What would you do with one million dollars? What about $100 million? Or even $1 billion? For most of us, its enough of a struggle to get food on the table and clothes on our bodies. But these celebs are living the dream. Through talent, hard work, good looks, and yes, a lot of luck, theyve found their way into unheard-of riches. Even the poorest person on this list is worth hundreds of millions of dollars, so much money that its hard to even imagine. If youre ready to find out what theyre spending their wads and wads of cash on, keep reading!
50. Trey Parker - $400M
Fighting it out with fellow South Park creator at the end of this list is Trey Parker. His net worth is listed as $400 million the same as Matt Stones but somehow hes two places below him. Well never know what he did differently to Matt. Maybe he upsized at McDonalds, or paid his credit card bill a couple of days too late.
In all other respects, it looks like he and Matt have been inseparable even when it comes to money. With the hectic South Park production schedule and all the time they spend together, its no surprise that theyre ordering the same takeout. But heres a tip if you want to jump a few spots, Trey: next time you both head out to a bar, make Matt buy the drinks.
49. Sylvester Stallone - $400M
Despite repeated (and largely true) insistences that his acting is more wooden than a peg leg, Sylvester Stallone has still earnt far more money than most people would know what to do with. It seems he doesnt really know what to do with his money, either hes still got $400 million of it lying around, gathering dust.
He punched and shot his way into our homes and hearts with Rocky and Rambo, and even with an obvious lack of talent his star has never waned. His work ethic is impeccable, though, and hes not afraid of suffering for his (supposed) art. With the cost of US healthcare and several on-set hospitalizations, its easy to see why hes not further up this list.
48. Matt Stone - $400M
Co-creator of South Park, Matt Stone, has made a lucrative career out of mocking every single celebrity on the planet. Wed laugh alongside him, if only he wasnt so filthy rich himself. While the crudely animated satire is what made his fortune, a whole host of other screenwriting and film credits have bolstered his account to an insane $400 million. Really, we suppose the laughs are on us.
To be fair to the guys, making South Park happen would be endless hard work. A lot of the time, the creators are given only a week to create, animate, and produce each episode. And yet, week-in, week-out, they deliver quality laughs, cutting humor, and plenty of poo jokes. Youve got to hand it to Matt all your money, that is.
47. Johnny Mathis - $400M
Languishing near the bottom of the pile, hit singer-songwriter only has a lowly $400 million to his name. Even at the age of 81, and with 300 million albums sold, hes just like the rest of us in life he hasnt come far. During his Texas childhood, his father kickstarted his future career by buying him a $25 dollar upright piano to start practicing on. Now he can only afford about 16 million of the things.
Maybe if he had pursued his initial talent as a track and field star, he might have made some real money. Instead, hes slumming it by performing sold out shows across The States and appearing on Jay Leno. The best ballad singer in the world? Bah. Show us some monetary proof, Johnny, or well never believe you.
46. Johnny Depp - $400M
Its a bit of a surprise to see Johnny Depp so far down on this list. The eccentric but brilliant actor is one of the biggest names in the business, and his salary often reaches $100 million a year. But his current net worth shows a measly $400 million, or only four years worth of work. What gives, Johnny? Wheres all your money gone to?
Yes, we know about your six private beaches in the Caribbean, your three mansions, and your lavish yacht. But that cant be all of it. What else is there? Four separate charity foundations? A vintage gun collection and library stuffed full of rare first editions? Two rooms of hats in your French villa? All of the above? Oh, fair enough then.
45. Dr. Phil - $400M
Ask any celebrity and theyll tell you, wistfully, that money breeds unhappiness. Money doesnt fix problems, just causes them. Luckily, Dr. Phil doesnt have to worry about all that. He can earn as much money as he likes, then fix all the problems himself. Hes a one-man psychological machine. And through his 15-year run on his hit TV show and countless self-help books, hes done what most other counsellors have failed to do: make 400 million dollars.
First gaining recognition on Oprahs show in the 90s, it wasnt long before he was teasing heart-rending confessions out of most of America. Nowadays he pulls in $70m a year, making him the 15th highest earning celebrity in the world. Hes stayed real though. Hes stayed grounded. When you own a thirty-million-dollar mansion with more security than a Swiss nuclear bunker, its kinda hard for the troubles to get to you.
44. Bill Cosby - $400M
Speaking of controversy, heres Bill Cosby. While he might be worth $400 million now, a recent run of very serious allegations could mean that hell be off this list by next year. And behind bars. Despite our undying love for gossip and scandal, were not going to comment on the matter much further. Well leave it for the courts.
It just goes to show that even holding all the money in the world does not make someone untouchable. Money can buy you plenty of cars and diamonds, but it doesnt make you immune to justice. Weve seen a lot of celebs giving away a lot of money on this list. Why cant everyone just be as nice as them?
43. Mel Gibson - $425M
Since a bizarre and controversial 2006, the Australian/American/English/Whatever actor Mel Gibson has been essentially locked out of Hollywood. With a known drinking problem and a string of incidents following him wherever he went, its a surprise that Mel Gibson got any work, or made any money at all. And yet were here in 2016 and hes still got $425 million in his pocket.
Its hard to say how hes done it. Hes got eight children from various marriages, hes faced boycotts from civil rights agencies, and the single film that hes starred in since, Beaver, tanked at the box office. We can only assume that he had far, far more money stashed away somewhere, because like Apocalypto, none of it makes sense to us.
42. Michael Bay - $430M
The first thing that comes to mind when youre talking about Michael Bay: the word big. Big films, big blockbusters, big names, big budgets, big explosions. Oh, and theres one other thing: a very big bank balance. At $430 mil, Michael Bay knows how to think big. From Armageddon to the Transformers films, hes your go-to guy to blow audiences away (and rile up the critics).
Is his life as big as his films? Lets take a quick look. He owns properties in Los Angeles and Miami check. He owns a Bentley, a Range Rover, an Escalade, a Ferrari, a Lamborghini and two Camaros check. He owns a $50 million Gulfstream private jet check. As a kid, Bay donated all his Bar Mitzvah money to a local animal shelter. Looks like karma has been kind to him.
41. Victoria Beckham - $450M
Heres just a few of the features that former Spice Girl and current model Victoria Beckham has in her $50m London mansion. If youre not feeling sick yet, you soon will be. Try four nail bars, four hairdressing stations, a catwalk, a waterfall, a subterranean pool complex, a secret tunnel under the oriental garden, and an actual secret door behind an actual bookcase.
With a net worth of $450 million, Beckingham Palace is really just pocket change for Posh Spice. And with a high-end fashion chain and plenty of leftovers from the Spice Girl glory days, her money doesnt look like itll run out anywhere in the near future. Even her philanthropic efforts have failed to take a couple of zeroes off her bank balance. She must be saving it all for her kids.
40. Tyler Perry - $450M
If there was ever a celeb who embodied the word prolific, it would be Tyler Perry. Just 47 years of age, hes acted in, produced, directed, and written countless films, theater productions, songs, and TV shows. Hes won, or been nominated for, dozens upon dozens of awards, and everyone from President Obama to Oprah have hailed him as the voice of a generation.
Its not just talk, either. People are simply throwing money at the New Orleans-born filmmaker. Since 2012 hes partnered with the Oprah Winfrey Network, and the cash just keeps piling up. At $450 million net worth, hes still got a little way to go before he cracks the top ten. But with his output and his fans, it wont take long.
39. Peter Jackson - $450M
Once upon a time, Peter Jackson was mixing up his own fake blood and working at a newspaper in his native New Zealand. Fast forward two decades, and The Lord of the Rings trilogy has exploded onto screens worldwide. All of a sudden, hes made it. Hes one of the industrys most celebrated filmmakers, and hes worth $450 million.
Peter also knows a good thing when he sees it. Hes made a couple of notable films afterwards, but he really continued to pump the Hollywood money machine with The Hobbit trilogy. Who knows what else he can make from Tolkiens oeuvre, but if he keeps going the way he is, hell be able to buy at least the South Island of New Zealand.
38. Beyonce Knowles - $450M
What more can we Beyon-say about the queen of R&B? Shes a certified golden goose, laying hit after hit, all the while keeping her integrity and singing about the things that really matter to her. Shes married to one of the most powerful record industry moguls around, but she doesnt need a bit of his help her stellar career is shaped and earned by Beyonce, and Beyonce alone.
And what a career. $450 million, shes worth. As the kids are saying these days, shes slaying it. Shes having fun with her money, too. Private yacht parties, a private jet, gem-encrusted booties for Blue Ivy, and a private island in The Bahamas for the family. A few more records and a little bit of thriftiness (try a low-cost airline sometime, Bey), and she could easily hit the magical one-billion-dollar mark.
37. James Patterson - $470M
Theres hope for the printed word yet. Browse the thriller section at any airport bookshop in the world, and youll one name time and time again: James Patterson. Readers slurp up his psychological, crime, and sci-fi books in droves, and its made him a supremely rich man. 147 novels and 300 million sales later, the 69-year old has found himself worth $470 million.
Which, if you do the sums and include film licenses, isnt a heck of a lot. So where did all the rest of his money go? To a good place, thankfully. Since his start as a novelist, hes poured millions into universities, colleges, libraries, and independent bookshops, and funded dozens of scholarships and grants to many needy readers. Thanks, James if it wasnt for people like you, no-one would be able to read this brilliant list.
36. Rush Limbaugh - $500M
Despite numerous controversies and countless reports of inaccuracies, there are still enough conservatives in the country to keep Rush Limbaugh rolling in the riches. The radio disc jockey and media personality has $500 million in the bank, and over the last year alone, he reportedly earned almost $80 million. Still, not as much as Howard Stern!
