Famous Dyslexics

Albert Einstein
Albert Einstein did not learn to speak until the age of 3 or 4. He had problems through school, that lead people tio believe he was Dyslexic. He overcame these problems to become arguably the most famous scientist of the modern era.


Richard Branson

richard-bransonRichard Branson had what he described as a ‘nightmare’ time at school. His dyslexia embarrassed him as he had to memorize and recite word for word in public.He has become one of the most respected, charismatic entrepreneurs of our time. Now, he heads 150 or so enterprises that carry the Virgin name, with a personal wealth estimated at nearly $3 billion

Whoopi Goldberg

whoopi-goldbergLike many dyslexics when award-winning actress Whoopi Goldberg was at school she was considered ‘slow’.  Whoopi was diagnosed as having dyslexia in adulthood.

As a child she had learned to cope with the condition.

Jamie Oliver

jamie-oliverJamie Oliver has become a famous chef and TV personality, Britain’s biggest-selling author (after JK Rowling), Jamie, has never read a book. “My dyslexia’s a weird one, sometimes I have really good days at reading, sometimes I read like a five year old” yet like many dyslexics he see his dyslexia as “a total bonus”.


Orlando Bloom


Having dyslexia, Orlando Bloom struggles to read and remember lines from scripts.  Yet he has starred in films such as ‘Pirates of the Caribbean’ and ‘Lord of the Rings’. he was diagnosed as dyslexic aged seven, and had a high IQ.


Henry Ford

henry-fordHenry Ford spent his childhood strugling to read, but excelled in engineering.  He never gave up and became the ‘father’ of the modern streamlined assembly line, producing the Ford Model T the first mass produced, and affordable motorcar.


Thomas Edison

thomas-edisonThomas Edison was dyslexic, following three months of unsuccessful schooling he was taken out of school and taught at home. He overcame the difficulties imposed by dyslexia and became arguably the most successful inventor in human history he is credited with over 1000 patented inventions and started one of the world’s largest companies.


Winston Churchill


Winston Churchill had an unpleasant journey through school, which he found discouraging.  He overcame dyslexia to become one of the greatest leaders in British and World history.


Paul Smith 

paul-smithRenownded fashion designer atributess his quirkiness, his originality, his notion of style with a twist to his dyslexia. Paul left school at the age of 14, and up until a few years ago he never manged to complete reading a book. his biggest regret is repoorted as his lack of education.



Kara Tointon

Kara-TointonIn July 2010, she recorded a documentary for BBC Three called Kara Tointon: Don’t Call Me Stupid. The programme examined the impact dyslexia can have on people’s lives and the difference different learning styles can have on people with dyslexia. Kara who was diagnosed with Dyslexia at age 7, revealed that she suffers from dyslexia, and has a reading age of 12

Erin Brockovich

erin-brockovich Erin Brockovich is dyslexic, “My high school teachers would not have believed I could have read all those briefs,” says Brockovich, describing her learning difficulties. “Early on I was told I probably wouldn’t make it through college. I knew I wasn’t stupid, but I had great hardships in school — since second grade.”


Keira Knightley

Kiera-Knightly“I was diagnosed when I was six. I worked hard to get the better of it and by the time I got to secondary scho…ol, it was much better. I can read and write – badly – but I’m fine reading scripts. If I get tired, the words do jump around, which is quite exciting – They could be anything. I am a slow reader, but it’s much better now.”

Ingvar Kamprad

ingvar-kampradSwedish business magnate and philanthropist. He is the founder of IKEA and with an estimated personal net worth of US $42.6 billion one of the wealthiest people in the world.

Most of his products were identifiable by a set of numbers, but Kamprad with his dyslexia he had trouble remembering the codes for each product. He used his dyslexia to his advantage by coming up with a more creative system for organizing his products. This turned out to be the most iconic aspect of his now-worldwide business. Kamprad created a naming system where he gave names to each piece of furniture!