Famous Cambodian Men

The highway to success is never an easy one; it is fraught with risks and challenges and is bumpy most of the times. Needless to say, there are very few men who have had it easy. They say when life gives you lemons, make lemonade. These inspiring figures had less than a lemon to start out with – and are now known for their sheer tenacity as they climbed to the top. That is right! These Cambodian men of exemplary achievements have given the world every reason to be proud of them. Dancers, singers, musicians, journalists, players, Cambodia has produced a wad of notable men whose achievements in their fields have been remarkable. These extraordinary men with even more extraordinary accomplishments have something to teach the world. Be it their diligence, tenacity, temperament or ingenuity, these Cambodian men were and are living examples of their country’s greatness. So what are you waiting for? Join us as we explore the lives and deeds of famous Cambodian men in their biographies below and trail their timeline, trivia and interesting facts.
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Norodom Sihanouk
(Former Ruler of Cambodia)
Norodom Sihanouk
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Birthdate: October 31, 1922
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Royal Palace, Phnom Penh
Died: October 15, 2012
Apart from taking over as the king of Cambodia at 18, Norodom Sihanouk had also been the country’s prime minister later. A multidimensional personality and a Khmer Rouge supporter, he had also composed a number of patriotic tracks and experimented with filmmaking, infusing Western elements into his work.
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Hun Sen
(Prime Minister of Cambodia)
Hun Sen
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Birthdate: August 5, 1952
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Stueng Trang District, Cambodia

Hun Sen is a Cambodian politician and the current prime minister of Cambodia. Having assumed office in 1985, Hun Sen is one of the world's longest-serving leaders and the longest-serving Cambodian head of government. Over the years, he has been accused of abusing power as a number of activists, environmentalists, and politicians have been arrested and murdered under his government.

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Norodom Sihamoni
(Ruler of Cambodia)
Norodom Sihamoni
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Birthdate: May 14, 1953
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Royal Palace, Phnom Penh

Norodom Sihamoni has had an interesting childhood, from studying in Czechoslovakia to joining a film school in North Korea, to moving to China after the fall of Pol Pot. A skilled choreographer who had his own dance troupe in Paris, he later rather reluctantly became the king of Cambodia.

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Suryavarman II
(King of the Khmer Empire (1113 - 1150))
Suryavarman II
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Birthdate: 1094 AD
Birthplace: Angkor
Died: 1150 AD

The ruler of the Khmer Empire, Suryavarman II is known to be the founder of the famed Angkor Wat in Cambodia. His rule extended from Thailand to Vietnam. He is believed to have died while on a military campaign against Champa,following which, Angkor was taken over by the Chams.

 5 
Dith Pran
(Photojournalist)
Dith Pran
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Birthdate: September 27, 1942
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Krong Siem Reap, Cambodia
Died: March 30, 2008
 6 
Pol Pot
(Prime Minister of Cambodia from 1976 to 1979)
Pol Pot
90
Birthdate: May 19, 1925
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Prek Sbov, Cambodia
Died: April 15, 1998

Pol Pot was a Cambodian politician who served as the prime minister of Democratic Kampuchea from 1975 and 1979. Widely considered a totalitarian dictator, Pol Pot was responsible for the Cambodian genocide, which resulted in the death of 1.5 to 2 million people. He was found guilty of crimes against humanity and placed under house arrest until his death.

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Jayavarman VII
(King of the Khmer Empire (1181 - 1218))
Jayavarman VII
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Birthdate: 1125 AD
Birthplace: Angkor, Cambodia
Died: 1218 AD

Khmer king Jayavarman VII, who embraced Buddhism, is best known for his initiatives in improving the infrastructure of Cambodia. Apart from building hospitals, he also built rest houses and highways but is best remembered for developing the temple at Bayon and the city of Angkor Thom.

 8 
Norodom Ranariddh
(Politician)
Norodom Ranariddh
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Birthdate: January 2, 1944
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Phnom Penh

Former Cambodian prime minister Norodom Ranariddh had started his career as a researcher and lecturer of law at the University of Provence in France. Son of former king, Sihanouk, he is credited with ushering in democracy in Cambodia and now leads the royalist party FUNCINPEC, as its president.

