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This article lists the top 10 ESTP famous people and provides you with interesting facts about these celebrities, as well as their motivational quotes. 

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Definition of an ESTP 

ESTP is the acronym used by the Myers-Briggs (MBTI) to describe extroverted people who prefer to use their sensing, thinking, and perceiving preferences to receive information, make decisions, and interact with the outside world.  

Extroverts are extremely sociable, and people are naturally drawn to them as they are friendly, charismatic, charming, confident, energetic, and positive. 

While ESTPs have a frivolous, fun-loving nature, they are down-to-earth, practical realists. They are not content to just be detail-oriented observers of life but active participants who get things done. 

Their love of excitement and adventure can lead them to take risks and their spontaneous, independent nature can sometimes cause problems in their relationships. 

Even though ESTPs can be callous, arrogant, and domineering, when they are on a quest for success, they make excellent leaders who inspire others to reach for the stars. 


Famous People and the ESTP Personality  

Famous ESTP People
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As they have a people-orientated nature, it’s no surprise that many famous people have the ESTP personality type. ESTP famous people love to be the center of attention, are happy to be interviewed, and aren’t too fazed by negative publicity.  

Regardless of career difficulties or personal struggles, famous ESTPs recover quickly, stay focused on their goals, and transform tough challenges into successes.  


Sensing and thinking preferences of ESTPs

For ESTP famous people, sensing and thinking preferences help them in several ways. It helps them:

  • Brainstorm an effective business strategy 
  • Memorize a script 
  • Portray different characters 
  • Direct actors and use high-tech cameras 
  • Remember song lyrics and complex dance routines 
  • Quickly find practical solutions to problems 
  • Maintain a healthy balance between their professional and private life 



As ESTP famous people work in busy, demanding careers, they rely heavily on their perceiving preferences.  

The perceiving preference helps them to make decisions under pressure and adapt quickly to challenging environments and changing circumstances. 


ESTP Famous People 

ESTP Famous People
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Donald Trump

Donald Trump is a businessman, television personality, and author, and he was the 45th president of the United States.  

Trump is one of the most prolific entrepreneurs in the world. His company, The Trump Organization, owns a range of businesses around the world; hotels, resorts, casinos, golf courses, commercial properties, residential towers, real estate, and products. 

He earned $427 million when he was the boss of the reality television series The Apprentice. 

In 2016, he became President of the United States.  

Trump was the 3rd president in US history (after Andrew Johnson in 1868 and Bill Clinton in 1998) to be impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives.  

He was the only president to be impeached twice. He was impeached in 2019, due to the Ukraine scandal, and in 2021, he was accused of inciting insurrection after a violent mob of Trump supporters stormed the United States Capitol. 

Trump has written a number of books, many of which were co-authored with other writers. Books such as Trump: The Art of the Deal, Trump: The Art of the Comeback, Why We Want You to Be Rich, Trump 101: The Way to Success, and Trump Never Give Up: How I Turned My Biggest Challenges into Success. 

He is currently worth 3 billion USD dollars.  

ESTP characteristics 

Donald Trump is an ESTP because he is brimming with self-confidence and likes to take on seemingly insurmountable challenges. He can make tough decisions even though they make him unpopular with a lot of people. Although ESTPs are usually easy-going, Trump doesn’t come across that way. 

Despite his amazing success, Trump has experienced many setbacks during his career. Debts, class-action lawsuits, real estate fraud, business bankruptcy, political accusations, and impeachments.  

A weaker personality would crumple underneath this pressure, but Trump is strong, fearless, and incredibly resilient.  

Trump has been called a narcissist, extremely disagreeable, and “socially dominant” but also a dedicated family man and a “generous and fair-minded boss who likes to invest in others.” (McAdams, The Atlantic, 2016) 


I try to learn from the past, but I plan for the future by focusing exclusively on the present. That’s where the fun is.

What separates the winners from the losers is how a person reacts to each new twist of fate.



Madonna is a singer, songwriter, dancer, actress, director, and entrepreneur.  

She is known for her upbeat dance beats, provocative lyrics, cleverly choreographed dance routines, visually evocative videos, and risqué stage performances. 

Some of her best-selling songs include Holiday, Like a Virgin, Material Girl, Like a Prayer, Papa Don’t Preach, Crazy for You, Justify My Love, Express Yourself, Vogue, Ray of Light, Music, American Life, and the Beat Goes On.

She has starred in films such as Desperately Seeking Susan, Shanghai Surprise, Dick Tracy, A League of Their Own, Evita, Next Best Thing, and Swept Away, and made a documentary called Truth or Dare. 

In 1992, she attracted attention when she published a highly controversial soft-core pornographic coffee-table book Sex which featured her in a variety of erotic poses. 

