Famous Colombian People

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Shakira
(Colombian Singer Who is Known as the 'Queen of Latin Music')
Shakira
154
Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: February 2, 1977
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Barranquilla

Grammy award winning Colombian pop singer, Shakira is best known for hits like Whenever, Wherever and Hips Don't Lie. One of the most successful Latin American recording artists, she is also one of the world's best-selling music artists. Her first hit album was Pies Descalzos after which she entered the English music market with her big hit album, Laundry Service.

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Gabriel Garcia Marquez
(Nobel Prize Winner in Literature)
Gabriel Garcia Marquez
41
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: March 6, 1927
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Aracataca
Died: April 17, 2014

Nobel Prize-winning Colombian author Gabriel Garcia Marquez, also known as “Gabo,” is remembered as one of the most prominent figures of the magic realism literary style. His novels One Hundred Years of Solitude and Love in the Time of Cholera have achieved cult status. He previously worked as a journalist.

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Radamel Falcao
(One of the Greatest Colombian Footballers of All Time)
Radamel Falcao
46
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 10, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Santa Marta

Radamel Falcao is a Colombian football player who has been playing for the national football team since 2007. He is the all-time top scorer for the Colombia national team. Nicknamed The Tiger, Falcao is often counted among the greatest Colombian football players of all time. Radamel Falcao is also considered one of the best strikers of his generation.

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Sofia Vergara
(Actress)
Sofia Vergara
73
Birthdate: July 10, 1972
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Barranquilla

Sofia Vergara is a Colombian-American actress, model, and TV producer. She is one of the highest-paid actresses in American TV. She rose to fame in the late 1990s as a TV host. She began gaining popularity as an actress in the 2000s and appeared in many TV shows and films. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including an NAACP Image Award.

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James Rodríguez
(Colombian Professional Football Player Who Plays as an Attacking Midfielder)
James Rodríguez
54
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 12, 1991
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cúcuta

James Rodríguez is a versatile football player adept at playing as a central midfielder, playmaker, and winger. At the initial stages of his career, he was counted among the best young international players. He made a major impact during the 2014 FIFA World Cup where he won the Golden Boot for scoring the most number of goals.

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John Leguizamo
(Comedian & Actor Know for His Role in 'Super Mario Bros' as 'Luigi')
John Leguizamo
31
Birthdate: July 22, 1960
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Bogotá

John Leguizamo is a popular stand-up comedian and actor who is credited with voicing Sid the Sloth in the Ice Age film series. Over the years, John Leguizamo has also played a major role in helping the Hispanic community and has been honored by organizations, such as the Hispanic Organization of Latin Actors.

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Juan Pablo Montoya
(Colombian Racing Driver)
Juan Pablo Montoya
21
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 20, 1975
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bogotá

Juan Pablo Montoya is a Colombian racing driver who currently competes for DragonSpeed Racing in the WeatherTech SportsCar Championship. In 1998, Montoya won the Formula 3000 International Championship title. The following year, he went on to win the CART FedEx Championship Series. In October 2009, Juan Pablo Montoya was named in Times Online's Top 50 Formula One Drivers list.

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Sebastián Marroquín
(Son of Pablo Escobar)
Sebastián Marroquín
38
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: February 24, 1977
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Medellín
Sebastián Marroquín is the son of Colombian drug lord Pablo Escobar. He and his family fled to Mozambique after Pablo’s death, and then to Argentina, where he dropped “Escobar” from his name. He owns an organic clothing line and has written a book and contributed to a documentary about Pablo.
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Maluma
(Colombian Singer-Songwriter and Actor Best Known for His Albums ‘Magia’ and ‘Pretty Boy, Dirty Boy’)
Maluma
35
Birthdate: January 28, 1994
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Medellín

Maluma is a Colombian singer, actor, and songwriter. After developing an interest in music early in his life, Maluma started recording songs at age 16. He then went on to collaborate with many successful artists and is currently among the best-selling Latin music artists, with sales of more than 26 million records worldwide.

