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List of famous strongmen, with photos, bios, and other information when available. Who are the top strongmen in the world? This includes the most prominent strongmen, living and dead, both in America and abroad. Some of these popular strongmen have also set world records with their enormous strength. This list of notable strongmen is ordered by their level of prominence, and can be sorted for various bits of information, such as where these historic strongmen were born and what their nationality is. The people on this list are from different countries, but what they all have in common is that they're all renowned world's strongest man competitors.

This list below has a variety of the world's strongest man winners, like Magnús Ver Magnússon, Bill Kazmaier, Brian Shaw, and more.

From reputable, prominent, and well known strongmen to the lesser known strongmen of today, these are some of the best professionals in the strongman field. If you want to answer the questions, "Who are the most famous strongmen ever?" and "What are the names of famous strongmen?" then you're in the right place. You might also be interested in our lists of famous male bodybuilders and the hottest female bodybuilders. 

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Brian Shaw is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
Brian Shaw age 36 Brian Shaw is an American professional strongman competitor and winner of the 2011 World's Strongest Man and 2013 World's Strongest Man competitions.

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Ken Patera is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
age 74 Kenneth Patera is a former professional wrestler, Olympic weightlifter, and Strongman competitor from the United States.

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Jón Páll Sigmarsson is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
Jón Páll Sigmarsson Dec. at 33 (1960-1993) Jón Páll Sigmarsson was an Icelandic strongman, powerlifter and bodybuilder who was the first man to win World's Strongest Man contest 4 times.

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Bill Kazmaier is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
age 64 William Kazmaier is an American former world champion powerlifter, world champion strongman and professional wrestler. During the 1970s and 1980s, he set numerous powerlifting and strongman ...more

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Nathan Jones is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
age 47 Nathan Jones is an Australian actor, powerlifting champion, strongman, and retired professional wrestler. Jones has held the WWA World Heavyweight Championship once during his stint in World ...more

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Mariusz Pudzianowski is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
age 41 Mariusz Zbigniew Pudzianowski, known in Poland as "Pudzian", is a Polish former strongman and current mixed martial artist. During his career as a strongman, Pudzianowski won five ...more

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Jouko Ahola is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
age 45 Jouko Ahola is a Finnish former strongman, powerlifter and actor.

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Joe Rollino is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
Dec. at 105 (1905-2010) Joseph "Joe" Rollino was a decorated World War II veteran, weightlifter, and strongman. The son of Italian immigrants, Rollino dubbed himself the world's strongest man in the 1920s, ...more

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Magnús Ver Magnússon is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
Magnús Ver Magnússon age 54 Magnús Ver Magnússon is an Icelandic former powerlifter and strongman competitor. He won the title of World's Strongest Man four times.

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Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
age 30 Hafthór Júlíus "Thor" Björnsson is an Icelandic professional strongman, actor, and former professional basketball player.

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Geoff Capes is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
age 68 Geoffrey Lewis Humberg Capes is a British former athlete, strongman and professional Highland Games competitor. As an athlete he represented both England and Great Britain in field athletics, ...more

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Sven-Ole Thorsen is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
age 71 Sven-Ole Thorsen is a Danish actor, stuntman, bodybuilder and strongman competitor. Sven won Denmark's Strongest Man in 1983. Using his stature he often plays imposing giants and villains in his ...more

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Louis Cyr is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
Dec. at 49 (1863-1912) Louis Cyr was a famous French Canadian strongman with a career spanning the late 19th and early 20th centuries. His recorded feats, including lifting 500 pounds with one finger and backlifting ...more

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Derek Poundstone is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
age 36 Derek Poundstone is an American former professional strongman athlete from Waterbury, Connecticut. Derek Poundstone is also a police officer for the Naugatuck, Connecticut Police Department and ...more

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Jamie Reeves is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
age 55 Jamie Reeves is a British former coal miner, strongman and professional wrestler. As a strongman, he won the 1989 World's Strongest Man, was World Muscle Power champion, and also had numerous ...more

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Bruce Wilhelm is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
Bruce Wilhelm age 72 Bruce Wilhelm is a former weightlifter and strongman from the United States. He is a two-time winner of the World's Strongest Man competition in 1977 and 1978 and the author of numerous ...more

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Magnus Samuelsson is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
age 48 Magnus Samuelsson, is a Swedish actor, former strongman and winner of the 1998 World's Strongest Man contest in Morocco. The son of a former Swedish female arm wrestling champion, he has also ...more

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Andrus Murumets is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
age 39 Andrus Murumets is an Estonian strongman and entrant to the World's Strongest Man contest. He reached 5th in the World Rankings according to the IFSA rankings in 2008. Andrus competed in the ...more

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Janne Virtanen is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
age 48 Janne Virtanen is a Finnish former strongman who won the World's Strongest Man championship in 2000. He was runner-up in 1999 and finished third in 2001. His other championships include ...more

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Eddie Hall is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
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Žydrūnas Savickas is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
Žydrūnas Savickas age 42 Žydrūnas Savickas is a Lithuanian powerlifter and professional strongman. He is widely considered to be one of the greatest strongman competitors of all time, being the only modern strongman ...more

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Terry Hollands is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
Terry Hollands age 38 Terry Hollands is a British strongman competitor, Britain's Strongest Man and England's Strongest Man winner, he is a competitor at the World's Strongest Man and Europe's Strongest Man

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Phil Pfister is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
Phil Pfister age 46 Phil Pfister is an American former strongman competitor, winning the 2006 Met-Rx World's Strongest Man competition and its $41,000 grand prize on September 23, 2006 in Sanya, China. He is the ...more

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Vidas Blekaitis is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
Vidas Blekaitis age 45 Vidas Blekaitis is a Lithuanian strongman. As of 2007, Blekaitis was ranked World No. 4 by the International Federation of Strength Athletes. He placed 4th in the 2009 Arnold Strongman Classic. ...more

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Gary Taylor is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
Gary Taylor age 56 Gary Taylor is a former world champion strongman, Olympic Weightlifter, powerlifter and bodybuilder from Wales.

