Famous Friends of Mandela

The global icon inspired many during his lifetime.

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Great Leaders - Ever the global traveler, Nelson Mandela had fans and friends all around the world. — Britt Middleton Then-Secretary of State Hillary Clinton shared a tender moment with him near his boyhood village of Qunu, South Africa, in 2012. (Photo: AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, Pool)

All in the Details - During her 2011 trip to South Africa, First Lady Michelle Obama carved out time for a reading session with Mandela at his home. (Photo: Michelle Obama/Facebook)

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All in the Details - During her 2011 trip to South Africa, First Lady Michelle Obama carved out time for a reading session with Mandela at his home. (Photo: Michelle Obama/Facebook)

Happy Birthday to Him - In 2008, Will Smith joined him at the "46664 - Give One Minute of Your Life to AIDS" concert in London, part of his 90th birthday celebrations. (Photo: Mike Marsland/WireImage)

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Happy Birthday to Him - In 2008, Will Smith joined him at the "46664 - Give One Minute of Your Life to AIDS" concert in London, part of his 90th birthday celebrations. (Photo: Mike Marsland/WireImage)

Coming Together - Rwandan President Paul Kagame visited the former South African president in Johannesburg in 2009. (Photo: Denis Farrell - Pool/Getty Images)

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Coming Together - Rwandan President Paul Kagame visited the former South African president in Johannesburg in 2009. (Photo: Denis Farrell - Pool/Getty Images)

America Bound - In 2005, President George W. Bush invited Mandela to the White House, where they shared a few laughs in the Oval Office. (Photo: Mannie Garcia/Getty Images)

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America Bound - In 2005, President George W. Bush invited Mandela to the White House, where they shared a few laughs in the Oval Office. (Photo: Mannie Garcia/Getty Images)

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Stars Align - In 2004, Oscar-winning actress and South Africa native Charlize Theron wiped away tears during her special meeting with Mandela in Johannesburg, where the esteemed leader congratulated her on her achievement. (Photo: Naashon Zalk/Getty Images)

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Stars Align - In 2004, Oscar-winning actress and South Africa native Charlize Theron wiped away tears during her special meeting with Mandela in Johannesburg, where the esteemed leader congratulated her on her achievement. (Photo: Naashon Zalk/Getty Images)

Rocking Good Time - Mandela joins musicians and "46664 - Give One Minute of Your Life to AIDS" concert ambassadors Roger Taylor, Peter Gabriel, Annie Lennox, Brian May and Yusuf Islam at a VIP reception launching the publication of coffee table book 46664 the Concert in London in 2004. (Photo: MJ Kim/Getty Images)

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Rocking Good Time - Mandela joins musicians and "46664 - Give One Minute of Your Life to AIDS" concert ambassadors Roger Taylor, Peter Gabriel, Annie Lennox, Brian May and Yusuf Islam at a VIP reception launching the publication of coffee table book 46664 the Concert in London in 2004. (Photo: MJ Kim/Getty Images)

Say "Cheese!" - Flanked by Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair and President Bill Clinton, the African leader smiled for the cameras while attending a gala night in London in 2003. (Photo: REUTERS/Chris Young/POOL MD)

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Say "Cheese!" - Flanked by Britain's Prime Minister Tony Blair and President Bill Clinton, the African leader smiled for the cameras while attending a gala night in London in 2003. (Photo: REUTERS/Chris Young/POOL MD)

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Let's Get Golfing - Three South African presidents, Mandela, Thabo Mbeki and F.W de Klerk, came together for the kick-off of the Presidents Cup golf tournament between the United States and the International team in George, South Africa, in 2003. (Photo: Stuart Franklin/Getty Images)

Together at Last - Beyonc? attended a press conference for the "46664 - Give One Minute of Your Life to AIDS" concert near Cape Town, South Africa, where Mandela addressed the crowd in 2003. (Photo: Getty Images)

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Together at Last - Beyoncé attended a press conference for the "46664 - Give One Minute of Your Life to AIDS" concert near Cape Town, South Africa, where Mandela addressed the crowd in 2003. (Photo: Getty Images)

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Bend It Like Beckham - Soccer star David Beckham got his kicks with Mandela when visiting Johannesburg in 2003. (Photo:  REUTERS/Juda Ngwenya PP03090058 JN/JV)

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Bend It Like Beckham - Soccer star David Beckham got his kicks with Mandela when visiting Johannesburg in 2003. (Photo:  REUTERS/Juda Ngwenya PP03090058 JN/JV)

Championing the Cause - The African leader joined Oprah Winfrey at a ceremony celebrating the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in Johannesburg in 2002. (Photo: REUTERS/Juda Ngwenya)

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Championing the Cause - The African leader joined Oprah Winfrey at a ceremony celebrating the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls in Johannesburg in 2002. (Photo: REUTERS/Juda Ngwenya)

A Beautiful Day With Bono - Nelson Mandela shared a moment with U2 front man Bono at his Johannesburg home in 2002. (Photo: REUTERS/Juda Ngwenya JN/AA)

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A Beautiful Day With Bono - Nelson Mandela shared a moment with U2 front man Bono at his Johannesburg home in 2002. (Photo: REUTERS/Juda Ngwenya JN/AA)

A Little Swing Music - In 2001, he bopped to the music with Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien during a ceremony to make Mandela an honorary Canadian citizen in Quebec. (Photo: REUTERS/Shaun Best JY/SV)

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A Little Swing Music - In 2001, he bopped to the music with Canadian Prime Minister Jean Chretien during a ceremony to make Mandela an honorary Canadian citizen in Quebec. (Photo: REUTERS/Shaun Best JY/SV)

Put 'em Up! - British heavyweight boxer Lennox Lewis playfully sparred with Mandela when the two met in Brakpan, South Africa, in 2001. (Photo: JN/ - Rueters)

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Put 'em Up! - British heavyweight boxer Lennox Lewis playfully sparred with Mandela when the two met in Brakpan, South Africa, in 2001. (Photo: JN/ - Rueters)

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Revolutionary Leaders - In 2001, Mandela welcomed former Cuban President Fidel Castro, who visited his home in Johannesburg, in 2001. (Photo: REUTERS/Chris Kotze/Files)

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Revolutionary Leaders - In 2001, Mandela welcomed former Cuban President Fidel Castro, who visited his home in Johannesburg, in 2001. (Photo: REUTERS/Chris Kotze/Files)

A Royal Visit - Queen Elizabeth II partied with Mandela at a banquet in Cape Town, South Africa, in 1995. (Photo: Tim Graham/Getty Images)

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A Royal Visit - Queen Elizabeth II partied with Mandela at a banquet in Cape Town, South Africa, in 1995. (Photo: Tim Graham/Getty Images)

Whitney Sings for Mandela  - In 1988 an all-gospel set was planned for the Nelson Mandela Tribute Concert in London, instead the audience was blessed with Cissy Houston joining Whitney for the gospel song ?I Believe.?(Photo: Media24/Gallo Images/Getty Images)

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Touching Moment - In 1994, then-President Mandela consoled a weeping Whitney Houston, overcome by emotion after their first meeting, in Pretoria, South Africa. (Photo: Media24/Gallo Images)

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Close Ties - Mandela and longtime friend and former African National Congress president Oliver Tambo reunited for an event in 1992. (Photo: STR New / Reuters)