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J Balvin
(One of the World's Best-Selling Latin Music Artists Referred to as 'Prince of Reggaeton')
J Balvin
38
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: May 7, 1985
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Medellín

J Balvin is a Colombian singer whose genres include reggaeton, hip hop, and Latin pop. Known as the Prince of Reggaeton, Balvin is one of the highest-selling Latin music artists in the world. He was presented with the Global Icon Award for spreading Latin music worldwide. In 2020, he was named in Time magazine's list of 100 Most Influential People.

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Carlos Valderrama
(Former Colombian Football Player Who Played as a Midfielder)
Carlos Valderrama
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 2, 1961
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Santa Marta

Carlos Valderrama is a Colombian retired football player whose distinctive hairstyle and technical skills made him popular. Widely regarded as one of the greatest Colombian football players of all time, Valderrama was included in Pelé's FIFA 100 list in 2004. Carlos Valderrama played a prominent role during the 1990s, which is considered the golden era of Colombian football.  

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Karol G
(Colombian Singer and Songwriter Known for Songs ‘Hello’, ‘A Ella’ and ‘Mi Cama’)
Karol G
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: February 14, 1991
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Medellín
Karol G is a Colombian singer-songwriter. Well-known for being one of the few women to have dominated the reggaeton scene over the last few years, Karol G is revered in places where reggaeton is popular. She has several prestigious awards under her belt, such as a Latin Grammy Award. She has also received several nominations for Billboard Latin Music Awards.
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Kali Uchis
(American Grammy Award Winning Musician Known for His Debut Album 'Isolation')
Kali Uchis
28
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: July 17, 1994
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Alexandria

Kali Uchis is an American singer who sings in English and Spanish languages. Uchis achieved international recognition after the release of her hit debut studio album Isolation. Over the course of her career, Kali Uchis has received several prestigious awards such as the Grammy Award, Billboard Music Award, and American Music Award.

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Lupe Fuentes
(House Music Producer, DJ, and Former Pornographic Actress)
Lupe Fuentes
23
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 27, 1987
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cali

Lupe Fuentes had started out as a porn actor, with her own website, at 19. The Colombian artist later stepped into music, joining the group The Ex-Girlfriends. Now a social-media influencer and a house music DJ/producer, Lupe lives in Los Angeles and is married to actor/singer Evan Seinfeld.

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Juan Cuadrado
(Colombian Footballer Who Plays as a Midfielder & Defender)
Juan Cuadrado
12
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 26, 1988
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Necoclí

Juan Cuadrado is a Colombian football player who has been representing the Colombia national football team since 2010. Renowned for his pace and dribbling skills, Juan Cuadrado is an important player for his national side. He also currently represents the Juventus Football Club and has won many championship titles for the team.

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Carlos Valdes
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Birthdate: April 20, 1989
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Cali

Carlos Valdes is a Colombian-American actor, dancer, and singer. Valdes is best known for playing Cisco Ramon / Vibe in the popular American superhero TV series, The Flash. He portrays the role in other Arrowverse-related projects as well. A multi-talented personality, Valdes is also an accomplished instrumentalist and songwriter; he plays the piano, guitar, ukulele, percussion, and bass.

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David Ospina
(Colombian Football Player Who Plays as a Goalkeeper)
David Ospina
10
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 31, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Medellin

David Ospina is a Colombian football player who plays for the Colombia national football team. Ospina made his national debut in 2007 and is currently the most capped player of Colombia. Apart from representing his country in important tournaments like the FIFA World Cup and Copa Américas, David Ospina has also played for popular clubs like Arsenal and Atlético Nacional.

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Jackson Martínez
(Colombian Retired Football Player Who Played as a Striker)
Jackson Martínez
7
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 3, 1986
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Quibdó

Jackson Martínez is a Colombian retired football player who played for the Colombia national football team from 2009 to 2015. Apart from representing his country in important tournaments like the 2014 FIFA World Cup and Copa Américas, Martínez also played for clubs like Atlético Madrid and Porto. In 2014 and 2015, Martínez was named FC Porto Athlete of the Year.

