Famous Bulgarian Men

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André the Giant
(French Professional Wrestler Known for His Great Size)
André the Giant
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Birthdate: May 19, 1946
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Coulommiers, France
Died: January 27, 1993

André the Giant was one of the most popular French wrestlers ever to appear in WWF. He stood over seven feet tall due to a condition aptly called gigantism, but used his condition to gain popularity. Also an actor, André the Giant continues to be one of the most recognizable faces in the world, several years after his death.

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Hristo Stoichkov
(One of the Greatest Bulgarian Football Players of All Time)
Hristo Stoichkov
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Birthdate: February 8, 1966
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Plovdiv, Bulgaria
Bulgarian footballer/coach Hristo Stoichkov’s temper and ugly fights with players have earned him nicknames such as The Raging Bull and The Dagger. The Ballon d'Or-winning player started his career at 11 with a local club. He then graduated to CSKA Sofia and Barcelona and was named to FIFA 100, too.
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Grigor Dimitrov
(Bulgarian Former World Number 3 Tennis Player)
Grigor Dimitrov
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Birthdate: May 16, 1991
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Haskovo, Bulgaria

Bulgarian tennis star Grigor Dimitrov had had a career-high ranking of number 3 in singles. The most successful player in Bulgarian tennis history, he has also been in the news for his relationship with Maria Sharapova. Known for his acrobatics and athleticism, he was initially named Baby Federer.

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Dimitar Berbatov
(The Leading Goal-Scorer in Bulgarian Football History)
Dimitar Berbatov
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Birthdate: January 30, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria

Born to a footballer father and a handball player mother, Bulgarian former footballer Dimitar Berbatov was no stranger to sports as a child. He made history as a striker and became Bulgaria’s leading goal-scorer of all time. He has also had a successful career with Manchester United, winning 2 Premier Leagues with them.

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Kubrat Pulev
(Bulgarian Boxer and Multiple Heavyweight Championship Winner )
Kubrat Pulev
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Birthdate: May 4, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sofia, Bulgaria
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Rusev
(First and Only Bulgarian Wrestler to Compete in the WWE)
Rusev
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Birthdate: December 25, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Bulgarian wrestler Miroslav Barnyashev, better known as Miro and Rusev, has had a successful career in the US. He is the only Bulgarian to have represented the WWE. He currently represents AEW and is a former United States and TNT champion. Before stepping into wrestling, he also competed in rowing, sambo, and powerlifting.

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Aurelian
(Emperor)
Aurelian
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Birthdate: September 9, 0214
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Sofia, Bulgaria
Died: September 25, 0275

Roman emperor Aurelian ruled from 270 to 275. His military triumphs reunited the Roman Empire and put an end to the Crisis of the Third Century. He built the Aurelian Walls in Rome. Known as the Restitutor Orbis, he defeated the barbarian armies of the Goths and the Alamanni.

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Miro
(Bulgarian-American Professional Wrestler)
Miro
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Birthdate: December 25, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Plovdiv, People's Republic of Bulgaria

Bulgarian wrestler Miroslav Barnyashev, better known as Miro and Rusev, has had a successful career in the US. He is the only Bulgarian to have represented the WWE. He currently represents AEW and is a former United States and TNT champion. Before stepping into wrestling, he also competed in rowing, sambo, and powerlifting.

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Veselin Topalov
(Bulgarian Chess Grandmaster and Former FIDE World Chess Champion)
Veselin Topalov
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Birthdate: March 15, 1975
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ruse, Bulgaria

Bulgarian chess Grandmaster Veselin Topalov is a former world number 1 and a FIDE World Chess Champion. Starting to play chess at age 8, he became a prodigy soon after. He has been part of 9 Chess Olympiads and also bagged the Chess Oscar in 2005.

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Georgi Markov
(Bulgarian Dissident Writer Best Known for His Work 'The Truth that Killed')
Georgi Markov
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Birthdate: March 1, 1929
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sofia
Died: September 11, 1978

Georgi Markov was a Bulgarian writer, novelist, playwright, and screenwriter. After relocating to London due to political reasons, Markov worked as a journalist and broadcaster for the BBC World Service, Radio Free Europe, and Deutsche Welle. Georgi Markov was assassinated in 1978 and was posthumously honored with the Order of Stara Planina in 2000.

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Stanislav Ianevski
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Birthdate: May 16, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sofia, Bulgaria
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Boris III of Bulgaria
(Former Tsar of the Kingdom of Bulgaria (1918 - 1943))
Boris III of Bulgaria
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Birthdate: January 30, 1894
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sofia, Bulgaria
Died: August 28, 1943
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Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
(48th Prime Minister of Bulgaria)
Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
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Birthdate: June 16, 1937
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Sofia, Bulgaria

The last king of Bulgaria, Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha, has also been the country’s prime minister. He had taken over as the king at 6, after his father’s mysterious death. He married a Spanish noble lady while in exile in Madrid and returned to Bulgaria 50 years after the abolition of monarchy.

