12 Famously Successful People You Didn’t Know To Be Dyslexic!


Dyslexic people have trouble reading and spelling words, which leads to varying degrees of learning problems despite their normal intelligence. That’s why most of the time, it’s noticed first at school. In rare cases, people can even lose their ability to read.

Here are 14 famous people who you’ll be surprised to learn had dyslexia. They had problems at school, but this disorder didn’t keep them from succeeding in life!

1. Albert Einstein


He’s one of the greatest minds of the last century, but Albert Einstein was known to suffer from dyslexia. He had a bad memory. He couldn’t memorize simple things although he could solve the most complicated formulas without any trouble.

2. Thomas Edison


In school, the young Edison was terrible at mathematics, unable to focus, and had difficulty with words and speech. This ended Edison's three months of official schooling. He was dyslexic, a problem child, and a mischief-maker!

3. The Wright Brothers


Orville and Wilbur Wright were the creators of the first plane, who took their first flight in 1903. Both of these famous brothers suffered from dyslexia.

4. Tom Cruise


Tom Cruise was diagnosed with dyslexia at age seven, he struggled to complete his academic studies and found his calling in acting.

5. Winston Churchill


The British Prime Minister was also an accomplished author. Throughout his lifetime he wrote books and reports, but his most famous are the biographies of his father and great ancestor. In 1953, Churchill won the Nobel Prize in Literature and was honored by President Kennedy and fellow dyslexic in 1963.

6. Walt Disney


American film producer, director, screenwriter, voice actor, animator, entrepreneur, and philanthropist, Disney was one of the most influential and innovative figures in the field of entertainment during the twentieth century, and he suffered from dyslexia.

7. Agatha Christie


Agatha Christie suffered from dyslexia but it couldn’t stop her from being creative and learning how to write. Her novels have always been some of the most captivating of all times.

8. Sylvester Stallone


Stallone, one of the most popular action stars in cinematic history, is also dyslexic. Last year, after the Creed team won big at  NAACP Image Awards, Sylvester Stallone took to Instagram to apologize for a few spelling errors he made in his victory post. “Sorry for the miss spelling of NAACP and Jordan… Confidentially, besides everything else, I am slightly dyslexic,” Stallone wrote.

9. Dwight D. Eisenhower


Supreme Commander of the Allied Forces in Europe, President of Columbia University, and the 34th President of the United States from 1953-1960 is believed to have had a learning disability. It’s believed that is was some form of dyslexia.

10. Pablo Picasso


The Spanish-born painter and sculptor often reinvented himself and art as a whole by founding such movements as the cubist. He was known to be dyslexic.

11. John Lennon


The Beatles star was also a major advocate of peace. He suffered from dyslexia, but that couldn't stop him achieving great success both in his solo career and with the Beatles.

12. Leonardo da Vinci


He was one of the most remarkable inventors, scientists, and writers in history. Born in Italy in 1452, he took on the challenges of math, music, and the canvas in ways never previously thought of before. He would often write notes to himself backward and it was thought of as a code but is now more commonly linked to his dyslexia.

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