Famous German Media Personalities

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 1 Pia Wurtzbach

Pia Wurtzbach
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Famous As: Model, Actress
Birthdate: September 24, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Stuttgart, Germany

Pia Wurtzbach is a Filipino-German beauty queen who participated in the 64th Miss Universe pageant where she was crowned Miss Universe 2015. Wurtzbach is also a model, actress, and TV personality; she had to quit her showbusiness career temporarily to participate in the beauty pageant. She is also an advocate for gender equality and works towards raising awareness of HIV.

 2 Johannes Gutenberg

Johannes Gutenberg
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Famous As: Inventor
Birthdate: 1400 AD
Birthplace: Mainz, Germany
Died: February 3, 1468

Credit goes to Johannes Gutenberg for transforming book-making from manuscripts to the printed form as he introduced the movable-type printing press in the 15th century. The German printer and publisher’s invention contributed to mass communication during the Renaissance. He was not successful in his business and was exiled during the later years of his life.  He was also a goldsmith.

 3 Ruth Westheimer

Ruth Westheimer
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Famous As: Media Personality
Birthdate: June 4, 1928
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Karlstadt am Main, Germany
German-American sex therapist Ruth Westheimer, also known as Dr. Ruth, soared to fame with the radio show Sexually Speaking and later hosted many sexuality-related shows and wrote many books, too. She is also an ethnographer and a Holocaust survivor. Her life inspired the documentary Ask Dr. Ruth.
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 4 Helene Fischer

Helene Fischer
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: August 5, 1984
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Krasnoyarsk, Russian SFSR, USSR [now Russia]

Helene Fischer is a German singer, dancer, actress, and TV presenter. She attended the Frankfurt Stage & Musical School to study singing and acting. She made her debut in 2005 and found immediate success. Eventually, she started singing in English as well. She is the recipient of numerous awards, including 17 Echo awards and four "Krone der Volksmusik" prizes. 

 5 Gyles Brandreth

Gyles Brandreth
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: March 8, 1948
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Wuppertal, Germany

 6 John Peter Zenger

John Peter Zenger
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: October 26, 1697
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Impflingen, Germany
Died: July 28, 1746

German-born John Peter Zenger moved to New York at 13 and joined the printing business immediately. He later gained fame with the New York Weekly Journal, which often attacked governor William Cosby, resulting in Zenger’s arrest. His acquittal in the libel suit is regarded as a landmark case in press freedom.

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 7 Ulrike Meinhof

Ulrike Meinhof
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Famous As: Journalist and founding member of the Red Army Faction (RAF) in West Germany
Birthdate: October 7, 1934
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Oldenburg, Germany
Died: May 9, 1976
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 8 Clement Freud

Clement Freud
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: April 24, 1924
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: April 15, 2009

Better known as the grandson of Sigmund Freud, Clement Freud was a broadcaster who made a name as a panelist on the BBC Radio 4 show Just a Minute. He was also a Liberal MP. His reputation was tainted later, after he was accused of molesting several underage girls.

 9 Daniel Funke

Daniel Funke
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: July 23, 1981
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Germany

 10 Angela Gossow

Angela Gossow
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Famous As: Vocalist
Birthdate: November 5, 1974
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Cologne, Germany

German singer Angela Gossow is best known to fans as the lead vocalist of the Swedish death metal band Arch Enemy. She is one of the few female singers who use death grunts as part of their performances. An atheist and a vegan, she is quite vocal about her opinions.

 11 Diem Brown

Diem Brown
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Famous As: Television presenter
Birthdate: June 12, 1980
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Germany
Died: November 14, 2014

 12 Sophia Thomalla

Sophia Thomalla
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: October 6, 1989
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany

 13 Natalie Horler

Natalie Horler
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Famous As: Singer
Birthdate: September 23, 1981
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Bonn, West Germany

 14 Laura Dekker

Laura Dekker
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Famous As: Dutch sailor who became the youngest person to circumnavigate the globe single-handedly.
Birthdate: September 20, 1995
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Whangarei, New Zealand

 15 Ron MacLean

Ron MacLean
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Famous As: Sportscaster
Birthdate: April 12, 1960
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Zweibrucken, West Germany

 16 Dietrich Eckart

Dietrich Eckart
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: March 23, 1868
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Neumarkt in der Oberpfalz, Germany
Died: December 26, 1923

German anti-Semitic völkisch poet, playwright, journalist, publicist, and political activist Dietrich Eckart, one of Adolf Hitler's earliest mentors who Hitler acknowledged as the spiritual co-founder of Nazism, founded German Workers' Party, the precursor of Nazi Party. Eckart was the original publisher of the Nazi Party newspaper Völkischer Beobachter, and lyricist of Sturmlied, the de facto anthem of the Sturmabteilung.