His 65 years and rash of unsavory views doesnt look like itll slow him down anytime soon. With a contract until 2020, he will reach an astonishing 30 years of spouting garbage on air. Maybe he needs the cash for his painkiller addiction or collection of premium cigars. Or maybe his deafness means he doesnt have to hear himself speak.
35. Paulo Coelho - $500M
The Brazilian novelist Paulo Coelho has made a living from writing allegorical and inspiring tales. While hes a bit simplistic for some, many others have found profound wisdom in his ramblings. Ironically enough, the book that made him his millions and thrust him on the English-speaking world was called The Alchemist. Somehow, he turned ink into $500 million worth of gold.
With 30 novels under his belt and a devoted following that includes Will Smith, Pharrell Williams, and Madonna, Paulo just keeps earning and earning. Although living in a Swiss mansion cant be kind on his bank balance. Still, The Alchemist has sold over 83 million copies and has been translated into 67 languages. So if he ever needs another cash injection, he can just pump out a new novel.
34. Matt Groening - $500M
Before you can complain about how much money a lowly cartoonist is worth, just try to envisage a world where The Simpsons never existed. Where, more than likely, dozens of other animated adult shows like South Park, Family Guy, and King of the Hill never saw the light of the TV tube. What would we say to each other? How would we ever laugh?
The shows quality may have declined over the years, but theres no doubt that The Simpsons and Matt Groening deserve every penny and every place in the record books that theyve got. The man rewrote history. He made it so socially awkward people could communicate entirely through TV quotes. He made billions of people deliriously happy. He made $500 million, and wed give it to him all over again.
33. Kathy Ireland - $500M
She may have been a former Sports Illustrated model, but thats not what brings Kathy Ireland to our list today. Instead, it was her keen business acumen and inner drive that brought her fabulous riches. Thanks to Kathy Ireland Worldwide, a company that she initially created as a brand marketing firm, shes now reputedly worth close to $500 million.
With billionaires Bill Gates and Warren Buffett as friends and business partners (though we suspect that shes the one thats advising them), her empire grew from a line of socks into a multi-billion-dollar cash cow, covering almost every possible item you could wear or put in your home. The self-made wonder has a continued determination that will soon see her ruling the world.
32. Jocelyn Wildenstein - $500M
Not many people will recognize the name of Jocelyn Wildenstein, but the $4 million face is simply
unforgettable. Her life, too, is impossible to overstate. Theres no need for witty comments about it were just going to lay the facts out straight. Born in Switzerland, she became a skilled hunter and pilot in France, before meeting her future husband through a Saudi arms dealer. He was a billionaire, a cat lover (hence, apparently, the strange face) but not entirely faithful. When she walked in on him with a Russian model, divorce proceedings followed swiftly.
From the bitter divorce, Jocelyn secured a $2.5 billion payout, along with $100 million per year for 13 years. After that there was only one direction to go to become a bored socialite with an opulent lifestyle. After hundreds of millions of dollars down the drain (did we mention the cosmetic surgery?) shes only left with $500 million. Were a little bit proud. And a little bit afraid.
31. Jimmy Buffett - $500M
Tropical country singer, beach bum, busker, writer, and TV personality Jimmy Buffett has (if youll excuse the terrible pun) truly fed on the smorgasbord of life. And its rewarded him right back, with $500 million to mess around with. Unless youre one of his dedicated fans, known as Parrotheads, you might not be aware of his musical genius. But any time you step into a Margaritaville restaurant, youre actually lining his pockets.
Not that hes putting your dollars to waste. Apart from flying all over the Caribbean, for musical research (yeah, right), but he puts in big work for many environmental and social causes. Hes so generous, in fact, that at some concerts hes even been known to pay for every audience members beer and margaritas. We wouldnt mind a ticket to one of those parties.
30. Gloria Estefan - $500M
With an unforgettable tropical sound and a rhythm that could only come from the streets of Cuba, Gloria Estefan was always destined to be a star. Initially rising to fame through the Miami Sound Machine, she suffered a career setback when she was badly injured in a horrific tour bus accident. But like many of the worlds famous artists, she never let this stop her. Once she returned to studio and stage a year later with Into the Light, her brilliant fate was sealed.
These days, Gloria is cruising along with the occasional album release and TV appearance. While shes worth an estimated $500 million, her home life in the ritzy Star Island neighborhood of Miami is a quiet affair. Most of her time, she says, is spent with her first and only boyfriend, Emilio Estefan, living the romantic life most of us can only dream of. Now thats one classy lady.
29. Elton John - $500M
This ones easy. We know exactly where Elton Johns money goes: into his outrageous wardrobe. Fair enough when youre a virtuoso pop icon, a knight of the realm, and have an extremely eclectic fashion sense, theres only one way to keep surprising the audience. But we suspect that hes been reusing a few of his outfits, or at least thrift shopping, since hes still managed to amass a considerable $500 million.
According to the British press, Sir Elton received a report early in 2000 that his extreme lifestyle would soon lead him into financial ruin. With a nose for the white stuff and zany purchases like a $400,000 florist bill, he was looking at a very meager $3 million to play with each year. His response? To tear up the report into tiny pieces. Guess who had the last laugh.
28. Dolly Parton - $500M
It only makes sense that Dolly and Mariah would be jostling for position on the list. While their genres might be poles apart, theres a certain stage presence and theatrics to both of their performances. Dollys a little bit older, but their rise to fame follows a remarkably similar trajectory to Mariahs. Two poverty-stricken souls who finally burst into the big time.
Dollys just $20 million shy of Mariah, but whos counting? When youve got your own theme park and co-owned the film company that produced Buffy the Vampire Slayer (true story!) you can let a few million slide. Besides, she probably spent it on her Imagination Library, a direct-action project where she sends books to millions of children across four countries. And with a goddaughter like Miley Cyrus, some of it might also have been bail money.
27. Mariah Carey - $520M
Mariahs life, looks, and luscious mounds of cash are the stuff of sweet, sweet fantasy. When she got her start, she was scraping together funds from waitressing jobs and passing around a four track demo tape that nobody seemed to want. It was their loss, and after some faith from Columbia Records boss Tommy Mottola, she became an overnight star.
From there shes never left our hearts, and her higher registers are still ringing in our ears. From success to Glitter then back to success again, shes come out on top of $520 million and a flawless reputation as one of the industrys eternal icons. Amongst her multiple charity works, one achievement stands above the rest: shes singlehandedly kept the sequin industry alive.
26. Tom Cruise - $525M
Hes jumped on couches, hes tried to brainwash the masses, hes bronzed his daughters poo, and somewhere along the line hes made half a billion dollars. Hes Tom Cruise, the actor that everyone pretends to hate while secretly enjoying all of his films. Mission: Impossible, Valkyrie, The Edge of Tomorrow, and Top Gun its hard to deny the quality of Toms acting and the way he fleshes out his roles.
The stats dont lie. For close to a decade hes been in the top five of highest-paid actors, and his films have grossed, collectively, over $7 billion dollars at the box office. If we all loathe him so much, then why do we keep seeing his films? Honestly, its probably more jealousy than hate. When you see a man with a shiny collection of exotic cars, private jets, and luxury yachts, its only natural. But lets face it: hes earned it.
25. Simon Cowell - $550M
Love them or hate them, American Idol, Americas Got Talent, and The X-Factor will probably still be broadcasting well into the next millennium. You cant escape them. If you ever want to find the man responsible to either hug him or hit him then look no further than Simon Cowell. It was his warped British brain that spewed out the original series of all three, and his fault that we ever caught wind of Susan Boyle.
Not that hes particularly worried about it. With $550 million in his pocket, and an annual salary just shy of $100m, why should he care what you think? His various philanthropic projects and patronage means that he can always feel good about himself. In typical posh British fashion, hes also part of a thoroughbred horse racing syndicate. Class, money, and attitude a dangerous combination.
24. Yoko Ono - $600M
Are all of the Beatles fans out of the room? Good. Weve got a bit of an unpleasant surprise for them: despite being a DEVIL WOMAN BAND-WRECKER, Yoko Ono has somehow managed to accrue a very tasty $600 million to her name. Were kidding about the band-wrecker part. Not only do we not care in the slightest, but Yoko is actually a pretty lovely lady who does a lot of good for our fragile little planet.
As an artist, her pieces and performances are dazzling, confronting, and fetch hundreds of thousands of dollars apiece. As an activist, she has worked tirelessly for the last fifty years to promote peace and universal human rights, putting her money where her mouth is with several arresting campaigns. People are listening, too: shes now got close to five million followers on Twitter. Not bad for an 83-year-old.
23. Shahrukh Khan - $600M
Hollywoods not the only multi-millionaire maker on the planet. Across the other side of the world, in the much more colorful land of Bollywood, theres celebs a-plenty, and a lot of money to go around. Shahrukh Khan is just one of them, but as the King of Bollywood, hes also the richest of the lot. Squeezing in at #23 and going toe-to-toe with some of Tinseltowns heavyweights, his estimated street value is a massive $600 million.
If you look at the figures, its not hard to see why. Hes starred in close to a hundred blockbusters in India, where the potential audience in that country alone is more than a billion people. You do the math. Unlike a lot of his Hollywood compatriots, he still lives a fairly humble life, caring after his sister and children. Of course he has a Mumbai mansion or three, but who doesnt?
22. Howard Stern - $600M
Hes not just a loud mouth on air it seems like hes used to talking big to his bosses. While some of us walk nervously into the managers office, hoping for a thousand-dollar raise, the original radio shock jock Howard Stern has somehow wrangled himself an unbelievable annual salary of $90 million. When he first started on commercial radio, he was earning $4 an hour.
In a career spanning forty years, the radio and TV personality has made a lot of us flinch, and a lot more of us chuckle nervously. But most of all, hes made us green with envy. From wild parties to a $52 million pad in Palm Beach, at 62 years old Howards still got an irreverent and infectious zest for the finer things in life. At the age of 5 he knew he was going to be on the radio, but we doubt he knew he would be worth $600 million.
