Famous Azerbaijani Men

There is a reason why the world describes Azerbaijan men as multidimensional geniuses. That is right! Given the absurd diversity of talents Azerbaijan has produced, it is not far-fetched to deem it so. Two names immediately pops in our minds when we think of famous Azerbaijani men — cellist Mstislav Rostropovich and world’s youngest chess champion, Garry Kimovich Kasparov. These two men, who have remarkably excelled in completely diverse fields, probably stand as the best examples of the country’s ingeniousness. But they are not the only ones. The country has produced a wad of intellectual superheroes — inventors, writers, scientists, political heavyweights, to name a few. Let us explore the lives and accomplishments of the unheralded guys who has bagged unparalleled name and fame for their exemplary contributions. Their timeline, trivia, and interesting facts, covered in their biographies, will open up your world to newer possibilities, for sure. Read on and get enlightened!
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 1 
Teimour Radjabov
(Azerbaijani Chess Grandmaster)
Teimour Radjabov
3
Birthdate: March 12, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan
 2 
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
(Azerbaijani Chess Grandmaster)
Shakhriyar Mamedyarov
3
Birthdate: April 12, 1985
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Sumqayit, Azerbaijan
 3 
Ilham Aliyev
(4th President of Azerbaijan)
Ilham Aliyev
8
Birthdate: December 24, 1961
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan
Ilham Aliyev, son of former president of Azerbaijan, Heydar Aliyev, is the incumbent Azerbaijani president. He owned SOCAR, the state-run oil company that made major negotiations with the West. He abolished the presidential consecutive term limit and enjoys a lavish lifestyle, amid allegations of corruption, nepotism, and human rights violations. 
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 4 
Emin Agalarov
(Singer)
Emin Agalarov
4
Birthdate: December 12, 1979
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan SSR, USSR
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 5 
Muslim Magomayev
(Singer)
Muslim Magomayev
3
Birthdate: August 17, 1942
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan
Died: October 25, 2008
 6 
Rafael Fiziev
(Azerbaijani Professional Mixed Martial Artist)
Rafael Fiziev
11
Birthdate: March 5, 1993
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Korday, Kazakhstan
Height: 5'8" (173 cm)
 7 
Jaycee Carroll
(Basketball player)
Jaycee Carroll
10
Birthdate: April 16, 1983
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Laramie, Wyoming, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 8 
Lotfi A. Zadeh
(Mathematician and Computer Scientist)
Lotfi A. Zadeh
11
Birthdate: February 4, 1921
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan
Died: September 6, 2017
 9 
Imadaddin Nasimi
(One of the Greatest Turkic Mystical Poets of the Late 14th and Early 15th Centuries)
Imadaddin Nasimi
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Birthdate: 1369 AD
Birthplace: Shamakhi, Azerbaijan
Died: 1417 AD

Imadaddin Nasimi was an Azerbaijani Ḥurūfī poet who wrote in Persian, Azerbaijani, and Arabic. He is counted among the greatest and most influential Turkic mystical poets of the 14th and 15th centuries. His work has influenced many Turkic language authors and poets such as Khata'i, Fuzûlî, and Pir Sultan Abdal. Imadaddin Nasimi's life and career inspired the 1973 biopic Nesimi.   

 10 
Vagit Alekperov
(Russian-Azerbaijani Entrepreneur & Former President of the Oil Company 'Lukoil' (1993 - 2022))
Vagit Alekperov
6
Birthdate: September 1, 1950
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan

Vagit Alekperov is a Russian-Azerbaijani entrepreneur best known for his service as the president of the PJSC Lukoil Oil Company from 1993 to 2022. Counted among the richest people in the world, Vagit Alekperov is also known for his philanthropic efforts. In 2007, he established a non-profit organization called Our Future, which aims at promoting social entrepreneurship in Russia.

 11 
Abulfaz Elchibey
(2nd President of Azerbaijan (1992 - 1993))
Abulfaz Elchibey
3
Birthdate: June 24, 1938
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Nakhchivan, Azerbaijan
Died: August 22, 2000

Abulfaz Elchibey was an Azerbaijani political figure who served as the President of Azerbaijan from 17 June 1992 to 24 June 1993. He was stripped of his presidency in a coup d'état in 1993. After the end of his presidency, Abulfaz Elchibey served as the leader of the opposition. 

