Famous People with Narcissism

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

There are many famous 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.).

Famous people with Narcissistic Personality disorder

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 famous narcissists

  • 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. (You can read my other posts about the 5 most famous psychopaths in history here)

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.

    • John says:

      I think this lists several people who are more easily conceptualized as antisocial psychopaths. It’ pretty accurate to say that all psychopaths are narcissistic, but not all narcissists are psychopathic. There are many benign narcissists in the world who consider themselves a bit above others while also avoiding behaviors or comments that make them look like assholes. While some people on this list (e.g., Alec Baldwin) are very good examples, others (e.g., Marilyn Manson) don’t really fit the bill.

      • Scritch says:

        Well there is no real explanation of why Manson is on the list. The one listed makes no sense and was totally out of context. I remember Manson being asked that question and his responses were both reasonable and considered. (Look it up)

        Taking quotes out of context, having no rational and then saying the individual has a mental disorder is probably a sign that the author has a mental disorder.

  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!

      • Anonymoose says:

        Obama is a blatant narcissist who also scores in the psychopathic range of the PCL-R.

      • Emmie Sue says:

        I agree with you, Deb Mac. Obama is always being dissed as a narcissist by the “cabal”, He is anything but a narcissist.

  12. Asnya says:

    Karl Marx, maybe?

  13. Andy says:

    I agree with debbie. Narcissists wear a mask of decency and empathy. I also feel that Obama is a narcissist. I am not totally sure because he seems to have a harmonious marriage. That would argue against it. But everything else is there.

  14. Bill A says:

    This list is silly. Narcissism isn’t a label to stick on people we don’t like. It is a condition that deeply effects those who are close to it. Obama a narcissist, Marilyn Manson, Paris Hilton? You can’t know someone well enough through TV and the Internet to make that kind of evaluation. To really know someone as a narcissist you have to have a close relationship with them, your father, your mother, your partner, your supervisor, etc.

    Just because a sociopathic mass-murderer has narcissistic tendencies doesn’t make them a ‘narcissist’. Sociopathy is a different level and it just clouds the definition of narcissism to include them in this list.

  15. Ren says:

    I would add Zahi Hawass (famous egyptologist) to the list. He is a narcissist if there ever was one. Seriously, watch a few of his documentaries. He is absolutely repulsive to watch and openly admits that everyone is beneath him.

    And I really don’t think that marilyn manson is a narcissist, he just likes pretending to be one. But I could be wrong.

  16. diane says:

    Please people, as it says in the 2nd paragraph, this list doesn’t include everyone: “Let’s take a look at [some] of the famous people who show personality traits that suggest narcissism.” There’s other lists online too.

  17. Doug says:

    Obama is a narcissist to the core.

    Look up the definition if you disagree.

    It is the primary cause of his failed presidency. He doesn’t listen. He doesn’t learn. He always blames others. In his mind he is never wrong. He prefers adoring crowds at fund raisers to managing people and making decisions.

    Nacissists make good dictators but awful POTUS.

    • Joe says:

      I believe Obama does listen. I also believe so many congressmen are undeserving of being listened to. Perhaps the entire political environment is so toxic that people with any shred of humanity left are largely repulsed by it and thus, only narcissists who love hearing themselves talk are the only ones willing subject themselves to this environment.

  18. Dedra Lewis says:

    I’m glad someone has since enough to speak the truth. Thanks Deb Mac. I understand not appreciating someone, but, don’t flat out lie! It takes a long time to build character, but, only a moment to tear it down. Personally, I’m not in the business of tearing down people instead, I choose to lift people up when they deserve it or just need an encouraging word. As for the others, I just pray for them and the instability of there mind. No one’s perfect on this earth, only GOD, THE FATHER! IJS

  19. Dezie says:

    Although I find your website on narcissists informative, I think you are crossing a line with this list where you have implicated a few celebrities based on weak rationale.

  20. JPJ says:

    Rob Ford, the mayor of Toronto and his entire family all suffer from a degree of
    NPD. “Bobble-head” Ford was reciently booted from office and spends his time in chemo therapy fighting cancer. He is paying the price for living the narcissitic lifestyle.
    You could add Bill Cosby to this list now as well. He has no remorse about drugging/rapeing women.
    Juan Gomeshie….the Howard Stern wanna-be from CBC Canadian radio, is a full blown NPD case for sure.

