoofing the narr people and collective society.Good behavior does not get noticed much.Neither are nice kids noticed that much.Maybe its because most people are spiritualy dead zombies.If someone is driven nuts by the society they are in theres a chance they will go nuts on the society they are in.People need to know and take seriously that all life should be honered.They should also know that every body does not express love the same way.Horror movies often show what can happen when you scape goat a person.Most people that get picked on are nice,they are thought to be a safe target.Any human being if abused enough will get angry Temporary insanity.Some, the true narrcicist are already angry and they carefully target certain people.People that are disturbed by goth,or alternative clothing and make up are usually just terrified of who they actually are.

    • montychristo86 says:

      I agree with you totally. I have no problem with bands that sound similar and look similar to Manson. In fact, it does show what can happen if you scapegoat a person.

      America, as a matter of fact, is the most scapegoating, narcissistic and ruthless nation ever. We hate ourselves but love the ideals depicted on magazine covers. We could care less about our fellow man or what is going on in the rest of the world, but we all tune in for American Idol. Even most American Christians are this way, unfortunately.

      However, scapegoating a person can also turn someone narcissistic, as I do indeed agree with the article that Adolf Hitler is narcissistic and so is Paris Hilton, OJ Simpson, and Marilyn Manson.

      I know so about Manson because I was a fan of his music until 2009 before I became Christian. I know that none of his original bandmates are with him anymore, that he has alienated most of his fan base, that he his fine with being called Antichrist Superstar, but when someone vilifies him for something he actually did wrong – watch out! Most narcissists do act nice when they are with people that like them, but when they feel competition from someone or are told they are wrong, they throw a hissy fit.

      I agree that the Colombine massacre was due to bullying and scapegoating, not Manson. However, Manson still belongs on the list because of his character and treatment of those closest to him.

  6. partsdiva says:

    How about Tom Cruise, Jesse James, and Lance Armstrong?

  7. Shirley says:

    This article is ridiculous. Many of the people on your list were cold blooded killers. They weren’t just simply showing narcissistic traits. They were sociopathic, which is not the same thing as being a narcissist. Yes, the traits may be similar, but I assure you it is not the same. And in response to Marilyn Manson and what he said about the columbine shooting. He didn’t “simply deny responsibility.” What he was saying was that, rather than blaming a tragic event on a rock star (which, by the way, if you remember everything negative at the time, the media automatically blamed Manson.) Rather than blame a rock star, they should really look at, and try to fix the source of the problem. Which has only gotten worse. What he said was the truth. There was never any real evidence that the shooters even listened to Marilyn Manson. I’m not denying that Manson has narcissistic traits, but that statement alone does not suggest to me that he has a narcissistic personality disorder.

    Also, it should be noted that narcissism is something that everyone has the capability of showing. Everybody is narcissistic at times. Having the disorder is something different, and the occasional public mishap of many celebrities is not efficient evidance that they have the disorder.

  8. ian says:

    I’ve only known one person who became famous, and back then she was the biggest narcissist I’d ever met or would ever meet. It scares me to think that ALL famous people are just narcissists. But she’s also gotten a lot of flak from the media for her narcissist treatment of others, so maybe not all famous people are narcissists.

  9. Fred says:

    Axl Rose… Disagree with Manson, as well.

  10. montychristo86 says:

    Manson is a narcissist, not even because of the Colombine shooters and his reaction to them. All you have to do is listen to one of his top songs, “The Beautiful People”

    “Hey you, what do you see?
    Something beautiful something free?
    “Hey you, are you trying to be mean?
    When you live with apes man it’s hard to be clean?”

    That song and the entire album “Antichrist Superstar”, which it comes from, is a narcissist’s manifesto, as are all his albums. He even goes as far on the song “Cake and Sodomy” to call himself “the God of f%^#”. He supposedly hates how people view him as a villain, yet he enjoys the persona of being one.

    I agree the reference is off, but Manson is full of himself. Just look at how much his record sales have declined. On THE TWINS OF EVIL TOUR, which he shared with Rob Zombie, he claimed he could “kick [Rob Zombie's] a%#!”. Also, he never even gave Scott Mitchell (his co-founding band member) the cold shoulder by not even crediting him with the guitar work on Antichrist Superstar. The list goes on and on…

    I know because I used to be a big fan of his until 2009 before I gave my life to Christ, as I was a big fan of narcissism until I went to Christian counseling.

  11. debbie says:

    Obama is a narcissistic through and through.

    • Deb Mac says:

      You’d better look up the definition of narcissism debbie… Obama is the exact opposite. You just don’t like him ..obviously!

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