Starting February 12th, 2021, it is officially the Year of the Ox. If you were born in 1961, 1973, 1985, 1997, or 2009, your Chinese zodiac falls under this category, which means you are known for being diligent, dependable, and determined. One of an Ox’s biggest strengths is being decisive and detailed with their actions, while also applying strong faith. Conversely, their biggest weakness is their communication skills – they are likely stubborn and trust only in what they know.
The Ox’s lucky numbers are 1 and 4, so to that we have compiled a list of 14 influential people who were born in the Year of the Ox.
1. Barack Obama
This former president needs no introduction. His two terms of presidency are enough to showcase his dedication and responsibility to the American people. Obama encompasses the very essence of the Ox personality.
2. Walt Disney
Walt Disney, the father of so many beloved movies and entertainment productions, was also born the year of the Ox. As an Ox, he exemplifies grit and determination – always seeing his ideas through.
3. Malala Yousafzai
This famous Pakistani activist made a name for herself after she became a public advocate for the education of young girls and women around the world. In 2014, she became the youngest ever Nobel-prize recipient at age 17. Yousafzai is the textbook definition of an Ox – she has both mental strength and resilience, which allowed her to become one of the youngest influential people on the planet.
4. Meryl Streep
Meryl Streep is arguably one of the most famous actresses in the world. She has the most nominations and wins for a Golden Globe award than any other actor in history. Heavily respected in Hollywood, Streep is an Ox for her grace and the careful attention she puts in her acting.
5. Michael Phelps
The most decorated Olympian in the world, Michael Phelps has shown his talent for dedication and strength – both being central characteristics of an Ox. Phelps portrays the physical strength component of being an Ox, along with mental grit and determination.
6. Margaret Thatcher
Known as ‘The Iron Lady’, Margaret Thatcher was the first female British Prime Minister. Her policies surrounded ideas of deregulation and free markets. Her nickname is enough to showcase that Thatcher is exactly who you’d think of when you think of an Ox – her iron will and resolve to hammer her policies down makes her one of the most influential Ox.
7. Louis Armstrong
Armstrong was famous for his unique and influential jazz music. His distinct, gravelly voice and charming trumpeting made him a household name. As a musician, you must have an element of perseverance and dedication – all traits that Armstrong had and more.
8. Malcolm X
Malcolm X was a human rights activist and spokesperson for the Nation of Islam. He was especially known for his powerful oratory and role in the civil rights movement. Ox like Malcolm X are known for their rhetoric and persistent nature, making them trustworthy and likeable.
9. Robert F. Kennedy
Kennedy made his mark on American liberalism and contribution to the Democratic party. Furthermore, he made significant contributions to the civil rights movement and the U.S. involvement with Cuba. Like Malcolm X, his powerful rhetoric and determined nature displays his Ox traits.
10. Kylie Jenner
Jenner, originally known for starring in the Keeping up With the Kardashians, has become a social media icon after launching her own beauty line. She is a trendsetter, and many of the current beauty standards for teens and young adults have originated from her style. Although you wouldn’t expect Jenner to be an Ox, her success as a businesswoman can be attributed to the meticulous and patient manner of Ox.
11. Billy Joel
Billy Joel’s “Piano Man” propelled him into fame in 1973. Additionally, he is the sixth best-selling recording artist in the United States. Like Armstrong, Joel showcases his Ox traits through musical talent and dedication.
12. Morgan Freeman
Perhaps most recognized for his distinct, deep voice, Morgan Freeman has received countless awards for his film performances. Furthermore, Freeman is one of the most deeply respected figures in Hollywood, a trait that distinguishes many Ox from other zodiacs.
13. Jesse Owens
Owens is considered one of the greatest track and field athletes in history. In 1935, he set three world records in under an hour. All athletes need to have a sense of perseverance and strength, but Owens exemplifies this especially well. In the midst of World War II and Aryan dominance, he demonstrated determination and perseverance as an Ox.
14. Vincent Van Gogh
Perhaps most widely known for his Starry Night painting, Van Gogh was a post-impressionist painter who became one of the most influential figures in Western art. He specialized in landscapes, stills, and portraits. Van Gogh, like many Ox, was known to be patient and meticulous with his work.
This list goes to show that the people born the Year of the Ox are truly able to dedicate themselves to their passions. They work hard at everything and do their best to stick with it. This year, if you’re the Year of the Ox, watch out for various challenges and relationship woes.
For more about what The Year of the Ox will look like for you (even if you’re not an Ox yourself!), check out “What Year of the Ox Means for YOU – Wealth? Heartbreak? Luck?”. Don’t know your Chinese zodiac? Use this calculator here to find out.