Celebrities who shaked hands with Nelson Mandela

We all know that Nelson Mandela (1918-2013) was a civil rights activist, president of South Africa from 1994 to 1999 and a Nobel Peace Prize winner. It is also no secret that his fame attracted a lot of international visits, some of which we are very familiar with here at EntertainmentSA. Here’s a look at photographs of celebrities meeting and shaking hands with the iconic figure.

Slide 3 of 28: LONDON - JUNE 24: Lewis Hamilton meets with Nelson Mandela ahead of the 46664 concert being held in Hyde Park on Friday the 27th of June, at the Dorchester Hotel on June 24, 2008 in London, England. Nelson Mandela is on a one week visit to London, where he is due to attend a gala dinner celebrations, and a birthday concert in his honour to raise funds for the fight against HIV and AIDS. (Photo by Dave M. Benett/Getty Images)

With racing driver Lewis Hamilton at The Dorchester Hotel on June 24, 2008, ahead of the 46664 concert.

Slide 7 of 28: JOHANNESBURG - MAY 21: Lucas Radebe (L) and England captain David Beckham (R) pose with former South African President Nelson Mandela on May 21, 2003 at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Houghton Johannesburg, South Africa. England will play a friendly match against South Africa in Durban on May 22, 2003. (Photo by Touchline/Getty Images)

With South African soccer player Lucas Radebe (L) and English soccer player David Beckham at the Nelson Mandela Foundation in Houghton, Johannesburg, on May 21, 2003.

Slide 9 of 28: JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA - NOVEMBER 30: Nelson Mandela and Supermodel Naomi Campbell at the Press Conference for the 46664 World Aids Day Concert at Gallagher Estate in Gauteng - South Africa, November 30, 2007 (Photo by Michelly Rall/WireImage)

With model-actress Naomi Campbell for the 46664 World AIDS Day Concert at Gallagher Estate in Gauteng, South Africa, on Nov. 30, 2007.

Slide 13 of 28: SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 01: President Nelson Mandela being like a concerned parent wiping the tears of a very emotional Whitney Houston where she met Mr. Mandela on the steps of the Union Buildings in Pretoria. (Photo by Media24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

Seen wiping the tears of American singer Whitney Houston at the Union Buildings in Pretoria in 1994. 

Slide 14 of 28: GEORGE, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 20: (EMBARGOED FOR PUBLICATION IN UK TABLOID NEWSPAPERS UNTIL 48 HOURS AFTER CREATE DATE AND TIME) (L-R) Nelson Mandela, actor Will Smith and his wife, Jada Pinkett-Smith, participate in, '46664 Celebrity Golf Tournament,' following yesterday's charity concert, '46664 South Africa,' at the Fancourt Hotel & Country Club on March 20, 2005 in George, South Africa. The event aims to raise awareness of the global HIV/AIDS pandemic, as well as raise funds for South Africa with proceeds going to the Nelson Mandela Foundation. The number '46664' represents Mandela's prison number during the 18 plus years he was imprisoned in South Africa's Robben Island jail. (Photo by Dave Benett/Getty Images)

With actor Will Smith and his wife Jada Pinkett Smith at the Fancourt Hotel & Country Club in George, South Africa, on March 20, 2005.