“I’m tired of being told who to admire in this country, aren’t you tired of being told who your hero’s oughta be? Don’t tell me who I should be looking up to, I’ll choose my own hero’s thank you very much, and fuck Dr Phill too!” -George Carlin
Lists are cool. They’re fun, digestible and offer us a sense of order or tiers of importance. We all want to be at the top of a list that clearly distinguishes us from others. Top step, top notch, top of the pops, we love lists!
And top 10. Don’t get me started. From the ‘10 commandments’ to the ‘10 fastest cars on earth’ on earth, we can’t seem to get enough. Mention the top 11 though and no one’s interested. Who the hell wants to hear about the top 11 or top 9? People would think you were nuts. Top 5 sure, because 5 is half of 10 and we can deal with half of 10.
The reason we’re so taken with lists of 10 is undoubtedly because we have 10 fingers and 10 toes. It’s familiar to us. And far be it from me to mess with what’s familiar, give the people what they want I say. So, for your ‘listicle’ pleasure, please enjoy the 1st installment of the “Top 5 Top 10 lists” including richest actors, celeb criminals, car collections, famous atheists and orphans..
Top 10 Richest Male Actors
Cultivating one’s own personal brand is one thing, but when you are as wealthy as these actors, you could literally invent your own brands (which some of them have done)
10. Arnold Schwarzenegger (actor, businessman, former politician and professional bodybuilder) $400 million
9. Sylvester Stallone (actor, director, screenwriter, producer) $416 million
8. Jack Nicholson (actor, director, producer, screenwriter) $422 million
7. Amitabh Bachchan (actor/director) $429 million
6. Adam Sandler (actor/comedian/producer) $430 million
5. Mel Gibson (actor/director/producer) $433 million
4. Robert De Niro (actor/director/producer/business owner) $500 million
3. George Clooney (actor/entrepreneur/producer/director) $510 million
2. Tom Cruise (actor/producer) $570 million
1. Shah Rukh Khan (actor, producer, TV personality, businessman) $600 million
10 Male Celebs With Surprising Criminal Records
A man is made of more than flesh and bone. Honesty, integrity, kindness and empathy are all traits that we expect from others but are sometimes what we lack ourselves. The Truth About Dishonesty and Integrity is that it has to be worked at and we can become better people given enough effort. You decide which of the below are worthy of redemption.
1. Matthew Broderick
In 1987, 2 years after the hit comedy ‘Ferris Bueller’s day off’ Matt was vacationing in Northern Ireland (with costar and then girlfriend Jennifer Grey) when his car crossed into the wrong lane. It collided head-on with another vehicle, killing the both occupants (a mother and her daughter) instantly.
At the time he was charged with death by dangerous driving but was later convicted of the lesser charge of careless driving. He was fined $175, which the victims’ family labelled a “travesty of justice.”
2. Tim Allen
Tim was arrested in 1979 at the age of 25 for possessing more than 650 grams of cocaine. He actually ended up going to prison as a result, and served two and a half years.
He was later arrested in 1997 for driving under the influence and was sentenced to a year’s probation as well as a period of alcohol rehab
3. Mark Wahlberg
When he was 16. Mark Wahlberg attacked two Vietnamese men with a wooden stick, leaving one of them blind in one eye. It wasn’t the 1st time he had been involved in violent racist attacks.
He was charged with attempted murder, but pled guilty to assault and was sentenced to two years in prison, of which he served 45 days.
4. Jay Z
Back in 1999, just as he was finding fame, Jay Z was involved in an altercation in a nightclub where he ended up stabbing a record executive in the stomach.
He pled guilty to an assault charge and got three years’ probation.
5. Vanilla Ice
Vanilla Ice has had several brushes with the law. He was arrested in 1991 on a firearm charge after threatening a homeless man with a pistol.
In 2001 he was arrested for assaulting his wife, admitting to pulling some of her hair out. He pleaded guilty to disorderly conduct, was sentenced to probation and completed a run of family therapy sessions.
He was arrested for a third time in 2008 and charged with battery after allegedly kicking and hitting his wife. He was released after a day when his wife confirmed that he’d only pushed her. He was ordered to stay away from his wife, but later that year the case was dropped.