21. Candy Spelling - $600M
Imagine the biggest home in Los Angeles county. Imagine a megamansion that has a mind-boggling 123 rooms, with 14 bedrooms, 17 bathrooms, and five kitchens. Imagine a house so expensive that the asking price on sale was $150 million. Now imagine who could ever afford such a place. Youve just taken a peek in Candy Spellings gilt-edged life.
Author, TV personality, columnist, mother of Tori Spelling and wife of the late Aaron Spelling. No matter how she earned her $600 million, shes earned our respect for at least spending it in style. By our tally, all the bedrooms, bathrooms, and kitchens only add up to 35 rooms of the Spelling Manor. We cant imagine what was in the other 88 rooms, but were willing to bet a few were stuffed with gold bars.
20. Jay-Z - $700M
Jay-Z might have started life as a simple East Coast rapper, but like Dr. Dre and P Diddy he channeled his flourishing wealth into all the right places. Nowadays his $700m comes from a variety of sources far beyond spitting (semi) rhymes, including his own record label, his own music streaming service, a sports agency, and a clothing line. To be honest, hes got so many income streams that if he started up dog-walking business and ice cream shop, we wouldnt be at all surprised.
Even with all that wealth, he often passes over the traditional rapper-throwing-money-around image and puts in a lot of effort and money towards worthy causes. Not only does Jay-Z run the Shawn Carter Foundation, helping poor kids get through college, but he also actively funds campaigns that help secure safe drinking water for the third world. President Obama describes him as a brilliant talent and a good guy. And hes got Beyoncé. Hes one lucky man.
19. James Cameron - $700M
Titanic may have had a cursed production, but it also had the Midas touch. It wasnt just Celine Dion, Kate Winslet, and Leo that struck gold director James Cameron made a pretty penny out of it as well. Were sure that there are other films that helped make up his reputed $700 million net worth, but we can bet that Titanic wasnt just the tip of the cash iceberg. And Avatar probably helped, too.
At least he does something fun with all that dough. Not only does he develop and fund his own groundbreaking filmmaking technology like a 3D camera system, or the worlds toughest submarine, just to film Avatar 2 but he also owns a yacht, a hundred-acre ranch, a helicopter, and a firetruck. Just to cap it all off, he built another of his own submarines, the Deepsea Challenger, which allowed him to be the first solo explorer to reach the deepest point in the ocean. Hes basically just a boy, but with a whole lot of pocket money.
18. Celine Dion - $700M
Its hard to know whether we should be feeling jealous of Celine Dion, or just sorry for her. The Canadian-born superstar has $700 million in her bank account to play with. But what does she do with it? She sings the same show in Vegas. Over, and over, and over again. Weve heard of doing what you love, but this is taking it a bit far.
Why doesnt she retire? We know that theres millions upon millions worldwide that love her and her music, and theres always a special thrill going up on stage, but she no longer needs the money. She could buy a good sized portion of Australia, fly everyone in the world over, and have a concert there once a year. Then spend the rest of the time chilling on the beach. Celine, if you ever need rock-solid financial advice, call us.
17. Bono - $700M
We had no idea that surnames were this expensive. It seems that all you have to do to save a couple of hundred million dollars these days is get rid of that dead weight. Just look at the evidence: Bonos the third on this list without one, and without even trying, hes netted an astonishing $700 million. If ever there was one weird trick to amassing huge personal fortunes, this would be it.
Of course, hes also one of the biggest rock stars in the world, and he and his band U2 have sold over 170 million albums worldwide. Hes also one of the kindest souls in the business, working with global political leaders to improve everyones lot, and donating hundreds of millions to various causes. He also owns a 200ft super yacht, just in case you were wondering. And it never would have been possible if he kept his name as Paul David Hewson.
16. P Diddy - $750M
Theres only a few people in the world who can make big bucks from ridiculous names. Yahoo Serious tried and faded into obscurity. Snoop Dogg worked well, but Snoop Lion was just one step too far. P Diddy, on the other hand, has come out as king of the hill, with $760 million to his name. Clearly hes got talent normally that name wouldnt get him past a clown convention.
Through all the ups and downs of his career, from Sean Combs to Puff Daddy, to Did-he and Scrumdiddyumptious, the man has had a stellar career as a rapper, actor, and music producer. If that wasnt enough, Piddys foray into mens fashion has pulled in even more profits. Unlike 50 Cent, PD is also a smart saver. Sure, he throws his cash at the usual rappers stuff, but as of a couple of years ago, hes given up the bling. Smart move.
15. Madonna - $800M
Its hard to imagine a celebrity list which doesnt have Madonna included in some way. Lo and behold, here she is rolling in at #15 on the list. No wonder shes raked in close to $800 million over the years shes everywhere. Not bad for a girl who started out at Dunkin Donuts.
We may be living in a material world, but shes not just a material girl. Sure, shes got an ever-increasing brood to look after, and a full house of nannies to go with them. And sure, shes still got enough money to fund wild yacht getaways with toy boys. But apart from all that, a lot of her money goes straight to the big issues: AIDS and poverty in Africa, and womens rights across the world.
14. Jim Davis - $800M
Both Jim Davis and his creation Garfield might be a one-trick pony, but its a pony that keeps making more and more money. From his humble beginnings as a wisecracking cat in 1978, the comic strip has stayed essentially the same except that wisecracking cat is now syndicated in more than 2,500 newspapers across the world. If it aint broke, and its made you $800 million, then you better not ever fix it.
Jim didnt have to go far to find inspiration. The comic is set in his home town, and Garfields owner, Jon, has the same profession and birthday as Davis himself. Disappointingly, Jim Davis lives a fairly modest life and theres no indication that he blows his cash on babes and beaches. He doesnt even write or draw the strip anymore, leaving that to others. So what on earth does he do with his time? Eat lasagna and lie around?
13. Dr. Dre - $830M
Finally, heres a man who knows how to spend his money unwisely. Currently, Dr. Dre is worth a very sweet $830 million, but we shudder to think how much more than that hes dropped over the years. Champagne, cognac, cars, ladies, jewelry, planes, caviar, VIP rooms, mansions, parties
were not saying that he doesnt deserve any of it. Just that were really, really, jealous.
What do you have to do to live Dres life? Its easy. Just work tirelessly as a DJ, rapper, and music producer with the most prolific figures in the industry, for over thirty years. Just be an actor, a perfectionist, an entrepreneur with your own line of speakers and headphones, a father of five, and a recipient of five Grammys. Do all that, then youre more than free to live it up.
12. Herb Alpert - $850M
Were going to take a big leap here and assume that the majority of our readers probably werent alive in the 60s. Which is a shame, really, as theyll never understand why Herb Alpert is number 12 on this list. With his band the Tijuana Brass, the multi-award winning, multi-instrumentalist Alpert took The States by storm with his fresh and funky jazz and R&B. With 70 million records sold and a net worth of $850 million, you can bet that Herb still remembers.
While his fame might have eventually waned, Herbs involvement in the arts and astonishing ability to make money certainly didnt. As a music label executive and producer, he formed A&M records, which sold to Polygram for a cool $500 million. He also served as a Broadway theatre producer and spent a large amount of time and money promoting arts and environmental education. You could say he really knows how to make some good notes.
11. Jacqueline Gold - $860M
Jacqueline Golds status as a celebrity might be in question, but her status as a very, very wealthy individual is not. If youre ever in doubt, take a peek inside her wallet. Shes got 860 million answers in there for you. If youre from the USA, you might not be familiar with Jacqueline. But millions of British housewives will know her far more intimately as the CEO of Ann Summers, the firm which brought sexiness to the suburbs.
She might have been born into big money her father David Gold was a high-flying businessman who now owns a Premier League football team but she made her own way into her fortune by singlehandedly turning the struggling Ann Summers chain into a national phenomenon.
10. Jerry Seinfeld - $870M
With a reported $870 million to play with, Jerry Seinfelds wealth is no laughing matter. Though if he did occasionally bursts into fits of crazy giggling, wed have to forgive him. You see, before the 90s sitcom that turned his wry life observations into an international sensation, he was just like you and I: a broke chump who tried for years to make it big.
For over a decade, Jerry worked the comedy circuit, with minor appearances here and there on various TV shows. After the Seinfeld TV show was picked up by NBC, Jerry was at the middle of a cash whirlwind. By the fourth season, the show was the most successful sitcom in US history. Even now, re-runs of Seinfeld earn him tens of millions of dollars every year. Jerry doesnt have to do anything anymore just sit back and make it rain.
9. David Copperfield - $900M
Who knows where David Copperfields $900 million came from. He says that hes a magician, but we know magicians and theyre always full of illusions. I mean, with his skills he could have robbed several banks and wed all be none the wiser. But wait, it turns out he owns a string of island resorts in the Bahamas and has had ticket sales of over $4 billion dollars. Okay, so he really is just a very talented guy.
But how much money does he need? Its impossible for him to lose money according to legend, even when someone attempted to rob him in Florida, he used sleight of hand to hide his possessions. And it the money keeps rolling in as he performs an incredible 500 shows per year. Now thats some serious work ethic. As soon as we owned our very own island chain, wed probably call it quits.
8. JK Rowling - $1B
Rowlings is the quintessential rags to riches story. Girl cant afford heating or a coffee, girl writes an excellent novel, girls gets rejected by every publisher in town, girl strikes it rich. $1 billion filthy rich. If it shed written Twilight or 50 Shades of Grey, wed kinda begrudge JKs insane wealth. But the Harry Potter author isnt just a lovely and intelligent person, shes also a fine writer.
