Ferrari was founded way back in 1939 by Enzo Ferrari in Modena, Italy. They built their first ever car in 1940 and, well, the company hasn’t looked back since. The first Ferrari-badged car was completed and released only in 1947. Regardless, the company has become the leader in sports and luxury vehicles and they have all the credibility to back up their name.
They have been leaders in the domain of racing as well as providing street-legal cars for consumers all over the world to drive, collect, and enjoy. And, of course, many of the world's wealthiest and most famous people have done just that.
But we wonder if the company has always been proud of the people who collect their models; meaning, do they ever cringe when they see certain celebrities driving their cars in public, we wonder? And do they ever think of compiling a list of celebrities they’d prohibit from owning their cars? And equally, are there celebrities that would make their VIP list? Individuals who could be the perfect spokespeople for their line of epic cars?
So we’ve taken the time to give you some examples. So, come on in and we’ll rev the engine, fasten those seat belts, and let’s go down this bumpy ride and take a look at the top celebs we feel belong on Ferrari’s VIP list and those who we feel should be banned and never be let close to a Ferrari again.
20 WAYS TO GET REJECTED: KANYE WEST'S BIG MOUTH
To get the festivities off to an appropriate start, why don't we go ahead with Kim Kardashian's current beau and the dad to her children? It seems appropriate seeing that this dude doesn't shy away from bad behavior. He's known for letting loose and going absolutely nuts at the TMZ office or sitting with Ellen DeGeneres herself on her talk show and going equally down the annals of the twilight zone. And by that we mean going off on tangents that probably the most outrageous and incomprehensible people would have a hard time following. The videos are all online. So we're pretty sure that even if this guy owns a few Ferraris, the company isn't all that happy about it because of his big mouth.
19 ON FERRARI'S VIP LIST: DWAYNE JOHNSON
Now, what else could make an automotive company like Ferrari happier? Here's a man who is at the top of his game as an entertainer. He accumulated amazing amounts of success in the wrestling industry and then turned his sights to the film industry and although it didn't go as well as planned for the first few years, he kept at it and is now considered one of the biggest stars in the world with three or more movies opening a year. And no, not on Netflix, in theaters—worldwide we might add. Indeed, Mr. Johnson is definitely a heavyweight, and in more ways than one, as he is in incredible shape, as well. Now, if we can only get him to fit in a Ferrari, we'd be all set.
18 SHOULD BE REJECTED: CONOR MCGREGOR'S ANTICS
This man has unfortunately had a bad last couple of years. He's been in the press and the negative attention has definitely had its effect not only on his public image as a whole but his martial arts career as well in the MMA. A true champion, yes; he has his fair share of fans out there and people that support him despite, but his loss to Khabib was definitely demoralizing, we're very sure. Now, he needs to turn things around and fast or else he's looking at a tarnished career and who knows about the future. But here, too, we're sure Ferrari isn't all that enthused to see images of him out there in their beautiful line of cars, especially having him associated with such behavior outside of the Octagon.
17 ON FERRARI'S VIP LIST: SYLVESTER STALLONE
If you have no idea who he is, we're likely going to have to check your pulse. Sylvester Stallone is a screen legend and icon who has been writing, directing, and starring in some of the most iconic films ever recorded over the last 40 years and more. He is the writer and star of the Rocky Franchise, the Rambo franchise, the Expendables franchise, the Escape Plan franchise, and a heck of a lot of other projects—and what more, he's even played a race car driver not once, but twice. His work is legendary in Hollywood and we're sure that Ferrari is pleased to have him represent their brand in any form.
16 SHOULD BE REJECTED: JUSTIN BIEBER'S CONSTANT TICKETS
The young man in question here achieved fame because of an internet video that went viral and since then, the fame has definitely gotten to his head. He has been one of the worst-behaved, rudest, most infantile celebrities to be seen on TV. And yes, he has a few hits but let's remember that he didn't write any of them, so he was mostly at the right place at the right time. We're waiting for his star to fizzle out or at least change his wild-boy ways. Maybe his new father-in-law, Stephen Baldwin, will be able to straighten him out, but we're not holding our breath. And Ferrari can't be happy he keeps getting pulled over speeding in Calabasas.
15 ON FERRARI'S VIP LIST: GORDON RAMSAY
Gordon Ramsay started working the line in many professional kitchens in London and along the way accumulated some restaurants of his own, as well as a plethora of TV shows that have all done well. The show is more than entertaining and gives an inside look at how the main man runs his pro kitchens. And no, he's not known for coddling his chefs and he tends to get a bit irate but at the end of the day, he does so to get the best service for his clientele. His quest for the excellent service and his public persona have made him quite the celebrity and we're sure Ferrari are very proud that he has a massive love for their cars.
