Read on to discover more about the most famous and influential people from Colombia.

Famous Colombians
When we talk of famous Colombians, singer Shakira and actress Sofía Vergara are undoubtedly among the first names that come to our minds. This is not at all surprising given that Columbians are well known for their love for dance, music and entertainment, supported by their diverse tradition in the arts. Ethnically diverse, Columbia has a rich cultural heritage as it was originally inhabited by indigenous peoples including the Muisca, Quimbaya, and Tairona. The influence of European culture is also evident as the nation was once under the colonial rule of Spain. Even after gaining independence in the mid-19th century, Colombia faced a century of war, violence and political chaos and was able to gain relative political stability only in the recent decades.
Pablo EscobarPablo Escobar
(Colombian Drug Lord)

01 December 1949

02 December 1993

Rionegro

Sagittarius

Carlos LehderCarlos Lehder
(Drug Lord)

07 September 1949

Armenia, Colombia

Virgo

ShakiraShakira
(Singer)

02 February 1977

Barranquilla

Aquarius

James RodríguezJames Rodríguez
(Football Player)

12 July 1991

Cúcuta, Colombia

Cancer

John LeguizamoJohn Leguizamo
(Actor, Stand-up Comedian)

22 July 1964

Bogotá, Colombia

Cancer

Griselda BlancoGriselda Blanco
(Drug Trafficker)

15 February 1943

03 September 2012

Cartagena

Aquarius

Juan Manuel SantosJuan Manuel Santos
(President of Colombia)

10 August 1951

Bogotá

Leo

Nina GarciaNina García
(Fashion Journalist)

03 May 1965

Barranquilla

Taurus

Gabriel Garcia MarquezGabriel Garcia Marquez
(Nobel Prize Winner in Literature)

06 March 1927

17 April 2014

Aracataca, Colombia

Pisces

Virginia VallejoVirginia Vallejo
(Presenter, Journalist, Autobiographer, Socialite)

26 August 1949

Cartago Municipality

Virgo

Radamel FalcaoRadamel Falcao
(Association football player)

10 February 1986

Santa Marta

Aquarius

Alfredo Di StéfanoAlfredo Di Stéfano
(Association football player, Association football manager)

04 July 1926

07 July 2014

Buenos Aires

Cancer

Fernando BoteroFernando Botero
(painter, sculptor, artist)

19 April 1932

Medellín

Aries

Lupe FuentesLupe Fuentes
(Pornographic actor, Disc jockey, Actor)

27 January 1987

Cali

Aquarius

Jackson MartínezJackson Martínez
(Association football player)

03 October 1986

Quibdó

Libra

Carlos BaccaCarlos Bacca
(Association football player)

08 September 1986

Barranquilla

Virgo

Andrés EscobarAndrés Escobar
(Association football player)

13 March 1967

02 July 1994

Medellín

Pisces

Diana TurbayDiana Turbay
(Journalist)

09 March 1950

25 January 1991

Bogota

Pisces

Juan Pablo MontoyaJuan Pablo Montoya
(Racecar driver)

20 September 1975

Bogota

Virgo

René HiguitaRené Higuita
(association football player)

27 August 1966

Medellín

Virgo

David OspinaDavid Ospina
(Association football player)

31 August 1988

Medellín

Virgo

Juan Carlos OsorioJuan Carlos Osorio
(Association football player, Association football manager)

08 June 1962

Santa Rosa de Cabal

Gemini

Víctor IbarboVíctor Ibarbo
(Association football player)

19 May 1990

Tumaco

Taurus

Carlos ValderramaCarlos Valderrama
(Association football player)

02 September 1961

Santa Marta

Virgo

Adrián RamosAdrián Ramos
(Association football player)

22 January 1986

Santander de Quilichao

Aquarius

Juan Fernando QuinteroJuan Fernando Quintero
(Association football player)

18 January 1993

Barranquilla

Capricorn

Hugo RodallegaHugo Rodallega
(Association football player)

25 July 1985

Candelaria, Valle del Cauca

Leo

Faustino AsprillaFaustino Asprilla
(Association football player)

10 November 1969

Tuluá

Scorpio

Breidis PrescottBreidis Prescott
(Boxer)

03 May 1983

Barranquilla

Taurus

Éder Álvarez BalantaÉder Álvarez Balanta
(Association football player)

28 February 1993

Bogota

Pisces

Fredy MonteroFredy Montero
(Association football player)

26 July 1987

Campo de la Cruz

Leo

Danna GarcíaDanna García
(actor)

02 February 1978

Guadalajara

Aquarius

Cristián ZapataCristián Zapata
(Association football player)

30 September 1986

Padilla, Cauca

Libra

Luis MurielLuis Muriel
(Association football player)

16 April 1991

Santo Tomás

Aries

Mario YepesMario Yepes
(Association football player)

13 January 1976

Cali

Capricorn

Manuela ArbeláezManuela Arbeláez
(Model, Actor)

09 September 1988

Medellín

Virgo

Nairo QuintanaNairo Quintana
(Sport cyclist)

04 February 1990

Tunja

Aquarius

Juan AgudeloJuan Agudelo
(Association football player)

23 November 1992

Manizales

Sagittarius

Pablo ArmeroPablo Armero
(Association football player)

02 November 1986

Tumaco

Scorpio

Giovanni MorenoGiovanni Moreno
(Association football player)

01 July 1986

Segovia

Cancer

Samael Aun WeorSamael Aun Weor
(writer)

03 March 1917

24 December 1977

Bogotá

Pisces

Faryd MondragónFaryd Mondragón
(Association football player)

21 June 1971

Cali

Gemini

Bernardo EspinosaBernardo Espinosa
(Association football player)

11 July 1989

Cali

Cancer

Pedro FrancoPedro Franco
(Association football player)

23 April 1991

Bogota

Taurus

Óscar ParejaÓscar Pareja
(Association football player, Association football manager)

10 August 1968

Medellín

Leo

Abel AguilarAbel Aguilar
(Association football player)

06 January 1985

Bogota

Capricorn

Mauricio MolinaMauricio Molina
(Association football player)

30 April 1980

Medellín

Taurus

Hard working and resilient, Columbians have emerged from their difficult past to become one of the most vibrant peoples in the world. While the likes of Shakira have taken the entertainment world by storm, others like artist Miguel Gómez, actor John Leguizamo, and businessman Fuad Ricardo Char Abdala have carved a niche for themselves in their respective fields. This section provides you information about the life and works of famous Colombians.

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