In 2008, Madonna was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. 

ESTP characteristics 

Madonna is an ESTP because she is outgoing, confident, energetic, enthusiastic, exciting, charming, daring, and adventurous. 

Her ability to maintain a long-term career in the volatile music industry for 40 years is due to her strong work ethic, ambitious nature, determination to succeed, resilience, and adaptability.  

She loves to take risks and is not afraid to shock people through her audacious self-expression.  

Brad Jeffries, the director, and choreographer of Madonna’s Virgin tour described her as one of the most “magnetic women [he had] ever met…someone who demanded attention as soon as she walked into a room…and a free spirit.” (Heimbrod, Latin Times, 2019) 


“If I can’t be daring in my work or the way I live my life, then I don’t really see the point of being on this planet.”

“Better to live one year as a tiger than a hundred years as a sheep.” 


Angelina Jolie

Angelina Jolie is an American actress, screenwriter, and director. She is known for her acting versatility, sex appeal, luminous beauty, and humanitarian efforts. 

Her most famous movies include Gone in Sixty Seconds, Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, Lara Croft Tomb Raider: The Cradle of Life, Alexander, Sky Captain and the World of Tomorrow, Mr & Mrs. Smith, The Changeling, Wanted, The Tourist, the Maleficent films, Those Who Wish Me Dead, and Eternals. 

Angelina has won three Golden Globe Awards, two Screen Actor Guild Awards, and an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actress in the film Girl, Interrupted.  

In 2001 she became a Goodwill Ambassador for the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR). She has traveled to numerous poverty-stricken countries and adopted children from Cambodia and Ethiopia 

Jolie has a pilot’s license and bought her own small plane, a Cirrus SR22-G2. 

Despite being called the most beautiful woman in the world, Jolie was bullied at school for being too thin, and because she wore braces and glasses. 

ESTP characteristics 

Angelina Jolie is an ESTP because she is strong, confident, energetic, independent, bold, determined, and perfectionist, but also unpredictable and impulsive.  

She likes to be physically active and embarked on an intensive martial arts and weapons training program, so she could give an authentic performance as Lara Croft. 

Jolie has a history of volatile relationships and “wild…self-destructive behavior” and her tumultuous relationship and subsequent divorce with Brad Pitt have dominated the media.   

An inspiring person, Angelina Jolie has battled and banished her demons. She is one of the most influential Hollywood actresses, a devoted mother to her six children, and a passionate social justice advocate. 


“I do believe in the old saying, ‘What does not kill you makes you stronger.’ Our experiences, good and bad, make us who we are. By overcoming difficulties, we gain strength and maturity.” 

“It is a joy to be an artist, but it doesn’t mean very much unless that work is somehow useful in some way and contributes to others.” 

Meryl Streep

Meryl Streep is an American actress and activist. She has been working in the acting industry for more than 40 years and is one of Hollywood’s finest dramatic actresses. 

Her films include The Deer Hunter, Kramer vs. Kramer, Sophie’s Choice, The French Lieutenant’s Woman, Silkwood, Out of Africa, A Cry in the Dark, Postcards from the Edge, Death Becomes Her, The River Wild, The Bridges of Madison County, The Hours, Adaptation, The Devil Wears Prada, Mamma Mia, Julie & Julia, It’s Complicated, The Iron Lady, Florence Foster Jenkins, and The Post. 

In 2017, she was given the Cecil B. DeMille Award for lifetime achievement. 

She has won an Emmy Award, been nominated for an Academy Award 21 times, and has won 3 Oscars. 

ESTP characteristics 

Meryl Streep is an ESTP because she is bold, confident, a risk-taker, hard-working, focused, and adaptable.  

Although she is warm and friendly, she is very serious and strict when it comes to acting.  

Anne Hathaway, her co-star in The Devil Wears Prada, said that when she first met Streep onset, she gave [her] a hug…but then “transformed into the ice queen that was her character” in the film. (Lazzarus, The Things, 2021)  

As well as her impressive list of film successes, Meryl Steep has had her failures as well. Her positive attitude and refusal to give up on her dreams have helped her maintain her reputation as a top-billing actress. 


“You just have to keep on doing what you do. It’s the lesson I get from my husband; he just says, Keep going. Start by starting.”

“Integrate what you believe in every single area of your life. Take your heart to work and ask the most and best of everybody else, too.”


Theodore Roosevelt

Theodore Roosevelt (often referred to as Teddy) was an American politician, statesman, conservationist, naturalist, historian, writer, and war hero. He served as the 26th president of the United States from 1901 to 1909 and is regarded as one of the greatest presidents in American history. 

At 42 years of age, he was the youngest person to become president of the United States after President William McKinley was assassinated in September 1901.  