With an understandably private and quiet personal life, theres little information about what she does with her money. In fact, it seems all that she ever needs it for is the freedom (and warmth) to write her next book. But she gives plenty of it away as well, to a wide range of causes including education, Médecins Sans Frontières, multiple sclerosis, and her own foundation Lumos. Were all still dreaming of the day that we become as big as her.
7. Slavica Ecclestone - $1.2B
If you ever needed more proof that good looks and a timely divorce can get you anywhere, then you dont need to go any further than Slavica Ecclestone. The Croatian-born former model is definitely sitting pretty, with $1.2 billion under her mattress. Though a successful career on the catwalk made her some of that, the majority came from one of the highest paid divorce settlements in history, when she split from F1 boss Bernie Ecclestone.
Bernie must have done something terrible (or was it just his ridiculous haircut?), since the payout to Slavica exceeded 700 million British pounds (which makes you a multi-billionaire in Croatian money, Slavica, if you ever decide to go back). Not that Bernies hurt too much: the pair are still on good terms, and it was only about a third of his own personal wealth. Nowadays Slavicas got a couple of daughters to feed, so we doubt the money is going to waste.
6. Paul McCartney - $1.2B
Many musicians have their short time in the limelight, only to fade into obscurity and throw their money away on a lavish rock and roll lifestyle. Paul McCartney is not one of them (although were pretty sure he does still lead a lavish lifestyle). Even after The Beatles which thrust him firmly into the world of megastars and megabucks he didnt rest, creating his own individual brand of quirky pop and continuing to gain admirers to this day.
Once upon a time he asked whether wed still love him when he was 64. Still touring and earning today, the answer is an emphatic yes. The knight of the British Empire still hasnt lost his swagger, too, with a $16 million Manhattan apartment, a Corvette and a Lexus in his garage and a private jet on call. But even with $1.2 billion in the bank, it seems he still cant afford a good hairdresser.
5. Jami Gertz - $2B
Despite dozens of appearances in movies and on our televisions, Jami Gertz never quite made it into the A-list. And yet shes worth a crazy $2 billion dollars. How? Theres no question that shes a talented actress, and her numerous appearances would have helped make her bank balance quite healthy. The real cash, however, came from a number of intelligent investments.
With her partner of almost 30 years, Anthony Ressler, shes made a ton of money working with private equity firms and mergers & acquisitions. They also co-own a number of major sports teams, including the Atlanta Hawks and MLBs Milwaukee Brewers. The money isnt going to waste, either. In 2010, Jami was named the number one philanthropic celebrity in the country, with funds going to education and chronically ill children. You go, Gertz.
4. Oprah Winfrey - $3.2B
Oprah doesnt need any introduction. She doesnt even need a last name. And after years of bringing radiance into our living rooms and building a sprawling media empire, she certainly doesnt need a bank loan. The one-time grocery store clerk, and now one of the most influential people on the planet, is worth a whopping $3.2 billion. No wonder she keeps giving away free cars to her audience.
Its not just to her audience. Oprah just keeps on giving, and giving, and giving. In fact, if she was the most selfish Scrooge in the world, her net worth would likely be triple the current figure. Instead, shes given upwards of $400 million towards education, $80 million in grants to non-profits, $40 million towards African aid, and $10 million to victims of Hurricane Katrina. And thats just a few of the causes she supports with her time and checkbook. The world would be a far poorer place without her.
3. Steven Spielberg - $3.5B
Sometimes we wonder what happens when buddies and long-time collaborators George Lucas and Steven Spielberg get together. Imagine the kinds of parties they could hold. Imagine how much pizza they could order in at Super Bowl time. While George might have the slight money edge, Steven Spielbergs $3.5 billion is nothing to laugh at either. Its still a ridiculous amount of money.
Stevens money comes from a seemingly endless string of big-budget and big-idea films that never fail to blow the audiences away. From Jaws to Schindlers List to Saving Private Ryan, hes had the kind of blessed directorial career that many green filmmakers can only dream about. Hes tried hard to spend his cash. But even after buying four mansions in Pacific Palisades, New York City, The Hamptons and Florida the money and the accolades keep pouring in. Time to go property hunting again, Steven. Maybe an island this time.
2. Dina Merrill - $5B
Dina who? Thats exactly what we thought when we found out that Dina Merrill was the second richest celebrity, with an astonishing net worth of $5 billion dollars. It turns out that Dina is one of those who won the genetic lottery, being the only child of heiress Marjorie Merriweather Post and hugely successful stockbroker Edward Hutton. The reason that shes not splashed over the tabloids every day is a simple one: shes now 92 years old. She doesnt really party anymore.
Back in her heyday, though, she never rested on her golden laurels. She forged a successful career as an actress and astute businesswoman, and at the time was touted as Hollywoods new Grace Kelly. Although endowed with more money than we can even comprehend, she has put a lot of it to good use. Not only is she a prominent supporter of the arts, serving on the board of directors for several New York arts centers, but also sinking plenty of time and money into the New York City Mission, which serves the kids and families of the citys impoverished. Dina may not be a household name, but her legacy will live on forever.
1. George Lucas - $5.1B
5.1 billion dollars. Thats how much the creator of the world-changing Star Wars franchise is worth. From humble beginnings as a small-fry director from Modesto, California, George Lucas turned a simple dream to tell a hammy space opera story into a global phenomenon that has turned roughly 100% of the population into screaming, lightsaber-dueling fanboys.
Hes not just an artistic visionary, but a savvy businessman too. No doubt the sale of Star Wars to Disney has only fattened his insane bank account, and as the franchise is milked year after year hes only getting richer. Oh, to be one of his four children, who will never have to work a day in their lives. Or their children. Or grandchildren. Or great-great-grandchildren.
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It's likely that the women in your day to day life are pretty "normal" in appearance. So when you see someone whose appearance differs from what you expect it to be, it can be kind of a shock. The ladies in the following slideshow are definitely far from average. Some of these women spent thousands of dollars on plastic surgery, tattoos, or body piercings. Others are born with strange birth defects such as excessive facial hair, a gigantic butt or even an 8 inch tongue. See for yourself!
Lauren Williams: 4 Foot Long Legs
Lauren Williams has the longest-known legs in the United States, with her eye-catching limbs measuring an incredible 49 inches from hip to heel. Lauren's height and long-legged genes can be attributed to her family as her father, mother and twin sisters are all 6ft or taller.
She has US size 11 feet (UK size 10), and revealed that she can find it tricky to buy clothes that fit. When modelling, single Lauren - who has worked on campaigns for global brands such as Nike - does everything from sports and fitness to high fashion and swimwear.
Having played volleyball in college, as well as being extremely active, Lauren also enjoys shooting sporty campaigns. As well as modelling, Lauren works as an educator at a children's museum in Houston and enjoys travelling. When out and about, her striking looks and long limbs mean she gets comments about her legs on a daily basis.
Pixee Fox: Dangerously Small Waist
Swedish born Pixee Fox had already spent more than $80,000 on plastic surgery attempting to sculpt the perfect hourglass figure. But now she has taken her obsession even further by having 6 of her lower ribs removed - so she can shrink her waist to a record-breaking 14 inches. Pixee, from Sweden, said: "People often come up to me and say, "don't take this the wrong way, but you look like a cartoon" - but for me that's a compliment, that's what I want to achieve.
With 6 of her lower ribs removed, Pixee's lower internal organs, including the liver, have lost some of their natural protection - but she isn't worried. She said: "Before if I was in a car crash I would normally break my ribs. If that happened now I'm probably going to break my spleen instead. In total she has had four rhinoplasties costing $14,000; four breast augmentations of 200cc, 525cc, 800cc and 1400cc costing $28,500; two rounds of liposuction at $5,000; two upper eyelid surgeries at $6,000; a labiaplasty costing $4,000; a Brazilian butt lift at $9,000 and cool-sculpting, cheek injections, and lip injections at about $12,000.
Bethany Hamilton: One Armed Pro Surfer
Bethany Meilani Hamilton-Dirks is an American professional surfer who survived a 2003 shark attack in which her left arm was bitten off, but ultimately returned to-and was victorious in-professional surfing. On October 31, 2003 Hamilton, aged 13 at the time, went for a morning surf along Tunnels Beach, Kauai, with best friend Alana Blanchard, Alana's father, Holt, and brother Byron. Around 7:30 a.m., with numerous turtles in the area, she was lying on her surfboard with her left arm dangling in the water, when a 14-foot tiger shark attacked her, severing her left arm just below the shoulder.
Despite the trauma of the incident, Hamilton was determined to return to surfing. Three weeks after the incident, she returned to her board. Initially, she adopted a custom-made board that was longer and slightly thicker than standard and had a handle for her right arm, making it easier to paddle, and she learned to kick more to make up for the loss of her left arm. After teaching herself to surf with one arm, on January 10, 2004, she entered a major competition. She now uses standard competitive performance short-boards. The broken surfboard that Hamilton was riding during the attack is on display at the California Surf Museum
Mayra Hills: World's Largest Fake Breasts
Mayra Hills - also known as Beshine - measures at 59-28-36 and says she's the proud owner of the world's largest fake breasts. And it's not hard to believe her claim to fame, considering each of her breasts have 10,000 cc of saline implants and weigh 20 pounds a piece! As you can imagine, it's difficult for Beshine, who wears a size 32Z bra, to find clothes that fit, so the German-born woman has a lot of her items custom-made.
But bra shopping isn't her only woe. She can no longer tie her own shoes and has run into trouble when she's knocked things over with her chest - but it appears she's satisfied with her body, troubles and all. "Some people maybe think the sheer size of my t-ts bring too many handicaps in my everyday life, but hey, having big boob problems is amazing," she wrote on her blog.