14 SHOULD BE REJECTED: FLOYD MAYWEATHER'S FLASHINESS
He has had a colorful boxing career and has also loaned his image to many other milieus in the entertainment industry and such endeavors have definitely served him very well. Definitely one of the wealthiest men in the boxing industry, no one can contend with his success. Probably, one of the most infamous instances of his career was when he faced The Big Show in a WWE ring. The event caused loads and loads of attention to come his way and the way of the WWE. But perhaps, Ferrari wouldn't be too enthused to see this man driving around any of their cars, as he isn't known to be the gentlest of human beings, nor the nicest, and he constantly flashes ostentatious amounts of cash left and right online.
13 ON FERRARI'S VIP LIST: MICHELLE RODRIGUEZ
Dare we say it? Why not? The queen of the cinematic automotive universe! Sure, it sounds right coming out, so we'll definitely go with it. After all, she did play Letty Ortiz in the Fast and Furious film franchise. And she did so expertly. Her portrayal has not only won her fame and adoration but the respect of young men and women everywhere. And besides, it's not only an act for her, as she lives and breaths cars, even in real life and has a pretty cool collection herself. And yes, Ferrari has made the list, and why not? They are one of the oldest and greatest car manufacturers of sports luxury vehicles in existence.
12 SHOULD BE REJECTED: CRISTIANO RONALDO'S WRECKS
This young man sure can play soccer; We cannot take that away from him by any means. As far as that game is concerned, he's pretty untouchable. In private life, it has been reported that he is a great father and family man, so we can't touch him there either. But as far as being the owner of a few Ferraris, we're pretty much on the fence about that one. If you may remember, dear reader, a gorgeous Ferrari suffered a most terrible incident and the event also made worldwide news. Now, accidents can happen to absolutely anyone but Ferrari can't be happy that perhaps the most famous athlete in the world totaled their car for the world to see.
11 ON FERRARI'S VIP LIST: JEAN-CLAUDE VAN DAMME
Jean-Claude Van Damme has also made the list of classic film legends and action stars who got his start in the late eighties. With such iconic classics as Kickboxer, Timecop, and Universal Soldier under his belt, the man sure paid his dues in Hollywood. And although things didn't look that great in the late-90s, he turned it around big time and is now a respectable celebrity. He's got a great car collection that includes a few Mercedes vehicles and yes, also a beautiful black Ferrari and we're sure the company doesn't or wouldn't mind that one bit. He has recently enjoyed a resurgence in the mainstream with reboots of both Kickboxer and Universal Soldier.
10 SHOULD BE REJECTED: DENNIS RODMAN'S POLITICS
Interestingly enough, Rodman actually once starred alongside Jean-Claude Van Damme in Double Team, back in 1997. It was a good film that wasn't given the run it most definitely deserved and with a massive amount of edits and re-cuts, the finished product did not reflect the initial script. But enough about the film and back to the man at hand. (Dennis also had a run with Hulk Hogan back in WCW wrestling at around the same time.) But sadly, associating himself with both men could do little to improve his image. Back then, he was definitely known as a wild man who always missed practice (by the way, he was a basketball player, we forgot to mention). These days, he's more famous for his visits to Asia—meeting people Ferrari certainly doesn't want to associate with.
9 ON FERRARI'S VIP LIST: JASON STATHAM
The world was introduced to this gentleman in Guy Ritchie film Lock, Stock and Two Smoking Barrels back in 1998 and audiences haven't looked back since his appearance in the mainstream. Charismatic, good-looking, and in extremely good shape, this man kicked his way to the top of the industry and is considered today to be one of the biggest in the business. He too has been a part of many iconic film franchises, including The Expendables and The Fast and The Furious, not to mention some other great films of his own. This summer he'll be exciting audiences worldwide alongside Dwayne Johnson in the Fast and Furious spin-off, Hobbs and Shaw—some free press Ferrari would love to get in on.
8 SHOULD BE REJECTED: THE GAME'S BACKGROUND
Jayceon Terrell Taylor, or rather The Game, as he's more popularly known, has been on the scene since the early portion of this millennium, appearing first in 2002. Interestingly enough, he was able to establish some "hype" for himself at that time despite not having dropped a single album. How did he do so, you may ask? Well, by exploiting his behavior as much as possible. And it wasn't good behavior, we might add. He has carried, if not fostered, this disreputable image with him for most of his career and we feel that this is what has been detrimental to his image, thus earning him a spot on the negative side of this list.