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Philipp Kirkorov
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Birthdate: April 30, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Varna, Bulgaria
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Blagoy Ivanov
(Bulgarian MMA Fighter and Sambo Practitioner Currently Signed to UFC)
Blagoy Ivanov
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Birthdate: October 9, 1986
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sandanski, Bulgaria

Bulgarian MMA fighter and sambo artist Blagoy Ivanov, also known as Bagata, has a gold medal in World Sambo Championships. Initially a talented judoka, he rejected an opportunity to represent his country at the Olympics and chose a career in MMA and sambo instead. He currently represents the UFC.

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Decius
(Emperor)
Decius
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Birthdate: 0201 AD
Birthplace: Martinci
Died: May 31, 0251
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Vasil Levski
(Bulgarian Revolutionary & Freedom Fighter Who was Executed by the Ottoman Authorities)
Vasil Levski
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Birthdate: July 18, 1837
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Karlovo, Bulgaria
Died: February 18, 1873

Vasil Levski was a Bulgarian revolutionary who is considered a national hero in Bulgaria. Nicknamed the Apostle of Freedom, Vasil Levski strategized a revolutionary movement to free Bulgaria from the Ottoman rule. In a nationwide television poll conducted in 2007, Levski was voted as the greatest Bulgarian of all time.

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Stiliyan Petrov
(Bulgarian Former Professional Football Midfielder and All-Time Most Capped Player of the Country)
Stiliyan Petrov
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Birthdate: July 5, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Montana
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Belisarius
(Military Commander)
Belisarius
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Birthdate: 0500 AD
Birthplace: Sapareva Banya, Bulgaria
Died: February 29, 0565
Byzantine military commander Belisarius, one of the Last of the Romans, is remembered for his loyalty to Emperor Justinian I and for his self-less love for his wife, Antonina, who later cheated on him. Legend has it that he was blinded by Justinian and made to beg on the streets.
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Samuil of Bulgaria
(Former Tsar of Bulgaria)
Samuil of Bulgaria
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Birthdate: 0958 AD
Birthplace: Prilep, Macedonia (FYROM)
Died: October 6, 1014
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Tzvetan Todorov
(Historian, Philosopher, Sociologist Known for His Contributions to Literary, Cultural, and Thought History)
Tzvetan Todorov
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Birthdate: March 1, 1939
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sofia, Bulgaria
Died: February 7, 2017

Tzvetan Todorov was a Bulgarian-French historian, philosopher, literary critic, and sociologist. He completed his doctorat ès lettres at the University of Paris and had a brilliant academic career. He helped to found the journal Poétique and served as one of its managing editors. He authored many books, including Conquest of America: The Question of the Other. 

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Krum
(Former Ruler of Bulgaria (803 - 814))
Krum
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Birthdate: 0755 AD
Birthplace: Pannonia, Austria
Died: April 13, 0814

Krum was the ruler of Bulgaria from 803 until his demise in 814. An able administrator, Krum helped expand the Bulgarian territory, which doubled in size during his reign. Krum is also remembered for introducing the first known written law code in the history of Bulgaria, which established him as a strict but just ruler.

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Simeon I of Bulgaria
(Ruled over Bulgaria from 893 to 927)
Simeon I of Bulgaria
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Birthdate: 0864 AD
Birthplace: Bulgaria
Died: May 27, 0927
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Valentin Yordanov
(Bulgarian Freestyle Wrestler and Olympic Gold Medalist)
Valentin Yordanov
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Birthdate: January 26, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ruse Municipality, Bulgaria

One of the most decorated wrestlers in history, Valentin Yordanov has not only won a gold and a bronze at the Olympics but is also a 7-time World and European Champion. He continued to represent Bulgaria even after moving to the US. He also served as the president of the Bulgarian Wrestling Federation.

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Hristo Botev
(One of the Heroes of the Bulgarian National Revolution and Poet)
Hristo Botev
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Birthdate: January 6, 1848
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Kalofer, Bulgaria
Died: June 1, 1876

Hristo Botev was a Bulgarian poet and revolutionary. Widely regarded as a national hero by Bulgarians, Botev was thought to be ahead of his peers in his aesthetic, philosophical, and political views. An influential and important figure in the history of Bulgaria, Botev has several monuments, schools, football clubs, and stadiums named after him.

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Martin Petrov
(Retired Bulgarian Footballer Who Played as a Winger)
Martin Petrov
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Birthdate: January 15, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vratsa

Retired Bulgarian footballer Martin Petrov was known as an attacking midfielder. He has had successful stints with clubs such as CSKA Sofia and Atlético Madrid, winning the Bulgarian Cup with the former and the UEFA Intertoto Cup with the latter. He was named the Bulgarian Footballer of the Year in 2006.