6. 50 Cent
In 1994, aged 19, 50 Cent pleaded guilty to selling heroin and crack cocaine. He served six months in a boot camp prison.
Later, in 2002, he was sentenced to two years’ probation for assault and battery.
7. Christian Slater
Slater was first arrested in 1989 for drunk driving, then again in 1997 for assaulting a girlfriend while intoxicated.
He was arrested again in 1997 after attempting to board a flight while in posession of a loaded gun.
And in 2005, Christian was charged with third-degree sexual assault after grabbing a woman’s bum on the street.
8. Tupac Shakur
April 5, 1993 – Tupac spent 10 days in a Michigan prison for beating another rapper with a baseball bat.
October 31, 1993 – Tupac allegedly stopped to help a black motorist who he felt was being harassed by the policemen. A fight broke out and Tupac shot one policemen in the leg and the other in the buttocks. When it was determined that the policemen were intoxicated and carrying guns taken from the police evidence room, the charges were dropped.
November 18, 1993 – Shakur was arrested on the sexual abuse and sodomy charges and weapons charges in New York City. The sodomy and weapons charges were dropped. Shakur was sentenced to 11/2 – 41/2 years in prison, to which he served nine months (beginning February 14, 1995) at the Clinton Correctional Facility.
November 10, 1994 – Tupac, slated to star in the movie Meance II, punched the director Allen Hughes. He spent 15 days in prison and was replaced in the movie by Larenz Tate.
April 5, 1996, Tupac was sentenced to 130 days in jail for violating the terms of his release on bail.
9. Stephen Fry
Stephen was arrested aged 17 after stealing a family friend’s credit card and, as he puts it, ”going ape” with expenditure for three months.
He spent three months in prison on remand.
10. R. Kelley
According to Vibe and the Chicago Sun-Times, 27-year-old Kelly and 15-year-old protégée Aaliyah were illegally married in a secret ceremony on August 31, 1994, in Cook County. It has subsequently been alleged that Kelley was involved in sexual abuse of minors and running a sex cult
After a July 1996 brawl at a Lafayette, Louisiana health club involving Kelly and his entourage, Kelly was placed on a year’s unsupervised probation starting August 13, 1997, after being found guilty of battery. One of the victims needed 110 facial stitches. Also that year, a 20-year-old accused Kelly in civil court of having sexual relations with her when he was 24 and she was 15. Kelly settled the lawsuit in 1998 for $250,000, according to the Chicago Sun-Times.
On April 8, 1998, Kelly was arrested on three misdemeanour charges of disorderly conduct, including one charge on violating noise ordinance for playing his music extremely loud from his car. Prosecutors from the district attorney’s office dropped the first two charges on May 7 and the noise charge on July 22 that year.
On March 6, 2019, Kelly was taken back to the Cook County Jail after failing to pay $161,633 in child support. On March 9, 2019, he was released after someone, who did not want to be identified, paid off the child support. His lawyer says he could not discuss the payment due to a gag order.
10 Largest Car Collections
In answer to the age old question, “Does Money Make You Happy?” I say, perhaps not, but it’s far more comfortable to cry in a Lambo than on a bicycle.
10. Nick Mason
Pink Floyd drummer Nick Mason takes our number 10 spot here. Nick has more than 40 cars to his name and has a certain preference for Italian super sport cars.
Some of these noteworthy cars are; a Bugatti T35, an Aston Martin LM18, a
Ferrari 213 T3, McLaren F1, Porsche 962 and the infamous 23M-pound Ferrari 250GTO.
9. Ralph Lauren
Fashion mogul and style exemplar, Ralph Lauren may be best known for
his “Polo” design but in the world of hot engines and metallic sensations, his
all-red car collections have always been a sight to behold each time they open
for exhibition. Speed, style and beauty are the highest forms of
vanity and this eccentric combination perfectly conceptualized Lauren’s epic
collection of Ferrari’s, Alfa Romeo roadster’s, Bugatti, Mercedes, Bentley,
Jaguar, McLaren F1 and many others comprising a total of more than 60 cars.