 17 Gerda Taro

Gerda Taro
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Famous As: Photographer
Birthdate: August 1, 1910
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Stuttgart, Germany
Died: July 26, 1937

Gerda Taro was a German Jewish war photographer who was active during the Spanish Civil War. As a young woman, she became interested in Leftist politics. She then became involved with photographer Robert Capa and began her own career in photojournalism. She died in 1937 while covering the frontline during the Spanish Civil War.  

 18 Gunnar Kaiser

Gunnar Kaiser
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Famous As: Writer
Birthdate: 1976 AD
Birthplace: Cologne, Germany

 19 Philip Crowther

Philip Crowther
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: 1981 AD
Birthplace: Luxembourg

 20 Otto Strasser

Otto Strasser
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Famous As: Journalist, Politician, Writer
Birthdate: September 10, 1897
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Bad Windsheim
Died: August 27, 1974

 21 Richard Sorge

Richard Sorge
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Famous As: Journalist, Intelligence Officer
Birthdate: October 4, 1895
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Baku, Azerbaijan
Died: November 7, 1944

Richard Sorge was a German journalist and Soviet military intelligence officer. He was active before and during the Second World War. He worked undercover in both Nazi Germany and the Empire of Japan under the codename, "Ramsay." He was arrested, tortured, and hanged in 1944. In 1964, he was posthumously awarded the title of Hero of the Soviet Union.

 22 Hans-Hermann Hoppe

Hans-Hermann Hoppe
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Famous As: Editor
Birthdate: September 2, 1949
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Peine, Germany

Austrian paleolibertarian and anarcho-capitalist political theorist Hans-Hermann Hoppe is Professor Emeritus of Economics at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. He is identified as a culturally conservative libertarian and his criticism of democracy in his book Democracy: The God That Failed. He founded and serves as president of the right-wing, anarcho-capitalist political organization called Property and Freedom Society.

 23 Günter Schabowski

Günter Schabowski
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Famous As: Politician
Birthdate: January 4, 1929
Sun Sign: Capricorn
Birthplace: Anklam, Germany
Died: November 1, 2015

 24 Lena Gercke

Lena Gercke
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Famous As: Model who won the first season of Germany's Next Topmodel and was the host of Austria's Next Topmodel (seasons 1–4)
Birthdate: February 29, 1988
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Marburg, Germany

 25 Karl Kautsky

Karl Kautsky
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Famous As: Philosopher
Birthdate: October 16, 1854
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Prague, Czechia
Died: October 17, 1938

 26 Kristiane Backer

Kristiane Backer
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Famous As: Television presenter
Birthdate: December 13, 1965
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany

 27 Daniel Cohn-Bendit

Daniel Cohn-Bendit
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Famous As: Politician, Journalist, Television presenter, Teacher
Birthdate: April 4, 1945
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Montauban

 28 Ernst Zundel

Ernst Zundel
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Famous As: Publisher
Birthdate: April 24, 1939
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bad Wildbad Calmbach, Free People's State of Württemberg Württemberg, Germany
Died: August 5, 2017

 29 Kurt Eisner

Kurt Eisner
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Famous As: Statesman
Birthdate: May 14, 1867
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Berlin, Germany
Died: February 21, 1919

Kurt Eisner was a German politician, theatre critic, journalist, and revolutionary. He is credited with organizing the Socialist Revolution, which played an important role in overthrowing Bavaria's Wittelsbach monarchy in 1918. His role in the Socialist Revolution made him a symbol of the Bavarian revolution.

 30 Hans Fritzsche

Hans Fritzsche
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Famous As: Journalist, Politician
Birthdate: April 21, 1900
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bochum
Died: September 27, 1953

 31 Claas Relotius

Claas Relotius
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: November 15, 1985
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany

 32 Mai Thi Nguyen-Kim

Mai Thi Nguyen-Kim
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Famous As: Chemist
Birthdate: August 7, 1987
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Heppenheim, Germany

Mai Thi Nguyen-Kim is a German chemist, television presenter, science communicator, and YouTuber. A multi-talented personality, Nguyen-Kim has won many prestigious awards such as the Grimme Online Award, Georg von Holtzbrinck Prize for Science Journalism, Hanns Joachim Friedrichs Award, and Heinz Oberhummer Award for Science Communication.

 33 Victor Klemperer

Victor Klemperer
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Famous As: Scholar
Birthdate: October 9, 1881
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Gorzów Wielkopolski, Poland
Died: February 11, 1960

 34 Friedrich List

Friedrich List
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Famous As: Economist, University teacher, Journalist
Birthdate: August 6, 1789
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Reutlingen
Died: November 30, 1846

German-American economist Friedrich List is remembered as one of the pioneers of the historical school of economics. He supported tariffs on imported goods to help the domestic market. He is also known for his pamphlet Outlines of American Political Economy and his book The National System of Political Economy.

