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Nelson Rockefeller, part of the wealthy Rockefeller family, was the 41st Vice President to President Gerald Ford. Although he was a Republican, he was quite liberal and was an advocate for maintaining the arts. He helped oversee and preserve art, specifically in New York, and even founded Museum of Primitive Art.

Nelson Mandela was one of the most famous humanitarians of our time. The President of South Africa was famous for being an anti-apartheid revolutionary, and his peace movements. 
Nelson Mandela is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Statesman, Politician, Peace activist
Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela was a South African anti-apartheid revolutionary, politician and philanthropist who served as President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. He was South Africa's first ...more
Nelson Cruz is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Baseball player
Nelson Ramón Cruz Martínez (born July 1, 1980) is a Dominican-American professional baseball right fielder and designated hitter for the Minnesota Twins of Major League Baseball ...more
Nelson Rockefeller is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Politician
Nelson Aldrich Rockefeller was an American businessman, philanthropist, public servant, and politician. He served as the 41st Vice President of the United States under President Gerald Ford, and ...more
Nelson Frazier, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Wrestler, Actor
Nelson Frazier Jr. was an American professional wrestler, best known for his appearances with the World Wrestling Federation/World Wrestling Entertainment in the 1990s and 2000s under the ring ...more
Nelson DeMille is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Novelist
Nelson Richard DeMille is an American author of thriller novels. His works include Word of Honor, The Charm School, The Gold Coast, Plum Island, and The General's Daughter. DeMille has also ...more
Nelson Eddy is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Actor, Singer
Nelson Ackerman Eddy was an American singer and actor who appeared in 19 musical films during the 1930s and 1940s, as well as in opera and on the concert stage, radio, television, and in ...more
Nelson Freire is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Pianist
Nelson Freire is a Brazilian classical pianist. Freire began playing the piano at age 3. He replayed from memory pieces his older sister, Nelma, had just performed. His teachers in Brazil were ...more
Nelson Piquet is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Businessperson, Race car driver
Nelson Piquet Souto Maior, known as Nelson Piquet, is a Brazilian former racing driver and businessman. Since his retirement, Piquet has been ranked among the greatest Formula One drivers in ...more
Nelson is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Nelson is an American rock band founded by singer/songwriters Matthew and Gunnar Nelson. The band achieved huge success during the early 90s with their debut album After the Rain. The album ...more
Nelson Riddle is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Film Score Composer, Arranger, Sailor
Nelson Smock Riddle, Jr. was an American arranger, composer, bandleader and orchestrator whose career stretched from the late 1940s to the mid-1980s. His work for Capitol Records kept such ...more
Nelson Figueroa is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Baseball player
Nelson Figueroa, Jr. is an American former professional baseball pitcher. He attended Brandeis University. The right-handed starting pitcher and occasional long reliever stands at 6'1", 185 ...more
Nelson Peltz is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Businessperson, Investor, Entrepreneur
Nelson Peltz is an American businessman and a founding partner, together with Peter W. May and Edward P. Garden, of Trian Fund Management. L.P., an alternative investment management fund, based ...more
Nelson McCormick is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Television director, Television producer, Film Director
Nelson McCormick is an American director and producer of film and television. Some of his television directing credits include NYPD Blue, V.I.P, Alias, House, Third Watch, ER, Prison Break, 24, ...more
Nelson George is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Cultural critic, Journalist, Television producer
Nelson George is an African-American author, columnist, music and culture critic, journalist, and filmmaker. He has been nominated twice for the National Book Critics Circle Award.
Nelson Piquet, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Race car driver
Nelson Ângelo Tamsma Piquet Souto Maior, also known as Nelson Piquet Junior or Nelsinho Piquet, is a Brazilian stock car racing driver and former Formula One driver. He currently competes ...more
Nelson Haedo Valdez is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Footballer
Nelson Antonio Haedo Valdez is a Paraguayan footballer who plays for Eintracht Frankfurt and the Paraguay national football team as a striker. Valdez started his career with Atlético ...more
Nelson Rodrigues is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Journalist, Film Producer, Screenwriter
Nelson Falcão Rodrigues was a Brazilian playwright, journalist and novelist. In 1943, he helped usher in a new era in Brazilian theater with his play Vestido de Noiva, considered ...more
Nelson Vails is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Professional Road Racing Cyclist
Nelson Beasley Vails is a retired road and track cyclist from the United States. He rode as a professional from 1988 to 1995 representing the USA at the 1984 Summer Olympics in Los Angeles, ...more
Nelson Dingley, Jr. is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Politician, Journalist
Nelson Dingley, Jr. was a journalist and politician from the U.S. state of Maine. Dingley was born in Durham, Maine and attended the common schools at Unity, Maine and Waterville College. He ...more
Nelson de la Rosa is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Actor
Nelson Aquino de la Rosa, a.k.a. Mahow, was one of the shortest men of the 20th and 21st centuries and an actor from the Dominican Republic. Nelson measured 71 centimeters tall.
Nelson Lichtenstein is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Historian, Professor, Author
Nelson Lichtenstein is a professor of history at the University of California, Santa Barbara, and director of the Center for the Study of Work, Labor and Democracy. He is labor historian who has ...more
Nelson A. Miles is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Soldier
Nelson Appleton Miles was a United States soldier who served in the American Civil War, Indian Wars, and the Spanish–American War.
Nelson W. Aldrich is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Businessperson, Politician
Nelson Wilmarth Aldrich was a prominent American politician and a leader of the Republican Party in the Senate, where he served from 1881 to 1911. Because of his impact on national politics and ...more
Nelson Bragg is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Songwriter, Musician, Drummer
Nelson Bragg is an American percussionist, vocalist and songwriter based in Los Angeles, California.
Nelson Rangell is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Famous People Named Nelson
Nelson Rangell is an American smooth jazz musician and composer originally from Castle Rock, Colorado. Although Rangell is known for his work with the tenor, alto, and soprano saxophone, his ...more