Freemasonry is famous among all the people whatever their department is. It has attracted many of the world’s best scientists, entertainers, leaders, politicians, and others. So, it ranks due to a wide variety of different reasons and there is no secret that there are many “powerful people” who also want to become Freemasons.
It is more than we ever know about it. Maybe you also don’t about many of them who has freemasonry and want to know. So in this article, we are going to take a look at 9 famous men, you probably did not know are also Freemasons.
In this list, you will find some superstar athletes, politicians, tech-wizards, royalty, actors, and more.
So, without further delay, let me tell you about the 9 famous Freemasons.
There is a list of some famous men you did not know are freemasons, here we go:
- Shaquille O’Neal
- Scottie Pippen
- Silvio Berlusconi
- Steve Wozniak
- Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
- The Duke of Kent
- Jesse Louis Jackson Snr.
- John Elway
- Michael Anthony Richard
9 Famous Men Are Freemasons.
1. Shaquille O’Neal
Shaquille Rashaun O’Neal is a famous former USA basketball star. He is also known as Shaq. He got retirement from the sport a couple of years ago. Now he is working as a sports analyst on the Inside the NBA show on TNT.
He has 19 years career in basketball and he rose his ranks with the legendry player such as Kobe Bryant and Michael Jordan.
After he retired from athlete career, Shaquille was made a Freemason, and Shaq is actively engaged in Freemason activities. He has honored a “Master Mason” at sight. His beginning was at Widow’s Son Lodge No.328, PHA in Massachusetts, London.
2. Scottie Pippen
Scottie Pippen is also a former National Basketball Association (NBA) player. Scottie Pippen is also known Freemason. His Chicago Bulls jersey was number 33, linked to Freemason symbols.
He is actively involved in the brotherhood cause, during his career. He has the highest-profile Prince Hall Masons.
A very remarkable thing about Scottie is that he always balanced his Masonic duties and basketball career.
So he could not miss any of these duties ever and gave his proper time to basketball.
As I mentioned that he was an active member of the NBA, so he is known as an NBA legend. He led the Chicago Bulls to six NBA titles alongside Michael Jordan in the 1990s.
3. Silvio Berlusconi
Silvio Berlusconi is known as an Italian politician and media tycoon. He got involvement with Freemasonry traced back to Propaganda Due in 1978.
He related to the Masonic Lodge that operated under the Grand Orient of Italy and further the lodge transformed into a Pseudo Masonic organization.
In 1981, Silvio barely escaped punishment after hiding evidence on his membership and fees he paid to the lodge so after that he hasn’t been actively linked to any Lodge.
Silvio Berlusconi also fulfills his duties as an Italian Prime Minister in four different governments. He has been performing as a Member of the European Parliament since July 2019.
4. Steve Wozniak
Steve Wozniak is an American engineer, entrepreneur, philanthropist, and programmer. With Steve Jobs and Ronald Wayne, he co-founded Apple Inc. So due to this, they got remarkable attention and made a stand-out position in the technology revolution world during the 1970s and 1980s. So they earned the title of ‘prominent pioneers of the personal computers.’
Another honor, he earned a place in the National Inventors Hall of Fame in September 2000.
Steve joined the Charity Lodge No. 362, California in 1980. And he is still a member of the lodge. The public knows about his association with Freemasonry.
Steve has soft and humble nature and he always ready to do charity. His philanthropic passion has earned him several awards from technology and community groups.
5. Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh
Prince Philip is known as Duke of Edinburgh. He is popularly known as the husband of Queen Elizabeth II. After this, he does not need any other introductory paragraph. You have to know that he has been a member of the craft for over 60 years. As he celebrated his royal sixtieth Freemasonry anniversary in 2013.
- Prince Philip joined Navy Lodge No 2612 London, England in 1952.
- He is a dues-paying member of the lodge.
Even he didn’t perform actively in Masonic activities but his dedication and devotion to the brotherhood were recognized worldwide.
6. Edward George, The Duke of Kent
Edward George is a first cousin of Queen Elizabeth II’s. As I mentioned that he is a member of the royal family so he has a history with Freemasonry. He has a long freemason career.
- On December 16, 1963, Edward George was introduced into the Royal Alpha Lodge No.16.
- He was elected the worshipful master for 1965-1966.
- He celebrated 50 years as a UGLE Grand Master in 2017.
- Edward holds the record as the longest-serving UGLE Grand Master in England and Wales.
- Edward attends Masonic activities and participates as an active member.
- He participated in the 300th-anniversary event of UGLE.
As a Britain Sovereign, Edward and his family are in the focus of the world eye. His brother, Prince Michael, is also a freemason.
7. Jesse Louis Jackson
Jesse Louis Jackson is a famous American civil rights activist, politician, and Baptist minister. He was also nominated as a candidate for the Democratic president in 1984 and 1988. He also served as a shadow U.S. Senator for the District of Columbia for seven years, 1991 to 1997.
J. L. Jackson began his working career with Dr. Martin Luther King. He participated in Montgomery march that was organized by Dr. King, James Bevel, and other Civil Rights leaders, in 1965. After retirement, he continues his participation attentively and actively performs his Masonic duties.
People knew him when he started working with Martin Luther King Jr.
- Jesse Louis Jackson also known as the Reverend is an active Freemason!
- He was introduced as Grand Master Senator of the Most Worshipful Prince Hall Grand Lodge of Illinois on May 25, 1987.
- He rose to the rank of Master Mason in his lodge.
- This 78-year-old retired US Senator is a 33rd Degree, Prince Hall Freemason.
Jesse Jackson is known for his tireless fight against civil rights discrimination.
8. John Elway
John Elway is a former American footballer. He is currently the general manager and president of football operations for the Denver Broncos of the National Football League.
He started to play football at Stanford College. He is attached to the Denver Broncos in his entire 16-year professional career. He retired early 1999 from American football but he didn’t leave his career as a sportsman.
Quarterback footballer John Elway joined Freemasonry on June 28, 2002, and achieved Super Bowl champion two times in his career.
John pursued his interest in Freemasonry even after he retired from football. He is now a lifetime member of South Denver-Lodge No.93.
9. Michael Anthony Richards
Michael Anthony Richards was born on July 24, 1949, in California. He completed his graduation from Thousand Oaks High School. Michael is an American actor, writer, and comedian. He is a television writer and producer as well.
Michael started his acting career as a stand-up comedian. His debuted role was in Bill’s Crystal’s first cable show. He has played different roles in several movies, sitcoms as a romantic man, comedian, and serious roles, etc.
He has a very rich acting career with a reasonable net worth. He played many roles but one of his best roles is Cosmo Kramer on the hit 90’s sitcom “Seinfeld”.
He also served in the army during the Vietnam War!
Michael Anthony Richards is also a member of Riviera Masonic Lodge No. 780 Pacific Palisades, California, America.
Michael Anthony Richards has high achievements in his Freemason journey such as he received the Knights Commander of the Court of Honor awards. He is also a member of the Ancient Accepted Scottish Rite, Southern Masonic Jurisdiction.
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