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Situated in South America, Ecuador forwards tourists almost everything one can think of – lofty mountain peaks, dense Amazon rainforests, indigenous markets, colonial towns, sun-kissed shores and lava-bursting volcanoes. Despite its miniature size, Ecuador is quite complete in itself. And just like its natural surroundings, Ecuadorians are accomplished as well. The country has produced many famous painters, historians, journalists, writers, photographers and so on. Ivan Vallejo Ricaurte Is a chemical engineer and teacher turned climber who became the first Ecuadorian to reach the summit of Mount Everest. Eugenio Espejo’s work as a scientist, medical professional and writer have been highly influential. He is till date regarded as one of the most enlightened thinkers of the 18th century. Not just men, Ecuadorian women too have left a lasting imprint on the history of the country. Matilde Hidalgo de Procel has too many firsts to her credit – she was the first Ecuadorian woman to graduate from high school, the first to vote in election and the first to hold electoral office in the country. Ecuadorian Hermelinda Urvina became the first South American to receive the license as pilot. Check out this section to find amazing facts about famous Ecuadorians, their life and their accomplishments.
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 1 
Julian Assange
(Computer programmer)
Julian Assange
30
Birthdate: July 3, 1971
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Townsville, Australia

Julian Assange made headlines all over the world in 2010 when WikiLeaks, a non-profit organization founded by him, gained international attention after publishing leaks, such as the Afghanistan war logs and Iraq war logs. After dodging arrest for several years, he was finally arrested in 2019 and is currently imprisoned in HM Prison Belmarsh.

 2 
Antonio Valencia
(Football player)
Antonio Valencia
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 4, 1985
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Nueva Loja, Ecuador
 3 
Marlon Vera
(Mixed martial artist)
Marlon Vera
4
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: December 2, 1992
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Chone, Ecuador
 4 
Manuela Sáenz
(South American Revolutionary and Spy)
Manuela Sáenz
4
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 27, 1795
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Quito, Ecuador
Died: November 23, 1856

Manuela Sáenz was an Ecuadorian revolutionary who supported women's rights. She received the Order of the Sun, honoring her services in the revolution. Today, she is widely regarded as a feminist symbol of the 19th century. In 2007, the Ecuadorian government honored her with the rank of General.

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Lenín Moreno
(Political leader)
Lenín Moreno
8
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 19, 1953
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Nuevo Rocafuerte

Lenín Moreno is an Ecuadorian politician and the current president of Ecuador. Before being elected as the president, Moreno served as the vice president under President Rafael Correa from 2007 to 2013. Also known for his support towards people with disabilities, Moreno received a nomination for the Nobel Peace Prize in 2012.  

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Julio Jaramillo
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Listed In: Singers
Birthdate: October 1, 1935
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Guayaquil, Ecuador
Died: February 9, 1978
 7 
Maria Elisa Camargo
3
Birthdate: December 21, 1985
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Guayaquil, Ecuador
 8 
Frederick Ashton
(Choreographer)
Frederick Ashton
4
Listed In: Dancers
Birthdate: September 17, 1904
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Guayaquil, Ecuador
Died: October 18, 1988
 9 
Pancho Segura
(Tennis player, Tennis coach)
Pancho Segura
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: June 20, 1921
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Guayaquil, Ecuador
Died: November 18, 2017
 10 
Oswaldo Guayasamín
1
Birthdate: July 6, 1919
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Quito, Ecuador
Died: March 10, 1999
 11 
Carlo Alban
0
Birthdate: October 3, 1979
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ecuador
 12 
Sixto Durán Ballén
(Political figure)
Sixto Durán Ballén
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 14, 1921
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Boston, Massachusetts, United States
Died: November 15, 2016
 13 
Gabriel García Moreno
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: December 24, 1821
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Guayaquil, Ecuador
Died: August 6, 1875
 14 
Andres Gomez
(Tennis player)
Andres Gomez
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 27, 1960
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Guayaquil, Ecuador
 15 
José María Velasco Ibarra
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 19, 1893
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Quito, Ecuador
Died: March 30, 1979
 16 
Juan José Flores
(First President of Ecuador)
Juan José Flores
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: July 19, 1800
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Puerto Cabello
Died: October 1, 1864

Juan José Flores was a Venezuelan-born military general who served as the president of the new Republic of Ecuador on three non-consecutive terms. Enlisted as a private in the Spanish Royalist army at the age of 15, he grew up to be a military man with a commanding presence. He was an intelligent man and an eloquent orator. 

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Roberto Manrique
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: April 23, 1979
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Guayaquil, Ecuador
 18 
Rafael Correa
(45th President of Ecuador (2007 - 2017))
Rafael Correa
8
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: April 6, 1963
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Guayaquil, Ecuador

Rafael Correa is an Ecuadorian economist and politician. From 2007 to 2017, Correa served as the president of Ecuador. During his presidency, Ecuador managed to reduce its poverty and raised the minimum wage, which in turn enhanced the standard of living in the country.