7 ON FERRARI'S VIP LIST: RONDA ROUSEY
A definitive leader in the sports industry, this young woman set her sights on a competitive Judo career when she was younger, then an MMA career, then a wrestling career, and also a Hollywood career. So, the fact that she is a former UFC Champion, is headlining Wrestlemania this year, and has been in major motion pictures such as The Expendables, The Fast and The Furious, Mile 22, and other films, should tell you that what she sets her sights on, she accomplishes in full. Extremely successful, intelligent, classy and positively gorgeous, Ronda Rousey is the poster woman for any brand, let alone Ferrari.
6 SHOULD BE REJECTED: VINCE NEIL'S ROCK STAR WAYS
Now, we know that there is a sudden outpouring of love for Motley Crue because of the recent film that was released entitled The Dirt but that doesn't mean we all have to believe the hype, right? At the end of the day, these guys spent more time apart than they did together and while they were together, they were some of the worst role models and rock stars in existence. They didn't give anything back for their fame, they squandered their millions, were a bunch of pretty horrible guys—let's face it—and absolutely paled in comparison to other bands of the era. By no means do any of these guys deserve to drive Ferraris, let alone represent the company.
5 ON FERRARI'S VIP LIST: WILL SMITH
Will Smith has had one of the most impressive careers in the mainstream. Not only in film but on television and even in the music industry. He has been a positive influence in the mainstream and today, he believes in giving back to the community and his fans. He first won over fans in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air and hasn't looked back since. His film roles include some pretty outstanding performances including Independence Day, Men In Black, Bad Boys, and I Am Legend. Onscreen, he has battled all kinds of foes and has the image to go along with all the accolades he has achieved. He'd be the perfect spokesman for the company. After all, the world has gotten a glimpse of him behind the wheel of a Ferrari in Bad Boys and the two compliment each other perfectly.
4 SHOULD BE REJECTED: CHARLIE SHEEN'S "WINNING"
A definitive member of the A-List Hollywood celebrities of the 80s, Charlie Sheen won over the hearts of many back then, starring in a large number of blockbuster hits like Wall Street. Well, he parlayed that charm to TV and has had many performances to add to his list of accomplishments. And although he was at one time looked upon favorably, the tide surely has turned in recent years. His forays into depravity have been made both public and notorious—even if he does consider himself to be "winning." It's safe to assume you won't be seeing him on Ferrari's top ten list for "who'll be our next celebrity spokesman."
3 ON FERRARI'S VIP LIST: KOBE BRYANT
Kobe Bryant had a 20-year NBA career and although it wasn't always sunshine and rainbows, we can safely say that he definitely turned his life around when it wasn't looking all that great. It's safe to say that he matured and had a very great career with the NBA and can be considered one of the best to ever dribble the ball back and forth on the court. He walked away from his career in 2016. As it turns out, he is the proud owner of a Ferrari or two and it's safe to assume that the company wouldn't mind him acquiring a few more at that. A five-time NBA champion, a 2008 MVP, a two-time NBA scoring champion, and the list goes on and on to Oscar winner, as well. Why wouldn't Ferrari want him in their cars?
2 SHOULD BE REJECTED: MIKE SORRENTINO'S SITUATION
Although we'd have to say that he was one of the most charismatic of individuals to have found fame on Jersey Shore, we have to put him on the negative side of this list, we're afraid. Yes, he did have some star quality and he definitely made loads and loads of cash with his appearance on MTV but overall, his image just doesn't sit well with the execs at Ferrari. He is currently serving an 8-month sentence for tax evasion, and though no one knows what the future holds for this reality star, he's not about to be considered money in the bank by Ferrari.
1 ON FERRARI'S VIP LIST: JOHN CENA
What can be said about this car aficionado? It's no mystery that he loves cars, as it's one of the things he likes talking about most. In fact, he runs a gamut of four subjects in which he is a self-proclaimed expert: Cars, food, wrestling, and working out. After all, did you see the size of those biceps? He's got a massive car collection and he always gets excited at the chance to show it off. As it turns out, he has a love for all sorts of cars, ranging from muscle cars and supercars to luxury cars and even motorcycles. Ferraris aren't off his radar, at all. He has parlayed his wrestling and entertainment skills from the ring to the big screen. He'd be a great spokesman for anyone, regardless of the brand.
Sources: Wikipedia, IMDb, Jetss.