Find out more about the greatest Bulgarian, 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

Sofia

Capricorn

Hristo StoichkovHristo Stoichkov
(Football Player)

08 February 1966

Plovdiv, Bulgaria

Aquarius

Hristo BotevHristo Botev
(Bulgarian Revolutionary)

06 January 1848

01 June 1876

Kalofer

Capricorn

Stefka KostadinovaStefka Kostadinova
(Olympic athlete)

25 March 1965

Plovdiv

Aries

Yane SandanskiYane Sandanski
(National Hero in Bulgaria)

18 May 1872

22 April 1915

Ottoman Empire

Taurus

Georgi IvanovGeorgi Ivanov
(Cosmonaut)

02 July 1940

Lovech

Cancer

Peyo YavorovPeyo Yavorov
(Poet)

01 January 1878

17 October 1914

Chirpan

Capricorn

Elin PelinElin Pelin
(Writer)

08 July 1877

03 December 1949

Bailovo

Cancer

Dora GabeDora Gabe
(Poet)

26 August 1886

16 November 1983

Dabovik

Virgo

Dimitar BerbatovDimitar Berbatov
(Association football player)

30 January 1981

Blagoevgrad

Aquarius

Grigor DimitrovGrigor Dimitrov
(Tennis player)

16 May 1991

Haskovo

Taurus

Georgi MarkovGeorgi Markov
(Writer, Journalist)

01 March 1929

11 September 1978

Sofia

Pisces

Kubrat PulevKubrat Pulev
(Boxer)

04 May 1981

Sofia

Taurus

Julia KristevaJulia Kristeva
(Philosopher, Writer, Feminist)

24 June 1941

Sliven

Cancer

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

16 June 1937

Sofia

Gemini

DeciusDecius
(Emperor)

0201 AD

31 May 0251

Martinci

Ahmed IIIAhmed III
(Sultan)

30 December 1673

01 July 1736

Dobrich

Capricorn

Valeri BojinovValeri Bojinov
(Association football player)

15 February 1986

Gorna Oryahovitsa

Aquarius

Boris III of BulgariaBoris III of Bulgaria
(Political figure)

30 January 1894

28 August 1943

Sofia

Aquarius

Boyko BorisovBoyko Borisov
(Prime Ministe)

13 June 1959

Bankya

Gemini

Stiliyan PetrovStiliyan Petrov
(Association football player)

05 July 1979

Montana

Cancer

GaleriusGalerius
(Emperor)

0250 AD

15 May 0311

Gamzigrad, Serdica

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

18 August 1890

31 May 1960

Yasnaya Polyana

Leo

Blagoy IvanovBlagoy Ivanov
(Mixed martial artist)

09 October 1986

Sandanski

Libra

Veselin TopalovVeselin Topalov
(Chess player)

15 March 1975

Rousse

Pisces

Todor ZhivkovTodor Zhivkov
(Politician)

07 September 1911

05 August 1998

Pravets

Virgo

Georgi DimitrovGeorgi Dimitrov
(Bulgarian Politician)

18 June 1882

02 July 1949

Kovachevtsi, Pernik Province

Gemini

Constantine VConstantine V
(Emperor)

0718 AD

14 September 0775

Constantinople

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

01 March 1939

07 February 2017

Sofia

Pisces

Simeon I of BulgariaSimeon I of Bulgaria
(Emperor)

0864 AD

27 May 0927

Bulgaria

Martin PetrovMartin Petrov
(Association football player)

15 January 1979

Vratsa

Capricorn

Nikephoros INikephoros I
(Emperor)

0760 AD

26 July 0811

Byzantine Empire

Irina BokovaIrina Bokova
(Diplomat, Politician, General director)

12 July 1952

Sofia

Cancer

Ivelin PopovIvelin Popov
(Association football player)

26 October 1987

Sofia

Scorpio

Kristalina GeorgievaKristalina Georgieva
(Economist, University teacher)

13 August 1953

Sofia

Leo

Boris I of BulgariaBoris I of Bulgaria
(Ruler)

0825 AD

02 May 0907

Pliska

Kaloyan of BulgariaKaloyan of Bulgaria
(Emperor)

1170 AD

30 September 1207

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

03 December 1800

08 February 1849

Vrba

Sagittarius

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

13 August 1873

11 September 1941

Kotel

Leo

Aleksandar TonevAleksandar Tonev
(Association football player)

03 February 1990

Elin Pelin

Aquarius

Ahmed DoganAhmed Dogan
(Politician)

29 March 1954

Pchelarovo, Dobrich Province

Aries

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

13 February 1967

Haskovo

Aquarius

Rosen PlevnelievRosen Plevneliev
(Politician, Engineer, Entrepreneur)

14 May 1964

Gotse Delchev

Taurus

Tsvetana PironkovaTsvetana Pironkova
(Tennis player)

13 September 1987

Plovdiv

Virgo

Omurtag of BulgariaOmurtag of Bulgaria
(Ruler of Bulgaria)

0831 AD

Georgi ParvanovGeorgi Parvanov
(Politician, Historian)

28 June 1957

Sirishtnik

Cancer

Zhelyu ZhelevZhelyu Zhelev
(President)

03 March 1935

30 January 2015

Smyadovo

Pisces

Petar StoyanovPetar Stoyanov
(President)

25 May 1952

Plovdiv

Gemini

Krum of BulgariaKrum of Bulgaria
(Khan of Bulgaria)

0750 AD

13 April 0814

Pannonia

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

19 April 1956

Yambol

Aries

Samuil of BulgariaSamuil of Bulgaria
(Former Tsar of Bulgaria)

0958 AD

06 October 1014

Prilep, Macedonia (FYROM)

Aleksandar VezenkovAleksandar Vezenkov
(Basketball player)

06 August 1995

Nicosia

Leo

Sergey StanishevSergey Stanishev
(Prime Minister)

05 May 1966

Kherson

Taurus

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.