Rolling Stones guitarist, grandfather of five
When God made Keith Richards, he broke the bad*ss mold. Together with Mick Jagger and the rest of his Rolling Stones bandmates, 70-year-old Richards (pictured with his wife, model Patti Hansen) has been rocking audiences since the early 1960s.
To wit: Richards ranked No. 4 on Rolling Stone magazine's list of the 100 Greatest Guitarists, dreamed up the unmistakable riff for "(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction," co-wrote 14 songs that appear on Rolling Stone's 500 Greatest Songs of All Time, and parlayed his grizzled, devil-may-care look into cameos in two Pirates of the Caribbean movies. Off stage, Richards is infamous for his drug use—in 2010, journalist Peter Hitchens described him as, "a capering streak of living gristle who ought to be exhibited as a warning to the young of what drugs can do to you even if you're lucky enough not to choke on your own vomit."
On a lighter note, Richards is also a big softie: He's writing a children's book with his daughter Theodora Dupree called Gus & Me: The Story of My Granddad and My First Guitar, to be released Fall 2014.