This amazing collection is 98% red in colour and are laid on an all-white
platform raised on a specially-done NYC garage carpeted in all-black
8. Jay Kay
Apart from collecting hats, Jamiroquai’s front man Jason Luiz Cheetham (famously known as Jay Kay) also has a not-so-secret attraction to cars. This Grammy-winning English-born singing sensation has amassed quite a collection of at least 68 cars (last counted) including a number of Porsche’s, Ferrari’s, Rolls Royce’s, Lamborghini’s, Mercedes, Bugatti’s,
Maserati, Chevy, Aston Martin, among others. He even owns one of Coco
Chanel’s Mercedes 600.
7. Dmitry Lomakov
Moving up to Russia, the best way to find the best car collections in this area is
through a museum built by the Lomakov family headed by Dmitry. The current
president of Retromoto, Dmitry Lomakov’s fondness for antique cars and
anything of historic excellence is quite unparalleled up to this day. In a span of
40 years, he was able to collect 120 antique cars and motorcycles particularly
the antique 1914 Peugeot motorcycle, the last of its kind as well as other
Russian-made vehicles no longer in existence like the 1977 Chayka GAZ-13.
Recently he had also made waves in the media when he bought Adolf Hitler’s infamous Mercedes Benz from a private auction used largely during Hitler’s reign.
6. Gerard Lopez
The renowned chairman of the Lotus F1 Team, this Luxembourg-born
businessman co-owned Genii Capital and Mangrove Capital Planters, a top-
rated venture capital business firm that specializes in technology like Skype.
He is also the managing director of CS Fola Esch, which is a football club. A self-
made entrepreneur, he is definitely more famous for his amazing car collection
recently shown to Britain’s Top Gear. Amassing quite a plethora of pixel-
perfect vintage ponies and muscle hot rods to racing cars, he has a Porsche,
Peugeot, Bugatti and other Euro-exotic sounding car maker’s names on his list.
5. Mukesh Dhirubhai Ambani
The richest man in India does not just have an immense Mumbai mansion he
adoringly calls Antilla but also an astounding collection of European cars
reaching to 168 or perhaps more. The 22nd richest man in the whole
world also has an avid passion for cricket, the country’s national sport, through
his co-ownership of the Indian Premier League Team. Understandably, this
extends his love for fast and sporty, yet elegant, European cars like Bentley,
Maybach, Bugatti and Mercedes as well as a few Porsche’s.
4. Ken Lingenfelter
Rivalling Jay Leno‘s ethereal collection, the U.S. based owner of Lingenfelter Performance Engineering also created quite a collection with 20 Lamborghini Reventon’s on the top of the list. He has more than 150 American muscle cars to his name and amazing collections of Corvettes, Mustangs, Bugatti, Porsche’s and other sensational items he can get his hands on. No wonder, he needed a 40,000 square foot building in Michigan for a garage.
3. Jay Leno
Move over Oprah and Conan, tonight’s show is all about Jay Leno. A famous
talk show celebrity, his car collection is quite astounding as is his Tonight
Show. His collections are usually made of cars that you would never expect in
a million years to still be working up to this day. From 200 cars bearing perfectly maintained a 1909 Baker Electric, a 1931 8-liter Bentley, a 1909 Stanley Steamer, a 1934 Phantom II from Rolls Royce, a 1927 Duesenberg Model X and a 1925 Hispano-Suiza plus 22 steam-powered vehicles and 25 classic cars, it is no wonder where Mattel’s Hot Wheels get their inspiration.
2. Sheikh Hamad Bin Hamdan Al Nahyan
A billionaire member of Abu Dhabi’s ruling elite, the “Rainbow Sheik” (who I’m sure isn’t trying to overcompensate for anything) is quite
renowned for his colourful collections of 7 Mercedes S-Classes, each one in a
different colour of the rainbow. Additionally, he also has customized Mercedes
monster trucks, a slew of Jeep’s for the largest Bedouin Caravan, a Dodge Power
Wagon, and whatever sensational cars he can find to match his equally
sensational personality. What makes him unique is how he stashed his worthy
finds in a pyramid.