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Jayavarman II
(King of the Khmer Empire (802 - 850))
Jayavarman II
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Birthdate: 0770 AD
Birthplace: Cambodia
Died: 0835 AD

Khmer Ruler Jayavarman II is remembered for establishing the Devaraja cult as the official religion of his kingdom. He also expanded his kingdom to include Chenla. His origins were in Java, where he was to succeed as Java’s vassal in about 800, but he proclaimed Khmer independence soon after.

 10 
Norodom of Cambodia
(King of Cambodia (1860 - 1904))
Norodom of Cambodia
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Birthdate: February 3, 1834
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Angkor Borei, Cambodia
Died: April 24, 1904

Cambodian ruler Norodom, the eldest son of King Ang Duong, was trained in the concepts of Buddhism from an early age. His initial goals included strengthening ties between Siam (Thailand) and Cambodia. A treaty he signed with France handed over Cambodia’s foreign relations to the French.

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Sam Rainsy
(Politician)
Sam Rainsy
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Birthdate: March 10, 1949
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Phnom Penh

Sam Rainsy is a Cambodian politician, economist, and activist who served as the leader of the opposition from January 2015 to November 2015. He is credited with co-founding the Cambodia National Rescue Party, which was Cambodia's major political party from 2013 to 2017.

 12 
Norodom Suramarit
(King of Cambodia (1955 - 1960))
Norodom Suramarit
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Birthdate: March 6, 1896
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Phnom Penh
Died: April 3, 1960

Norodom Suramarit reigned as the King of Cambodia from 1955 until his demise in 1960. He ascended the throne on his 60th birthday after his son King Norodom Sihanouk abdicated the throne in favor of his father. The current King Norodom Sihamoni is Suramarit's grandson.

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Son Sen
(Cambodian Politician who Ordered the Massacre of 100,000 People in 1978)
Son Sen
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Birthdate: June 12, 1930
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Tra Vinh, Vietnam
Died: June 15, 1997

Son Sen was a Cambodian soldier and Communist politician. An important member of the Communist Party of Kampuchea aka the Khmer Rouge, Sen was accountable for the massacre of over 100,000 people in Cambodia's Eastern Zone in 1978. Son Sen is also remembered for his service as the Minister of National Defense from 15 January 1976 to 7 January 1979.  

 14 
Vann Nath
(Painter)
Vann Nath
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Birthdate: January 7, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Battambang Province, Cambodia
Died: September 5, 2011
 15 
Sisowath of Cambodia
(King of Cambodia (1904 - 1907))
Sisowath of Cambodia
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Birthdate: September 7, 1840
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Banteay Meanchey, Cambodia
Died: August 9, 1927

Cambodian king Sisowath is remembered as a titular head of the French colonial administration in Cambodia. He even went to France in 1906, to visit the Colonial Exhibition. He is said to have had 20 wives and 29 children, including Sisowath Monivong, who succeeded him.

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Ang Duong
(King of Cambodia (1840 - 1860))
Ang Duong
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Birthdate: June 12, 1796
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Oudongk, Cambodia
Died: October 19, 1860

Ang Duong served as the King of Cambodia between 1840 and 1860. He is credited with establishing the basis for the united state of Cambodia as he made an attempt to form an alliance with colonial France, which also led to the French protectorate of Cambodia. He is credited with founding the two main houses of Cambodia, Sisowath and Norodom.

 17 
Kem Sokha
(Former President of the 'Cambodia National Rescue Party')
Kem Sokha
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Birthdate: June 27, 1953
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cambodia

Kem Sokha is a Cambodian activist and politician. He is known for his service as the President of the Cambodia National Rescue Party. He also led the Human Rights Party, which he had founded, from 2007 to 2012. In 2017, Kem Sokha was arrested and imprisoned under allegations of treason. From 2018 to 2019, he was placed under house arrest.

