Algeria, the largest country in Africa and the Arab world boasts of a rich cultural heritage as it has known many empires and dynasties in the ancient times, and was once a part of the French colonial empire. Berber King Masinissa who lived in ancient Algeria is still viewed as an icon and an important forefather among modern Berbers. During the Middle Ages, the country was home to many great scholars, saints and sovereigns including Judah Ibn Quraysh, and the great Sufi masters Sidi Boumediene (Abu Madyan) and Sidi El Houari.

Karim BenzemaKarim Benzema
19 December 1987
Footballer
Sofia BoutellaSofia Boutella
03 April 1982
Dancer

Albert CamusAlbert Camus
07 November 1913
Philosopher

Jacques DerridaJacques Derrida
15 July 1930
Philosopher

Zahia DeharZahia Dehar
25 February 1992
Fashion Designer, Model

Abdelaziz BouteflikaAbdelaziz Bouteflika
02 March 1937
Longest Serving President of Algeria
Hélène CixousHélène Cixous
05 June 1937
Professor

Ahmed Ben BellaAhmed Ben Bella
25 December 1916
First President of Algeria

Assia DjebarAssia Djebar
30 June 1936
Author
Ahlam MosteghanemiAhlam Mosteghanemi
13 April 1953
Writer

Riyad MahrezRiyad Mahrez
22 February 1991
Association football player
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Frantz FanonFrantz Fanon
20 July 1925
Psychiatrist

Giorgio ChielliniGiorgio Chiellini
14 August 1984
Association football player

Saïd BenrahmaSaïd Benrahma
10 August 1995
Football player

Islam SlimaniIslam Slimani
18 June 1988
Footballer
Marlene JobertMarlene Jobert
04 November 1940
Actress

Hamza BendelladjHamza Bendelladj
01 January 1988
Computer engineer

Nicole GarciaNicole Garcia
22 April 1946
Actress

Ismael BennacerIsmael Bennacer
01 December 1997
Footballer
MacrinusMacrinus
0165 AD
Roman emperor

Houssem AouarHoussem Aouar
30 June 1998
Football player
KhaledKhaled
29 February 1960
Musician

Monica of HippoMonica of Hippo
0331 AD
Saint

Luca ZidaneLuca Zidane
13 May 1998
Footballer
Jacques TorresJacques Torres
14 June 1959
Chef

Kateb YacineKateb Yacine
02 August 1929
writer, playwright, journalist
Bernard-Henri LévyBernard-Henri Lévy
05 November 1948
Intellectual

Baghdad BounedjahBaghdad Bounedjah
24 November 1991
Football player

Rayan Aït-NouriRayan Aït-Nouri
06 June 2001
Football player
Daniel AuteuilDaniel Auteuil
24 January 1950
Actor, Film director, Theatre director

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Princess Charlotte, Duchess of ValentinoisPrincess Charlotte, Duchess of Valentinois
30 September 1898
Princess
Nabil BentalebNabil Bentaleb
24 November 1994
Association football player

Rayan CherkiRayan Cherki
17 August 2003
Football player

Rachid GhezzalRachid Ghezzal
09 May 1992
Football player

Reda KatebReda Kateb
27 July 1977
Actor
Amine GouiriAmine Gouiri
16 February 2000
Football player
Rachid TahaRachid Taha
18 September 1958
Singer

Yacine BrahimiYacine Brahimi
08 February 1990
Algerian-French footballer

Cheb MamiCheb Mami
11 July 1966
Musician

SoolkingSoolking
10 December 1989
Singer
Sofiane FeghouliSofiane Feghouli
26 December 1989
Association football player

Lyna KhoudriLyna Khoudri
03 October 1992
Actress

Ahmad al-BuniAhmad al-Buni
Mathematician

MasinissaMasinissa
0238 AD
King

Jacques RancièreJacques Rancière
10 June 1940
Philosopher
Abdelhamid Ben BadisAbdelhamid Ben Badis
04 December 1889
Educator

