• Eoin Treacy

Famous, successful, living with dyslexia

Updated: Sep 7, 2020

Did you know that approximately 10% of the population suffers from dyslexia? With the world

population hovering around 7 billion people, that’s around 700 million people living their lives with dyslexia. With that in mind, it’s no surprise that there’s many celebrities who have made their dreams come true, all the while battling to read and write correctly. Leonardo da Vinci was even said to have belonged to the dyslexic community!

Fans of the TV show Friends might be surprised to know that Jennifer Anniston has dyslexia, because she sure was surprised and only found out when she was in her 20s. She found it so hard to read in school, that completing a dyslexia test and getting a diagnosis answered a lot of questions for her personally.

Muhammad Ali may have been one of if not the best heavyweight boxer of all time, but he could barely read and struggled to graduate high school because of it. He understood the pain of not being able to perform to his potential because of reading difficulties and spent much of his career after quitting the ring working to improve the literacy of African Americans.

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Richard Branson, billionaire entrepreneur and founder of the Virgin empire believes that dyslexia helped him succeed. He believed that dyslexia gave him a “different way of thinking” and considering the Virgin Group has launched over 400 companies, it was probably a good thing!

We could do this all day: Steven Spielberg, Kiera Knightley, Albert Einstein, Thomas Edison, Tom Cruise, Noel Gallagher, Tommy Hilfiger, Jamie Oliver, Winston Churchill, W.B. Yeats… the list is endless – one in ten people is a lot of people with dyslexia!

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