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.

Slide 15 of 28: CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - NOVEMBER 28: Nelson Mandela (L), singer Beyonce Knowles (C) and singer Annie Lennox (L) after a press conference for the '46664 - Give One Minute of Your Life to Aids' concert on November 28, 2003 on Robben Island, off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa. The concert will take place at Greenpoint Stadium on November 29th and will benefit the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the fight against AIDS in Africa. Artists performing will include Bono, Queen, Peter Gabriel, The Eurythmics, Beyonce, Youssou N'Dour, and many other international and African musicians. It will be one of the biggest rock events ever staged in Africa and will also be the most widely distributed media event in history with a potential audience of more than 2 billion people in 166 countries. (Photo by Frank Micelotta/Getty Images)

With singers Beyoncé (C) and Annie Lennox during the 46664: Give One Minute of Your Life to AIDS concert on Robben Island on Nov. 28, 2003.

Slide 24 of 28: CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - APRIL 03: Celebrity Chef Gordon Ramsay (R) shakes hands with Nelson Mandela during a lunch to Benefit the Mandela Children's Foundation as part of the celebrations of the opening of the new One&Only Cape Town resort on April 3, 2009 in Cape Town, South Africa. The One&Only is Sol Kerzner's first hotel in his home country since 1992. The 130 room property is One&Only's first Urban resort and sits in the fashionable Waterfront district. Celebrities from all over the world including Mariah Carey, Clint Eastwood, Matt Damon, Morgan Freeman, Thandie Newton and Marisa Tomei will attend the event. Gordon Ramsay will be launching his first restaurant in Africa at the resort, Maze and Robert De Niro will be opening Nobu. Nelson Mandela will be attending an intimate luncheon at Maze on Friday to celebrate his long-standing relationship with Mr. Kerzner. (Photo by Chris Jackson/Getty Images)

With chef Gordon Ramsay during a lunch to benefit the Nelson Mandela Children’s Fund in Cape Town, South Africa, on April 3, 2009.


Slide 25 of 28: TROMSO, NORWAY - JUNE 11: 46664 artist Angelique Kidjo poses with Nelson Mandela at a photocall ahead of tonight's '46664 Arctic' concert, at the Rica Hotel on June 11, 2005 in Tromso, Norway. The fourth concert aims to raise awareness of and funds for the global HIV/AIDS pandemic, as well as funds for South Africa with proceeds going to the Nelson Mandela Foundation. Produced by Robbie Williams, it follows 3 previous concerts held in Cape Town, George and Madrid, and Mandela is expected to make a personal plea to leaders of the G8 summit in his address. (Photo by Dave Hogan/Getty Images)

With singer-songwriter Angélique Kidjo, ahead of 46664 Arctic concert at the Rica Hotel in Tromsø, Norway, on June 11, 2005.


Slide 26 of 28: Former South African President Nelson Mandela (C), British super-model Jodie Kidd (L) and US actor Samuel L Jackson pose for photographers during the prize-giving ceremony at the end of the Nelson Mandela Invitational Golf Tournament at the Arabella Country Estate, about 100 kms outside of Cape Town 17 November 2003. The sporting charity event raised well over ZAR2 million (about US $ 300,000 ), which is split between the Nelson Mandela Children's Fund and the Gary Player Foundation. AFP PHOTO/ANNA ZIEMINSKI (Photo credit should read ANNA ZIEMINSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

With model Jodie Kidd and actor Samuel L. Jackson during the Nelson Mandela Invitational Golf Tournament at the Arabella Country Estate, South Africa, on Nov. 17, 2003.

Slide 11 of 28: South African President Nelson Mandela embraces American international pop-star Stevie Wonder (R) in Pretoria at the presidential residence 06 February. Mandela praised Wonder for his involvement in anti-apartheid activities when the African National Congress was still a banned organization in South Africa. AFP PHOTO (Photo credit should read WALTER DHLADHLA/AFP/Getty Images)

With American singer Stevie Wonder in Pretoria, South Africa, on Feb. 6, 1996.

Slide 10 of 28: South African former president Nelson Mandela (C) poses for a picture with members of the Black Eyed Peas band from L to R: Fergie, Taboo, Will.I.Am and Apl.De.Ap in Johannesburg 29 May 2006 after making a courtesy call at Mandela's office. The Band is in South Africa for a benefit concert for Johannesburg's underprivileged people. AFP PHOTO / Alexander Joe (Photo credit should read ALEXANDER JOE/AFP/Getty Images)

With members of the music band Black Eyed Peas — (L-R) Fergie, Taboo, Will.i.am and apl.de.ap — in Johannesburg, on May 29, 2006.


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