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Marshall White is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
age 35 Marshall White is an American professional strongman athlete from Pagosa Springs, Colorado. Marshall was born in Houston, Texas and now lives in Pagosa Springs, Colorado with his wife Rachel, ...more

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Apollon is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
Dec. at 66 (1862-1928) Apollon the Mighty, born Louis Uni, was a French strongman, especially famous for his grip strength. Louis Uni was born at eight o'clock in the morning on February 21, 1862 at no. 18 on the ...more

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Derek Boyer is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
Derek Boyer age 48 Derek Boyer is a Fijian-Australian world champion powerlifter, former professional strongman competitor and actor.

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René Minkwitz is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
René Minkwitz age 48 Rene Minkwitz is a strongman from Denmark. He won Denmark's Strongest Man 5 times from 2000, 2001 and 2004–2006. And participated in the World's Strongest Man final of 1999 where he finished ...more

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Raimonds Bergmanis is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
age 51 Raimonds Bergmanis is a Latvian former Olympic weightlifting champion and retired strongman competitor. Bergmanis has reached the finals in the World's Strongest Man contest several times, ...more

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Jesse Marunde is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
Jesse Marunde Dec. at 28 (1979-2007) Jesse Marunde was an American strongman athlete who placed second in the 2005 World's Strongest Man competition. He is the brother of MMA fighter Bristol Marunde.

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Richard Skog is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
Richard Skog age 36 Richard Skog is an actor.

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Hugo Girard is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
Hugo Girard age 46 Hugo Girard is a Canadian former strongman. He is a Strongman Super Series world Champion, a four-time World Muscle Power champion and a six-time Canada's Strongest Man.

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Glenn Ross is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
age 46 Glenn Ross known by his nickname "Big Daddy", is a Northern Irish former International Strongman and Powerlifter who has represented Ireland and the UK in several World's Strongest Man ...more

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Kevin Nee is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
Kevin Nee age 32 Kevin Nee is an American professional Strongman athlete. He is notable as being the youngest person ever to reach the finals in the World's Strongest Man in 2007 at age 21. Born in Framingham, ...more

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Benedikt Magnússon is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
Benedikt Magnússon age 34 Benedikt Magnússon, known by his nickname "Benni", is a strongman and powerlifter from Iceland. Benedikt is the current holder of the official record for the heaviest deadlift.

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Stojan Todorchev is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
Stojan Todorchev age 33 Stoyan Todorchev is a Bulgarian strongman competitor and entrant to the World's Strongest Man competition.

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Vasyl Virastyuk is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
age 43 Vasyl Virastyuk, is a Ukrainian former strongman competitor. Vasyl Virastyuk competed in the finals of the World's Strongest Man contest in 2003 and 2004. He finished third in 2003 behind ...more

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Jack McIntosh is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
Jack McIntosh age 29 Jack McIntosh is a British strongman competitor, who was the youngest competitor at the 2011 World's Strongest Man.

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Rob Frampton is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
Rob Frampton age 44 Rob Frampton is a British strongman competitor, winner of the UK Team Championships in 2008, winner of the British Clash of the Giants in 2011 and repeat competitor at the World's Strongest

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Kostiantyn Ilin is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
Kostiantyn Ilin age 43 Kostiantyn Ilin is a leading Ukrainian strongman competitor and entrant to the World's Strongest Man.

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Cees de Vreugd is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
Cees de Vreugd Dec. at 46 (1952-1998) Cees de Vreugd, also known as "Kees de Vreugd" was a butcher, strongman and powerlifter from Katwijk, Netherlands. He finished 3rd at the World's Strongest Man games in 1985. After ...more

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Hamid Soltan is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
Hamid Soltan age 47 Hamid Soltan is an Iranian Strongman and Powerlifter, competing for Iran in international powerlifting competitions. He participated in the first period of Iran's Strongest Man competition, and ...more

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Farzad Mousakhani is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
Farzad Mousakhani age 37 Farzad Mousakhani is an Iranian Strongman competing for Iran in international strongman competitions. He participated three times in Iran's Strongest Man finishing in 2nd place in 2007.

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Mark Felix is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
Mark Felix age 51 Mark Felix is a strongman competitor and regular entrant to the World's Strongest Man competition. Felix has won numerous international grip contests, including the Rolling Thunder World ...more

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Kamal Sharifi is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
Kamal Sharifi age 44 Kamal Sharifi is an Iranian Strongman, competing in internal and international strongman competitions. He participated couple of times in Iran's Strongest Man competition, and could reach the ...more

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Vytautas Lalas is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
Vytautas Lalas age 35 Vytautas Lalas is a professional strongman competitor from Mažeikiai, Lithuania, currently residing in Dublin, Ireland.

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Mojtaba Maleki is listed (or ranked) 48 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
Mojtaba Maleki age 35 Mojtaba Maleki is an Iranian Strongman and Powerlifter, competing for Iran in international strongman and powerlifting competitions. He participated six times in Iran's Strongest Man ...more

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Jimmy Laureys is listed (or ranked) 49 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
Jimmy Laureys age 36 Jimmy Laureys is a Belgian powerlifter and strongman competitor.

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Karim Taleshi is listed (or ranked) 50 on the list List of Famous Strongmen
Karim Taleshi age 38 Karim Taleshi is an Iranian Strongman, competing for Iran in international strongman competitions. He participated couple of times in Iran's Strongest Man competition, and could reach the final ...more