Albanian

When you think of some of the most famous Albanians, the list can actually go endless. After all who can forget the contribution of Agnes Gonxha Bojaxhiu, or Mother Teresa to society and mankind or Cesk Zadeja to music, Dhimiter Agnosti to films, Mimoza Ahmeti to poetry, Martin Camaj to novels, Elvana Gjata to singing, or Angela Martini to modelling! Right from Ismail Qemali, the founder and first leader of modern Albanian state to Mustafa Kemal Atuturk the first President of the Republic of Albania, the country has a widespread political, social and economic dominion. Officially known as the Republic of Albania, it is situated in the Southeastern Europe, surrounded by Montenegro, Kosovo, Macedonia and Greece. The history of the country dates back to the prehistoric times of 4th century BC. Once controlled by the Roman Empire, Albania witnessed the rise and fall of numerous Empires before being nationalized as the Republic. It was due to this that the country’s art work and artistic forms have been variedly inspired, an aspect that makes it unique from other European countries. Over the years, Albanians have greatly contributed in varied fields be it music, folklore, literature, science, history, sport, fashion, films, entertainment, visual arts and so on. This section provides you information about the life and works of famous Albanians.

This ranking is based on an algorithm that combines various factors, including the votes of our users and search trends on the internet.

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 1 Skanderbeg

Skanderbeg.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Military Commander
Birthdate: May 6, 1405
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Principality of Kastrioti (Albania)
Died: January 17, 1468
Skanderbeg was initially a hostage at the Ottoman court and served the Ottoman sultan for about 20 years. He was named the governor of the Sanjak of Dibra, following which he became the captain general under King Alfonso V of Northern Albania and fought against the Ottoman forces.

 2 Mother Teresa

Mother Teresa.
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Famous As: Founder of Missionaries of Charity
Birthdate: August 26, 1910
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Skopje
Died: September 5, 1997

An Albanian-Indian Roman Catholic nun and a missionary, Mother Teresa was the founder of Missionaries of Charity, a Roman Catholic religious congregation. She was both an admired and controversial figure and was the recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize. While she was admired by many for her charitable work, she also earned criticism for her stance against abortion and contraception.

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 3 Eliza Dushku

Eliza Dushku.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: December 30, 1980
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Watertown, Massachusetts

Eliza Dushku is an American actress and model. She inspired a lot of people to stay sober by sharing her story of struggle with alcohol and drug addiction. Also a well-known activist, Dushku has raised funds for several charitable causes. She also works closely with the THRIVE-Gulu organization, which works towards helping the survivors of war.

 4 Enver Hoxha

Enver Hoxha.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Former Communist Leader of Albania
Birthdate: October 16, 1908
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ergiri (Gjirokastër), Janina Vilayet, Ottoman Empire
Died: April 11, 1985

Enver Hoxha was an Albanian politician. From 1944 to 1954, Hoxha served as the prime minister of Albania. He is credited with rebuilding Albania after World War II. He was also responsible for building the country's first railway line, wiping out epidemics, raising the adult literacy rate, and electrification the country.

 5 Masiela Lusha

Masiela Lusha.
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 23, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tirana
Albanian-American actor Masiela Lusha is best known for her Young Artist Award-winning role of Carmen Lopez in George Lopez and has appeared in films such as Blood: The Last Vampire. She has written several poetry books and has also translated Mother Teresa’s poems. She is also associated with U.N. Women.

 6 Muhammad Ali of Egypt

Muhammad Ali of Egypt.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Ottoman Governor of Egypt
Birthdate: March 4, 1769
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kavala, Greece
Died: August 2, 1849

Muhammad Ali of Egypt was the de facto ruler of Egypt from 1805 to 1848. He was also the Albanian Ottoman governor and is considered the founder of modern Egypt. He implemented drastic reforms in the military, economic and cultural spheres in Egypt. He established the Muhammad Ali dynasty that ruled Egypt until the revolution of 1952.

 7 Barıs Arduc

Barıs Arduc.
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: October 9, 1987
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Scherzingen

Barış Arduç is a Swiss-born Turkish actor best known for his portrayal of Ömer İplikçi in the romantic drama TV series Kiralık Aşk for which he won a couple of Golden Butterfly TV Awards. Also a humanitarian, Arduç has been serving as a goodwill ambassador for an organization called Life Without Cancer Society of Turkey since 2016.

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 8 Era Istrefi

Era Istrefi.
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer, Songwriter
Birthdate: July 4, 1994
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pristina
Known for her single BonBon, which catapulted her to fame, Kosovo-Albanian singer Era Istrefi is the younger sister of singer Nora Istrefi. Era specializes in a signature fusion of dance, electronic, pop, and hip-hop. She also writes most of her lyrics in the Gheg Albanian dialect.

 9 Rezar wrestler

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: June 16, 1994
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Amsterdam, Netherlands

 10 Edi Rama

Edi Rama.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Prime Minister of Albania
Birthdate: July 4, 1964
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Tirana

Edi Rama is an Albanian politician, writer, painter, publicist, former basketball player, and former pedagogue. He is currently serving as the prime minister of Albania. Since 2005, Rama has been serving as the Socialist Party of Albania's chairman. A football fanatic, Rama is a fan of popular football clubs, such as Juventus and FK Partizani.