 18 
Suryavarman I
(King of the Khmer Empire (1006 - 1050))
Suryavarman I
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Died: 1050 AD

Suryavarman I served as the king of the famous Khmer Empire between 1006 and 1050. An astute ruler, Suryavarman I maintained diplomatic relations with powerful kings like Rajendra Chola I, which helped him successfully defend his kingdom for about 40 years.

 19 
Rithy Panh
(Film director)
Rithy Panh
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Birthdate: April 18, 1964
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
 20 
Ta Mok
(Cambodian Military Chief and a Senior Figure in the 'Khmer Rouge')
Ta Mok
2
Birthdate: 1924 AD
Birthplace: Takéo Province, Cambodia
Died: July 21, 2006

Ta Mok was a Cambodian soldier and military chief. He was one of the most important members of the Khmer Rouge. Nicknamed the Butcher, Ta Mok also led the national army of Democratic Kampuchea. He was captured by Cambodian government forces in March 1999 and was kept in government custody until his demise in 2006.

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Lon Nol
(Cambodian Politician)
Lon Nol
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Birthdate: November 13, 1913
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Prey Veng Province
Died: November 17, 1985

Lon Nol was a Cambodian general and politician. He served as the prime minister of Cambodia from 1966 to 1967 and again from 1969 to 1971. A nationalist, Nol played a decisive role during the 1970 Cambodian coup d'état where he led the military coup against Prince Norodom Sihanouk. The coup led to the abolition of the monarchy of Cambodia.

 22 
Indravarman I
(King of the Khmer Empire (877/878 - 889/890))
Indravarman I
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Birthplace: Hariharalaya, Cambodia
Died: 0889 AD

It is largely believed that Khmer ruler Indravarman I had snatched the throne away from his cousin, Jayavarman III. His reign saw the construction of a large reservoir, which later became the chief source of water for irrigation and other purposes in the Angkor region. He also built a temple at Bakong.

 23 
Ang Chan I
(King of Cambodia (1516 - 1566))
Ang Chan I
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Birthdate: 1496 AD
Birthplace: Srei Santhor, Cambodia
Died: 1566 AD

Ang Chan I was the King of Cambodia who reigned from 1516 until his death in 1566. He was coronated twice during his reign. Counted among the most distinguished kings of the post-Angkor era, Ang Chan I was one of the first Cambodian kings to use cannons and firearms in wars.

 24 
Ang Chan II
(King of Cambodia (1806 - 1834))
Ang Chan II
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Birthdate: 1791 AD
Birthplace: Bangkok, Thailand
Died: November 30, 1834

The son of Cambodian king Ang Eng, Ang Chan II, also known as Udaraja III, was recognized as a king by the Thais. He maintained good relations with both Vietnam and Siam, so that peace could be maintained in Cambodia. Following his death, both Vietnam and Siam took over control of Cambodia.

 25 
Kang Kek Iew
(Cambodian War Criminal and Khmer Rouge Leader)
Kang Kek Iew
2
Birthdate: November 17, 1942
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Kampong Thom Province, Cambodia
Died: September 2, 2020

Khmer Rouge leader Kang Kek Iew headed the Cambodian government’s internal security branch and was in charge of the Tuol Sleng (S-21) prison camp. Charged with crimes against humanity, he was punished with 30 years of imprisonment, a sentence that was later extended to life imprisonment.

 26 
Son Sann
(Former Prime Minister of Cambodia (1967 – 1968))
Son Sann
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Birthdate: October 5, 1911
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Phnom Penh
Died: December 19, 2000

Son Sann was a Cambodian anti-communist resistance leader and politician. He is best remembered for his service as the Prime Minister of Cambodia from 1 May 1967 to 31 January 1968. Son Sann is also credited with forming a new political party called the Buddhist Liberal Democratic Party.

 27 
Eh Phuthong
(TV show host)
Eh Phuthong
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Birthdate: 1975 AD
Birthplace: Koh Kong, Cambodia
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 28 
Isanavarman I
(King of Chenla (616 - 637))
Isanavarman I
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Birthplace: Unknown
Died: 0637 AD

Isanavarman I served as the King of Chenla from 616 to 637 AD. The kingdom of Chenla went on to become the powerful Khmer Empire. King Isanavarman I is credited with founding the temples at Sambor Prei Kuk.

