Bulgarian

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.

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 1 André the Giant

André the Giant
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Professional wrestler
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.

 2 Hristo Stoichkov

Hristo Stoichkov
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football Player
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.

 3 Baba Vanga

Baba Vanga
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Famous As: Mystic
Birthdate: January 31, 1911
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ustrumca, Salonica Vilayet, Ottoman Empire
Died: November 11, 1996
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 4 Grigor Dimitrov

Grigor Dimitrov
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: May 16, 1991
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Haskovo, Bulgaria

 5 Maria Bakalova

Maria Bakalova
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: June 4, 1996
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Burgas, Bulgaria

 6 Dimitar Berbatov

Dimitar Berbatov
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player
Birthdate: January 30, 1981
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Blagoevgrad, Bulgaria

 7 Kubrat Pulev

Kubrat Pulev
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: May 4, 1981
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sofia, Bulgaria
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 8 Aurelian

Aurelian
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Famous As: Emperor
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.

 9 Belisarius

Belisarius
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Military Commander
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.

 10 Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha

Simeon Saxe-Coburg-Gotha
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Prime Minister of Bulgaria (2001-05)
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.

 11 Stanislav Ianevski

Stanislav Ianevski
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: May 16, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sofia, Bulgaria

 12 Naim Suleymanoglu

Naim Suleymanoglu
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Weightlifter
Birthdate: January 23, 1967
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ptichar, Bulgaria
Died: November 18, 2017

 13 Veselin Topalov

Veselin Topalov
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Chess Player
Birthdate: March 15, 1975
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Ruse, Bulgaria

 14 Kristalina Georgieva

Kristalina Georgieva
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Famous As: Managing Director of the IMF
Birthdate: August 13, 1953
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Sofia, Bulgaria

Bulgarian environmental economist Kristalina Georgieva, the MD of IMF, believes developed nations should help low-income countries to prevent the Great Divergence. Her career boasts of a stint at the World Bank Group. She made it to the 2020 Time 100 and was named the European of the Year in 2010.

 15 Boris III of Bulgaria

Boris III of Bulgaria
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Military Officer
Birthdate: January 30, 1894
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Sofia, Bulgaria
Died: August 28, 1943

 16 Rusev

Rusev
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: December 25, 1984
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Plovdiv, Bulgaria

 17 Miro

Miro
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Professional wrestler
Birthdate: December 25, 1985
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Plovdiv, People's Republic of Bulgaria

 18 Sylvie Vartan

Sylvie Vartan
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 15, 1944
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Iskrets, Bulgaria

 19 Georgi Markov

Georgi Markov
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Famous As: Writer, Journalist
Birthdate: March 1, 1929
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sofia
Died: September 11, 1978

 20 Blagoy Ivanov

Blagoy Ivanov
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Mixed martial artist
Birthdate: October 9, 1986
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Sandanski, Bulgaria

 21 Decius

Decius
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Famous As: Emperor
Birthdate: 0201 AD
Birthplace: Martinci
Died: May 31, 0251

 22 Tsvetana Pironkova

Tsvetana Pironkova
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Tennis player
Birthdate: September 13, 1987
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Plovdiv, Bulgaria

 23 Valentin Yordanov

Valentin Yordanov
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Wrestler
Birthdate: January 26, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Ruse Municipality, Bulgaria

 24 Vasil Levski

Vasil Levski
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Revolutionary
Birthdate: July 18, 1837
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Karlovo, Bulgaria
Died: February 18, 1873

 25 Stiliyan Petrov

Stiliyan Petrov
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: July 5, 1979
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Montana

 26 George Morris Baker

George Morris Baker
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: April 1, 1931
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Varna, Bulgaria
Died: October 7, 2011

 27 Simeon I of Bulgaria

Simeon I of Bulgaria
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Famous As: Ruled over Bulgaria from 893 to 927
Birthdate: 0864 AD
Birthplace: Bulgaria
Died: May 27, 0927

 28 Philipp Kirkorov

Philipp Kirkorov
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: April 30, 1967
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Varna, Bulgaria

