1. Oprah Winfrey
Oprah and her partner Stedman Graham have long faced prying questions about their decisions not to get married or expand their family. And the media mogul has been open about her decision-making process over the years.
From seeing people on her talk show who have failed to be good parents and witnessing the toll it took on their kids, to simply putting her career first and not wanting to raise children after her 17-hour workdays, Oprah has always known that returning home to her partner and dogs were enough.
In 2019, she told USA TODAY that she did get to flex her maternal instincts in her own way though:
“I have not had one regret about that. I also believe that part of the reason why I don’t have regrets is because I got to fulfill it in the way that was best for me: the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in South Africa,” she said. “Those girls fill that maternal fold that I perhaps would have had. In fact, they overfill – I’m overflowed with maternal.”