The Medal of Freedom is the Nation’s highest civilian honor, presented to individuals who have made especially meritorious contributions to the security or national interests of the United States, to world peace, or to cultural or other significant public or private endeavors. The recipients include: Ellen DeGeneres, Kareem Abdul-Jabbar, Bill & Melinda Gates, Elouise Cobell, Vin Scully, Tom Hanks, Robert De Niro, Michael Jordan, Bruce Springsteen, Cicely Tyson, Diana Ross, Edwardo Padron, Frank Gehry, Grace Hopper, Lorne Michaels, Margaret H. Hamilton, Maya Lin, Newt Minow, Richard Garwin, & Robert Redford.

Source: The Presidential Medal of Freedom