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Isabella Gomez
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: February 9, 1998
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Medellin

Colombia-born American actor Isabella Gomez is best known as the lesbian character Elena Alvarez from the sitcom One Day at a Time. Being an only child of her parents, she mostly grew up watching TV shows and later plunged into acting. She has also appeared in Matador and Modern Family.

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Zulay Henao
(Colombian-American Actress Known for Her Films: ‘Illegal Tender’, ‘Fighting’, ‘Takers’ and ‘Boy Wonder’)
Zulay Henao
14
Birthdate: May 29, 1979
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Medellín

Colombian-born actor Zulay Henao made headlines for her relationship with Entourage actor Kevin Connolly, after an Instagram post in 2021 declared they were expecting a child. She had plunged into acting after serving in the U.S. Army for 3 years and later gained fame with series such as The Oath.

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René Higuita
(Former Colombian Football Player Who Played as a Goalkeeper)
René Higuita
12
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 27, 1966
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Medellín

René Higuita is a Colombian retired football player best known for exhibiting a scorpion kick while saving a goal in a friendly against England on 6 September 1995. His high-risk playing style and distinctive hairstyle made him immensely popular around the world. René Higuita is widely regarded as one of the greatest goalkeepers in South American history.

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Sebastián Yatra
9
Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 15, 1994
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Medellin

Colombian pop sensation Sebastián Yatra soared to fame with singled such as Traicionera and Robarte un Beso. Yatra was a promising soccer player in school. He was in the news for his relationship with Argentine singer Tini Stoessel, and their subsequent break-up announcement on Twitter broke their fans’ hearts.

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Carmen Villalobos
(Actress, Model)
Carmen Villalobos
8
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: July 13, 1983
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Barranquilla

Carmen Villalobos is a Colombian actress best known for her role in the telenovela Sin senos no hay paraíso, for which she won a Your World Award. She started acting as a teenager and initially appeared in small roles in TV shows. As her career progressed, she was able to bag more substantial roles in both TV shows and films.

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Juan Manuel Santos
(President of Colombia)
Juan Manuel Santos
9
Listed In: Activists
Birthdate: August 10, 1951
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bogotá

Juan Manuel Santos is a Colombian politician who served as the 32nd president of Colombia. He is credited with co-founding the Social Party of National Unity, which he led to prominence. For his efforts to put an end to Colombia's more than 50-year-long civil war, Santos was honored with the 2016 Nobel Peace Prize.

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Nairo Quintana
(Considered the Best Colombian Road Cyclist of All Time)
Nairo Quintana
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 4, 1990
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cómbita

Nairo Quintana is a Colombian racing cyclist. A specialist climber, Quintana is renowned for his ability to launch attacks on ascents of steep gradient and his stamina to endure others' attacks. Considered the best Colombian road cyclist of all time, Nairo Quintana is also counted among the most successful and popular stage-racing riders of his generation.

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Fernando Botero
(Painter, Sculptor, Artist)
Fernando Botero
6
Birthdate: April 19, 1932
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Medellín
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Juanes
(One of the Best Selling and Grammy Award Winning Colombian Hard Rock Musician)
Juanes
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: August 9, 1972
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Carolina del Príncipe

Juanes is a Colombian musician best known for his association with the rock band Ekhymosis. Having sold over 15 million albums worldwide, Juanes is one of the best-selling artistes of his generation. Over the course of his illustrious career, Juanes has won many prestigious awards such as Latin Grammy Awards and Grammy Awards.

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Carlos Bacca
(Colombian Football Player Who Plays as a Striker)
Carlos Bacca
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 8, 1986
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Puerto Colombia

Carlos Bacca is a Colombian football player who represented the Colombia national football team from 2010 to 2018. He was part of the team that won the bronze medal at the Copa América Centenario in 2016. He also represented the team at the 2014 and 2018 World Cups. Carlos Bacca is renowned for his pace, aggression, strength, and concentration.