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Alexander, Prince of Bulgaria
(Former Prince of Bulgaria (1879 - 1886))
Alexander, Prince of Bulgaria
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Birthdate: April 5, 1857
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Verona, Italy
Died: November 17, 1893

Alexander Joseph or Alexander of Battenberg was a prince of Bulgaria from 29 April 1879 to 7 September 1886. He was forced to abdicate in 1886 by pro-Russian Bulgarian Army officers during a coup d'état. After abdicating, Alexander went on to serve in the Austrian Army as a general.

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Julian Kostov
(Bulgarian Actor, Filmmaker and a 10-Time National Swimming Champion)
Julian Kostov
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Birthdate: August 25, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Varna, Bulgaria
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Hristo Shopov
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Birthdate: January 4, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sofia, Bulgaria
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Ivelin Popov
(Bulgarian Football Player Who Plays as a Midfielder)
Ivelin Popov
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Birthdate: October 26, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sofia, Bulgaria

Bulgarian footballer Ivelin Popov started his youth career with Septemvri Sofia and later graduated to Turkish and Russian clubs. He won the Russian Premier League with Spartak Moscow and the Bulgarian Cup and Supercup with Litex Lovech. He has also been a Bulgarian Footballer of the Year thrice.

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Kotoōshū Katsunori
(Bulgarian Sumo Wrestler and One of the Longest Serving 'ōzeki (Champion) in Sumo History)
Kotoōshū Katsunori
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Birthdate: February 19, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Veliko Tarnovo, Bulgaria

Retired Bulgarian sumo wrestler Kotoōshū Katsunori was initially a Greco-Roman wrestler but switched to sumo after gaining weight. He scripted history as the first sumo wrestler from Europe to bag the Emperor's Cup and had been an ōzeki for 47 consecutive tournaments. He later became a Japanese citizen.

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Kaloyan of Bulgaria
(Emperor of Bulgaria)
Kaloyan of Bulgaria
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Birthdate: 1172 AD
Birthplace: Bulgaria
Died: October 8, 1207
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Jared Homan
(American Basketball Player Who Has Represented the Bulgarian National Basketball Team)
Jared Homan
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Birthdate: March 6, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Remsen, Iowa, United States

American basketball player Jared Homan started his career with the Greek club Maroussi and later represented teams such as Bayern Munich and Maccabi Ashdod. He has also won the Croatian League and Croatian Cup with Cibona Zagreb and has represented the Bulgarian national basketball team.

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Clement of Ohrid
(The First Bishop of the Bulgarian Orthodox Church Who Inspired Slavs to Follow Christianity)
Clement of Ohrid
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Birthplace: Macedonia Greece, Greece
Died: July 27, 0916

A pioneering medieval Bulgarian saint, Clement of Ohrid was a student of saints Cyril and Methodius. He inspired a huge number of Slavs to follow Christianity. He was also the Bulgarian Orthodox Church’s first bishop and one of its Seven Apostles. He is remembered as the patron saint of North Macedonia.

Boris I of Bulgaria
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Birthdate: 0825 AD
Birthplace: Pliska, Bulgaria
Died: May 2, 0907
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Serafim Todorov
(Bulgarian Amateur Boxer and Olympic Silver Medalist)
Serafim Todorov
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Birthdate: July 6, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Peshtera, Bulgaria

Bulgarian amateur boxer Serafim Todorov is not just an Olympic silver medalist but also became the last man to beat Floyd Mayweather Jr. in a controversial bout which many thought Mayweather had won. A 3-time World and European champion, he was nicknamed Sarafa, or The Money-Changer.

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Kristian Kostov
(Bulgarian-Russian Pop Singer Who Rose to Fame With 'The Voice Kids Russia')
Kristian Kostov
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Birthdate: March 15, 2000
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Moscow, Russia

Bulgarian-Russian singer Kristian Kostov was 6 when he began training in music and was already performing solo by 11. He soared to fame with the Russian version of The Voice Kids and then became the runner-up on X Factor Bulgaria. At 18, he was the youngest contestant on the Chinese reality show Singer.

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Darius Adams
(American-Born Bulgarian Basketball Player Who Plays as a Point Guard)
Darius Adams
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Birthdate: April 17, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Decatur, Illinois, United States

American-born Bulgarian basketball player Darius Adams started his senior career with the Venezuelan team Guaiqueríes de Margarita after going undrafted by the NBA. He later played for clubs from places such as France, Germany, Ukraine, and China, and now represents the American team Fort Wayne Mad Ants as a point guard.