Roosevelt had many political achievements. He began construction of the Panama Canal, expanded the Navy, and his successful efforts in ending the Russo-Japanese War won him the 1906 Nobel Peace Prize. 

While campaigning in Milwaukee, he was shot in the chest by a fanatic, but soon recovered.  

ESTP characteristics 

Theodore Roosevelt was a larger-than-life ESTP. He was exuberant, flamboyant, highly ambitious, self-disciplined, positive, fearless, charming, and adventurous. 

A charismatic visionary leader, he led by example and “[excited audiences with his high-pitched voice, jutting jaw, and pounding fist. He knew that the secret to success was knowing how to get along with people and showing them how much you cared.  

Despite his ill health and personal tragedy, his first wife Alice Lee Roosevelt, and his mother died on the same day, he never lost his sense of humor and continued to inspire others with his infectious enthusiasm for life.  


“Keep your eyes on the stars, and your feet on the ground.”

“Far better is it to dare mighty things, to win glorious triumphs, even though checkered by failure… than to rank with those poor spirits who neither enjoy nor suffer much, because they live in a gray twilight that knows not victory nor defeat.”


Sylvester Stallone

Sylvester Stallone is an American actor, screenwriter, and director. 

He is best known for the Rocky and Rambo films, and many of his movies he has written, produced and directed.

Forceps used during his birth damaged a facial nerve, which left him with droopy eyes and a slight speech impediment.  

After watching a match between Muhammad Ali and lesser-known boxer Chuck Wepner, Stallone was inspired to write the script for Rocky. Although producers wanted a well-known actor to play the main character, Rocky Balboa, Stallone refused to sell the story unless he could star in the leading role. He got his way, and the film was a commercial and critical success. 

His other films include Demolition Man, Cliffhanger, The Specialist, Assassins, Judge Dredd, Get Carter, Oscar, Stop! Or My Mum Will Shoot, and The Expendables. 

ESTP characteristics 

Sylvester Stallone is an excellent example of an ESTP as he is optimistic, enthusiastic, loves a challenge, lives life by his own rules, and is adaptable.  

Despite physical impediments and career challenges, he has carved out a successful long-term career in Hollywood. 

Known for his physical prowess, Stallone’s films have required him to engage in fight scenes, use a range of weapons, as well as run, climb, and drive fast cars. 

Stallone is not afraid to stand up for what he believes in. He is currently engaged in an “ownership dispute” over the film rights to the Rocky franchise. 


“I am not the richest, smartest, or most talented person in the world, but I succeed because I keep going and going and going.” 

“I’m always looking for a new challenge. There are a lot of mountains to climb out there. When I run out of mountains, I’ll build a new one.” 


Joan Rivers

Joan Rivers was an American comedian, actress, producer, television host, and writer. She was The First Lady of Comedy and a pioneer for women in comedy as she was the first woman to host a late-night talk show.  

Rivers started her career as a stand-up comedian and a comedy writer. Her career took off when she made an appearance on The Tonight Show, despite being previously rejected many times.  

She has hosted The Late Show with Joan Rivers, and The Joan Rivers Show. She won a Daytime Emmy for Outstanding Talk Show Host.  

In the mid-1990s, she became known for her comedic red carpet celebrity interviews. 

Rivers wrote 12 best-selling books and three LP comedy albums under her name: Mr. Phyllis and Other Funny Stories, The Next to Last Joan Rivers Album, and What Becomes a Semi-Legend Most?   

In 2009, Rivers won The Celebrity Apprentice. 

In 2017, Rolling Stone magazine ranked her sixth on its list of the 50 best stand-up comics of all time.  

ESTP characteristics 

As an ESTP, Joan Rivers had a witty sense of humor, was fiercely independent, and relentlessly dedicated to her career.  

Rivers was called “quite possibly the most intuitively funny woman alive” by The New York Times television critic Jack Gould, but she was famous for her acerbic manner, especially towards celebrities and politicians. 

Although she spend her life making people laugh and had fame and fortune, she had many professional and personal challenges and even contemplated suicide. But she refused to give up and continued to work into her 70s and early 80s. 


“Part of my act is meant to shake you up. It looks like I’m being funny, but I’m reminding you of other things. Life is tough, darling. Life is hard. And we better laugh at everything; otherwise, we’re going down the tube.”

“Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is God’s gift, that’s why we call it the present.”


Eddie Murphy

Eddie Murphy is a multi-award-winning American actor and comedian. He is also a writer, producer, and singer. He is regarded as one of the greatest comedians of the last 30 years.  

Murphy was ranked No.10 on Comedy Central’s list of the 100 Greatest Stand-ups of All Time. 

