I was going to choose a country star but Kenny G felt funnier.
Let me try again
Wow he has sold more records than Alabama. That's impressive
So Shakespeare is well known in the English speaking world?
What about Spanish speaking regions or Chinese speaking? There should be Spanish playwrights or Chinese poets who are better known?
Give up, you've lost already.
However, each culture has their own poets, playwrights, and writer that influenced the language, arts, and culture. Germany had Goethe, the French had Moliere, which are known to the English somewhat due to proximity. But can you name the ones from Iran, Thailand, or Turkey? No, you cannot. Thus the sole reason Shakespeare is known all over the world is simply due to the empire spreading their language and culture around the world.
Ironically, a survey in Alberta indicates that there is a strong desire to drop Shakespeare as a compulsory subject. However, there are still plenty of zealots pushing against that wave.