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Ahmed III
(Sultan)
Ahmed III
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Birthdate: December 30, 1673
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dobrich, Bulgaria
Died: July 1, 1736
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Boyko Borisov
(Bulgaria's Second-longest Serving Prime Minister Who Served Three-Terms Between 2009 and 2021)
Boyko Borisov
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Birthdate: June 13, 1959
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Bankya, Bulgaria

Boyko Borisov is a Bulgarian politician best known for his service as the Prime Minister of Bulgaria. He has served three terms as the prime minister between 2009 and 2021. An important politician, Borisov also served as the Mayor of Sofia from 10 November 2005 to 27 July 2009.

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Aleksandar Tonev
(Bulgarian Football Player Who Plays as a Winger)
Aleksandar Tonev
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Birthdate: February 3, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Elin Pelin

Bulgarian footballer Aleksandar Tonev started his career with CSKA Sofia and then went on to play for teams such as Aston Villa and Celtic. He has also played for clubs in Italy and Poland. He now represents Botev Plovdiv as a winger and has also played for the Bulgarian national team.

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Dee Bost
(American-Born Basketball Player Who Represents the Bulgarian National Team)
Dee Bost
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Birthdate: October 12, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Concord, North Carolina, United States

Though born in the US, basketball player Demarquis "Dee" Bost now plays for the Bulgarian national team. After going undrafted in 2012, he joined the Montenegro-based club Budućnost Podgorica. He has also played for clubs from France, Russia, Venezuela, Turkey, and Poland. He won the 2021 EuroCup with AS Monaco.

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Galerius
(Former Roman Emperor (301 - 311))
Galerius
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Birthdate: 0250 AD
Birthplace: Gamzigrad, Serdica
Died: May 15, 0311
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Tervel Pulev
(Bulgarian Boxer and Olympic Bronze Medalist)
Tervel Pulev
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Birthdate: January 10, 1983
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sofia, Bulgaria

Bulgarian boxer Tervel Pulev is not just an Olympic bronze medalist but also has 2 silvers and a bronze at the European Championship. He is the brother of heavyweight boxer Kubrat Pulev. He has held the WBA International and the European Union cruiserweight titles. He is also a 3-time Bulgarian Boxer of the Year.

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Todor Zhivkov
(Bulgarian Communist Statesman & Former Prime Minister of Bulgaria (1962 - 1971))
Todor Zhivkov
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Birthdate: September 7, 1911
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Pravets
Died: August 5, 1998

Todor Zhivkov was a Bulgarian communist statesman best remembered for his service as the Prime Minister of Bulgaria from 19 November 1962 to 7 July 1971. In 1949, Todor Zhivkov served as the mayor of Sofia. From 1954 to 1989, Zhivkov served as the People's Republic of Bulgaria's de facto leader.

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Halil Mutlu
(Bulgarian-Born Turkish Weightlifter and 3-Time Olympic Gold Medalist)
Halil Mutlu
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Birthdate: July 14, 1973
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Postnik, Bulgaria

Three-time Olympic gold medalist Bulgarian-born Turkish weightlifter Halil Mutlu has also been a 5-time World Champion and a 9-time European Champion. He also enjoys wrestling in his leisure time. He was disqualified from the 2005 Sofia European Championship due to a 2-year ban for testing positive for a banned steroid.

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Walther Funk
(Journalist, Banker, Economist, Politician)
Walther Funk
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Birthdate: August 18, 1890
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Yasnaya Polyana
Died: May 31, 1960
German economist Walther Funk had joined the army during World War I but later quit for being medically unfit and started his career as a journalist. After joining the Nazi Party, he quickly rose to become the Third Reich’s economics minister and the president of the Reichsbank
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Valeri Bojinov
(Bulgarian Professional Football Player Who Plays as a Striker )
Valeri Bojinov
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Birthdate: February 15, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Gorna Oryahovitsa
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Christian Rakovsky
(Bolshevik Politician and 1st Chairman of the Council of People's Commissars of the Ukrainian SSR (1919 - 1923))
Christian Rakovsky
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Birthdate: August 13, 1873
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Kotel, Bulgaria
Died: September 11, 1941

Christian Rakovsky was a Bulgarian-born Bolshevik politician, socialist revolutionary, Soviet diplomat and statesman. A multi-talented personality, Rakovsky was also a physician, journalist, and essayist. An important and influential political figure, Christian Rakovsky served as the Soviet Ambassador to France from 1925 to 1927.

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Aleksandar Vezenkov
(Bulgarian Basketball Player Who Plays as a Power Forward / Small Forward)
Aleksandar Vezenkov
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Birthdate: August 6, 1995
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nicosia, Cyprus

Bulgarian-origin basketball player Sasha Vezenkov was born in Cyprus and grew up in both Cyprus and Greece. He started his career with the Greek club Aris Thessaloniki and later also represented FC Barcelona. He now plays for Olympiacos and the Bulgarian national team. He is the son of former basketball player and coach Sasho.