Anastasiya Shpagina: Real Life Anime Girl
It's official, this real-life anime trend has gotten completely out of hand. Hardly a day goes by that we don't stumble upon some photos of girls going to any lengths in order to look like real live anime characters. Today's example, Anastasiya Shpagina, an Ukrainian girl who has even taken a Japanese name - Fukkacumi. 19-year-old Anastasiya (Nastya) Shpagina has been called "the new Barbie" by national news outlets, but she later revealed she's striving to become a real-life Japanese anime character, not a doll. She even posted "I am not like a doll, a doll is like me."
Apparently, Nastya has been passionate about makeup even as a young child, always experimenting with it in the mirror. Over time she also developed a thing for Japanese cartoons and it was only a matter of time before she started using her make-up artist skills to transform herself into a real-life anime girl. But just putting on makeup wasn't enough to attain that coveted look, so she decided to lose weight in order to seem more genuine. At 1.58-meters-tall, Anastasiya weighs just 39 kilos and is trying to lose one more in order to look just right.
Chanel Tapper: World's Longest Tongue
The longest female tongue measures 9.75 cm (3.8 in) from the tip to the middle of lip and was achieved by Chanel Tappe on 29 September 2010. Chanel, from Houston, US, shot to fame aged 13 when she was spotted sticking out her monster tongue in a YouTube video. In September Guinness invited Chanel to Los Angeles where they measured her tongue and she narrowly beat two other female contenders to the record.
She said: "I have always been silly and goofy. I love sticking my tongue out at people. I started doing that back in school. I've never had a problem with having a long tongue, it's just fun." Chanel now has set her sights set on Hollywood after finishing her studies. She said: "I'd love to be in a movie. I'm certainly pretty dramatic, so I think I could have the acting gift. "Really, I'd love to meet Adam Sandler, he's my favorite."
Sarah Massey: World's Largest Butt
Sarah Massey would be just another 33-year-old mother-of-two from Chicago - if it weren't for the fact that she also happens to have the world's biggest butt. Though not officially recognized by the prudes at Guinness, Massey's massive 7-foot wide keister requires a pair of 10XL trousers that would comfortably fit all of the Kardashian sisters combined.
Massey insists the condition that resulted in her museum-sized bubble butt is hereditary - "there's nothing I can do about it," she says - but that her love of ice cream certainly contributed to its maintenance. Massey would still like to lose some weight, but says she now has a new-found appreciation for her natural assets, and fervently defends them against anyone who calls them fake. "Some people can't believe one person can have this much butt," she told Barcroft. "Because I've got a relatively small frame on top they say, 'that can't be real.' I carry this weight with me all the time, everywhere I go, it's definitely not fake. Big booties are just in my blood."
Zlata: Extreme Flexibility
Russian-born former gymnast Zlata, 29, posed in leather and lingerie to adopt a series of poses that seem to defy every law of biology. Zlata, who now lives in Germany, is able to create astounding shapes with her body and is so flexible she can cram herself into a 50cm square box. One of her favorite acts is to bend backwards at a 90 degree angle, so the back half of her hands touch her feet and she can also peer through her own legs from behind.
Zlata's gift of flexibility was discovered when she was four years old and by six she was training as a contortionist at a circus school. She has a rare condition which makes all her tendons extremely pliable, which helps in her profession. The former gymnast now spends most of her day working out and training for shows around the world. In 2011 she set the Guinness World Record for the most beer bottles opened in a minute using only your feet.
Kim Goodman: Eyeball Protrusion
Kim Goodman is a woman who is able to pop her eyes out of her eye sockets by 12 millimeters (0.47 inches). She holds the world record for the farthest eyeball protrusion. She lives in Chicago, Illinois. She discovered her eyeball popping talent one day when she was hit on the head with a hockey mask. Her eyeballs popped out much further than usual and ever since that day she could pop them out on cue, as well as when she yawns.
She has appeared on the Late Show with David Letterman. In 2004, Goodman was included by Guinness World Records in their 50th anniversary list of top ten "feats" of all time. Kim originally had the record for being able to extend her eye balls beyond her eye sockets by 10mm. This was matched a few years by a new contender, but when Kim was re-measured she found she could now reach 12mm - breaking her own record and keeping the title.
Natalia Partyka: One Armed Table Tennis Champ
Natalia Partyka (born 27 July 1989) is a Polish table tennis player. Born without a right hand and forearm, she participates in competitions for able-bodied athletes as well as in competitions for athletes with disabilities. Partyka reached the last 32 of the London 2012 Olympic women's table tennis. Partyka began playing table tennis at the age of seven. She won her first international table tennis medal in 1999 at the disabled World Championships. At the age of 11, she competed at the 2000 Summer Paralympics in Sydney, becoming the world's youngest ever Paralympian. In 2004, she won a gold medal in the singles event and silver in the team event at the Athens Paralympics.
Partyka competed for Poland both the 2008 Summer Olympics and the 2008 Summer Paralympics in Beijing - one of only two athletes to do so, the other being Natalie du Toit in swimming. They were her third Paralympic Games, and her first Olympics. Competing in class 10 at the Beijing Paralympics, she won gold by defeating China's Fan Lei by three sets to nil. In 2008, she won a gold medal in the singles event and a silver in the team event at the Beijing Paralympics, repeating her Athens Paralympics result.
Supatra Sasuphan: World's Hairiest Girl
Her nicknames may include "wolf girl" and "monkey face". But 11-year-old Thai girl Supatra Sasuphan today insisted that she was after being officially recognised as the world's hairiest girl. Although the schoolgirl from Bangkok has faced merciless teasing at school, Supatra says being given a Guinness World Record for her hair has helped her become extremely popular. "I'm very happy to be in the Guinness World Records! A lot of people have to do a lot to get in," she said. "All I did was answer a few questions and then they gave it to me."
Supatra is one of just 50 known sufferers of Ambras Syndrome - caused by a faulty chromosome - to be documented since the Middle Ages. Before the disease was understood, sufferers were branded "werewolves." She has thick hair growing over her face, ears, arms, legs and back. Even laser treatment has failed to stop the hair growth. But while most sufferers have been shunned, Supatra has gradually been embraced by her community, and became a popular and outgoing child.
Jasmine Tridevil: Woman With 3 Breasts
There's really no other way to put this so we're just going to dive in: Meet Jasmine Tridevil. She has three breasts. Tridevil (no that's not her real name, but that's what she wants to go by) is a 21-year-old licensed massage therapist and die-hard Criss Angel fan from Florida who decided to undergo a shocking and controversial $20,000 surgery to add a third breast to her chest.
Tridevil also stated that she's hoping to bank a reality show from this, and has already put the wheels in motion to make something happen. "I was making really good money [being a licensed massage therapist] but now I'm trying to star in a reality show instead. I don't like that job," she shared, and later added, "My whole dream is to get this show on MTV. I hired a camera crew individually, so I'm the producer of this show right now."
Lyudmila Titchenkova: World's Longest Neck
Lyudmila Titchenkova is a 16-year-old living in the city of Nikolaev, Ukraine. After she turned 10, Lyudmila's parents noticed that their daughter's body began developing at an accelerated growth rate. She was taller and had longer arms than other children her age, but of particular concern was the length of her neck and abnormal curvature of her spine.
As it got to the point where Lyudmila began feeling embarrassed to go out because of her appearance, her parents took her to the hospital, where she was diagnosed with Marfan Syndrome, a rare genetic disorder of the connective tissue that can affect many parts of the body, most often the heart, blood vessels, bones, joints and eyes. In Lyudmila's case, the disorder affected the connective tissue in her spine, causing it to curve at an angle of 30 degrees. This seems to be a rather uncommon symptom of the disorder, which usually affect people's arms, legs and fingers. After undergoing corrective surgery and extensive rehabilitation to straighten her spine, Lyudmila can now live normally and says she wants to study for her future without letting herself be affected by her disorder.
Abigail and Brittany Hensel: Girl With Two Heads
Abigail Loraine "Abby" Hensel and Brittany Lee Hensel (born March 7, 1990) are dicephalic parapagus twins, meaning that they are conjoined twins, each of whom has a separate head, but whose bodies are joined. They are highly symmetric for conjoined twins, giving the appearance of having just a single body without marked variation from normal proportion. In fact, several vital organs are doubled up; each twin has a separate heart, stomach, spine, lungs, and spinal cord.
In conversation, the twins are clearly distinct persons, with distinct likes and dislikes. Their preferences in food, clothing color, etc., differ. Some of their clothes are altered by their seamstress so that they have two separate necklines in order to emphasize their individuality. They will usually have separate meals, but sometimes will share a single meal for the sake of convenience (e.g. each taking a bite of the same hamburger). Abby is better at mathematics, and Brittany is better at writing. For tasks such as responding to email, they type and respond as one, anticipating each other's feelings with little verbal communication between them.
Natasha Veruschka: Sword Swallower
Natasha Veruschka has the world record for most swords swallowed simultaneously by a female. She swallowed 13 swords, each at least 38.1 cm (15 in) long, at the 3rd Annual Sideshow Gathering and Sword Swallowers Convention in Wilkes-Barre, Pennsylvania, USA, on 3 September 2004. Natasha was born in India of white russian and british heritage. She has lived, studied, and performed her art around the world and also speaks several different languages.
Natasha now lives in New York City. She is an amazing performer who uses many different types of swords in her act or as she likes to say "Swords On The Menu." The swords on the menu are - "The Red devil" 29 inches long, "The Big Sword" 27 1/2 inches long, "The Bradshaw Sword" 25 inches long, "The Sai Weapons" two 24 inch long eight-sided weapons of steel. Natasha trained with a "Sai Master" in order to use them in her act. Also on the menu is the unbelieveable "Sword Sandwich" where she swallows 13-22 inch long swords simultaneously.
Elaine Davidson: Most Body Piercings
Elaine Davidson is the "Most Pierced Woman" according to the Guinness World Records. Since first receiving a skin piercing in January 1997, Elaine Davidson has been pierced a total of 4,225 times as of 8 June 2006. The former restaurant owner is constantly adding and replacing jewelery, mostly in her face. She enhances her exotic looks with tattoos and brightly coloured make-up, and often wears feathers and streamers in her hair.