 29 Samuil of Bulgaria

Samuil of Bulgaria
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Famous As: Former Tsar of Bulgaria
Birthdate: 0958 AD
Birthplace: Prilep, Macedonia (FYROM)
Died: October 6, 1014

 30 Stefka Kostadinova

Stefka Kostadinova
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: High jumper
Birthdate: March 25, 1965
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Stefka Kostadinova is a Bulgarian former athlete whose world record of 2.09 metres in high jump has stood since 1987. One of the most respected athletes from Bulgaria, Kostadinova has won an Olympic gold medal, two gold medals in World Championships, five gold medals in World Indoor Championships, and four gold medals in European Indoor Championships.

 31 Krum

Krum
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Famous As: Ruler
Birthdate: 0755 AD
Birthplace: Pannonia
Died: April 13, 0814

 32 Maria Popova

Maria Popova
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: July 28, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bulgaria

 33 Anjela Nedyalkova

Anjela Nedyalkova
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: March 2, 1991
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Sofia, Bulgaria

 34 Ivelin Popov

Ivelin Popov
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Football player - Second striker, right winger
Birthdate: October 26, 1987
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Sofia, Bulgaria

 35 Martin Petrov

Martin Petrov
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Association football player
Birthdate: January 15, 1979
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Vratsa

 36 Tzvetan Todorov

Tzvetan Todorov
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Famous As: Historian
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. 

 37 Alexander, Prince of Bulgaria

Alexander, Prince of Bulgaria
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Famous As: First prince (knyaz) of the Principality of Bulgaria from 1879 until his abdication in 1886
Birthdate: April 5, 1857
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Verona, Italy
Died: November 17, 1893

 38 Julian Kostov

Julian Kostov
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: August 25, 1989
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Varna, Bulgaria

 39 Hristo Botev

Hristo Botev
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Listed In: Leaders
Famous As: Revolutionary, Poet
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.

 40 Darius Adams

Darius Adams
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: April 17, 1989
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Decatur, Illinois, United States

 41 Hristo Shopov

Hristo Shopov
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Famous As: Actor
Birthdate: January 4, 1964
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Sofia, Bulgaria

 42 Ahmed III

Ahmed III
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Famous As: Sultan
Birthdate: December 30, 1673
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Dobrich, Bulgaria
Died: July 1, 1736

 43 Julia Kristeva

Julia Kristeva
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: June 24, 1941
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Sliven, Bulgaria

 44 Jared Homan

Jared Homan
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Basketball player
Birthdate: March 6, 1983
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Remsen, Iowa, United States

 45 Ivet Lalova-Collio

Ivet Lalova-Collio
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Sprinter
Birthdate: May 18, 1984
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Sofia, Bulgaria

 46 Boris I of Bulgaria

Boris I of Bulgaria
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Famous As: King
Birthdate: 0825 AD
Birthplace: Pliska, Bulgaria
Died: May 2, 0907

 47 Kaloyan of Bulgaria

Kaloyan of Bulgaria
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Famous As: Emperor of Bulgaria
Birthdate: 1172 AD
Birthplace: Bulgaria
Died: October 8, 1207

 48 Serafim Todorov

Serafim Todorov
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Famous As: Boxer
Birthdate: July 6, 1969
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Peshtera, Bulgaria

 49 Carl Djerassi

Carl Djerassi
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Listed In: Writers
Famous As: Contribution to the development of oral contraceptive pills
Birthdate: October 29, 1923
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Vienna, Austria
Died: January 30, 2015

Known as the father of the pill, Carl Djerassi is best remembered for chemically synthesizing a steroid mimic of the hormone progesterone, which paved the way for the production of contraceptive pills.  That apart, he made important contributions to the synthesis of antihistamines, pest control, mass spectrometry etc. Also a successful author, he wrote several non-fictions, novels, dramas and poems.

 50 Slavi Trifonov

Slavi Trifonov
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Listed In: Singers
Famous As: Musician
Birthdate: October 18, 1966
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Pleven, Bulgaria

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.