His most loved films are the 48 Hours, Beverly Hills Cop series, The Golden Child, Trading Places, The Nutty Professor, Coming to America, Vampire in Brooklyn, Metro, Dr. Dolittle, DreamGirls, Meet Dave, Tower Heist, and Dolemite Is My Name. He has provided his voice for animated films such as Mulan and Shrek. 

Murphy has released three studio albums, including How Could It Be, So Happy, and Love’s Alright. 

ESTP characteristics 

Eddie Murphy is the epitome of an ESTP as he is full of energy, confident, independent, charming, funny, and spontaneous. 

From watching his comedy routines, you can see how skilled he is at thinking on his feet. His adaptability was displayed when he played four different characters in Coming to America. 

Whether he is on stage or in a film, Murphy has a dynamic presence. He is “raucously funny and [an] inventive comic genius [who can] create complex, fully formed characters” (Riley, Variety, 2021) that are hilarious.  


“I started out as an impressionist and that’s all about observing – how people move, their voice quality, their attitudes, and quirks.”

“The advice I would give to someone is to not take anyone’s advice.”


Samuel L. Jackson

Samuel L. Jackson is an American actor. One of the most prolific Hollywood actors, he has appeared in over 150 films and is the highest-grossing actor of all time. 

His acclaimed films include Coming to America, Goodfellas, Patriot Games, Jurassic Park, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Django Unchained, Die Hard with a Vengeance, A Time to Kill, The Negotiator, Unbreakable, Shaft, Kingsman: The Secret Service, Star Wars Prequel trilogy, Iron Man, The Avengers, Captain Marvel.  

He has also lent his voice to several animated films, documentaries, television series, and video games.  

In the past Jackson has overdosed on heroin several times, and then tried cocaine. Ironically, after he completed drug rehabilitation, he appeared in the film Jungle Fever as a crack cocaine addict.  

In March 2022, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences honored Jackson by awarding him with an Honorary Governors Award.  

ESTP characteristics 

Samuel L. Jackson is identified as an ESTP because he is outspoken, bold, and a perfectionistic actor who displays extraordinary dedication to his career.  

Despite being one of the biggest movie stars, he is a down-to-earth person, and extremely loyal to his wife, LaTanya Richardson. He has been married to her for 41 years.  

He is relaxed, friendly, and funny in interviews, but he can lose his temper with fans who don’t give him the respect he deserves. 

Jackson is known for his uncompromising work ethic which has made him a difficult actor for directors to work with. He likes to portray a character his way, by sticking to a “mantra that has worked for him throughout his career”, (Lezmi, Showbiz CheatSheet, 2019) and his primary focus is to give his fans his best performance every time. 


“Take a stand for what’s right. Raise a ruckus and make a change. You may not always be popular, but you’ll be part of something larger and bigger and greater than yourself. Besides, making history is extremely cool.”

“I understood, through rehab, things about creating characters. I understood that creating whole people means knowing where we come from, how we can make a mistake and how we overcome things to make ourselves stronger.”


Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson

Dwayne Johnson, aka The Rock, is an American actor, businessman, producer, and former wrestler. 

He is regarded as one of the greatest professional wrestlers of all time. He worked as a WWE wrestler for eight years before pursuing an acting career.  

His action/adventure films include The Mummy Returns, The Scorpion King, Race to Witch Mountain (2009),  Fast and Furious, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Hercules, Skyscraper, San Andreas, Rampage, Central Intelligence, Baywatch, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle, Jumanji: The Next Level, Red Notice, and Black Adam.  

In 2000, Johnson released his autobiography Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson: The Life, Lessons & Rules for Success. 

He co-founded the entertainment production company Seven Bucks Production and is the co-owner of the XFL, a professional American football league. 

In 2016 and 2019, Johnson was named by Time magazine as one of the world’s most influential people.  

ESTP characteristics 

Dwayne Johnson is a perfect example of an ESTP. He is charismatic, confident, funny, ambitious, energetic, friendly, positive, and comfortable in the limelight. 

He likes to stay active and follows a strict bodybuilding regime to keep himself incredibly fit for his roles. His stand-in Alvin Streeter described Johnson as a person who has “an intensity around him…and he’s always going 150 miles an hour every day.” (Elkins, CNBC. 2017) 

Dwayne Johnson is so immensely popular that a recent Piplsay poll showed that 58% of Americans would support him running for President.  


“Attitude and enthusiasm play a big part in my life. I get excited about the things that inspire me. I also believe in laughing and having a good time.”

“Success isn’t always about greatness. It’s about consistency. Consistent hard work leads to success. Greatness will come.”



We all experience failures and disappointments in life, but if you are having more failures than successes, take heart. This list of the top 10 ESTP famous people will motivate you to get your life back on track.  

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