2020 may feel like a while away, but that hasn’t held back the rumors and speculation of who might try their hand at running against President Donald Trump in the next election. This time around some of the rumors are wild. After all, Trump’s win has proven that no previous political experience is needed.
We look at five celebrities in entertainment and business who’ve been rumored to run for President of the United States in 2020:
1. Kanye West
If you watched the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards, you’d probably remember the moment outspoken rapper, songwriter and entrepreneur, Kanye West announced his presidential bid at the end of his wild acceptance speech.
Whether he was serious or just causing a spectacle remains unclear, but he did follow-up on the rumors a year later when he told BBC Radio, “I’m going to try to do it.”
He added, “I don’t have views on politics, I just have a view on humanity, on people, on the truth.”
2. Mark Zuckerberg
The public began to speculate that CEO and founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg would run for President in 2020 after posting on Facebook that his “personal challenge” of 2017 is to “visit every state I haven’t spent time in before to learn about people’s hopes and challenges, and how they’re thinking about their work and communities.”
Zuckerberg denied the rumors that this meant he’d be running for public office. After all, it does sound like the type of thing a presidential candidate might do.
A group named “Disrupt for America” is now trying to “convince the American people to convince Mark.”
3. Sheryl Sandberg
Zuckerberg could have some competition close to home. At the Watermark Conference for Women earlier this year, Recode executive editor Kara Swisher asked influential business leader and billionaire Facebook executive, Sheryl Sandberg if she planned on running for President in 2020.
To which Sandberg said, “I have said no, and I’ll going to continue to say no.” But Swisher replied with, “And I’ll continue not to believe you, in any way. I feel I have better sources.”
In addition to being the COO of Facebook, Sandberg is also the best-selling author of Lean In: a book she was inspired to write after the “overwhelming response” to her 2010 TED Talk, “Too Few Women Leaders.”
4. Dwyane “The Rock” Johnson
When asked in May by GQ magazine if he would consider running for the Presidency one day, actor and former wrestling champ Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson didn’t hesitate with saying, “I think that it’s a real possibility.”
One person has taken that “possibility” to heart; a West Virginia resident has formally created a campaign committee called “Run The Rock 2020” according to Federal Election Committee records.
5. Michelle Obama
Despite the support of FLOTUS for POTUS, former First Lady, Michelle Obama says she will not be running for President in 2020.
During her farewell interview with Oprah Winfrey last December, Obama was asked if she would ever run for office, to which she responded, “No, no, no… If I were interested in it, I’d say it. I don’t believe in playing games—it’s not something I would do.”
She added, “It also speaks to the fact that people don’t really understand how hard this is. And it’s not something that you cavalierly ask a family to do again.”
Will any of these people actually be on the ballot in 2020? Only time will tell.