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Juan Manuel Correa
(Racing driver)
Juan Manuel Correa
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 9, 1999
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Quito, Ecuador
 20 
Richard Carapaz
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: May 29, 1993
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: El Carmelo, Tulcán Canton, Carchi Province, Ecuador
 21 
Danilo Carrera
3
Birthdate: January 17, 1989
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Guayaquil, Ecuador
 22 
León Febres Cordero
(Political Leader)
León Febres Cordero
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 9, 1931
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Guayaquil, Ecuador
Died: December 15, 2008
 23 
Lucio Gutiérrez
(Politician)
Lucio Gutiérrez
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 23, 1957
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Quito, Ecuador
 24 
Eugenio Espejo
(Writer & Medical Pioneer)
Eugenio Espejo
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Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: February 21, 1747
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Quito, Spanish Empire
Died: December 28, 1795

Eugenio Espejo was a medical pioneer, writer, and lawyer. He was of mestizo origin in colonial Ecuador. He inspired the separatist movement in Quito and is regarded as a key figure in colonial Ecuador. He spread enlightened ideas in the Royal Audiencia and wrote about sanitary conditions in colonial Ecuador. He aspired to awaken a rebellious spirit in the people.

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Hugo Savinovich
(Best known as part of the Spanish language commentary team for the professional wrestling promotion WWE from 1994 to 2011.)
Hugo Savinovich
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Birthdate: February 15, 1959
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Guayaquil, Ecuador
 26 
Rosalía Arteaga
(Politician)
Rosalía Arteaga
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: December 5, 1956
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Cuenca, Ecuador
 27 
Alfredo Palacio
(Former President of Ecuador)
Alfredo Palacio
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: January 22, 1939
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Guayaquil
 28 
Karl Egloff
(Athlete)
Karl Egloff
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: March 16, 1981
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Quito, Ecuador
 29 
Enrique Chediak
(Cinematographer who worked on in 2010, the drama 127 Hours, was based on a true story)
Enrique Chediak
0
Birthdate: 1967 AD
Birthplace: Quito, Ecuador
 30 
Abdalá Bucaram
(President of Ecuador)
Abdalá Bucaram
3
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: February 4, 1952
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Guayaquil, Ecuador
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Narcisa de Jesus
0
Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: October 29, 1832
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Nobol, Guayas, Ecuador
Died: December 8, 1869
 32 
Maria Fernanda Espinosa
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: September 7, 1964
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Salamanca, Spain
 33 
Jaime Roldós Aguilera
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Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 5, 1940
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Guayaquil, Ecuador
Died: May 24, 1981
 34 
Alex Quinonez
(Athlete)
Alex Quinonez
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 11, 1989
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Esmeraldas, Ecuador
 35 
Humberto More
(Painter)
Humberto More
0
Birthdate: 1929 AD
Birthplace: Esmeraldas, Ecuador
Died: 1984 AD
 36 
Jack Culcay
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Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: September 26, 1985
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Ambato, Ecuador
 37 
Iván Hurtado
(Football player)
Iván Hurtado
1
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 16, 1974
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Esmeraldas, Ecuador
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Juan Montalvo
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: April 13, 1832
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Ambato, Ecuador
Died: January 17, 1889
 39 
Rocío González Navas
(Businesswoman)
Rocío González Navas
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Listed In: Miscellaneous
Birthdate: November 6, 1953
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Latacunga, Ecuador
 40 
Andres Crespo
0
Birthdate: November 6, 1970
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Guayaquil, Ecuador
 41 
José Joaquín de Olmedo
(Political Leader)
José Joaquín de Olmedo
1
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: March 20, 1780
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Guayaquil, Ecuador
Died: February 19, 1847
 42 
Jefferson Pérez
(Racewalking)
Jefferson Pérez
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: July 1, 1974
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Cuenca, Ecuador Cuenca
 43 
Cynthia Viteri
0
Listed In: Leaders
Birthdate: November 19, 1965
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Guayaquil, Ecuador
 44 
Matilde Hidalgo
1
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: September 29, 1889
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Loja, Ecuador
Died: February 20, 1974
 45 
Juan Fernando Velasco
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: January 17, 1972
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Quito, Pichincha, Ecuador
 46 
Nicolás Lapentti
(Tennis player)
Nicolás Lapentti
2
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: August 13, 1976
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Guayaquil, Ecuador
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Katherine Espin
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Listed In: Fashion
Birthdate: November 15, 1992
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: La Troncal, Ecuador
 48 
Juan Leon Mera
(Essayist)
Juan Leon Mera
0
Listed In: Writers
Birthdate: June 28, 1832
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Ambato, Ecuador
Died: December 13, 1894
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Sharon la Hechicera
0
Listed In: Musicians
Birthdate: March 28, 1974
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Guayaquil, Guayas Province, Ecuador
Died: January 4, 2015
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Roberto Quiroz
(Tennis player)
Roberto Quiroz
0
Listed In: Sportspersons
Birthdate: February 23, 1992
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Guayaquil, Ecuador