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This list of famous people raised by single mothers is loosely ranked by fame and popularity. Several famous actors, actresses, musicians, and athletes were raised by single mothers. Some of these celebs's fathers passed away, while others simply left their families. One of the most influential people in the world was even raised by a strong single mother.

Who is the most famous person who was raised by a single mother? Angelina Jolie tops our list. Angelina Jolie's parents, Jon Voight and Marcheline Bertrand, separated when the Mr. and Mrs. Smith actress was an infant. Jolie was raised by her mother and she was estranged from her father for many years.

President Barack Obama was raised by his mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, from the time that he was born until he was four years old, when she married Lolo Soetoro. Pierce Brosnan's father abandoned his family when the Matador actor was a baby.  He was raised by his mother May Smith until he was four years old, at which point his grandparents took over the primary parenting responsibilities.

Other celebs on this list include Christina Aguilera, Sean Combs, Mariah Carey, and Alicia Keys. If you're looking for a particular successful celebrity who grew up with no dad, this list is for you. 

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Angelina Jolie is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list 37 Famous People Who Were Raised by Single Mothers
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Angelina Jolie's parents, Jon Voight and Marcheline Bertrand, separated when the Mr. and Mrs. Smith actress was an infant. Jolie was raised by her mother and she was estranged from her father for many years.

Age: 41

Birthplace: Los Angeles, California, United States of America

Profession: Film Producer, Model, Screenwriter, Author, Actor, + more

Credits: Maleficent, Changeling, Mr. & Mrs. Smith, Salt

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Kanye West is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list 37 Famous People Who Were Raised by Single Mothers
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Kanye West's parents divorced when he was three years old, at which point he was raised solely by his mother in Chicago, Illinois.

Age: 39

Birthplace: Atlanta, Georgia, United States of America

Profession: Film Score Composer, Fashion designer, Record producer, Businessperson, Songwriter, + more

Credits: The Great Gatsby, Mission: Impossible III, The Hangover, The Hangover Part II

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Kate Beckinsale is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list 37 Famous People Who Were Raised by Single Mothers
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When Kate Beckinsale was five years old, her father, Richard Beckinsale, died of a heart attack. She was raised solely by her mother Judy Loe for the next four years until Loe remarried.

Age: 43

Birthplace: Finsbury Park, London, United Kingdom

Profession: Model, Actor

Credits: The Aviator, Underworld, Underworld Evolution, Pearl Harbor

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#11 on The Best Living English Actresses

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Barack Obama is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list 37 Famous People Who Were Raised by Single Mothers
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President Barack Obama was raised by his mother, Stanley Ann Dunham, from the time that he was born until he was four years old, when she married Lolo Soetoro.

Age: 55

Birthplace: Honolulu, Hawaii, United States of America

Profession: Politician, Author, Law professor, Writer, Lawyer

Credits: By The People: The Election of Barack Obama, 60 Minutes, Mistaken for Strangers, Senator Obama Goes to Africa

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#56 on The Most Trustworthy Celebrities in the World

#85 on The Most Enlightened Leaders in World History

#41 on Famous Men You'd Want to Have a Beer With

#4 on The Best U.S. Presidents in the Past 50 Years

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