#1. Steve Jobs
Born in 1955 to an unwed Joanne Simpson, Steve was put up for adoption and joined Paul and Clara Jobs, a machinist and his accountant wife. After searching for his birth parents, Jobs learned they had eventually married, had a daughter and he still managed to have a close relationship with them until his passing in 2011
#2. Nicole Polizzi
Nicole Polizzi, better known as “Snooki,” was adopted at 6 months old by her Italian-American parents. Nicole was born in Chile.
#3. Bill Clinton
It is a little known fact that former President of the United States, Bill Clinton, was adopted by his grandparents. His mother was widowed before he was born, so Bill was sent to live with his grandparents from a young age.
#4. Nicole Richie
Nicole Richie’s biological father is Peter Michael Escovedo, a musician who once played with Lionel Richie. When she was 3, her parents had her move in with Brenda Harvey and Lionel Richie, because they were unable to provide for her financially. At first Lionel just became her guardian, but then adopted her when she was nine.
#5. Jamie Foxx
Shortly after he was born, Jamie Foxx was adopted and raised by his mother’s adoptive parents, Esther Marie and Mark Talley. Since then, he has had little contact with his birth parents, as they were not a part of his upbringing. Him knowing them is in itself a big thing.
#6. Kristin Chenoweth
Kristen was adopted when she was five days old by Jerry and Junie Chenoweth of Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, which is a suburb of Tulsa. They named her Kristi Dawn Chenoweth.
#7. Sarah Mclachlan
The Nova Scotia Canadian born singer was adopted by an American family shortly after her birth in 1968. Her birth mother was a 19-year-old artist.
#8. Babe Ruth
Babe Ruther was born Geroge Herman Ruth Jr. but was sent to an orphanage in 1895 at the age of seven. It was at St. Mary’s Industrial School for Boys that he met Brother Matthias, who taught him how to play baseball.
#9. Marilyn Monroe
Marilyn Monroe was actually abandoned by her biological mother, who had been widowed before her birth. Marilyn spent most of her childhood in various foster homes. When she was 11, she went to live with a family friend, who eventually adopted her.
#10. Nelson Mandela
After his father passed away, Nelson Mandela was adopted at 9-years-old by Chief Jongintaba Dalindyebo, the acting regent of the Thembu people.
#11. Faith Hill
Adopted as an infant shortly after her birth in 1967, the Mississippi-raised Grammy-winning singer grew up under the care of Edna and Ted Perry, a bank teller and factory worker. She was born to an unmarried couple, and shortly after her adoption, they married and had a son together.