Alain ChabatAlain Chabat
24 November 1958
Actor
Adam OunasAdam Ounas
11 November 1996
Football player

Ahmed RessamAhmed Ressam
09 May 1967
Criminal

Ramy BensebainiRamy Bensebaini
16 April 1995
Football player
Houari BoumedieneHouari Boumediene
23 August 1932
President

Nabilla BenattiaNabilla Benattia
05 February 1992
Model
Moufdi ZakariaMoufdi Zakaria
12 June 1908
Poet, Writer, Songwriter

RilèsRilès
04 January 1996
Rapper

Kad MeradKad Merad
27 March 1964
filmmaker

Mohammed DibMohammed Dib
21 July 1920
Author

Ptolemy of MauretaniaPtolemy of Mauretania
0009 AD
King
Aissa MandiAissa Mandi
22 October 1991
Association football player

Maxime LopezMaxime Lopez
04 December 1997
Football player

Adil AouchicheAdil Aouchiche
15 July 2002
Football player

Djamel BenlamriDjamel Benlamri
25 December 1989
Football player
Hillal SoudaniHillal Soudani
25 November 1987
Football player

Rabah MadjerRabah Madjer
15 December 1958
Football player
Ahmad al-TijaniAhmad al-Tijani
1735 AD
Theologian

Faouzi GhoulamFaouzi Ghoulam
01 February 1991
Football player

Raïs M'BolhiRaïs M'Bolhi
25 April 1986
Football player
Elias MahmoudiElias Mahmoudi
14 January 1998
Kickboxer

Abdelaziz DjeradAbdelaziz Djerad
12 February 1954
Politician
Mohamed FarèsMohamed Farès
15 February 1996
Football player

Adlène GuediouraAdlène Guedioura
12 November 1985
Football player

Farida KhelfaFarida Khelfa
23 May 1960
Filmmaker
Djamel BelmadiDjamel Belmadi
25 March 1976
Football player

Yasser LarouciYasser Larouci
01 January 2001
Football player
Yacine AdliYacine Adli
29 July 2000
Football player

Ishak BelfodilIshak Belfodil
12 January 1992
Football player

Muhammad BoudiafMuhammad Boudiaf
23 June 1919
Politician

Youcef AtalYoucef Atal
17 May 1996
Football player
Tewfik JallabTewfik Jallab
09 January 1982
Actor
Madjid BougherraMadjid Bougherra
07 October 1982
Association football player

Mokhtar BelmokhtarMokhtar Belmokhtar
01 June 1972
Criminal

Saphir TaïderSaphir Taïder
29 February 1992
Football player

Mehdi AbeidMehdi Abeid
06 August 1992
Association football player
Elias ZerhouniElias Zerhouni
12 April 1951
Scientist

Yasmina KhadraYasmina Khadra
10 January 1955
Writer, Novelist

Martianus CapellaMartianus Capella
0360 AD
Prose writer

Catherine DestivelleCatherine Destivelle
24 July 1960
Mountaineer

FaudelFaudel
06 June 1978
Singer
Chadli BendjedidChadli Bendjedid
14 April 1929
Politician, Military personnel

Juba I of NumidiaJuba I of Numidia
0085 AD
King
Cheb HasniCheb Hasni
01 February 1968
Singer

AssiaAssia
01 November 1973
Singer
Hàm NghiHàm Nghi
03 August 1971
Eighth Emperor of the Vietnamese Nguyễn Dynasty
Youcef BelaïliYoucef Belaïli
14 March 1992
Football player

For a period between the 16th and 19th century, a region of Algeria was partially ruled by Ottomans, and Hayreddin Barbarossa is credited to have played a major role in bringing about Ottoman dominance over the Mediterranean during the mid 16th century. The French invaded Algeria in the 19th century and Algerian military leader Abdelkader ibn Muhieddine led a valiant but unsuccessful struggle against the French colonial invasion. The country finally became independent in mid 20th century with socialist soldier and revolutionary Ahmed Ben Bella taking over as president. This section provides you information about the life and works of famous Algerians.