As we know, Yo-Yo Ma is the heir to the successful Mao Zedong-themed Yo-Yo brand The Cultural Yo-Yo Revolution(hence his name). Like the Walmart kids, he didn’t do anything to gain his fame, he was just born with it.
His parents moved to Paris just a little bit before he was born so to escape copyright claims that they copied an earlier Lenin-themed Yo-Yo brand. When Yo-Yo Ma was born, his parents planned on him being an insurance salesman, but, being the rebel Ma was, he aspired to become a world-famous cellist. His parents could not have been more disappointed. As he grew, so did his love for the cello, but also, his parent’s disdain for his life choices.
On July 5, 1986, Ma performed on the New York Philharmonic’s tribute to the 100th anniversary of the Statue of Liberty and invited his parents in one final attempt to get them to proud of what he’d chosen to do with his life. After the concert, his parents approached him and said that the concert was the most beautiful thing they had ever heard. And that, I believe, is why Yo-Yo Ma is so famous.