LeBron James was greeted by hundreds of fans in Hong Kong last month, as he promoted his new range of Nike trainers. Dubbed the "Chosen One" by Sports Illustrated when he was still a high-school junior, the basketball player grew up in the spotlight and completed his media ascent in 2008, when he became the first African-American man (and the third male in general) to grace the cover of Vogue . Criticised as "racially insensitive", the image showed James striking a primate-like pose while clutching a damsel-in-distress. It was reminiscent of a film poster with a certain famous gorilla. The blonde from the 1933 King Kong would be Fay Wray, the one on the Vogue cover was Brazilian model Gisele Bundchen … Sometimes referred to as the last of the great supermodels, Bundchen is one of the most globally recognised faces in fashion today. Claudia Schiffer, an ex-frat of that elite category, in a 2007 interview with Vogue, declared that a bona fide supermodel, "must be on all the covers all over the world at the same time". Bundchen's clout extends even further than that. In her native Brazil, she was the only female to make the top five of Forbes' 2013 list of the most influential Brazilian celebrities. A few slots above her, at No2, was writer Paulo Coelho … Coelho's tomes are not to everyone's taste. One reviewer from British newspaper The Independent likened the philosophical conundrums his novels pose to "something David Hasselhoff might spout after a particularly taxing Baywatch rescue". Coelho is most likely too busy to read what his critics write - he writes, on average, a book a year. His most famous novel, The Alchemist, which has sold more than 65 million copies, was penned in two weeks because the story "was already written in [his] soul". A few other souls have also helped Coelho write: his 2005 book The Zahir sprouted from a meeting with British journalist Christina Lamb … In 1987, as a precocious Financial Times intern, Lamb interviewed Benazir Bhutto, landing an invitation to the politician's wedding in Pakistan in the process. A romance with the country began and Lamb started a new life as a foreign correspondent, at first in Kashmir and then along the Afghan border. She has written a number of books on war and her experiences reporting it. Recently she co-authored the autobiography of Pakistani education advocate Malala Yousafzai … In 2012, Malala was shot by a Taliban who had boarded her school bus. The bullet lodged in her shoulder and she lived to tell the tale. Since her ordeal, the now 17-year-old has founded the Malala Fund, which is dedicated to educating young girls around the world. She has also visited Nigeria to lobby President Goodluck Jonathan into doing more to find the more than 250 girls captured by Islamic terrorists. Last year, she received an invitation to the White House to talk about the drone war being waged around her hometown by United States President Barack Obama … The first black man to be elected US president, Obama financially surpassed all other presidential rivals in his 2008 election campaign, which raised a staggering US$740.6 million. It helps when you have friends on the A-list, of course. Among his celebrity backers is undiminished fan, campaign contributor and supporter of his fledgling Obamacare programme, basketball legend LeBron James.