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Juan Pablo Raba
(Best Known for His Role as ‘Gustavo Gaviria’ in the TV Series ‘Narcos’)
Juan Pablo Raba
5
Birthdate: January 14, 1977
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Bogotá

Juan Pablo Raba is a Colombian actor best known for his portrayal of Gustavo Gaviria in the American crime drama TV series, Narcos. Over the years, he has established himself in the American TV industry. Apart from being an actor, Raba takes an active part in the campaigns organized by several animal and human rights organizations.

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Catalina Sandino Moreno
(Actress)
Catalina Sandino Moreno
9
Birthdate: April 19, 1981
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Bogota
Height: 5'6" (168 cm)
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Carlos Vives
(Colombian Singer Who is Known for His Fusion of Pop Music and Traditional Colombian Musical Styles)
Carlos Vives
5
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: August 7, 1961
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Santa Marta

Carlos Vives is a Colombian actor, singer, and songwriter. He is best known for his fusion of pop music and traditional Colombian musical styles, such as champeta, cumbia, vallenato, and porro. Carlos Vives has won important awards like the Grammys, Latin Grammy Awards, and Premios Nuestra Tierra. In 2020, he was inducted into the Billboard Latin Music Hall of Fame.

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Ximena Duque
(Colombian Actress and Model.)
Ximena Duque
12
Birthdate: January 30, 1985
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Cali
Colombian-born actor Ximena Duque began her career with the reality show Protagonistas de Novela and then the telenovela Soñar no cuesta nada. The mother of three has also won several Premios Tu Mundo awards. She was in the news when she contracted COVID-19 during her third pregnancy. 
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Paula Garces
(Actress)
Paula Garces
9
Birthdate: March 20, 1974
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Medellín
Height: 5'5" (165 cm)
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Cecilia Braekhus
(Norwegian Professional Boxer)
Cecilia Braekhus
8
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 28, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cartagena

Tagged by the media as Boxing’s First Lady, Norwegian boxer/kickboxer Cecilia Braekhu scripted history by becoming the first female boxer to hold the WBA, IBF, WBC, and WBO titles at the same time. Colombian-born Braekhu was adopted by a Norwegian couple as a 2-year-old and began boxing as a teenager.

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Juan Fernando Quintero
(Colombian Footballer Who Plays as a Midfielder)
Juan Fernando Quintero
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 18, 1993
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Medellín

Juan Fernando Quintero is a Colombian football player who has been representing the national football team since 2012. An attacking midfielder, Quintero is renowned for his creativity, agility, and speed. He is currently signed with the Argentine football club River Plate, where his style of play has drawn comparisons to that of Lionel Messi.

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Luis Muriel
(Colombian Football Player Who Plays as a Forward)
Luis Muriel
7
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: April 16, 1991
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Santo Tomás

Luis Muriel is a Colombian football player who has been playing for the national football team since 2012. He helped his team win the bronze medal at the 2021 Copa América. A versatile player, Luis Muriel is renowned for his pace, agility, dribbling skills, and creativity.

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Red Velvet
(Colombian-American Professional Wrestler)
Red Velvet
16
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 3, 1992
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Miami

Red Velvet is a professional wrestler who is currently signed to AEW. Prior to joining All Elite Wrestling, Velvet was part of the independent circuit from 2016 to 2021. She was also a part of the Fighting Evolution Wrestling promotion where she held the FEW Women's Championship title. Apart from being a professional wrestler, Red Velvet is also a dancer.

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Danna García
(Colombian Model and Actress)
Danna García
4
Birthdate: February 2, 1978
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Medellín

Danna García is a Colombian model and actress best known for her portrayal of leading roles in popular telenovelas in Mexico, Colombia, and the US. García achieved popularty in the early 2000s when she starred in a Colombian telenovela titled Pasión de Gavilanes, which was released internationally as Hidden Passion.