 29 
Maddox Jolie-Pitt
(Actor and Producer)
Maddox Jolie-Pitt
5
Birthdate: August 5, 2001
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Cambodia
 30 
Photisarath
(King of Lan Xang (1520 - 1548))
Photisarath
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Birthdate: 1501 AD
Birthplace: Muang Sua, Lan Xang
Died: 1547 AD

Photisarath reigned as the king of Lan Xang from 1520 to 1548. Counted among the most pious of the Lao kings, Photisarath played a key role in promoting Buddhism by destroying spirit shrines that enabled spirit worship. He banned spirit worship and animism and built Buddhist temples on the sites of spirit shrines.

 31 
Neko Hiroshi
(Comedian)
Neko Hiroshi
1
Birthdate: August 8, 1977
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Ichihara, Chiba, Japan
Height: 4'10" (147 cm)
 32 
Nuon Chea
(Chief Ideologist of the Khmer Rouge)
Nuon Chea
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Birthdate: July 7, 1926
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Voat Kor, Battambang, Cambodia, French Indochina
Died: August 4, 2019

Nuon Chea was a Cambodian revolutionary and politician who served as the chief ideologist of the Khmer Rouge. From 27 September 1976 to 25 October 1976, he served as the prime minister of the Democratic Kampuchea. In 2014, he was convicted of crimes against humanity and was sentenced to life imprisonment. Nuon Chea died in 2019 while serving his sentence.

 33 
Thun Sophea
(Cambodian Professional Kickboxer)
Thun Sophea
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Birthdate: 1979 AD
Birthplace: Unknown
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 34 
Hem Bunting
(Marathoner)
Hem Bunting
0
Birthdate: December 12, 1985
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Steung Treng Province, Cambodia
 35 
Bun Kenny
(Tennis player)
Bun Kenny
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Birthdate: June 1, 1990
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Metz, France
Height: 5'11" (180 cm)
 36 
Sovijja Pou
(Swimmer)
Sovijja Pou
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Birthdate: July 18, 1995
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: United States
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
 37 
Vath Chamroeun
(Wrestler)
Vath Chamroeun
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Birthdate: October 12, 1972
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Unknown
 38 
Van Son
(Cyclist)
Van Son
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Birthdate: April 4, 1934
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Unknown
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
 39 
Soth Sun
(Boxer)
Soth Sun
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Birthdate: January 1, 1946
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Unknown
 40 
Preah Maha Ghosananda
(Buddhist Monk)
Preah Maha Ghosananda
0
Birthdate: May 23, 1913
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Treang, Cambodia
Died: March 12, 2007
 41 
Sitha Sin
(Athlete)
Sitha Sin
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Birthdate: March 10, 1950
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Unknown
 42 
Hem Lumphat
(Swimmer)
Hem Lumphat
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Birthdate: December 4, 1976
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Phnom Penh, Cambodia
Died: July 15, 2020
 43 
Ret Chhon
(Cyclist)
Ret Chhon
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Birthdate: 1940 AD
Birthplace: Unknown
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
 44 
Divākarapaṇḍita
(Political Adviser)
Divākarapaṇḍita
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Birthdate: 1040 AD
Birthplace: Cambodia
Died: 1120 AD
 45 
Heng Visal
(Cambodian Instagram Star)
Heng Visal
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Birthdate: January 8, 1995
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Cambodia
 46 
Seak Vlogger
(YouTube Vlogger)
Seak Vlogger
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Birthdate: May 10, 2000
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cambodia
 47 
Austin So
(TikTok Star Who Posts Dance and Comedy Videos)
Austin So
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Birthdate: April 24, 2002
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cambodia
 48 
Seak Hok
(Cambodian TikTok Star)
Seak Hok
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Birthdate: April 11, 2000
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Cambodia
 49 
Yaro Vy
(TikTok Influencer)
Yaro Vy
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Birthdate: February 15, 1993
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cambodia
 50 
Soria Oung
(YouTube Vocalist and Guitarist)
Soria Oung
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Birthdate: September 20, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Cambodia