 11 Safiye Sultan

Safiye Sultan
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Wife of Murad III
Birthdate: 1550 AD
Birthplace: Dukagjin highlands
Died: 1619 AD

 12 Dhurata Dora

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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: December 24, 1992
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Nuremberg, Germany

 13 Sefer Seferi

Sefer Seferi
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: March 5, 1979
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Gostivar, SR Macedonia, SFR Yugoslavia

 14 Sali Berisha

Sali Berisha.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Former President & Prime Minister of Albania
Birthdate: October 15, 1944
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Viçidol

Sali Berisha is an Albanian politician who served as the head of the Democratic Party of Albania from 1991 to 1992 and again from 1997 to 2013. From 1992 to 1997, he served as the president of Albania. One of the most popular Albanian politicians of all time, Berisha served as the prime minister of Albania from 2005 to 2013.

 15 Noizy

Noizy
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: September 27, 1986
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sukth, People's Socialist Republic, present Albania

 16 Tony Dovolani

Tony Dovolani
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Listed In: Dancers
Famous As: Dancer
Birthdate: July 17, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Pristina, SFR Yugoslavia

 17 Enca Haxhia

Enca Haxhia
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 19, 1995
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Tirana, Albania

 18 Emina Cunmulaj

Emina Cunmulaj
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Listed In: Fashion
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: September 12, 1984
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Michigan, United States

 19 Ali Pasha of Ioannina

Ali Pasha of Ioannina
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Government Official
Birthdate: 1740 AD
Birthplace: Tepelene, Albania
Died: January 24, 1822

 20 Mozzik

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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: September 29, 1995
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ferizaj, Kosovo

 21 Ramiz Alia

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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: October 18, 1925
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Shkodër
Died: October 7, 2011

 22 Arilena Ara

Arilena Ara
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: July 17, 1998
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Shkodër, Albania

 23 Leka Crown Prince of Albania born 1982

Leka Crown Prince of Albania born 1982
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Famous As: Prince
Birthdate: March 26, 1982
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sandton Clinic, Johannesburg, South Africa

 24 Eni Vasili

Eni Vasili
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Tirana, Albania

 25 Almeda Abazi

Almeda Abazi
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 13, 1992
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tirana, Albania

 26 Ermal Meta

Ermal Meta
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Composer
Birthdate: April 20, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Fier, Albania

 27 Naim Frasheri

Naim Frasheri
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Famous As: Historian
Birthdate: May 25, 1846
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Fraşer, Yanya Eyalet, Ottoman Empire (now Frashër, Albania)
Died: October 20, 1900

 28 Bujar Nishani

Bujar Nishani
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: President of Albania
Birthdate: September 29, 1964
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Durrës

 29 Sotiris Ninis

Sotiris Ninis
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: April 3, 1990
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Himarë

 30 Majlinda Kelmendi

Majlinda Kelmendi
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Judoka
Birthdate: May 9, 1991
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Peja, Kosovo

 31 Cindy Marina

Cindy Marina
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: July 18, 1998
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Chicago, Illinois, United States

 32 Bleona

Bleona
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: May 14, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Korçë, Albania

 33 Orli Shuka

Orli Shuka
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 27, 1976
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Vlorë, Albania

 34 Nexhmije Hoxha

Nexhmije Hoxha
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: February 8, 1921
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Bitola, North Macedonia
Died: February 26, 2020

 35 Leka Crown Prince of Albania born 1939

Leka Crown Prince of Albania born 1939
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: April 5, 1939
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Royal Palace of Tirana, Tirana, Kingdom of Albania
Died: November 30, 2011

 36 Elvana Gjata

Elvana Gjata
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: February 3, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tirana, Albania

 37 Mërgim Mavraj

Mërgim Mavraj
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: June 9, 1986
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hanau

 38 Fatos Nano

Fatos Nano.
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Former Prime Minister of Albania
Birthdate: September 16, 1952
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Tirana

Fatos Nano is an Albanian socialist politician. He was the founder of the Socialist Party of Albania and became its first leader. He has served as the prime minister of Albania several times. He resigned as the prime minister in 2005 and has since maintained a low profile. He occasionally appears in political talk shows and has written three books. 

 39 Nora Istrefi

Nora Istrefi
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: March 25, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Pristina, FR Yugoslavia, Kosovo

 40 Trejsi Sejdini

Trejsi Sejdini
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Model
Birthdate: May 30, 2000
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Elbasan, Albania

 41 Capital T

Capital T
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Rapper
Birthdate: February 29, 1992
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Pristina

 42 Dafina Zeqiri

Dafina Zeqiri
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 14, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Varberg, Sweden

 43 Mehmet Shehu

Mehmet Shehu
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 10, 1913
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Çorrush
Died: December 17, 1981

 44 Migjen Basha

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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: January 5, 1987
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Lausanne

 45 Elia, Crown Princess of Albania

Elia, Crown Princess of Albania
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: February 8, 1983
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Tirana, Albania

 46 Gjergj Fishta

Gjergj Fishta
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: October 23, 1871
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Fishtë, Albania
Died: December 30, 1940

 47 Essad Pasha Toptani

Essad Pasha Toptani
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Political leader
Birthdate: 1863 AD
Birthplace: Tirana, Albania
Died: June 13, 1920

 48 Laura Mersini-Houghton

Laura Mersini-Houghton
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Listed In: Scientists
Famous As: Cosmologist
Birthdate: 0000 AD
Birthplace: Tirana, Albania

 49 Zog of Albania

Zog of Albania
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: King
Birthdate: October 8, 1895
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Albania
Died: April 9, 1961

 50 Ilira

Ilira
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Listed In: Musicians
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: October 29, 1994
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Brienz, Switzerland