1. Sultan Hassanal Bolkiah
With a staggering $20 billion net worth and the largest royal palace in the world with
diamond and gold gilded bathrooms, it is no wonder that he is able to amass
some 7000 cars consisting of 209 BMWs, 574 Benz, 452 Ferraris, 179
Jaguars, 382 Bentleys, 134 Koenigseggs, a slew of Lamborghinis, Aston
Martin, SSC, Cicero BDB Maestro, and so on. His limited edition and concept
cars made only for him like the Ferrari Mythos, Pininfarina-designed Jaguar,
Bentley Java and 4×4 Dominator, a Koenigsegg Agera CC GT and a Porsche
Carma are definitely a sight to behold. Definitely, this is one person who sees
collecting top-rated cars as child’s play.
10 Most Famous ‘Radical Atheists’
1. Sam Harris (PHD neuroscientist, best-selling author, podcaster)
“Atheism” is a term that should not even exist. No one ever needs to identify himself as a “non-astrologer” or a “non-alchemist.” We do not have words for people who doubt that Elvis is still alive or that aliens have traversed the galaxy only to molest ranchers and their cattle. Atheism is nothing more than the noises reasonable people make in the presence of unjustified religious beliefs.”
2. Richard Dawkins (PHD, MA, D Phil, geneticist, best-selling author)
“Religion is about turning untested belief into unshakable truth through the power of institutions and the passage of time. The essence of life is statistical improbability on a colossal scale. One of the things that is wrong with religion is that it teaches us to be satisfied with answers which are not really answers at all. By all means let’s be open-minded, but not so open-minded that our brains drop out.”
3. Ricky Gervais (comedian, actor, director, producer, musician, writer, and former radio presenter)
“Science seeks the truth. And it does not discriminate. For better or worse it finds things out. Science is humble. It knows what it knows and it knows what it doesn’t know. It bases its conclusions and beliefs on hard evidence -- evidence that is constantly updated and upgraded. It doesn’t get offended when new facts come along. It embraces the body of knowledge. It doesn’t hold on to medieval practices because they are tradition. If civilisation ended tomorrow and humans had to evolve again, they would make the exact same factual scientific discoveries as before but if all religious books were lost, no one would ever believe than nonsense”
“The scientific creation story has majesty, power and beauty. and is infused with a powerful message capable of lifting our spirits in a way that its multitudinous supernatural counterparts are incapable of matching. It teaches us that we are the products of 13.7 billion years of cosmic evolution and the mechanism by which meaning entered the universe, if only for a fleeting moment in time. Because the universe means something to me, and the fact that we are all agglomerations of quarks and electrons in a complex and fragile pattern that can perceive the beauty of the universe with visceral wonder, is, I think, a thought worth raising a glass to this Christmas.”
5. Chris Hitchens (English-American intellectual, polemicist, and socio-political critic, author, orator, essayist, journalist, and columnist)
“One must state it plainly. Religion comes from the period of human prehistory where nobody—not even the mighty Democritus who concluded that all matter was made from atoms—had the smallest idea what was going on. It comes from the bawling and fearful infancy of our species, and is a babyish attempt to meet our inescapable demand for knowledge (as well as for comfort, reassurance and other infantile needs). Today the least educated of my children knows much more about the natural order than any of the founders of religion, and one would like to think—though the connection is not a fully demonstrable one—that this is why they seem so uninterested in sending fellow humans to hell.”
6. Stephen Fry (author, comedian, television presenter, actor, journalist, film director, broadcaster and political activist)
“You will hear things like, “Science doesn’t know everything.” Well, of course science doesn’t know everything, it doesn’t claim to know everything. But science can prove everything it claims to know.”
7. George Carlin (stand-up comedian, actor, social critic and author)
“Religion is like a pair of shoes…..Find one that fits for you, but don’t make me wear your shoes.”
8. Bill Maher (comedian, political commentator, and television host)
“If you have a few hundred followers and you let some of them molest children, they call you a cult leader. If you have a billion, they call you Pope”.
9. Brad Pitt (actor and film producer)
“When I got untethered from the comfort of religion, it wasn’t a loss of faith for me, it was a discovery of self,” explained Pitt. “I had faith that I’m capable enough to handle any situation. There’s peace in understanding that I have only one life, here and now, and I’m responsible.”
