Famous Creative Dyslexics

Tommy Hilfiger - fashion designer

Tommy Hilfiger grew up in an Irish Catholic family as the second of nine children. After attending Elmira Free Academy, he began to work in retail. Hilfiger commuted to New York City where he began to customize jeans and bell-bottoms. He sold his creations at a local store called Brown’s. Hilfinger opened his own shop, “The People’s Place” nearby. Despite going bankrupt at the age of 25 in 2004, the company had over 5,000 employees and revenues of almost $2 billion. Following an award for designer-of-the-year from his peers, Hilfiger decided to sell his company. It was bought by Apax Partners for over $1.5 billion in 2005.


John Lennon - musician

John Winston Ono Lennon, MBE (born John Winston Lennon; 9 October 1940 – 8 December 1980) was an English musician, singer and songwriter who rose to worldwide fame as a founder member of the Beatles, the most commercially successful band in the history of popular music. With Paul McCartney, he formed a songwriting partnership that is one of the most celebrated of the 20th century.  Lennon revealed a rebellious nature and acerbic wit in his music, writing, drawings, on film and in interviews.

In 2002, a BBC poll on the 100 Greatest Britons voted him eighth and, in 2008,Rolling Stone ranked him the fifth-greatest singer of all time.


Stephen Speilberg

Steven Allan Spielberg (born December 18, 1946)[4] is an American film director, screenwriter, producer, and business magnate. In a career of more than four decades,Spielberg's films have covered many themes and genres. Spielberg's early science-fiction and adventure films were seen as archetypes of modern Hollywood blockbuster filmmaking. In later years, his films began addressing humanistic issues such as the Holocaust, the transatlantic slave trade, war, and terrorism. He is considered one of the most popular and influential filmmakers in the history of cinema.[5] He is also one of the co-founders of DreamWorks movie studio.

Spielberg won the Academy Award for Best Director for Schindler's List (1993) andSaving Private Ryan (1998). Three of Spielberg's films—Jaws (1975), E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial (1982), and Jurassic Park (1993)—achieved box office records, each becoming the highest-grossing film made at the time. To date, the unadjusted gross of all Spielberg-directed films exceeds $8.5 billion worldwide. Forbes puts Spielberg's wealth at $3.3 billion.

F Scott Fitgerald

Francis Scott Key Fitzgerald (September 24, 1896 – December 21, 1940) was an American author of novels and short stories, whose works are the paradigmatic writings of the Jazz Age, a term he coined. He is widely regarded as one of the greatest American writers of the 20th century. Fitzgerald is considered a member of the "Lost Generation" of the 1920s. He finished four novels, a fifth, unfinished novel, The Love of the Last Tycoon, was published posthumously. Fitzgerald also wrote many short stories that treat themes of youth and promise along with age and despair.

Fitzgerald's work has been adapted into films many times. His short story, "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button", was the basis for a 2008 film. Tender is the Night was filmed in1962, and made into a television miniseries in 1985. The Beautiful and Damned was filmed in 1922 and 2010. The Great Gatsby has been the basis for numerous films of the same name, spanning nearly 90 years; 1926, 1949, 1974, 2000, and 2013 adaptations. In addition, Fitzgerald's own life from 1937 to 1940 was dramatized in 1958 in Beloved Infidel.

Sally Gardner

Sally Gardner is an English children's writer and illustrator. She lives in London.

Her award-winning book, I, Coriander, is set in 17th-century London. It tells the story of Coriander, the unhappy daughter of a silk merchant.

Sally Gardner has severe dyslexia, and didn't learn to read until she was 14. But she did very well in art college and then in dramacollege, and worked as a theatre designer before turning to illustration and writing. She won the Costa children's book award (2012) and the Carnegie Medal (2013) for her book Maggot Moon.[1][2] Tinder is a historical novel set during the Thirty Years War.

Richard Branson

Sir Richard Charles Nicholas Branson (born 18 July 1950) is a British business magnateand investor. He is best known as the founder of Virgin Group, which comprises more than 400 companies.[3]

His first business venture was a magazine called Student at the age of 16.[4] In 1970, he set up a mail-order record business. In 1972, he opened a chain of record stores, Virgin Records, later known as Virgin Megastores. Branson's Virgin brand grew rapidly during the 1980s, as he set up Virgin Atlantic and expanded the Virgin Records music label. According to the Forbes 2012 list of billionaires, Branson is the 6th richest citizen of the United Kingdom, with an estimated net worth of US$4.6 billion.


Joss Stone

Jocelyn Eve Stoker[1] (born 11 April 1987), better known by her stage name Joss Stone, is an English soul singer-songwriter and actress. Stone rose to fame in late 2003 with her multi-platinum debut album, The Soul Sessions, which made the 2004 Mercury Prize shortlist. Her second album, the similarly multi-platinum Mind Body & Soul, topped the UK Albums Chart for one week and spawned the top ten hit "You Had Me", Stone's most successful single on the UK Singles Chart to date. Both the album and single received one nomination at the 2005 Grammy Awards, while Stone herself was nominated for Best New Artist.  She became the youngest British female singer whose debut album topped the UK albums chart.

Stone was the youngest woman on the 2006 Sunday Times Rich List[5][6]—an annual list of the UK's wealthiest people—with £6 million. In 2012, her fortune is estimated to be £10 million.
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