She has more piercings in her genitalia than in any other part of the body - 500 in all, externally and internally. The total weight of her internal piercings is estimated to be about 3 kilograms. As of May 2008, Davidson's piercings total 5,920. As of Feb. 2009 her piercings total 6,005. In March 2010, Davidson reported a total of 6,725 piercings. As of March 2012, she has over 9,000. As of may 2016, she has 9,800. She was born in Brazil and is a former nurse. She does not drink or use drugs. She now resides in Edinburgh, Scotland.
Jyoti Amge: World's Shortest Woman
Jyoti Amge (born 16 December 1993) is an Indian actress notable for being the world's smallest living woman according to Guinness World Records. Jyoti Amg hails from Nagpur, India. She weighs 11 pounds and stands at 23 inches, according to Guinness World Records. Jyoti Amg has a "form of dwarfism called achondroplasia," Guinness says.
On her fame, Jyoti Amg says, "I don't like it if I am being held like a baby," but that she will let some people and fans pick her up. She also gets "mad when someone annoys me by touching my hair or keeps touching me without permission." "I love acting in this show," she says. "My biggest dream is that I go to Hollywood and become an actress."
Cara Anaya: Chronic Orgasms Disorder
The 30-year-old Arizona mother lives with Persistent Genital Arousal Disorder (PGAD), a condition that can leave her feeling sexually aroused for up to six hours a day. "The one day that I decided to count how many orgasms I had in one sitting, I counted 180 in two hours," she told Barcroft TV. "Pretty much, with that type of number, you're having two or three in a minute." Anaya has seen a number of health specialists but has not been able to find treatment.
The condition has created difficulties in her relationship with husband Tony Carlisi, who initially thought she was crazy when he first learned about it. "I would say the most difficult thing is seeing my wife in pain and knowing there's nothing I can do to help her," he said. As a result of the condition, Cara has to avoid being out in public or open spaces like parks. She said: "It is ruining my life, because it messes with your head. Your body is running on a high, on an up and down, so it really affects your moods."
Aevin Dugas: World's Largest Afro
The largest afro measures 18.5 cm (7.3 in) high, 19.6 cm (7.7 in) wide and 132.1 cm (4 ft 4 in) in circumference and was achieved by Aevin Dugas, in New Orleans, USA on 4 October 2010. Proud of her record-breaking afro, Aevin Dugas says her hair is inspiring legions of women to ditch chemical straighteners and "go natural". The 37-year-old, whose hair entered the Guinness Book of Records at 4ft 4ins around, says everyone from toddlers to grandmothers are following in her footsteps.
Aevin said: "At one time I strived to get hair that was bone straight and now all I want is it big and poofy". She believes her voluminous hair may have grown even bigger, but she cannot reveal its size until Guinness take an official measurement. "When my hair is stretched out to its complete length and pressed, it goes down to my butt. But I don't wear it like that because it looks weird."
Aimee Mullins: Amputee Athlete
Aimee Mullins (born July 20, 1976 in Allentown, Pennsylvania) is an American athlete, actress, and fashion model who first became famous for her athletic accomplishments. She was born with a medical condition that resulted in the amputation of both of her lower legs. Mullins was born with fibular hemimelia (missing fibula bones) and as a result, had both of her legs amputated below knee when she was one year old. A graduate of Parkland High School in Allentown and Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., she took up sports and acting at an early stage.
As a young softball player, she once held the youth league record for stolen bases in softball. She also raced in downhill skiing while in high school. While attending Georgetown University on a full academic scholarship to the prestigious School of Foreign Service there, she competed against able-bodied athletes in NCAA Division I track and field events, and is the first amputee in history, male or female, to compete in the NCAA. Honoring her achievement and cultural contribution to sport, Mullins is included as one of the "Greatest Women of the 20th Century" in the Women's Museum in Dallas, Texas.
Julia Gnuse: Most Tattooed Woman
Julia Gnuse, commonly known by the nickname "The Illustrated Lady," born in 1959, has 95% of her body (including her face) covered in tattoos and holds the Guinness Record for being the most tattooed woman in the world. In her mid 30s, Gnuse developed porphyria, a condition in which sunlight results in blistering of the skin. As the blisters often result in scarring, she began getting tattoos as a way to cover up the scars, which can get as deep as third degree burns. A friend of Gnuse's who was a plastic surgeon had suggested she get her skin tattooed in a pale skin tone color, similar to the color of her scars. This was attempted but didn't turn out the way they had hoped.
The tattoos do not prevent the skin from blistering as they are purely aesthetic. Instead she decided to try colorful tattoos, consisting of a variety of themes including: her favorite cartoons, her favorite actors and even a self portrait. Gnuse has appeared on the tv show Ripley's Believe it or Not. She also had a small role in Aerosmith's music video for their song Pink.
Valeria Lukyanova: Real Life Barbie Doll
Valeria Valeryevna Lukyanova is a Moldovan-born Ukrainian model and entertainer, notable for her resemblance to a Barbie doll, with several sources describing her as, among other handles, a "real-life Barbie doll" and "human Barbie". To enhance the effect Lukyanova uses makeup and contact lenses over her naturally green eyes. She has stated that she has had breast implants, but that the rest of her body is completely natural and slender due to daily gym workouts and a special diet.
She asserts that her slender figure is a result of a good diet involving small amounts of raw fish and fresh fruit juice, and a punishing exercise regimen. It's no wonder that Lukyanova has drawn comparisons to Mattel's iconic figurine - but she insists she finds this insulting. Lukyanova does not drink or smoke, and claims that she is working towards a state of being which will be able to survive on no food at all.
Annie Hawkins-Turner: World's Largest Natural Breasts
The largest breasts belongs to Annie Hawkins-Turner (aka Norma Stitz) (USA) who has an under breast measurement of 109.22 cm (43 in) and an around chest-over-nipple measurement of 177.8 cm (70 in). She currently wears a US size 52I bra, the largest made, but by American bra estimation, these measurements would put her in a 48V bra, which is not manufactured.
Annie says that her record-breaking bust began developing at the age of nine "I just started growing, and kept right on. I started wearing a bra when I was in third grade, and it was a regular grown-up woman's bra. I don't remember ever weaing a training bra." Annie was awarded her Guinness World Records title in 2000. "It made me feel like a million bucks. It's such an honour. This will go down in history. It's something I will always cherish."
Emma Morano: World's Oldest Person
Guinness World Records confirmed that Ms. Emma Martina Luigia Morano of Vercelli, Italy, is now the world's Oldest living person. Born on 29 November 1899, Ms. Morano is 116 years old, as of May 2016. Ms. Morano is believed to be the last person living born in the 19th century. Raised in Vercelli, she moved to Verbania on the shores of Lake Maggiore, Italy. She married in 1926 and has lived there, in the same small apartment, ever since. She loves her home, her collection of watches and her big bed.
Emma married in 1926 and gave birth to a child who tragically passed away when he was only 6 months old. It was a loss of unimaginable pain for Emma. Her marriage was not working and in 1938, she took the difficult decision to leave her husband, and did not marry again. Extraordinarily, Emma followed the same diet for around 90 years - three eggs per day (two raw, one cooked), fresh Italian pasta and a dish of raw meat.
Erika Ervin: World's Tallest Model
Erika Ervin known professionally as Amazon Eve, is an American transgender model, fitness trainer, and actress. She has appeared on the cover of Australian magazine Zoo Weekly and played a recurring character on American Horror Story: Freak Show. At 6 feet 8 inches (2.03 m) tall, news stories have called her "the world's tallest model".
Ervin ventured to obtain roles as an actress but gave up on the idea when she was constantly offered roles as an alien or monster. Later she studied law and exercise physiology. Tired of the office life that she had pursued and unhappy with her weight, she joined a gym but strived for an unrealistic size 0 physique that almost resulted in ending her life. Eventually she developed a healthier body image and began to view herself as a super-sized version of Super Woman and became a personal trainer devoted to instilling realistic expectations for herself and her clients. She tours the world participating in height comparison photo shoots and regular modeling jobs and posts her tour on her website.
Becca Meyers: Athlete Born Deaf
Becca Meyers, 20, who attends Franklin & Marshall, was born deaf and was diagnosed with Usher syndrome, a genetic disorder that causes gradual balance and vision loss. She broke a world record in swimming and won the ESPY Award for the Best Female Athlete with a Disability. In 2014, Meyers set two world records (400 freestyle and 200 IM) and earned six medals (four gold, two silver) at the Pan Pacific Para-Swimming Championships.
"It's amazing how being nominated and winning for Paralympics brings a lot of awareness to the sport [of swimming]," she said. "That's one of the reasons I do this is to raise awareness and give back. If you asked me five years ago, I wouldn't have believed I'd be in this position [to win an ESPY and give back]. It's a roller coaster and I'm still on the ride enjoying it."
Mikel Ruffinelli: World's Largest Hips
Mikel Ruffinelli (born 1972) is an American woman who currently holds the record of widest hips in the world, according to the World Record Academy. Her weight is more than 420 pounds (190 kg) and her hips measures an unusual 8 feet (2.4 m) in circumference, although her waist is only 3 feet 4 inches (102 cm). She is 5 feet 4 inches tall.
Mikel was a normal-sized young woman and in her early 20s weighed an above average 180 pounds. But at 22, she put on 56 pounds after having first child Andrew. After daughters Destynee, Autumn, and Justyce, followed, her weight and hips ballooned further. She eats an average 5,000 calories a day. Possibly this extraordinary fat tissue accumulation turns out to be an advanced stage of a medical condition called Lipedema.