 35 Walther Funk

Walther Funk
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Famous As: Journalist, Banker, Economist, Politician
Birthdate: August 18, 1890
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Yasnaya Polyana
Died: May 31, 1960
German economist Walther Funk had joined the army during World War I but later quit for being medically unfit and started his career as a journalist. After joining the Nazi Party, he quickly rose to become the Third Reich’s economics minister and the president of the Reichsbank

 36 Heinrich von Kleist

Heinrich von Kleist
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Famous As: Poet
Birthdate: October 18, 1777
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Frankfurt an der Oder, Germany
Died: November 21, 1811

Dissatisfied with his army career, Heinrich von Kleist had also studied law and math but quit studies later to devote himself to writing. Part of German Romanticism, he penned iconic plays such as The Schroffenstein Family and Hermann’s Battle. He eventually shot himself and his lover Henriette in a murder-suicide.

 37 Ivan Ilyin

Ivan Ilyin
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Famous As: Philosopher, Opinion journalist
Birthdate: April 9, 1883
Sun Sign: Aries
Birthplace: Moscow, Russian Empire
Died: December 21, 1954

 38 Niklas Frank

Niklas Frank
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Famous As: Journalist, Screenwriter, Writer
Birthdate: March 9, 1939
Sun Sign: Pisces
Birthplace: Munich

 39 Leonie Hanne

Leonie Hanne
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Famous As: Blogger
Birthdate: July 31, 1988
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany

 40 Gina-Lisa Lohfink

Gina-Lisa Lohfink
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Famous As: Model
Birthdate: September 23, 1986
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Seligenstadt, Germany

 41 Carl von Ossietzky

Carl von Ossietzky
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Famous As: Journalist & Pacifist
Birthdate: October 3, 1889
Sun Sign: Libra
Birthplace: Hamburg, Germany
Died: May 4, 1938
German journalist Carl von Ossietzky was part of the army during World War I. Later, through a series of articles in his magazine Weltbühne, he exposed the Reichswehr leaders’ secret rearmament plans. He was later tortured in a camp and forbidden to leave Germany to collect his Nobel Peace Prize.

 42 Theodor Mommsen

Theodor Mommsen
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Famous As: Classicist who was widely considered one of the world's foremost authorities Roman civilizations
Birthdate: November 30, 1817
Sun Sign: Sagittarius
Birthplace: Garding, Germany
Died: November 1, 1903

One of the most influential 19th-century classicists, Theodor Mommsen donned many hats and was at the same time a historian, a philologist, a legal scholar, and an archaeologist. His legendary A History of Rome won him a Nobel Prize in Literature. He had also fathered 16 children.

 43 Thomas Gottschalk

Thomas Gottschalk
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Famous As: Radio host
Birthdate: May 18, 1950
Sun Sign: Taurus
Birthplace: Bamberg, Germany

 44 Nur Fettahoğlu

Nur Fettahoğlu
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Famous As: Actress
Birthdate: November 12, 1980
Sun Sign: Scorpio
Birthplace: Duisburg, Germany

Turkish-German actor Nur Fettahoğlu is best known for her performance as Mahidevran Sultan in the series Muhtesem Yüzyil, which has earned her several awards, such as the Beirut International Award for Best International Actress. She also holds a fashion design degree. She has also been a Sky Türk anchor.

 45 Jürgen Hinzpeter

Jürgen Hinzpeter
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: July 6, 1937
Sun Sign: Cancer
Birthplace: Lübeck, Germany
Died: January 25, 2016

 46 Matthias Erzberger

Matthias Erzberger
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Famous As: Politician, Journalist, Diplomat
Birthdate: September 20, 1875
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Münsingen
Died: August 26, 1921

 47 Udo Ulfkotte

Udo Ulfkotte
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Famous As: Journalist
Birthdate: January 20, 1960
Sun Sign: Aquarius
Birthplace: Lippstadt, Germany
Died: January 13, 2017

 48 Aenne Burda

Aenne Burda
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Famous As: Publisher
Birthdate: July 28, 1909
Sun Sign: Leo
Birthplace: Offenburg, Germany
Died: November 3, 2005

 49 Karl Heinrich Ulrichs

Karl Heinrich Ulrichs
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Famous As: Jurist
Birthdate: August 28, 1825
Sun Sign: Virgo
Birthplace: Aurich, Germany
Died: July 14, 1895

 50 Alfred Hugenberg

Alfred Hugenberg
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Famous As: Politician, Entrepreneur, Financier, Diplomat, Publisher
Birthdate: June 19, 1865
Sun Sign: Gemini
Birthplace: Hanover
Died: March 12, 1951