Hungary not only has a fixation for moustaches and vodka, but also for great minds and unsurpassable talents. One of the best eastern European cities, Hungary has been home to some of world's mind-boggling magicians (Harry Houdini), jaw-droppingly beautiful move actors (Zsa Zsa Gabor), enticing pianists (Franz Liszt), authors (Noemi Ban), entrepreneurs (George Soros), chess players (Susan Polgar) and lot many other rich and famous people. Not just that, Hungary has also produced a wad of Noble prizewinners that has fetched the country an enviable standing in the world. It is because of these heavily talented and exceptionally resourceful men and women that Hungary owns a coveted spot among its peer countries. Let us delve deep into the rich and inspiring lives of some of Hungary's greatest people in the timeline, trivia, and interesting facts included in the biographies below. Rest assured each biography would make for a worthy read.
George SorosGeorge Soros
12 August 1930
Investor, Philanthropist
Harry HoudiniHarry Houdini
24 March 1874

Zsa Zsa GaborZsa Zsa Gabor
06 February 1917
Socialite, Actress

Elizabeth BáthoryElizabeth Báthory
07 August 1560
Countess, Serial Killer

John von NeumannJohn von Neumann
28 December 1903

Barbara PalvinBarbara Palvin
08 October 1993
Fashion Model
Mickey HargitayMickey Hargitay
06 January 1926

Franz LisztFranz Liszt
22 October 1811
Composer, pianist, conductor and teacher

Viktor OrbánViktor Orbán
31 May 1963
Prime Minister of Hungary

Bela LugosiBela Lugosi
20 October 1882
American actor
Charles I of AustriaCharles I of Austria
17 August 1887
Last ruler of Austro-Hungarian Empire

Geli RaubalGeli Raubal
04 June 1908
Hitler’s Niece
Ilona StallerIlona Staller
26 November 1951
Politician, Singer

Joseph II, Holy Roman EmperorJoseph II, Holy Roman Emperor
13 March 1741
Holy Roman Emperor

Tommy RamoneTommy Ramone
29 January 1949
Record Producer, Drummer
Ignaz SemmelweisIgnaz Semmelweis
01 July 1818

Robert CapaRobert Capa
22 October 1913
Joseph PulitzerJoseph Pulitzer
10 April 1847
Journalist & Publisher

Imre NagyImre Nagy
07 June 1896

Arthur KoestlerArthur Koestler
05 September 1905
Maximilian II, Holy Roman EmperorMaximilian II, Holy Roman Emperor
31 July 1527
Holy Roman Emperor

Marcel Lajos Breuer Marcel Breuer
21 May 1902
Architect & Furniture Designer
János ÁderJános Áder
09 May 1959
President of Hungary

Imre LakatosImre Lakatos
09 November 1922

Dennis GaborDennis Gabor
05 June 1900
Father of Holography

Albert von Szent-Györgyi Albert Szent-Györgyi
16 September 1893
09 September 1899
John HarsanyiJohn Harsanyi
29 May 1920

Oleksandra NikolayenkoOleksandra Nikolayenko
03 July 1981

Bela BartokBela Bartok
25 March 1881
Composer, Pianist

Endre AdyEndre Ady
22 November 1877
Erno RubikErno Rubik
13 July 1944

Friedrich von AmerlingFriedrich von Amerling
14 April 1803
Portrait Painter

Andre KerteszAndre Kertesz
02 July 1894

Zoltan KodalyZoltan Kodaly
16 December 1882

Continue Reading Below
George A. OlahGeorge A. Olah
22 May 1927
István FerenczyIstván Ferenczy
24 February 1792
Hungarian sculptor

Johanna KontaJohanna Konta
17 May 1991
Tennis player
Eva GaborEva Gabor
11 February 1919
Actor, Voice actor, Socialite, Stage actor,

Ferenc PuskásFerenc Puskás
01 April 1927

Otto von HabsburgOtto von Habsburg
20 November 1912
Theodor HerzlTheodor Herzl
02 May 1860
Journalist, Writer, Poet lawyer, Lawyer,

Leopold I, Holy Roman EmperorLeopold I, Holy Roman Emperor
09 June 1640
Miklós HorthyMiklós Horthy
18 June 1868
Politician, Diplomat, Officer