Aneta Florczyk: World's Strongest Woman
Aneta Florczyk began her strength sports career when she was young. At 16 years old she began competing in powerlifting, where she quickly found success. At 19 years old she was the junior Polish champion in the bench press. She repeated this feat again at 23, as well as becoming the junior European record holder in the deadlift. She found further success winning gold in the Polish Cup and getting the Polish record in the 82.5kg class with a total of over 500kg. She has deadlifted 250kg (550lb) for a single repetition and 220kg (485lb) for 6 reps.
Here she transitioned from the world of powerlifting to strongwoman, where her greatest victories would be found. She first competed in strongwoman in 2002. Shortly afterwards she entered the 2003 World's Strongest Woman competition and shockingly took first place. She won 3 more times consecutively in 2005, 2006 and 2008 (the competition was unfortunately not held in 2004, 2007, 2009 or 2010) to total 4 World's Strongest Woman records.
Ann and Claire Recht: World's Tallest Twins
Identical twins Ann and Claire Recht born in the United States of America on February 9th 1988, were measured both horizontally and vertically, three times during 10 January 2007 in Oregon, USA and found to have an average overall height of 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) and 2.01 m (6 ft 7 in) respectively. They hold the Guinness World Record for Tallest Female Twins . The American twin sisters are volleyball players.
Claire and Ann measured 22 inches at birth, and as toddlers their pediatrician predicted they'd grow well past 6 feet. They were a head taller than preschool classmates. By midway through elementary school, they were complaining about the lack of "fun colors" in their women's-size shoes and looking their teacher in the eye. Soon, adults told them they looked too old for trick-or-treating. By middle school, they were struggling to find khakis for their school uniforms.
Berliner Kobke: Ultra Small Waist
Berliner Michele Kobke, 24, has worn a corset continuously for three years, dropping nine inches off her waistline in her quest for a slim, hourglass figure. Kobke tells the Daily News she started with a waist of about 25 inches. Her three years of wearing a corset, which she wears eating, sleeping and even swimming, has left her with a 16- or 17- inch waist. "My dream waist is 15 inches," she said.
Even as she closes in on her "dream" waist, Kobke admits there are health concerns with such a passion. A doctor already diagnosed her with some muscle atrophy from wearing the fashion piece 24 hours a day. But aside even from the medical risks, Kobke has had a falling out with family members, who disagree with the extreme measures she takes for beauty.
Asha Zulu Mandela: World's Longest Dreadlocks
50-year-old Asha Zulu Mandela started growing her lovely dreadlocks 25 years ago, after moving from Trinidad Tobago to New York. Today she is known as "The Black Rapunzel" and holds the record for the world's longest locks, which measure 19 feet, 6 inches long. Eight years after she started growing her locks, Asha had a series of medical problems, including 13 surgeries, two mild heart-attacks and two mild strokes, so she spent 14 years in and out of hospitals.
Asha says that after 25 years of growing her hair naturally, cutting it would be like taking away her life. Still, her pride and joy can be a little problematic at times. She uses six bottles of shampoo at a time, and the hair needs to days to dry. When wet, the locks weigh 25 pounds, which puts an extra strain on her neck. Doctors have told her she has a curvature of the spine, most likely caused by the extra weight of her incredibly-long hair.
Charity Pierce: World's Fattest Woman
An Iowa mother who weighs 765lb is trying to get on a reality TV show because she believes it is the only way to save her life. Charity Pierce finds moving around so difficult that she is almost house bound, but doctors near her Cedar Rapids home say she must slim down to 500lb before they can give her a gastric band. Because Ms Pierce, who is the fattest woman in the world, has developed a medical condition called lymphedema, which has caused a huge swelling on her left leg, she no longer fits easily into a regular car.
"The one thing that's going to save my life is gastric bypass. But I'm a single mother on disability with no one to count on besides myself," she added. She hopes to be able to lose enough weight to be able to watch her daughter grow up, and also so she can have a dream wedding to her 22-year-old boyfriend, Tony Sauer.
Mandy Sellars: World's Biggest Legs
Mandy Sellars (born 20 February 1975 in Lancashire, United Kingdom) is a woman with a rare genetic mutation that has resulted in extraordinary growth in both of her legs. In 2006, some doctors diagnosed Sellars as having Proteus syndrome, a very rare condition thought to afflict only 120 people worldwide, but Sellars herself has disputed the diagnosis. Sellars' condition has been covered in several television programs, leading Sellars to jokingly describe herself as a "part-time TV star".
Sellars was born with abnormally large and misshapen legs and feet, which continued to grow at a disproportionate rate. Doctors were unable to provide a diagnosis for many years, until some doctors decided on Proteus syndrome in May 2006, though Sellar's condition is atypical in many respects. The most famous person with Proteus syndrome may be Joseph Merrick, the "Elephant Man". There is no known cure.
Kristina Rei: World's Biggest Lips
A woman desperate to look like Jessica Rabbit has won the dubious honour of being in possession of the world's biggest lips after having 100 silicone injections. Kristina Rei, 22, was convinced her thin lips made her ugly so she opted to have them enlarged in the style of her favorite cartoon character, at a cost of more than £4,000. She said: "I think I look fantastic and it makes me happy. Sometimes strangers shout names at me in the street - like big lips - but I don't care. "
At school Kristina was bullied because of her looks. She said: "My classmates called me "ugly". They didn't tease me because of my lips specifically - but I believed big, full lips would make me beautiful. My big lips have helped boost my confidence. Even my parents are happy for me. They really don't care about my appearance. Some of my friends have told me I shouldn't go any bigger but I'm not satisfied yet."
Lizzie Velasquez: World's Skinniest Woman
Elizabeth Ann "Lizzie" Velásquez is an American motivational speaker and author. She has a rare congenital disease which, among other symptoms, impedes her from accumulating body fat. This condition resulted in bullying during her childhood and early youth and ultimately inspired her to take up motivational speaking. She has gained many supporters and speaks out against bullying. Lizzie was diagnosed with Marfan syndrome by the Baylor College of Medicine.
Velásquez has zero percent body fat and is medically unable to gain weight. She has never weighed more than 29 kg (64 pounds), and is required to eat many small meals and snacks throughout the day. Additionally, she is blind in her right eye, which began to cloud over when she was four years of age, and vision-impaired in her left eye. Ever since Lizzie was dubbed the "World's Ugliest Woman" in a video posted on YouTube, Lizzie has spoken out against bullying. She has spoken at TED, where she talked about the topic of "How Do YOU Define Yourself" and has garnered 40 million views on her YouTube Channel. Lizzie is known for her optimism.
Xie Qiuping: World's Longest Hair
The world's longest documented hair belongs to Xie Qiuping (China) at 5.627 m (18 ft 5.54 in) when measured on 8 May 2004. She has been growing her hair since 1973 from the age of 13 and now she needs an assistant to carry her crowning glory, as it's too long for her to manage alone.
Xie has been growing her hair out since she was a child. She says that her last haircut was in 1973. "It's no trouble at all. I'm used to it. But you need patience and you need to hold yourself straight when you have hair like this," she said. While Xie has a strong lock on the title of world's longest hair, there is a challenger, Cheng Shiqiong, who has been growing out her hair since 1996. But Ms. Qiuping doesn't need to be worried - Cheng's hair is only half the length of hers, at nearly 8 feet long.
Svetlana Pankratova: World's Longest Legs
Svetlana Pankratova (born April 29, 1971) has, according to Guinness World Records, the longest legs of any woman in the world. While she is not the world's tallest woman, her legs are 132 centimeters long. Because her upper body is of much more typical dimensions, she is 1.95 m (6 ft 5 in) tall. She has also very large feet, size 13 (US) / 46 (EU).
Pankratova was born in Volgograd, Russian SFSR, USSR. She played women's basketball at Virginia Commonwealth University in Richmond, Virginia, USA, from 1992 to 1995. She was an impact player, setting two school records which are still unbroken. Along with her native Russian, Pankratova speaks English and some Spanish. She lived in Torremolinos, Spain. On March 11, 2013 it was reported that Pankratova returned to Virginia after marrying local resident Jack Gosnell. She accepted a position as an assistant coach for the George Mason High girls' basketball team.
Emily Schlenker: World's Widest Tongue
The widest female tongue measures 7.33 cm (2.89 in) at its widest point and belongs to Emily Schlenker, as measured in Syracuse, New York, USA, on 2 November 2014. The record holder for the widest tongue (male) is Emily's dad Byron Schlenker. Amazingly Byron and Emily discovered their tonguey talents quite by accident, when Emily took a copy of the Guinness Book of World Records out of the library for a school project, and Byron instinctively turned to the page featuring the man who at that time held the record for world's widest tongue.
But while dad has been happy to embrace the celebrity, 14-year-old Emily was initially less keen to enter the limelight. She explained: "I had to think about submitting for the record for a while, but after seeing how much fun my dad has had with it, I decided I would do it." She went on: "After all, how many people have an opportunity to be in the Guinness Book of World Records?"
Edith Connor: World's Oldest Bodybuilder
The oldest competitive female bodybuilder is Edish Wilma Conner (USA, born 09 May 1935). She last competed in the 2011 NPC Armbrust Pro Gym Warrior Classic Bodybuilding Championships in Loveland, Colorado, USA, on 20 August 2011. She entered her first bodybuilding competition (the Grand Masters in Las Vegas) on her 65th birthday, winning first place. She is also a personal trainer. She exercises at least three times a week and does not diet.
She began fitness training with her youngest son, taking it out "on the weights instead of the employees." She's 77 now, and though she is recovering from shoulder surgery, started lifting again in April, and plans to compete in the future, though not this year. Connor is also a certified personal trainer, specializing in "the mature body." Her clients are all over fifty. She sounds like exactly the kind of person who could get you motivated about getting into shape.
