Enneagram Type 8 Celebrities(+5 Famous Personalities)

This article will take a look at famous people who possess enneagram type 8 as their personality type. The article will also introduce the audience to the enneagram type 8 and describe its traits, strengths and weaknesses.

Celebrities Who Are Type 8 Enneagrams

Here is a list of celebrities who possess the type 8 enneagram as their personality:

  • Serena Williams
  • Queen Latifah
  • Kamala Harris
  • Martin Luther King, Jr.
  • Dr. Phil McGraw
  • Pablo Picasso

Before we take a look at each of these celebrities in detail, let us introduce the readers to what the type 8 enneagram basically is!

Enneagram Type 8: The Challenger

This enneagram type can be described as confident, confrontational, decisive and assertive as well. They do not hesitate to voice out their opinions or take a stand for what they firmly believe in. Furthermore, these individuals are focused on what they want and will not stop at anything when it comes to achieving their goals or desires.

However, although they are resourceful and generally straightforward people, these enneagram types are affected by their ego and can be dominating when it comes to being around other people. They want to have what it is that makes them feel complete or whole and as we said they will do anything in their power to get it!

At their best, they will be very generous especially because of the number of resources they usually possess and use their power and influence to make the lives of people better. However, they sometimes have issues in controlling their temper and become vulnerable or expose their weak points.

These are the two things that drive the enneagram type 8:

  • The Basic Fear
  • The Basic Desire

The Basic Fear

When it comes to enneagram type 8, their basic fear is to be controlled or manipulated by others to the extent that they end up hurting themselves. They want to be independent and in control of their own lives. What they fear is being exposed or vulnerable so that someone can take advantage of the power or influence they have over the enneagram type 8 individual. 

As a result of this fear, they avoid being helpless in situations and try to stand up for themselves all the time – this could be one reason why they ensure they are so resourceful and independent! However, if they are scared enough, they will avoid situations where they feel vulnerable.

If you’re facing this, it may be a good idea to seek the help of a therapist or other mental health professional. You can find a therapist at BetterHelp who can help you learn how to cope and address it.

The Basic Desire

Of course their basic desire stems from their fear of being controlled! The type 8 enneagram wants to be in control of their own life. They do not want to live in the constant fear that they will be manipulated or influenced by another being! As a person, they want to be able to take decisions for themselves and hence they are passionate about standing up against injustice not only against their own being but that of others! They understand how it feels to be powerless and hence do not want this for anyone else either.

8 Celebrities Who Are Type 8 Enneagrams: The Challengers

In this section, we will look at all those celebrities who are type 8 enneagrams!

Serena Williams

Born on 26th September 1981, Williams is an American female tennis player who is well known in the world of tennis; she has won 39 Grand Slam titles where 23 were in singles, 14 in women’s doubles and 2 in mixed doubles! She is a determined player who is known for her ability to strike back hard even when the cards are down on her side! Her power packed serve and groundstrokes from her forehand and backhand swings are quite popular moves she employs during the game other than her aggressive high playing style!

Also known as Serena Jameka Williams, the star is a Libra and is 39 years old. She has a daughter named Alexis Olympia Ohanian Jr. after her husband Alexis Ohanian whom she married in 2017. Her parents are Richard Williams who played a huge role along in her career development and childhood training along with his wife and mother of Serena, Oracene Price. 

The tennis started from a very young age of four when her father and mother were dedicated to training her and her sister Venus Williams to become tennis players. They attended the tennis academy of Rick Macci who helped polish their innate talent. However, after some time their father pulled them out of the academy because he feared they would experience stress due to the competition existent there. 

Queen Latifah

Born in Newark, New Jersey, US on March 18, 1970, Queen Latifah’s real name is Dana Elaine Owen  however she was given the nickname of Latifah that meant ‘delicate’ or ‘sensitive’ in Arabic.

She is an American rapper and musician and launched her career in the 1980’s! Since then she has appeared in a number of movies such as The Equalizer, Girls Trip, Set It Off and Last Holiday! With her, the male genre of rapping was redefined and it opened doors to female singers and performers!

Kamala Harris

The 49th Vice President of the United States, Kamala Harris was born on October 20, 1964 in California, US. She is currently 56 years old and is not only an American politician but also an attorney. She is married to Doug Emhoff and was born to Donald Harris and Shyamala Gopalan Harris.

Kamala Harris indeed has made history because she is not only the first female, but African American female to become the Vice President of the United States and the only female to hold such a high office in the history of the country. 

Born in Oakland, California, Harris graduated from Howard University and the University of California, Hastings College of the Law. She began her career in the Alameda County District Attorney’s Office, before being recruited to the San Francisco District Attorney’s Office and later the City Attorney of San Francisco’s office. In 2003, she was elected district attorney of San Francisco. She was elected Attorney General of California in 2010 and re-elected in 2014.

Martin Luther King, Jr.

Being one of the few to win the Nobel Peace Prize, Martin Luther was one of the most prominent activists of the American Civil Rights movement and was also a baptist minister who actively spoke up for the rights of black people. He was born on January 15, 1929 in Atlanta, Georgia, US but was assassinated on April 4, 1968 in Tennessee.

At the age of thirty-five, Martin Luther King, Jr., was the youngest man to have received the Nobel Peace Prize. When notified of his selection, he announced that he would turn over the prize money of $54,123 to the furtherance of the civil rights movement. He was indeed a man who believed in fighting for the rights of other individuals who were marginalized during his time.

Dr. Phil McGraw

Phillip Calvin McGraw who is more famously known as Dr. Phil, was born in 1950 and is an American television host who also holds a Doctorate in clinical psychology and hence draws much interest to his show ‘Dr. Phil’.

Not only has he pursued a long time standing career in the media industry but he also founded telehealth company, Doctor on Demand, which is an online company providing medical services to people from the comfort of their homes.

He launched his career in the television industry with much help from Oprah Winfrey when he made many appearances on her show in the late 1990’s.

Pablo Picasso

Living a life from 1881 to 1973, he was a Spanish sculptor, painter, ceramist and theatre designer who spent most of his life in France. From a very young age, Picasso was a natural artist and caught much attention.

The painter’s work has been divided into different periods of his life. While the names of many of his later periods are debated, the most commonly accepted periods in his work are the Blue Period (1901–1904), the Rose Period (1904–1906), the African-influenced Period (1907–1909), Analytic Cubism (1909–1912), and Synthetic Cubism (1912–1919), also referred to as the Crystal period. Much of Picasso’s work of the late 1910s and early 1920s is in a neoclassical style, and his work in the mid-1920s often has characteristics of Surrealism.


This article introduced the audience to the type 8 enneagram personality and highlighted it’s traits and also described it’s basic fear and desire. The article then focused on popular individuals who possess this enneagram type! 



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