Charles VI, Holy Roman EmperorCharles VI, Holy Roman Emperor
01 October 1685

Leopold II, Holy Roman EmperorLeopold II, Holy Roman Emperor
05 May 1747

John HunyadiJohn Hunyadi
1407 AD
condottiero, politician

Judit PolgárJudit Polgár
23 July 1976
Chess Grandmaster
Stephen I of HungaryStephen I of Hungary
0967 AD
Former Grand Prince of the Hungarians

Jadwiga of PolandJadwiga of Poland
1373 AD

Martin of ToursMartin of Tours
0316 AD

Georg SoltiGeorg Solti
21 October 1912
Conductor, Pianist, Musician, Composer, Music
Andrew GroveAndrew Grove
02 September 1936

Thomas SzaszThomas Szasz
15 April 1920
Psychiatrist, Scientist, Writer, University
Ferdinand III, Holy Roman EmperorFerdinand III, Holy Roman Emperor
13 July 1608

Charles SimonyiCharles Simonyi
10 September 1948
Astronaut, Computer scientist, Engineer,

Béla KissBéla Kiss
1877 AD
Serial Killer
Attila the HunAttila the Hun
0406 AD
Political leader

Karl PolanyiKarl Polanyi
25 October 1886
Economist, Anthropologist, Economic historian,
Joseph I, Holy Roman EmperorJoseph I, Holy Roman Emperor
26 July 1678

George FriedmanGeorge Friedman

Miklós FehérMiklós Fehér
20 July 1979
John LukacsJohn Lukacs
31 January 1924
Historian of the modern age, Historian, University

Elizabeth of HungaryElizabeth of Hungary
07 July 1207
Hannah SzenesHannah Szenes
17 July 1921
Writer, Poet

Kati MartonKati Marton
03 April 1949
Journalist, writer

Rita FaltoyanoRita Faltoyano
05 August 1978

János KádárJános Kádár
26 May 1912
László Moholy-NagyLászló Moholy-Nagy
20 July 1895
Louis I of HungaryLouis I of Hungary
05 March 1326

Michu MeszarosMichu Meszaros
20 September 1939
Actor, Film actor

Victor VasarelyVictor Vasarely
09 April 1906
Painter, Visual artist, Sculptor

Michael PolanyiMichael Polanyi
11 March 1891
Philosopher, Economist, Chemist
Béla KunBéla Kun
20 February 1886
Politician, Diplomat, Journalist

Ferenc SzálasiFerenc Szálasi
06 January 1897
Political leader, Prime Minister

Arpad MiklosArpad Miklos
11 September 1967
Adult Film Star, Engineer, Actor

Paul LukasPaul Lukas
26 May 1891
actor, screenwriter, film actor

Mátyás RákosiMátyás Rákosi
09 March 1892
S. Z. SakallS. Z. Sakall
02 February 1883
actor, screenwriter, writer, stage actor

Béla TarrBéla Tarr
21 July 1955
Screenwriter, Film director
Angelica BellaAngelica Bella
15 February 1970

Sándor KocsisSándor Kocsis
21 September 1929

Charles I of HungaryCharles I of Hungary
1288 AD
King of Hungary
Franz LehárFranz Lehár
30 April 1870

Vilmos ZsigmondVilmos Zsigmond
16 June 1930
László BíróLászló Bíró
29 September 1899

Władysław III of PolandWładysław III of Poland
31 October 1424

Laszlo TothLaszlo Toth
01 July 1938

Béla IV of HungaryBéla IV of Hungary
29 November 1206
Imre KertészImre Kertész
09 November 1929

Joseph JoachimJoseph Joachim
28 June 1831
Composer, Conductor, Concertmaster, Musicologist,
Albert II of GermanyAlbert II of Germany
10 August 1397

Louis II of HungaryLouis II of Hungary
01 July 1506

Gitta SerenyGitta Sereny
13 February 1921
journalist, writer, historian, non-fiction writer

Karl MannheimKarl Mannheim
27 March 1893
Sociologist, University teacher, Writer
Andrew II of HungaryAndrew II of Hungary
1177 AD