  21. Angelique says:

    On the “claim that Madonna used kabbalah fluid to neutralize radiation in a Ukrainian lake”:

    I was actually there, at that particularly bizarre event, several years ago, at the Kabbalah Center in Manhattan, on 48th street, between Lexington and Third avenue, and was invited by a dear friend, who was and still is a member.

    We went into a large conference type room, and there were boxes of bottled water stacked all around the walls of the room. Kabbalah water that we had to pray on, to infuse with our prayers. All the women were on the right side of the room, and Madonna was in the front row, about three rows in front of me, with some of her personal kabbalist aides, and I was staring her then husband Guy Ritchie, right in the face, across the room, on the left side of this room, where all the men were, and Guy Ritchie was dressed all in white, with a white kippah/ yamukah on top of his head, looking extremely pissed off, that he was even there. We all had to sing from the kabbalah book – and depending on the day of the week of the year, certain prayers and songs and verses are specific for that day.

    So there we all were, praying and singing on bottles of kabbalah water from a Canadian bottling source, that was to be sent to Lake Chernobyl, to be poured into Lake Chernobyl, to reduce the radiation in the lake, due to the Chernobyl nuclear meltdown of the reactors, back in April of 1986…

    The insanity of the situation I saw around me, including all the stacks of bottled water against the walls all around me in this room, and the fervor and belief (real/ false) of these people, jumping and dancing and singing with hands raised, told me “THIS IS A CULT, AND YOU HAVE GOT TO GET THE HELL OUT OF HERE, AND NEVER ATTEND ANOTHER SESSION OF THIS BULLSHIT!!!”

  22. kym says:

    I suspect you have no credentials. Some of these people I absolutely don’t agree with. Elvis? Based on what? He was a drug addict but I don’t know of any malignant self love stories about him. I know he gave strangers expensive cars just to make them happy–he gave away something like seventy new cars. what bullshit to call him this.
    Marlon Brando? This guy clearly didn’t give a crap about being in the lime light–he turned down movies right and left as well as interviews. Johnny depp described him as incredibly generous. I think you’re seeing flamboyance as something you’re confusing with the clinical definition of narcissism. He got nothing for supporting native American causes for instance. Narcissism isn’t just any entertainer you see as flashy. Brando and Elvis were both famous for their EMPATHY. Get a clue.

    • What you see in public is not what you see behind closed doors. Narcissists are sometimes very generous, but there is a hidden motive…they are seeking narcissistic supply of some kind. Elvis may fit the description but only his targets would know the truth about him.

  23. BMille says:

    I think any list of celebrity narcissists would have to include Mel Gibson, Tom Cruise, Bill Clinton, Bing Crosby, Britney Spears, Steven Segal, Lindsey Lohan, Miley Cyrus, several of the Kardashians, and most of the “housewives” on tv. And despite the good he did for MDA, Jerry Lewis. Narcissists often wear a mask of “goodness” and fool many people for a long time. Donating money/time to worthy causes does not erase the fact that one is a narcissist. In many cases…even huge donations of money are a drop in the bucket for the super wealthy. Look around them…in their families…in their private lives. Do they leave a wake of destruction in the people around them? Are they needy attention suckers? Being talented and/or wealthy, or “generous” does not negate the true nature of a narcissist.

  24. shirin maghami says:

    I am positive that the writer of article is wrong about Narcissistic Diagnosis,for the few people in above List. The example of error,IS :Charli Chaplin .He was very interested in people,had good sense of Empathy particularly for poor and deprived people. Also,I do not believe that Elvis was more narcissistic than other celebrities in the field of entertainment. I should mention that I am an expert in mental health field

  25. Joe says:

    I strongly feel George W. Bush fits here. Showing up on an aircraft carrier with a huge banner stating mission accomplished when the Iraq war was just getting started was symptomatic of narcissistic tendencies, or maybe just typical dry drunk behavior associated with such alcoholics like Bush.

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