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

Manuela EscobarManuela Escobar
(Pablo Escobar's Daughter)

25 May 1984

Lil PumpLil Pump
(Rapper)

17 August 2000

ShakiraShakira
(Singer)

02 February 1977

Griselda BlancoGriselda Blanco
(Drug Trafficker)

15 February 1943

John LeguizamoJohn Leguizamo
(Actor, Stand-up Comedian)

22 July 1964

Sebastián MarroquínSebastián Marroquín
(Son of Pablo Escobar)

24 February 1977

Virginia VallejoVirginia Vallejo
(Author)

26 August 1949

Omayra SánchezOmayra Sánchez
(Victim of Nevado del Ruiz Volcano)

29 August 1972

James RodríguezJames Rodríguez
(Football Player)

12 July 1991

Carlos LehderCarlos Lehder
(Drug Lord)

07 September 1949

J BalvinJ Balvin
(Singer)

07 May 1985

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Karol GKarol G
(Singer)

14 February 1991

Maria Victoria HenaoMaria Victoria Henao
(Pablo Escobar's Wife)

1961 AD

Juan Manuel SantosJuan Manuel Santos
(President of Colombia)

10 August 1951

Nina GarciaNina García
(Fashion Journalist)

03 May 1965

MalumaMaluma
(Musician)

28 January 1994

Stella ArroyaveStella Arroyave
(Actress)

20 March 1956

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

06 March 1927

Anllela SagraAnllela Sagra
(Fitness Model)

06 October 1993

Sebastian VillalobosSebastian Villalobos
(YouTuber)

17 January 1996

Mario RuizMario Ruiz
(YouTuber)

01 October 1993

Andrea EspadaAndrea Espada
(Television Presenter, Actress, Social Media Influencer)

17 August 1986

Daniela OspinaDaniela Ospina
(Volleyball Player)

22 September 1992

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Carlos ValdesCarlos Valdes
(Actor)

20 April 1989

Kika NietoKika Nieto
(YouTube Star)

30 January 1993

Nathalie ParisNathalie Paris
(YouTuber)

23 October 1999

Radamel FalcaoRadamel Falcao
(Association football player)

10 February 1986

Luis GaravitoLuis Garavito
(Colombian serial killer)

25 January 1957

Juan Fernando QuinteroJuan Fernando Quintero
(Association football player)

18 January 1993

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

04 July 1926

Andrés EscobarAndrés Escobar
(Association football player)

13 March 1967

Juan Pablo MontoyaJuan Pablo Montoya
(Racecar driver)

20 September 1975

Fernando BoteroFernando Botero
(painter, sculptor, artist)

19 April 1932

David OspinaDavid Ospina
(Association football player)

31 August 1988

Jackson MartínezJackson Martínez
(Association football player)

03 October 1986

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Lupe FuentesLupe Fuentes
(Adult Film Star, Disc jockey, Actor)

27 January 1987

Luis MurielLuis Muriel
(Association football player)

16 April 1991

Carlos BaccaCarlos Bacca
(Association football player)

08 September 1986

JuanesJuanes
(Musician, Singer)

1972 AD

Diana TurbayDiana Turbay
(Journalist)

09 March 1950

Carlos ValderramaCarlos Valderrama
(Association football player)

02 September 1961

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René HiguitaRené Higuita
(association football player)

27 August 1966

Cristián ZapataCristián Zapata
(Association football player)

30 September 1986

Faustino AsprillaFaustino Asprilla
(Association football player)

10 November 1969

Breidis PrescottBreidis Prescott
(Boxer)

03 May 1983

Danna GarcíaDanna García
(actor)

02 February 1978

Hugo RodallegaHugo Rodallega
(Association football player)

25 July 1985

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Víctor IbarboVíctor Ibarbo
(Association football player)

19 May 1990

Fredy MonteroFredy Montero
(Association football player)

26 July 1987

Samael Aun WeorSamael Aun Weor
(writer)

03 March 1917

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

08 June 1962

Manuela ArbeláezManuela Arbeláez
(Model, Actor)

09 September 1988

Adrián RamosAdrián Ramos
(Association football player)

22 January 1986

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Iván CórdobaIván Córdoba
(Footballer)

11 August 1976

Giovanni MorenoGiovanni Moreno
(Association football player)

01 July 1986

Nairo QuintanaNairo Quintana
(Sport cyclist)

04 February 1990

Mario YepesMario Yepes
(Association football player)

13 January 1976

Juan AgudeloJuan Agudelo
(Association football player)

23 November 1992

Faryd MondragónFaryd Mondragón
(Association football player)

21 June 1971

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Pablo ArmeroPablo Armero
(Association football player)

02 November 1986

Bernardo EspinosaBernardo Espinosa
(Association football player)

11 July 1989

Abel AguilarAbel Aguilar
(Association football player)

06 January 1985

Mauricio MolinaMauricio Molina
(Association football player)

30 April 1980

Pedro FrancoPedro Franco
(Association football player)

23 April 1991

Radamel Falcao GarcíaRadamel Falcao García
(Colombian footballer)

10 February 1986

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Álvaro UribeÁlvaro Uribe
(Former President of Colombia)

04 July 1952

Éder Álvarez BalantaÉder Álvarez Balanta
(Association football player)

28 February 1993

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

10 August 1968

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.