Adrianne Lewis: Excessively Long Tongue
Adrianne Lewis, 18, thinks she may have the world's longest tongue. The Michigan native's tongue is 4 inches long and can reach her eye. Although she has not been officially judged, Lewis believes she has what it takes to break the Guinness World Record. Lewis created a YouTube channel two years ago and since then her long licker has gone viral with thousands of people tuning in to watch her roll and twist her extraordinarily long tongue.
Lewis' tongue will appear in Ripley's Believe It or Not's annual book due out in May 2016, Edward Meyer, vice president of exhibits for Ripley's, told USA TODAY Network. "She's certainly not the first long tongue story we've ever done, but it's definitely a 'believe it or not,' " he said. "As an editor, I see that kind of story and it brings a smile to my face and I want the world to know about it."
Maria Jose Cristerna: Most Body Modifications
Most body modifications on a female is held by Maria Jose Cristerna (Mexico) who has a total of 49 body modifications, including significant tattoo coverage, a range of transdermal implants on her forehead, chest and arms, and multiple piercings in her eyebrows, lips, nose, tongue, ear lobes, belly button and nipples. Maria Cristerna is also referred to as "The Mexican Vampire lady." She had dental work to make her look like she has fangs and even has titanium horns inserted into her head making her the scariest looking woman ever.
The The 35-year-old mother-of-four gives talks to women suffering from domestic abuse. "At first people were interested in my looks because it was cool, because it attracts attention and because it's something different," Cristerna is quoted as saying in a Sky News article. "But I see it as something good among all the bad, because I'm giving a message. I won't be able to change the thinking of the entire world, but I'm always there to help the people that need it."
Jessica Long: Amputee Athlete
Jessica Tatiana Long (born February 29, 1992) is a Russian-born United States Paralympic swimmer from Baltimore, Maryland competing in S8 and SB7 category events. She has held world records in several events in her class and has won multiple gold medals over three Summer Paralympics. Long entered the international stage at the 2004 Paralympic Games in Athens, Greece, winning three gold medals in swimming. Aged twelve at the time, she was the youngest competitor on the U.S. Paralympic Team. One of her gold medals was the 100-meter freestyle.
Long was born Tatiana Olegovna Kirillova in Bratsk, Siberia and adopted at the age of 13 months. Because of fibular hemimelia, her lower legs were amputated when she was 18 months old. She learned to walk with prostheses. Long has been involved in many sports including gymnastics, cheerleading, ice skating, biking, trampoline, and rock climbing. She began swimming in her grandparents' pool before joining her first competitive team in 2002. The next year, Long was selected as Maryland Swimming's 2003 Female Swimmer of the Year with a Disability.
Cindy Jackson: Most Cosmetic Procedures
Cindy Jackson, born in 1956 in Hazard, Kentucky, United States is an American plastic surgery pioneer and best-selling author and television personality. In 2000 she was listed in the Guinness World record book for having had more cosmetic surgery procedures than anyone else. Since 1987 she has spent over $100,000 on 47 cosmetic procedures and has had 14 full scale operations including facelifts, two nose operations, eye lifts, knee, waist, abdomen and thigh liposuction, jaw surgery, lip and cheek implants, chemical peels and dozens of non-surgical procedures.
Jackson, 55, grew up in small town Ohio, with a short-tempered father and low self-esteem. She recalled a comment someone made to her when she was young: "One guy said when I was 14, 'You know Cindy, when you smile, from the side your nose and chin almost meet.'" She said: "It was like being in the wrong body and wrong face and I felt that very much and wanted to change it." When her father died, he left her some money, and she used it to start her transformation. She says she's been careful to take it slow, but also said she just wants to look beautiful and young. "I feel like a young spirit and I don't want to look in the mirror and see and old face. I feel this is me," she said. "This is the way I should look."
Christine Walton: World's Longest Fingernails
The longest fingernails in the world today belong to Christine Walton from Las Vegas, Nevada, USA. Originally measured as the new record holder in February 2011, Walton's nails at that time measured a combined 6.019 m (19 ft 1 in). After getting measured again in 2013, Walton's nails had grown to a combined 7.314 m (23 ft 11 in). The 45 year-old, who is also a talented singer going by the stage name "The Dutchess," hasn't cut her fingernails since 1990.
"I never made a conscious decision to grow the nails, but with all my children and the music commitments I guess it was easier to let the nails grow. Then one day I look down and they're like 9 inches long!" Walton insists the nails don't prevent her from living a normal life; she can still braid hair, cook and drive. To add some perspective, the length of The Dutchess' fingernails are the equivalent of: One killer whale, two mini coopers, five average adult arm spans, a president's nose on Mount Rushmore, the entire length of the average 12-year-old boy's intestines.
Sarah Paddy Jones: World's Oldest Acrobatic Salsa Dancer
The oldest female acrobatic salsa dancer is Sarah Paddy Jones (UK, born 1 July 1934) who won the first prize on the Spanish TV talent show "Tu Si Que Vales" in December 2009. Paddy was born in Stourbridge, England. She started dancing classical dance when she was 2 years old and at the age of fifteen began taking classes in more disciplines. However, she left dancing at the age of 22 when she married her husband, David. They moved to Gandia, Spain in 2001 when her husband retired, but David died of leukaemia just two years later.
After the death of her husband, Paddy decided to take flamenco classes at Nicolás "Nico" Espinosa's academy of dance, where she learned to dance salsa and formed the salsa dancing duo "Son del Timbal" with Nico (who is 40 years younger than her). In 2014, Paddy and Nico competed in the eighth series of Britain's Got Talent, where they finished ninth overall.
Karol Meyer: Breath Holder
The longest time to hold the breath underwater is 18 min 32.59 sec and was achieved by Karoline Mariechen Meyer (Brazil) at the Racer Academy swimming pool in Florianopolis, Brazil, on 10 July 2009. Karoline is a professional freediver who trained for four months to try and break the record. Prior to the attempt she inhaled oxygen for 24 minutes.
Meyer began diving during childhood. She became a competitive freediver in 1998. She has gone on to hold 8 world records, 2 Pan-American Records, 30 South American records, and 6 national records. She has also won several international competitions representing Brazil. Besides freediving, Meyer contributes toward fundraising for needy communities, public schools. She supports programmes against child labour, and advocated for children who live in front of the sea and have parents whose income depends directly on the sea.
Rumeysa Gelgi: World's Tallest Teenager
Guinness World Records presented Rumeysa Gelgi with the record title of Tallest Female Teenager in the world. The 17-year-old, who has a standing height of 213.6 cm (7ft 0.09 in), received the award in a special presentation in her hometown of Safranbolu, Karabük, in Turkey. Rumeysa is currently in the 11th grade at high school and lives at home with her parents and older siblings - who are all normal height.
Guinness World Records Official Seyda Subasi-Gemici said: "Guinness World Records celebrates diversity and recognises extraordinary people all over the world. Rumeysa Gelgi has shown tremendous courage in the way that she has dealt with her condition, and it is an honour to meet and award her with the record title of Tallest Teenager." Medical experts believe that Rumeysa's condition is caused by Weaver's syndrome, a rare genetic disorder that causes rapid growth. In addition to her exceptional height, Rumeysa's hands measure 24.5 cm and feet 30.5 cm.
Vivian Wheeler: World's Longest Beard
With the longest hair in her beard measuring 11 inches - 27.9 cm., Vivian Wheeler of Illinois is blessed with having the longest beard for a female. Her father insisted she start shaving at the age of 7, but since 1993 Vivian Wheeler has not, letting her beard grow. She said "I am in the Guinness Book of World Records and people tell me I am famous, that it's a history book but it doesn't comprehend in my head. I hope it never does because I don't want to be that kind of person that they think I could be or should be."
Wheeler has a medical condition called hermaphroditism. Meaning, she is 50 percent male and 50 percent female. She said she was born with facial hair but when she was about five that facial hair began to grow darker. When that happened, her father couldn't even look at her and sold her into a life on the road with the Ringling Brother's Circus. It's a life she said may seem bizarre to others but one that has a special purpose.
Duangjay Samaksamam: World's Largest Hands
Doctors believe that this woman has the "World's biggest hands" since each of her arms weighs 21 pounds. Duangjay Samaksamam is a shop owner from Surin province in Thailand. For over 50 years, she has suffered from a very painful and rare condition that has her limbs permanently swollen. She says that moving is painful for her even when handling simple tasks. "My hands are so heavy I can barely lift them to comb or shampoo my hair, it's very difficult. Getting dressed is also very difficult and painful," she says.
The 59-year-old was embarrassed by her condition and spent her first 20 years as a recluse. She was ashamed of her look and never even went to school. Circumstances forced her to stop hiding so that she could earn a living and take care of her parents. She took over the running of her family's grocery shop. Medics around the world have a keen interest in her and many of them have attempted to reduce the swelling through surgery. None to date however has succeeded. "Some doctors said the only solution was to cut off my hands if I wished to walk around freely. But I don't want to do that," she says.
Tatyana McFadden: Wheelchair Racer
Wheelchair racer Tatyana McFadden of Clarksville was named Paralympic Female Athlete of the Year. McFadden captured her third straight marathon grand slam, won her first marathon world title and set three T54 world records this year. McFadden broke the New York City Marathon's women's wheelchair course record by 7 minutes, 20 seconds with a time of 1 hour, 43 minutes, 4 seconds.
McFadden was born in Leningrad, then Soviet Union, on 21 April 1989. She was born with spina bifida, a congenital disorder that paralyzed her from the waist down. After her birth mother abandoned her in an orphanage that was too poor to afford a wheelchair for her, she walked on her hands for the first six years of her life. The doctors told her she was so sick that she had very little time to live. While in the orphanage, she met Deborah McFadden, who was visiting Russia as a commissioner of disabilities for the U.S. Health Department. Deborah, a single mother, adopted Tatyana and took her to live in Baltimore.