10. Stanley Kubrick (Film director, screenwriter, producer, cinematographer and editor)
“The whole idea of god is absurd. If anything, 2001 shows that what some people call “god” is simply an acceptable term for their ignorance. What they don’t understand, they call “god”… Everything we know about the universe reveals that there is no god.”
10 Celebrity Orphans/Adoptions
1. Steve Jobs (entrepreneur, industrial designer, investor, media proprietor)
Jobs was born on February 24, 1955, to Abdulfattah Jandali and Joanne Schieble, and was adopted by Paul and Clara Jobs.
2. Malcolm X (minister, activist)
When Malcolm was six, his father died in what has been officially ruled a streetcar accident, though his mother Louise believed Earl had been murdered by the Black Legion. His mother suffered a nervous breakdown a couple years later and the kids were separated and placed into foster homes.
3. John Lennon (singer, songwriter)
4. Edgar Allen Poe (writer, poet, editor, and literary critic)
Poe was born in Boston, the second child of actors David and Elizabeth “Eliza” Poe. His father abandoned the family in 1810, and his mother died the following year. Thus orphaned, Poe was taken in by John and Frances Allan of Richmond, Virginia. They never formally adopted him, but he was with them well into young adulthood
5. Babe Ruth (baseball outfielder, pitcher)
(George Herman Ruth Jr) Ruth was sent at the age of seven to St. Mary’s Industrial School for Boys, a reformatory and orphanage. Because his father was a saloon owner in Baltimore and had given Ruth little supervision growing up, Ruth became a delinquent. Only one of young Ruth’s seven siblings, his younger sister Mamie, survived infancy.
6. Louis Armstrong (musician)
Armstrong was born in New Orleans to Mary Albert and William Armstrong. His mother was from Boutte, Louisiana, and gave birth at home when she was about sixteen. William Armstrong abandoned the family shortly after. Louis was raised by his grandmother until the age of five when he was returned to his mother where he spent his youth in poverty in a rough neighbourhood known as The Battlefield
7. J. R. R. Tolkien (writer, poet, philologist and university professor)
John Ronald Reuel Tolkien was born on 3 January 1892 in Bloemfontein in South Africa. When he was three, he went to England with his mother and brother on what was intended to be a lengthy family visit. His father, however, died in South Africa of rheumatic fever before he could join them. This left the family without an income, so Tolkien’s mother took him to live with her parents in Kings Heath, Birmingham. Soon after, in 1896, they moved to Sarehole (now in Hall Green), then a Worcestershire village. When J. R. R. Tolkien was 12, his mother died of acute diabetes. Before her death, Mabel Tolkien had assigned the guardianship of her sons to her close friend, Father Francis Xavier Morgan of the Birmingham Oratory.
When Mandela was about nine, his father died of an undiagnosed ailment which Mandela believed to be lung disease. Mandela’s mother took him to the “Great Place” palace at Mqhekezweni, where he was entrusted to the guardianship of the Thembu regent, Chief Jongintaba Dalindyebo. Although he did not see his mother again for many years, Mandela felt that Jongintaba and his wife Noengland treated him as their own child, raising him alongside their son, Justice, and daughter, Nomafu
9. Ray Charles (singer, songwriter, pianist, and composer)
Charles’ mother (Aretha) became pregnant by the man of the household who had adopted her. She left while pregnant to avoid the scandal. She later returned with the baby (Ray) and her adopted mother helped raise Ray while the father left the family. Aretha died in the spring of 1945, when Ray was 14. Her death came as a shock to him; he later said the deaths of his brother and mother were “the two great tragedies” of his life.
10. Tracy Lauren Marrow “Ice-T” (musician, actor, rapper, songwriter, singer, record producer, record executive, author)
Ice-T’s mother, Alice Marrow, died when he was in the third grade. His father Solomon raised him until he died of a heart attack when Ice-T was 12. He was then raised by his aunt and uncle.
The good news is, there is no conclusion, not yet anyway. Click on Top 5 Top 10 Lists Volume 2 to see the next installment.
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