Find out more about the greatest Bulgarians, including Nina Dobrev, Hristo Stoichkov, Hristo Botev, Stefka Kostadinova and Georgi Ivanov.

Bulgaria, a country in southeastern Europe, boasts of having one of the richest folk heritages in the world. The history, culture and heritage of the country has been influenced by a number of ancient civilizations, including the Thracians, Ancient Greeks, Romans, Ostrogoths, Slavs, Varangians and especially Bulgars. Owing to their rich heritage, Bulgarians have played a major role in influencing the development of European arts and culture, and have made immense contributions to humanity, especially over the past two centuries. One of the earliest known composers of Medieval Europe was Yoan Kukuzel who reformed the entire Byzantine musical writing system.

Nina DobrevNina Dobrev
(Actress)

09 January 1989

Hristo StoichkovHristo Stoichkov
(Football Player)

08 February 1966

Hristo BotevHristo Botev
(Bulgarian Revolutionary)

06 January 1848

Stefka KostadinovaStefka Kostadinova
(Olympic athlete)

25 March 1965

Krisia TodorovaKrisia Todorova
(Singer)

01 April 2004

Yane SandanskiYane Sandanski
(National Hero in Bulgaria)

18 May 1872

Georgi IvanovGeorgi Ivanov
(Cosmonaut)

02 July 1940

Peyo YavorovPeyo Yavorov
(Poet)

01 January 1878

Elin PelinElin Pelin
(Writer)

08 July 1877

Dora GabeDora Gabe
(Poet)

26 August 1886

Grigor DimitrovGrigor Dimitrov
(Tennis player)

16 May 1991

Dimitar BerbatovDimitar Berbatov
(Association football player)

30 January 1981

Simeon Saxe-Coburg-GothaSimeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
(Prime Minister)

16 June 1937

Blagoy IvanovBlagoy Ivanov
(Mixed martial artist)

09 October 1986

Kubrat PulevKubrat Pulev
(Boxer)

04 May 1981

BelisariusBelisarius
(General)

0500 AD

Julia KristevaJulia Kristeva
(Philosopher, Writer, Feminist)

24 June 1941

Georgi MarkovGeorgi Markov
(Writer, Journalist)

01 March 1929

DeciusDecius
(Emperor)

0201 AD

Boyko BorisovBoyko Borisov
(Prime Ministe)

13 June 1959

Boris III of BulgariaBoris III of Bulgaria
(Political figure)

30 January 1894

Ahmed IIIAhmed III
(Sultan)

30 December 1673

GaleriusGalerius
(Emperor)

0250 AD

Stiliyan PetrovStiliyan Petrov
(Association football player)

05 July 1979

Valeri BojinovValeri Bojinov
(Association football player)

15 February 1986

Walther FunkWalther Funk
(Journalist, Banker, Economist, Politician)

18 August 1890

Todor ZhivkovTodor Zhivkov
(Politician)

07 September 1911

Simeon I of BulgariaSimeon I of Bulgaria
(Emperor)

0864 AD

Constantine VConstantine V
(Emperor)

0718 AD

Georgi DimitrovGeorgi Dimitrov
(Bulgarian Politician)

18 June 1882

Veselin TopalovVeselin Topalov
(Chess player)

15 March 1975

Nikephoros INikephoros I
(Emperor)

0760 AD

Tzvetan TodorovTzvetan Todorov
(Non-fiction writer, Historian, Semiologist, Literary critic)

01 March 1939

Kristalina GeorgievaKristalina Georgieva
(Economist, University teacher)

13 August 1953

Martin PetrovMartin Petrov
(Association football player)

15 January 1979

Ivelin PopovIvelin Popov
(Association football player)

26 October 1987

Irina BokovaIrina Bokova
(Diplomat, Politician, General director)

12 July 1952

Boris I of BulgariaBoris I of Bulgaria
(Ruler)

0825 AD

Kaloyan of BulgariaKaloyan of Bulgaria
(Emperor)

1170 AD

Tsvetana PironkovaTsvetana Pironkova
(Tennis player)

13 September 1987

Aleksandar TonevAleksandar Tonev
(Association football player)

03 February 1990

France PrešerenFrance Prešeren
(Poet, Lawyer, Writer, Poet lawyer)

03 December 1800

Christian RakovskyChristian Rakovsky
(Military physician, Politician, Diplomat, Journalist, Writer, Physician, Lawyer)

13 August 1873

Rosen PlevnelievRosen Plevneliev
(Politician, Engineer, Entrepreneur)

14 May 1964

Ahmed DoganAhmed Dogan
(Politician)

29 March 1954

Omurtag of BulgariaOmurtag of Bulgaria
(Ruler of Bulgaria)

Stanimir StoilovStanimir Stoilov
(Association football player, Association football manager)

13 February 1967

Georgi ParvanovGeorgi Parvanov
(Politician, Historian)

28 June 1957

Zhelyu ZhelevZhelyu Zhelev
(President)

03 March 1935

Petar StoyanovPetar Stoyanov
(President)

25 May 1952

Krum of BulgariaKrum of Bulgaria
(Khan of Bulgaria)

0750 AD

Volen SiderovVolen Siderov
(Photographer, Journalist, Writer, Politician)

19 April 1956

Samuil of BulgariaSamuil of Bulgaria
(Former Tsar of Bulgaria)

0958 AD

Aleksandar VezenkovAleksandar Vezenkov
(Basketball player)

06 August 1995

Anna-Maria Ravnopolska-DeanAnna-Maria Ravnopolska-Dean
(Bulgarian harpist)

03 August 1960

Filipp KirkorovFilipp Kirkorov
(Singer)

30 April 1967

Sergey StanishevSergey Stanishev
(Prime Minister)

05 May 1966

Diogenes ApolloniatesDiogenes Apolloniates
(Philosopher)

Filip Kutev, a 20th century composer is credited to have established a new Bulgarian choral tradition. Bulgarians are also famed for their artistic abilities, especially in the creation of frescoes, murals and icons. Equally renowned for their architectural abilities, architects such as Victoria Angelova Vinarova and Andrey Damyanov were considered pioneering master-builders of their times. Modern day Bulgarians are proudly taking forward the rich legacy of their forefathers and are making important contributions to the fields of arts, literature, sports, science and technology, politics, and economics. This section provides you information about the life and works of famous Bulgarians.