 12 
Zabit Samedov
(Kickboxer)
Zabit Samedov
4
Birthdate: June 21, 1984
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Gardabani, Georgian SSR, Soviet Union
Height: 6'0" (183 cm)
 13 
Shaquielle McKissic
(Basketball player)
Shaquielle McKissic
2
Birthdate: August 17, 1990
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Seattle, Washington, United States
Height: 6'5" (196 cm)
 14 
Chingiz Allazov
(Belarusian Kickboxer and Former K-1 Super Welterweight Champion Presently Signed With ‘ONE Championship’)
Chingiz Allazov
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Birthdate: June 10, 1993
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Gardabani, Georgia

Belarusian kick-boxer Chingiz Allazov has so-far achieved a kickboxing record of 59 wins out of 65, of which 36 wins were secured through knockout. He became the 2017 K-1 World GP -70kg World Tournament Champion and successfully defended the title in 2018. Presently signed with ONE Championship, Allazov is ranked as the #3 lightweight in the world by Combat Press.

 15 
Heydar Aliyev
(Former President of Azerbaijan)
Heydar Aliyev
10
Birthdate: May 10, 1923
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nakhchivan City.
Died: December 12, 2003

Heydar Aliyev was an Azerbaijani politician. From 1993 to 2003, Aliyev served as the president of Azerbaijan. His presidency has attracted criticism and Aliyev was accused of establishing a dictatorial, repressive, and authoritarian regime. He was also accused of muzzling the press and rigging elections. He died of ill health on 12 December 2003.

 16 
Chingiz Mustafayev
(Singer)
Chingiz Mustafayev
2
Birthdate: March 11, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Moscow, Russian SFSR, USSR
 17 
Alim Nabiev
(Kickboxer)
Alim Nabiev
1
Birthdate: October 10, 1994
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan
Height: 6'1" (185 cm)
 18 
Sharif Sharifov
(Russian-Azerbaijani Wrestler and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Sharif Sharifov
0
Birthdate: November 11, 1988
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Gunukh, Charodinsky District, Dagestan, Russia
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 19 
Evans Chebet
(Long-distance runner)
Evans Chebet
1
Birthdate: March 5, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Kenya
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 20 
Rafael Aghayev
(Azerbaijani Karateka)
Rafael Aghayev
4
Birthdate: March 4, 1985
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sumqayit, Azerbaijan
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
 21 
Haji Aliyev
(Azerbaijani Freestyle Wrestler)
Haji Aliyev
2
Birthdate: April 21, 1991
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Nakhchivan, Azerbaijan
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 22 
Artur Rasizade
(6th Prime Minister of Azerbaijan (2003 - 2018))
Artur Rasizade
3
Birthdate: February 26, 1935
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ganja

Artur Rasizade is an Azerbaijani politician known for his service as the Prime Minister of Azerbaijan. He served as the Prime Minister on two occasions between 1996 and 2018 and also served as an acting Prime Minister on a couple of occasions. Over the course of his career, Rasizade has been honored with prestigious awards, including the USSR State Prize.

 23 
Alim Qasimov
(Musician)
Alim Qasimov
0
Birthdate: August 14, 1957
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nabur, Shamakhi, Azerbaijani SSR
 24 
Nijat Rahimov
(Weightlifter)
Nijat Rahimov
1
Birthdate: August 13, 1993
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 25 
Aras Agalarov
(Real estate entrepreneur)
Aras Agalarov
3
Birthdate: November 8, 1955
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan
 26 
Ramil Guliyev
(Sprinter)
Ramil Guliyev
2
Birthdate: May 29, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan SSR
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 27 
Max Black
(Philosopher)
Max Black
0
Birthdate: February 24, 1909
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan
Died: August 27, 1988
 28 
Eldar Gasimov
(Singer)
Eldar Gasimov
2
Birthdate: June 4, 1989
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan
 29 
Arkadij Naiditsch
(Azerbaijani Chess Player)
Arkadij Naiditsch
0
Birthdate: October 25, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Riga, Latvia
 30 
Mirza Fatali Akhundov
(Writer and Philisopher)
Mirza Fatali Akhundov
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Birthdate: July 12, 1812
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Shaki, Azerbaijan
Died: March 9, 1878

Iranian Azerbaijani author and philosopher Mirza Fatali Akhundov was the first literary critic and realist writer from his country. He developed the Azerbaijani alphabets and script. The 19th-century author is also remembered as the pioneer of atheism and nationalism in his country. He also criticized Islam and other religions.

 31 
Albert Selimov
(Russian Former Amateur Boxer)
Albert Selimov
1
Birthdate: April 5, 1986
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Kaspiysk, Dagestan, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 32 
Toghrul Asgarov
(Azerbaijani Wrestler)
Toghrul Asgarov
0
Birthdate: September 17, 1992
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Ganja, Azerbaijan
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 33 
Hovhannes Baghramian
(Soviet Military Leader & Theoretician)
Hovhannes Baghramian
4
Birthdate: December 2, 1897
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Russian Empire
Died: September 21, 1982

Ivan Khristoforovich Bagramyan, also known as Hovhannes Baghramian, was a Marshal of the Soviet Union. Born in Yelizavetpol , present-day Azerbaijan, he grew up to be one of the finest military commanders of the Soviet army during World War II and later joined the Communist Party, too.