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Nina García
(Fashion Journalist)
Nina García
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Birthdate: May 3, 1965
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Barranquilla

Nina García is a Colombian-American fashion journalist. She is the current editor-in-chief of Elle and has been a judge on the Bravo/Lifetime reality TV program Project Runway. She has a degree in fashion merchandising from the Fashion Institute of Technology (FIT) and has worked with the prominent fashion designer Marc Jacobs. She is the author of four books. 

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Tatiana Calderón
(Colombian Racing automobile driver)
Tatiana Calderón
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 10, 1993
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Bogotá
Height: 5'4" (163 cm)
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Cristina Umaña
(Actor)
Cristina Umaña
3
Birthdate: December 24, 1974
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Ibagué
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Faustino Asprilla
(Colombian Former Football Player Who Played as a Forward and Attacking Midfielder)
Faustino Asprilla
6
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: November 10, 1969
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Tuluá

Faustino Asprilla is a Colombian retired football player who played for the Colombia national football team from 1993 to 2001. Widely regarded as one of the best Colombian footballers of all time, Faustino Asprilla represented his national team in important tournaments like the Summer Olympics, Copa America, and FIFA World Cup. 

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Samuel E. Wright
(Actor)
Samuel E. Wright
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Birthdate: November 20, 1946
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Camden

Two-time Tony-nominated actor Samuel E. Wright is best known for his performances in The Lion King and The Tap Dance Kid. Fans also know him as the voice of Sebastian in The Little Mermaid, and his track Under the Sea, from the movie, won an Academy Award.

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Gio Urshela
(Colombian Baseball Player Who Plays as Third Baseman)
Gio Urshela
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: October 11, 1991
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Cartagena

Gio Urshela is a Colombian baseball player who currently plays for the Minnesota Twins of the MLB. Apart from representing popular MLB teams like Cleveland Indians and New York Yankees, Gio Urshela has also played for the Colombian national baseball team. 

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Ernesto Samper Pizano
(Politician)
Ernesto Samper Pizano
2
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: August 3, 1950
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Bogotá
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Juan Carlos Osorio
(Former Colombian Footballer Who Played as a Midfielder)
Juan Carlos Osorio
2
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: June 8, 1961
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Santa Rosa de Cabal

Juan Carlos Osorio is a Colombian former football player who played as a midfielder for teams like Deportivo Pereira, Internacional, and Once Caldas. He is best known for his managerial career and has served as manager for popular teams, including the Paraguay national football team.

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Manuela Arbeláez
(Model, Actor)
Manuela Arbeláez
7
Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: September 9, 1988
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Medellín
Height: 5'7" (170 cm)
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Breidis Prescott
(Colombian Professional Boxer Who Competes in the Lightweight and Welterweight Divisions)
Breidis Prescott
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 3, 1983
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Barranquilla

Breidis Prescott is a Colombian boxer who competes in the lightweight and welterweight divisions. He achieved international fame in 2008 when he defeated the then-undefeated boxer Amir Khan, which earned him the nickname The Khanqueror.  

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Hugo Rodallega
(Colombian Football Player Who Plays as a Forward and Midfielder)
Hugo Rodallega
5
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 25, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: El Carmelo

Hugo Rodallega is a Colombian football player who played for the Colombia national football team from 2005 to 2011. He is currently a part of Esporte Clube Bahia where he plays as a forward and winger. Hugo Rodallega is best known for his association with Wigan Athletic Football Club for which he scored 24 goals in Premier League matches.

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Adrián Ramos
(Colombian Football Player Who Plays as a Striker)
Adrián Ramos
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: January 22, 1986
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Santander de Quilichao

Adrián Ramos is a Colombian football player who has been playing for the Colombia national football team since 2008. He has played for the national team in important tournaments like the FIFA World Cup and Copa América. Adrián Ramos is also currently a part of América de Cali.

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.