7 Very Famous People With Very Cool Hobbies

Into a specific hobby? You’re in good company. Some of history’s most famous people were avid hobbyists. Here are seven of the coolest.

Teddy Roosevelt

The 26th president enjoyed hunting, boxing, horseback riding, hiking, reading and writing. Roosevelt was also a passionate supporter of Scouting and was named the first — and only — Chief Scout Citizen.

Tim Duncan

This former National Basketball Association player for the San Antonio Spurs might be one of the geekiest athletes on Earth. In his spare time, Duncan enjoys playing Dungeons & Dragons, fantasy videogames, paintball and reading about wizards!


Orville and Wilbur Wright

They’re known for inventing the airplane, but their passion was bicycles. They raced them, collected them and even owned a bike shop that later served as the workspace for their famous 1903 Wright Flyer.


Thomas Jefferson

The third president’s hobbies included chess, writing, playing the violin, architecture, archaeology, cooking and designing libraries. His massive book collection served as the first Library of Congress.


Mark Twain

The author of The Adventures of Huckleberry Finn and The Adventures of Tom Sawyer was also an amateur inventor. Twain invented a quirky device to replace suspenders, a historical trivia game and a self-pasting scrapbook.


Albert Einstein

The celebrated mathematician was also an avid sailor. But that doesn’t mean he was particularly good at it. There are lots of stories of Einstein having to be rescued after capsizing his boat. Another problem: He never learned how to swim.

Franklin D. Roosevelt

The 32nd president once said, “I owe my life to my hobbies — especially stamp collecting.” Roosevelt was one of the world’s most prolific stamp collectors. He was also known to sketch new stamp designs and themes during his presidency.


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