 34 
Parviz Abdullayev
(Kickboxer)
Parviz Abdullayev
2
Birthdate: January 5, 1986
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Aghdam, Azerbaijan SSR, USSR
Height: 5'9" (175 cm)
 35 
Magomedrasul Majidov
(Boxer)
Magomedrasul Majidov
2
Birthdate: September 27, 1986
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Akushinsky, Dagestan, Russia
Height: 6'3" (190 cm)
 36 
John M. Stahl
(Film director)
John M. Stahl
0
Birthdate: January 21, 1886
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan
Died: January 12, 1950
 37 
Kurban Said
(Author of the Famous Novel, 'Ali and Nino')
Kurban Said
0
Birthdate: October 20, 1905
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan
Died: 1942 AD

Kurban Said was an author who wrote the famous novel, Ali and Nino, which has been published in over 30 languages. While Kurban Said is the author's pseudonym, the real identity of the writer is in dispute. 

 38 
Nariman Narimanov
(Politician)
Nariman Narimanov
1
Birthdate: April 2, 1870
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Tbilisi
Died: March 19, 1925

Nariman Narimanov was an Azerbaijani Bolshevik revolutionary, writer, publicist, and politician. He headed the government of Soviet Azerbaijan for just over one year in 1920-21 and served as the chairman of the Azerbaijani Revolutionary Committee (Azrevkom). As a literary expert, he translated into Turkic Nikolai Gogol's The Government Inspector and authored many plays, stories, and novels. 

 39 
Polad Bülbüloğlu
(Singer)
Polad Bülbüloğlu
0
Birthdate: February 4, 1945
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan SSR, USSR
 40 
Khetag Gazyumov
(Retired Russian and Azerbaijani Freestyle Wrestler)
Khetag Gazyumov
1
Birthdate: April 24, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Suadag, North Ossetian ASSR, Russian SFSR, Soviet Union
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 41 
Azim Azimzade
0
Birthdate: May 7, 1880
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Novxanı
Died: June 15, 1943
 42 
Farid Mammadov
(Singer)
Farid Mammadov
0
Birthdate: August 30, 1991
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Baku, Republic of Azerbaijan, Soviet Union
 43 
Jordan Davis
(Basketball player)
Jordan Davis
0
Birthdate: June 6, 1997
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Las Vegas, Nevada, United States
Height: 6'2" (188 cm)
 44 
Milad Beigi
(Iranian-Born Naturalized Azerbaijani Taekwondo Practitioner)
Milad Beigi
0
Birthdate: March 1, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Booshehr, Iran
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)
 45 
Elnur Hüseynov
(Singer)
Elnur Hüseynov
2
Birthdate: March 3, 1987
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ashkhabad, Turkmen SSR, USSR
 46 
Bakhtiyar Vahabzadeh
(One of the Greatest Poets of Azerbaijan)
Bakhtiyar Vahabzadeh
0
Birthdate: August 16, 1925
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sheki, Azerbaijan
Died: February 13, 2009

Bakhtiyar Vahabzadeh was an Azerbaijani dramatist, poet, translator, and lyricist. Counted among the greatest poets of Azerbaijan, Vahabzadeh received several prestigious awards such as the Azerbaijan SSR state prize in 1974. Bakhtiyar Vahabzadeh also served as a politician and college professor.

 47 
Nik Caner-Medley
(Basketball player)
Nik Caner-Medley
1
Birthdate: October 20, 1983
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Beverly, Massachusetts, United States
Height: 6'8" (203 cm)
 48 
Jalil Mammadguluzadeh
(Azerbaijani Satirist & Women's Rights Activist)
Jalil Mammadguluzadeh
0
Birthdate: February 22, 1866
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Nakhchivan City
Died: April 1, 1932

Jalil Mammadguluzadeh was an Azerbaijani writer and satirist. He is credited with founding a satirical magazine called Molla Nasraddin, which had a great influence on the genre of satire in the Central Asia and Middle East. Best remembered as one of the earliest women's rights activists in Azerbaijan, Jalil Mammadguluzadeh played a key role in establishing Azerbaijan's first women's magazine.

 49 
Rustam Orujov
(Azerbaijani Judoka)
Rustam Orujov
0
Birthdate: October 4, 1991
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Irkutsk, Russia
Height: 5'10" (178 cm)
 50 
Ali Isayev
(Russian-Azerbaijani Professional Mixed Martial Artist and Former Freestyle Wrestler)
Ali Isayev
0
Birthdate: December 18, 1983
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Makhachkala, Dagestan, Soviet Union
Height: 6'4" (193 cm)